You'll also need a compression program like StuffIt or WinZip (Based on the famous pkzip). This software will compress a file, or groups of files, to take up less disk space. That way, they won't take as long to download or to store on your hard drive. It's also a way of grouping bunches of files so you don't have to download file number 1, file number 2, etc. Here are the most popular ones:
PC users will most commonly be downloading .EXE or .ZIP files. If it's an EXE, just double-click it and run it. If it's a .ZIP, you can open it with WinZip. Just select the files you want to expand, choose the directory on your hard drive, and you'll have it. If the ZIP file contains a Setup program to install an application, click on the Setup button in the toolbar. You don't need to worry about expanding files to your hard drive.
Mac users have it even easier. You'll only be downloading .bin, .hqx, or .sit (.sea is the self-extracting version) Netscape's default is to save everything to the desktop. If you just installed the new version, Netscape will automatically invoke StuffIt Expander when needed after you download a file. Otherwise, a favorite set-up is to make an Alias of the StuffIt expander on the Desktop, and drag the compressed file onto it. Compressed files end in .hqx, or .sit The other two, .bin and .sea, are self-extracting. Double-click them and they'll take care of themselves.
last edited by: eric
on: Monday, May 26, 1997
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