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The Unarchiver on Stuffit 5 Files

Here's a tip that might come in handy for users here. It was shared on my own forum:

"I reckon [[The Unarchiver]] could be handy in dealing with Stuffit 5 archives and environments where Expander 5 will not run: just use The Unarchiver in Windows to unpack all the files with MacBinary encoding, and then un-MacBinary them using Expander 3 (or whatever) on the Macintosh side."

There are a lot of games here where we suggest that they be unstuffed in Basilisk II using Stuffit Expander 5 and then played in Mini vMac. This is awfully time consuming... and maybe impossible for people who are unable to get Basilisk II up and running.

The Unarchiver is here: http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver

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Good pointer. One has to deal with the command line interface on non OSX machines though.
Therefore it might be easier asking here for someone converting the desired app in a container MiniVMac can use. Smile

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The newest version of Unarchiver for Windows makes extracting Stuffit 5 files in Windows a snap. Files are now unpacked in a way that preserves the resource forks and makes them all ready to transfer over to an emulated system using HFV Explorer.

Here's a wikified guide to doing it:

http://www.emaculation.com/doku.php/extracting_stuffit_5_files_in_windows

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@watchsmart: Thanks for the post, this looks like a useful tool to have on Windows.

I sometimes DL "some-cd-image.toast.sit" files on a Windows box, then transfer the ".sit" to either a Basilisk II or SheepShaver drive on the same machine to extract it. And if I want a hard copy of the ".toast" I then rename it ".iso" and then transfer it back to the Windows box to burn it to CD using Imgburn.

This could save me the double handling in BII or SS. Great!

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MikeTomTom, your current post count is totally 1337.

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Using the Unarchiver on Windows is totally 1337 Smile

Just what I needed for "*.toast.sit" files. Beats using that dreadful Stuffit Expander for Windows any day.

For a ".sit" archive containing just a ".toast" file, HFVExplorer isn't required either, as unar.exe extracts the toast and all I needed to do was rename the ".toast" suffix ending to ".iso" and burn it using Imgburn
----> Sweet, with a capital S.

With other ".sit" files containing multiple Mac files; Using HFVExplorer to move the extracted Mac files over to an ".hfv" drive file, I needed to use in HFVExplorer the settings "Automatic, let the program decide", with the checkbox "Check for AppleDouble", checked. Otherwise failures occurred.

The only anomaly I've picked up on so far is, if the ".sit" contains a PDF document, the PDF doesn't transfer with the correct Creator & File types, but that's an easy fix and on the whole its a pretty good "marriage" if using the Unarchiver & HFVExplorer together.

Using a CLI will be an issue for some, though.