Stacker is a fully automatized and reliable compression system for your device. Stacker software doubles the size of your entire drives and works invisibly behind the scenes. When you start an application it becomes decompressed in background automatically and it becomes compressed again when you close it. Stacker is the best way to increase disks space on your device, it guarantees to give you as much disk space as possible without even thinking about it!
You may be aware that you can use compression to save your files in smaller forms, but you may not know how easy it can be. Program's interface is intuitive and easy to use. Stacker displays the list of installed apps. Just select the application you want to compress and press "Archive" button.
Total saved space is displayed in the caption (size field in brackets). In apps view it's an amount of space saved by compressing the apps, in favourites view it's amount of space saved by compressing custom files and folders you have defined. If you need to decompress the application now just select it and press "Restore".
You can work with your device as usual and there are absolutely no changes to your system. All compressed applications are displayed in system shell and can be launched from there (and from anywhere as well).
Starting Card Deck for example. When compressed application is being started you see decompressing progress indicator. After the indicator disappears the application will be started.
After you close the program it will be automatically compressed again in the background. When the program is being compressed you can see small indicator in top-left corner of the screen but you can work with your device now almost without noticeable performance lost. This is an easy, foolproof and fast way to regain space in your system.
You can switch between Applications view and Favourites view with Favourites view and Apps view commands. If you often compress/decompress custom files/folders you can define a group including any number of such files and folders. The whole group can be compressed/decompressed with one key press. E.g. you can define groups 'My pictures', 'My videos', etc.
There are two performance options available: Best speed - compressor is optimized for high speed. Background - compressor is optimized for multitasking, so while compressing/decompressing you can work with your device almost without noticeable performance lost and without limitations. Default settings: when application is being started it uses high speed settings and classic progress layout, when application is being closed and compressed again it uses background settings for speed and small caption indicator.
You can also specify whether Stacker should change an application icon or not
how to deal with MGS Games: Compress MGS Console only. Or compress games with console. If you don't want to compress MGS games, MGS console will be started much faster but there will be little worsening in compression rate (on about 8%).
To keep your data in smaller forms the program uses industry standard LZ77 compression algorithm. The one all ZIP programs use. Stacker doesn't have always-in-memory module that runs always when system works. Stacker's compressor is loaded only when it is needed (to compress or decompress app) and unloaded immediately after the work is done. Hence Stacker doesn't waste valuable memory, doesn't slow down the whole system, and doesn't provoke batteries to discharge faster. Stacker not only saves your disk space it compresses device memory as well when any compressed application starts or finishes. Automatic recovering if you have upgraded/deleted the compressed application without decompressing it first. So no need to think whether your application was compressed or not before upgrading it, Stacker will care about it for you automatically!
If you start a compressed program and then power off or restart your device without closing the program (and recompressing it) then you can simply start Stacker and it will automatically compress all programs that remain uncompressed because of restart automatically.