What is it? "sfArk XTract" is a small Carbon application that will decompress sfArk files. sfArkXT cannot be used with sfArk files created with sfArk Versions earlier than 2.0 (Why?). If you find such files, please contact the originator to ask him/her to convert them to sfArk V2 format.
What is a sfArk file? Files created using our sfArk application, which was first released in October 1998, and the much improved version 2 was initially released early in 2001, the current 2.15 release in November 2001. sfArk files contain a SoundFont file in a special compressed format, and optionally "Notes" and "License" text files. The vast majority of SoundFonts available on the net are compressed with sfArk. There is one other relatively widely used compressed format: sfPack from Megota Software, but it has rapidly lost popularity as it seems to be no longer supported by the authors (their website disappeared about a year ago). Note that currently sfArk only compresses SoundFont files, but a forthcoming release will handle other formats including DLS and GigaSampler.