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how do I compress files on a mac? I know of stuffit but I can't get it cause it costs money and the free version is only an expander 30 day trial.

is there a free program that does the same thing that you guys would recommend?
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You can compress files natively with OS X. A right-click (or a Control-click if you don't have a multi-button mouse) will bring in the contextual menu that appears Create archive of "Name of file or folder here".
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You don't need a free program, what you need is built right into Mac OS X.

Select all the files you need to place in an archive, then ctrl-click (or whatever other method you use to right-click) and select "Create archive of x items". Depending on how big the original files were, wait a bit and you'll have a zip file ready to go.

Edit: Darn, beat to it :closed:
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