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Shareware; $20

Current Version: 4.0.4 (March 31, 2008)

Decoder is a favorite UU- / Base64 / yEnc decoder for many people, which includes such niceties as built-in picture previewing. Version 4.0 was a major overhaul, adding and improving the following:

  • Adds support for ZIP, TAR, GZ, and Tarball formats.
  • Improves decoding of corrupted MIME messages.
  • Fixes some bugs on Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger."
  • Improves the registration code.
  • Improves installers.

Version 4.0.4 adds the following:

  • There is a minor bug fix for handling corrupt Mac OS X Zip archives.

User Reviews

[4.0.1] "A useful utility I often use for extracting encoded files from emails I receive (my email program has no attachment support). Sadly, half the time it either doesn't extract or properly decode all the attachments leaving just garbage files, or it fails completely. For some reason it will often work if I FIRST open the email in a text editor and delete all the message headers and content leaving only the attachments, and THEN open the email with Decoder. But this work-around is time consuming and not 100% effective. Until Decoder improves I cannot justify paying good money for it. It's a little more likely to properly extract encoded files than Stuffit is - but that's not saying much. Still, UNLIKE Stuffit I've never had Decoder crash on me, so at least it's stable."
—Jamie Kahn Genet, August 12, 2006

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