The amount of data we work with keeps growing. Office spreadsheets, business reports, credit card statements, birthday videos, thousands of pictures from a corporate party or last holiday destination – there is no end to it, our hard disks are overflowing and there is no way we can do without archiving tools. Most platforms have their own good archiving utility, and they are usually good enough for basic stuff. However, if you need more advanced functionality or you work with various archive formats, you might be better off if you invest a bit into a tool that does more than that.
With multiple apps on the market deciding which one you need might be a bit of challenge. However, if your major requirements to the app boil down to a wider range of formats supported, a couple of advanced features – no excess stuff required – and reliability, we suggest you look into Commander One. Not only it is a great archiver, it is also a file management solution, that could be an adequate alternative to Finder.
The dual pane interface offers you a benefit of moving files from an archived folder anywhere else without having to extract the entire folder. An archived folder opens in one pane, a destination folder in another and you can drag-and-drop what you need in a matter of seconds. An unlimited number of tabs, three view modes and easy access to remote drives make it even more convenient.
Commander One does not claim it supports all archive formats, and, frankly speaking, there is no way one app can do it – archive formats are many, and most of us have to deal with just a few of them. Commander One enables you to work with them – ZIP, TBZ, TGZ, TXZ, TLZ, TZ and 7z. A good archiving utility as well as extracting option is supported for all of them, compressing for all but one, and that is RAR.
Compressing with Commander One is really straightforward – select files you’d like to archive, bring up the context menu and choose to ‘Compress selected file(s)’. As easy as it gets.
You can specify the level of compression – the higher it is, the more time is required to perform the operation, be it compressing or extracting data. ZIP and 7z files can be protected by a password. Search functionality allows you to look up the keyword not only in the names of files, but also contents of archived folders.
Commander One has a number of other features too - Google Drive and storage services such as Dropbox and Amazon S3 can be integrated into the app, built-in FTP/FTPS/SFTP client enables you to exchange data quickly between computers via secure protocols. iOS and MTP mounted on your Mac can be accessed and managed as if they were local Mac disks.
Basic features are offered to you for free, while the advanced functionality requires purchasing a license. In order for you to check the functionality, the developer provides for 15 days’ free trial. The complete list of features is available on the developer’s web-site.
This review is listed under Data & Information Management Community