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BetterZip for Mac

BetterZip 4.1

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  • Latest Version

    BetterZip 5.3.4

  • Operating System

    Mac OS X 10.10 or later

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Sometimes latest versions of the software can cause issues when installed on older devices or devices running an older version of the operating system.

Software makers usually fix these issues but it can take them some time. What you can do in the meantime is to download and install an older version of BetterZip 4.1.

For those interested in downloading the most recent release of BetterZip for Mac or reading our review, simply click here.

All old versions distributed on our website are completely virus-free and available for download at no cost.

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What's new in this version:

- Configure which apps to use to open which file types when viewing and how to treat them in the preview (e.g., as text)

Major rewrite of the password manager:
- Passwords are now stored AES-256 encrypted in the preferences file instead of the macOS keychain, keeping your passwords safe, but making it easier to completely copy your BetterZip setup from one Mac to another or using a common set of passwords in a multi-user environment. The transformation will be done automatically
- Additionally, the passwords can now be locked and unlocked with the master password for increased security. Configure when BetterZip should lock your passwords in the preferences window
- The password manager’s “Import” function became “Edit Passwords as Text”, which allows you to edit all passwords as text and copy them to the clipboard for external save keeping, e.g., in a text file that you put in an encrypted zip file, or in a secure note in your favorite password manager (e.g., 1Password)

- The exclude patterns field in the presets configuration and the save panel is now a drop-down combobox that lets you either select one of your already used patterns or enter a new one
- For easier deployment in multi-user environments, user folders in presets are now stored abbreviated with the tilde in the preferences file
- I added an option in the Advanced section of the preferences to not automatically load the toolbar preset in the save panel when using a standard Save command, either from the menu, the toolbar or by pressing ⌘S on the keyboard
- BetterZip now forces the queue window to the front when starting from a service
- Included the latest unrar library (version 5.5.8)
- QL generators have a limited amount of memory and will be shut down if they exceed that limit. This could affect the BetterZip QL generator when previewing archives with many files (more than 10,000 or so). To prevent this problem, the item count is now limited to the first 10,000 files and folders and the head section of the preview now shows the full count
- BetterZip no longer displays an annoying warning message when you cancel saving
- I have brought back the option to subscribe to the beta version channel in the auto-updater. Activate it on the „General“ tab in the BetterZip preferences
- When opening a damaged rar archive and having the external rar helper installed, you now have the option to open the archive without trying to repair it

- Services for presets with ampersands (&) in their name would lead Finder to display an error message
- tar.gz extraction was still not working correctly in some cases when using the queue
- Misnamed compressed tar files (e.g., a tar.gz file missing the .gz in the extension) would crash BetterZip during extraction
- Custom folder Icons were not zipped/restored correctly
- Better handling of cpio/cpgz files with resource forks or metadata
- Removing a favorite from the sidebar didn’t immediately update the sidebar
- QL: Encrypted archives didn’t show the archive icon
- Cancelling rar creation crashed BetterZip
- Fixed „shrink heap buffer overflow“ in p7zip (CVE-2017-17969)
- BetterZip couldn’t hide ._ files in tar files created on macOS 10.13 correctly
- AppleScript archive option destination:”test.zip” led to double extension test.zip.zip