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Stuffit advice for Android

Hello sorry to bother everyone. I was wondering how I should deal with stuffit files using Android. I would prefer to be able to use Minivmac. I am aware of basilisk II but I don't know how to properly configure it. Any suggestions would be welcome.

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The best way to deal with StuffIt or any other Mac archive / compression format is on a Mac - either real or emulated. Trying to unarchive / uncompress them using any other operating system in simply asking for corrupted files when the Resource Fork and Data Fork of any application files get separated.

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But unpacking StuffIT'd disk/ISO image files within B-II is ludicrous.
It takes hours for this is about sheer number crunching power and an amulated 68040 just can't cope with that.
As long as you have the right tools to adjust the file type internally afterwards, you can always make an ISO or image file usable again.
I for one would very much prefer a program that would help me unstuff large ISO files on the Android side of things.

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But unpacking StuffIT'd disk/ISO image files within B-II is ludicrous.

Welcome to the world of using old computers.

Now imagine you're also using a 56K modem dial-up connection to upload / download files, and welcome to my world. Smile

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Yeah, me too would prefer an app like "The Unarchiver" for Android. Alas, the place to ask for such a thing will rather be the Unarchiver site or a Android/Linux developer site.

Meanwhile, feel free to ask for a zip flavour of your desired files.
Some items may be added at the MacGarden server.

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@ rockettaco 37
For small files, installing Stuffit (Expander) 5 should work for MiniVMac running MacOS 7.5 or better.
Try the third DL to get a ZIP file expandable on Android.
http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/stuffit-expander-55
MacOS 7.5 for emulators is here: http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/macos-753-emulators
The Stuffit file has to be expanded in Android, the resulting .toast can be mounted in MiniVMac.

Where did you get stuck exactly running the BII Android port?
I recall issues, but usually only resulting from a bad config file or another simple thing to fix.

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I am a complete emulator newb. I have no idea how to set the emulator up. Also how would I expand on Android and get a .toast file?

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Did you buy MiniVMac_II already or do you want to try monochrome?

I might create a Zip file with the needed files for Basilisk_II Android.
You would have to configure the settings on your side and/or edit the Basilisk_II prefs file.
For an unzipper look into the Playstore please, there are plenty.
Do you have another computer to start with?
There are good guides for Mac and Windows.

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I would want to go monochrome. I do not have a computer to use otherwise I would expand the stuffit archives on it. P.S. I found an unzipper

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I started things with MiniVMac monochrome too, once you get bored by black and white, you may always switch to Basilisk II, which is also free.

To get things rolling, download Gil Osher´s free MiniVMac app from Google Playstore.
Download the fifth file here: http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/macos-753-emulators
Unzipp it and move 7.5US_40MB.img and vMac.ROM into a folder named MiniVMac in the root directory on your Droid.
Delete the remaining downloaded stuff, if you wish.
Tap your new MiniVmac app on your Android screen and a grey window with a floppy icon and a blinking question mark should open.
Note the three points at the lower right side of the screen. Tap the points and a requester for Insert Disk, Keyboard and Settings pop up.
Tap on Insert Disk and select 7.5US_40MB.
You should now see "Welcome to Macintosh" and MacOS 7.5 is loading.
The disk image just booted has not much free space on it.
It has a couple of games on it though and Stuffit Expander 4 already installed.
The games are taken from Clockwise`s System 6 Hell over at Emaculation.

Folders in MacOS are opened by double click or via the pull down menu File / Open in the top menu.
If you want to add games, feel free to delete items when need should be.
This is done by dragging things into the Trash(can) and using Special / Empty Trash afterwards.
New game files should be best in a zipped img container, as thats the most simple way to add.
Unzipp as you did before and add the resulting .IMG (from the MiniVMac folder) via Insert Disk.
To remove mounted images from the Mac, drag them into the Trash.

To test your new Mac´s sound output open the Voice Box Folder, double-click Voice Box and type e.g. Hello World into the text input field. Press return. When done select File / Quit from the menu.

As all went well, you should see something like this:

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I started things with MiniVMac monochrome too, once you get bored by black and white, you may always switch to Basilisk II, which is also free.

I don't know about the Android version, but the Mac version of Mini vMac can emulate a colour Mac (with an appropriate ROM image). Emulating colour is of course slower, especially if using "Thousands" or "Millions".

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Thanks!! All went well with system 7.5.3 on Minivmac. Smile

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Good to know you got things rolling!

There is indeed the color version of MiniVMac_II in the PlayStore too.
The guy wo compiled it wants a small fee, which is only fair and reasonable.
To pay, credit card data have to be handed out to Mr. Goggle which some people don´t like.
Thats why I proposed Basilisk_II, MiniVMac_II is a good one too.