I’m thrilled that OSX has the built in ability to create .zip archives. But, have you ever opened an OSX archive on a PC? It has extra junk in it. The extra files are invisible on OSX, but if you are sending the archive to a not-so-computer-literate friend (or client) using a PC, the extra junk will only confuse them. You’ll have to say something like… oh, that’s just something my operating system does, you can ignore those files. It’s a little embarrassing.
If you use Stuffit Deluxe to create your archive, you don’t get the added junk. But Stuffit costs $80, and in my opinion, has become a bit of a tired old, buggy, dog of a program.
Luckily, there is a freeware alternative out there. It’s called CleanArchiver. The name pretty much says it all… it creates clean archives. I’ve used it for a while now and think it’s great!