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While it’s easy to archive things into a Zip file on your Mac, you may want to occasionally compress things into a different format. With the free app Keka, file compression How Does File Compression Work? How Does File Compression Work? File compression is at the core of how the modern web works, one could argue, because it allows us to share files that would otherwise take too long to transfer. But how does it work? Read More is very easy.

The app works primarily in two ways. Your first usage option will let you drop your desired file onto the Keka icon on your dock without opening the app, and the new file will be automatically archived in the same area as the original file. The default option is a Zip file, but using your Preferences, this can be easily changed. Other file compression options include 7z, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, DMG, and ISO. Secondly, you can drop files onto the icon with the app open, and this will allow you to change up your file outputs without altering the default.

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Keka also works as a quality decompressor, allowing you to unarchive files OSX would be unable to do otherwise. The file decompression options have a bit of a wider range. RAR, 7z, Lzma, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, ISO, EXE, CAB, PAX, and ACE (PPC) files can all be decompressed.

Generally speaking, the app is easy, quick to use, and mindlessly useful. You can even set it to be your default compressor and decompressor. In short, Keka is one app that you don’t know you need until you actually need it.

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Features:

  • Drag and drop file compressor/decompressor.
  • File compression: 7z, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, DMG, and ISO.
  • File extraction: RAR, 7z, Lzma, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, ISO, EXE, CAB, PAX, and ACE (PPC).

Download Keka now for free.

  1. TonyCH64
    May 2, 2016 at 1:28 am

    What does that mean, "Archive as single files"?

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