06 October 2003
I purchased and installed StuffIt Deluxe 8 for my Mac. Having used it for a couple of weeks now, I’ve had the following thoughts:
In contrast to many others, I do like the new icons.
The “Stuff by Rename” feature is very nice, and something I missed from the old Classic version. It allows you to archive files and folders just by adding the appropriate extension to their name in the Finder, e.g. .sit, .sitx, .tar, .tgz.
Many people have expressed concern over the fact that Aladdin used a KEXT (Kernel Extension) to achieve this functionality, comparing it to “killing a fly with a bazooka.” So what’s the problem? Well, if Aladdin introduced any bugs in the KEXT, it could cause a kernel panic on your system, as opposed to just killing the Finder or some other app, the way more cleanly designed implementations would.
That said, I’ve personally experience no stability problems since introducing StuffIt 8, and I’ve not heard of anyone else with problems either.
I wish Aladdin, in StuffIt 8, made that more apparent to the users (like with a big splashing warning!)
So what’s the problem? You can only backup your home directory, or one of the pre-selected folders that StuffIt 8 allows you to select! – i.e. you can not choose any arbitrary folder for backup. Good grief, what were they thinking!