An A.P.P.L.E. Review — Shink-Fit X For Mac OS X

  • Program: Shink-Fit X
  • Category: Archiver Utility
  • Released: Feb 02, 2012
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 1.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Kelvin Sherlock
  • Price: Free

For many of us, the SHK or Shrinkit files have been a thorn in our sides, especially if we were on a Mac.  Now, our time in purgatory has been relieved by a nifty utility from the computer of Kelvin Sherlock, the author of GShisen.  Shrink-Fit X is a Mac OS X Application which allows users to open .SHK and .BXY files.

The program is based largely on the NufxLib program by Andy McFadden, much of which was also included in his CiderPress application.  While Windows users have long enjoyed the ability to manipulate disk images with CiderPress, until now, nothing existed for the Mac.  Shrink-Fit X opens the NuFX Shrinkit files with no fuss and displays their contents.

Text files on the disks are extracted in crystal clear readble format with no residuals.  BASIC programs on the other hand were not so lucky.

Obviously, with this program being a version 1.0, there is still a long ways to go until the program does everything that CiderPress does under Windows or that AppleCommander does under Java.  However, this is a great first step and certainly makes a big impression on this old programmer.  As you can see from the last graphic, we opened the GShisen disk and can clearly see all of the files on the disk.

Shrink-Fit X requires Mac OS 10.6 or later.  The program is a free download and can be downloaded from the Apple Mac App Store at:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shrink-fit-x/id498905285?mt=12

While we would have liked to see a few other items included, along the likes of an AppleCommander or CiderPress, we were extremely pleased with the results this first implementation of the Shrink-Fit X program gives.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Apples

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