I’d like to propose an improvement for password protected archives.
Actual behavior is:
If I open an archive, which is password protected and make a typo in the password dialog, I’ll get the message, that the password was wrong and I end up with an empty window. I need to reopen the archive to be able to enter the password again.
Tell me, that the password was wrong and give me the chance to enter the correct password to decrypt the archive.
I know I have been asking for this feature some time ago, but as nothing has changed let me ask again:
The ZIPX-format offers an algorithm, that compresses JPEG-files by about 20-30%. Please add compression (packing) support for this in ZIPX-archives to Powerarchiver. Extraction of JPEGs packed into ZIPX by this algorithm is already supported by Powerarchiver for a long time, so it should not be difficult? Or is it a licensing problem?
I’d like to suggest, that the correct archive type is (always) selected, when adding files by drag & drop to an archive.
This is already happening if the archive has the correct extension. For example, if I’m adding files to test.zip, zip will be selected. If I’m adding files to test.7z, 7z will be selected as format in “Add dialog”.
But this won’t be working, if the archive has not the “right” extension.
So XPI files (Firefox addons) for example are ZIP files. PowerArchiver opens them without any problems, but if I try to add file by drag & drop, PowerArchiver won’t auto select “ZIP”, but use the last selected archive format, while PowerArchiver already knows, that I’m trying to add files to a ZIP.
I love this, only there is one problem. The UAC elevation feature does not extend to Mount Image option in the add-on software PA provided. It is most annoying whenever I am on highest UAC settings and I mount an ISO, every time I open and create a virtual drive UAC appears. I also do not want to completely disable UAC.
Is adding UAC elevation for mount image feature possible?
I noticed that when I want to run the Virtual Drive for the first time inside the PowerArchiver Burner it prompts to download it form the internet.
I was wondering, would it be OK to include this utility straight into the offline installer to be able to set it up locally?
How about recognising a few more (or all) of the file formats that are basically renamed zip files and treating them is if they are zip files.
For instance Android .apk files are just renamed .zip files.
Libreoffice/Openoffice ODF documents are all, as far as I am aware, just renamed .zip files. (.odt, .ott, .ods, .ots, .odp, .otp, .odb, .odf etc.)
Would it be possible at all in some future version perhaps, to have a “find file” function?
Reason I ask is that I was looking for a certain file I knew existed in an archive, but I had to unzip it then use another tool to find the file. It would have saved that extra step if that function existed in PA itself.
Is there a way to enable the user to encrypt the files inside a ZIPX archive that has already been created?
This could save time for large archives that the user may need to encrypt at a later stage or that he/she has forgotten to enable encryption before creating the archive,
I would like to see a new feature implemented: a ‘Fast Extract’ Mode.
Currently PowerArchiver extracts files to a temporary directory and then moves them to the target directory chosen by the user. At least via drag and drop.
This can be both time consuming and needs free space on the system drive for large files.
Is there a way to directly extract files to the target directory with PowerArchiver?
And if not, can a feature like this be considered for future updates?
Thanks very much!
I believe it would be useful to implement Serpent-256 encryption for PAE/PAE2 formats, even though PowerArchiver offers strong encryption ciphers already.
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Do you think this will be a useful addition?
Thank you for the consideration!
I think it would be a great option to make the portable version of PowerArchiver compatible with PortableApps (i.e. adding the necessary files and folders to integrate it smoothly into their structure).
I own various other commercial programmes which -when installed in portable mode- offer to make the becessary changes without needing an extra installer or the official PortableApps repos.
Thanks for opinions or perhaps even a realization of this.
Size saving idea
you could use plugins so people could download what archive support they require and make avaliable more formats that some people may never require.
This would also help as some new features could be updated and modified thia there plugin rather than a whole rewrite of pa. Saves people down loading pa again when only one feature has been updated. Though you might have to if its a major update to the program.
what does everyone else think.
Great idea !
It is also easier when needed an translation, to use this way of updating.
Maybe an option for PA 10 ? :D
Making whole application work with all formats as plug-ins would make application a lot more complicated - even to use it after we make it.
The application itself should not be a lot smaller - maybe 1.0 MB (POWERARC.EXE) and 0.5 MB installation itself - althought you wouldn’t have to download all DLLs at one time.
So without any formats support the installation should be around 1 MB but you definetelly need support for ZIP, TAR, 7-ZIP and RAR and then the installation rises up to 2.5 MB (estimated) which is not so big difference.
But if you would like all the formats and we now have the installation should be even larger then 3 MB (since many DLLs and more complex POWERARC.EXE).
On the other side, it would be easier to update - you could download only updated application, or updated DLLs for some format support.
But again, this would make whole application, whole website more complex - most people (over 90%) like simple application without need to choose what to download and what not to download.
manuangi last edited by
in that case, you might do as winamp: a light, a standard and a full version…so that the user would choose the one he likes the most!
if you do what irfanview does. allow the user to download the program and standard supprt 7ip rar and 7zip and cab and the rtest can be optional by the end user through plugins .
The problems are that while this would make the overall program bigger it will increase the usefullness of powerarchiver.
The web site will be bigger but it would be better for all the support avaliable. It will save some users installing other archivers and then having problems latter on and reporting them as powerarchivers problems.
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yes, and then…think that more and more people have a broadband connection…so the download file size’s not really a problem…
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Surely, if this approach was adopted then the basic PA package would be just the program (a sort of shell), with no compression formats.
Each compression format is then added via plug-in.
Unclear, but I guess there would be two plug-ins per format, one for compressing and the other for uncompressing - what about sfx, would that be a third plug-in? What about encryption? Not every format supports every feature.
Of course, each plug-in (format) should then be documented, advantages/disadvantages etc.
Presumably, the extras (skins and translation packs) would also have to be maintained/updated for each PA shell version as well as for the format plug-ins.
I can also forsee needing an Archive - old PA shell and compatible plug-ins (skins etc) for each version.
It is a nice philosophy when implemented from the beginning, but is there a benefit from PA side to change this now?
It will save some users installing other archivers and then having problems latter on and reporting them as powerarchivers problems.
Sorry, I don’t see how a plug-in philosophy will have any bearing on this :confused:
think that more and more people have a broadband connection…so the download file size’s not really a problem.
Surely the point of using plug-ins is to avoid downloading the ones you do not want?
Braodband users will probably download them all anyway :p
you could install just the features you want and not the ones you don’t use.
Just look at winamp for example or irfanview which uses this philosophy plugins.
They are quicker to download and musch faster to adapt to changes in image/music formats.
It would help reduce the size due top the fact yuou only download and install the features you really need.
This would be a nice idea for pa as it would help make it easier for theym to maintain as if one part does not work they can disable it redoit or update it much quicker than it is now and you won’t have to download the whole of pa just for an update due to say 7zip