FileTypes and Creators

Ray Horsley ray at linkit.com
Thu Feb 11 16:54:17 CST 2010


What I've actually got is a folder of about 1000 tiny GIF files, about  
4K each, and I'm trying to setup an automatic download both on Mac and  
Windows.  The download at 4 megs with so many files takes forever  
unless I compress the files using zip on the Mac and StuffIt on  
Windows to make an SEA.  Windows works nice and transparently since  
StuffIt for Windows lets me prepare the SEA so it auto extracts in the  
same folder and self deletes.  The problem on the Mac side is the zip  
file does not self extract since I can't count on Archive Utility  
being there (sometimes it's call "BOM Archive" or something weird).   
Even if I use Rev's launch command to try to extract from the zip file  
it returns true in the result but does nothing.  Unfortunately StuffIt  
for Mac doesn't let me set it up to extract to the same folder which  
means I have to prompt the user to determine where things go,  
definitely a no-no in educational software.  Rev's compress feature  
doesn't seem to let me combine multiple files into a single file.  Any  
ideas?

Thanks,

Ray Horsley
LinkIt! Software

On Feb 11, 2010, at 11:04 AM, stephen barncard wrote:

> RE file types and creators, this is a utility that every mac developer
> should have. It allows examination and batch change of file types and
> creators.
>
> FILE TYPE AND CREATOR
> http://www.frederikseiffert.de/filetype/
>
> This is a great companion for batch suffix OR any name changes:
> R-NAME
> http://movieconverter.online.fr/DL/R-NameUB.zip
>
> the original author and his website have disappeared, but someone  
> has kindly
> recompiled from the source code this version, Universal, which works  
> with
> Mac OS10.5.8 PPC for me. There is some word that this utility destroys
> spotlight comments, no biggie for me.
>
> Both are Donationware products that I've used for years.
> -------------------------
> Stephen Barncard
> San Francisco
> http://houseofcubes.com/disco.irev
>
>
> On 11 February 2010 10:50, stephen barncard <stephenREVOLUTION2 at barncard.com
>> wrote:
>
>> If type and creator are not listed, then they are empty and whatever
>> created the files did not include that information in the file -  
>> it's not
>> automatic on file creation.
>> -------------------------
>> Stephen Barncard
>> San Francisco
>> http://houseofcubes.com/disco.irev
>>
>>
>>
>> On 11 February 2010 13:28, Ray Horsley <Ray at linkit.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Anybody know how to find out what these 8 characters are for any  
>>> given Mac
>>> file?  I'm particularly interested in .zip files but it would be  
>>> nice to
>>> know how to ascertain this for any Mac file.  Getting the "long  
>>> files" or
>>> the detailed files" usually leaves off the 11th param which is  
>>> just what I'm
>>> looking for; the creator and file type.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Ray Horsley
>>> LinkIt! Software
>>>
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