Over the years I have used various generations of file compression utilities, all the way back to the Phil Katz original PKZIP. I was even curious enough to learn in detail exactly how LZW, Huffman etc. actually work (hey, I was already a geek in elementary school, it did not improve my social life <G>). I have, I suppose, multiple terabytes of compressed archives, never had any problem accessing them at need using whatever decompressor I had at the moment (PKZIP, WinZip, Stuffit etc.). Now that I have moved to Win 8 I am wondering if I ought to bother to install the latest Stuffit (Stuffit Deluxe 2010) on the Win 8 machines. I already have the license and the CD, been gathering dust for a while <G>, so cost is not relevant. Is it still useful? I didn't get much enlightenment from Google <G>. How useful is it now, and does it run without problems under Windows 8? I have lots of image files ... and I also have 3 external HDDs totalling 7 terabytes (so far) so I'm not likely to run out of storage space any time soon . . . a lot of those old archives are on currently "mothballed" HDDs, or on CD-Rs or Zip disks, etc.
So far on the new machine I have only had to unpack a few ZIP files using the built-in Windows utility. What I am really asking is, is there any point in installing the Stuffit Deluxe 2010 I already have? In the past I have used earlier versions of Stuffit and been quite satisfied.
I did, just now, spend a little time trying to learn which tools handle which kinds of archives. Almost too confusing for my aged brain (I graduated high school in 1949). Do I need to know all that? I no longer aspire to geekdom (having in the meantime learned that it's easier just to look things up <G>).