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time has come for testing of PowerArchiver and PACL for macOS.
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PowerArchiver 2020 - tabbing, opening, extracting, adding, testing, favorite folders, support for multiple languages, opening via Finder, explorer mode, installer.
PACL 10 - support for most formats and features in Windows version.
Upcoming: Tools such as archive converter, batch zip, multi-extract.
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For some reason, the PowerArchiver functions in the Windows 11 context menu no longer work after the last Windows Update. Only the functions in the classic context menu function as they should.
I’ve tried uninstalling PowerArchiver and using RevoUninstaller to remove all bits and pieces that were left behind and did a clean install of PowerArchiver, it didn’t fix the issue. Other items in the Windows 11 context menu work.
W10 Pro 22H2 - 64 -bit
PA 22.00.06 (PA 2023)
It has been the case with previous versions of PowerArchiver, but I had hoped that the latest might behave differently. Not so, I’m afraid.
I have, for various obscure reasons, created a few .pa archives, mainly in the hope that they will save me some more space. From time to time, I use the “Test” option to check that important archives are OK and uncorrupted.
With every .pa archive I’ve tested, the process runs through OK but then reports that there are errors. This is always the number of files in the archive e.g. if 11 files, then 11 errors reported.
In the .pa, I can:-preview the files (usually PDF) extract some or all files and look at or use them convert the .pa to a .zip or .zipx archive, which then works fine and tests without errors
Is it the case that the Test routine isn’t designed for .pa archives, or is there another reason? Although the .pa seems to function properly, despite the test reporting errors, I would like to be sure that every .pa is OK and not “broken”.
Some of the .pas are quite old and produced with earlier PA versions (they are truly “archives”). If I extract all the files in the old .pa, create a new, fresh .pa and add back the files to that, then test the new, no errors (at least in the .pa I’ve tried this on) are reported. This would suggest a mismatch between old .pas and newer versions of PA itself.
I installed powarc-macos20001.dmg and I am attempting to create a password protected zip file. When I create the zip in the UI it doesn’t write the file to the destination folder. No error message is displayed. The PA app has full folder permission. I’m new to Mac, but have been running PA on Windows for a long time.
Will there be a new version of the Mac version soon?
Hi! I came across an issue when I tried to uninstall PowerArch 2013. I got an error “The specified account already exists” which broke the process. I got the same error when I tried to install the current version, without uninstalling the previous one.
So I can’t uninstall and I can’t install PowerArchiver. Any suggestions? OS Windows 8.1 x64.
This appears to be happening again with the Power Archiver 2022 shell extensions.
When I have Use Explorer Shell Extensions enabled in Power Archiver Configuration and right-click on c:\Users\username\Start Menu, (hidden Junction file), File Explorer crashes.
I have version 21.00.15 (03/2022) 64-bit installed in Windows 10 Version 21H2 (Build 19044.1826).
The online update feature within the program suggests there is a later version than the ‘.17’ available on the web site. But clicking either download or update just reinstalls version .17.
Either there isn’t an update OR
the “download” and 'update" links should be repaired.
When you click on the Buy Now link, you come across four tabs - Home or Work, Enterprise Unlimited, Educational Discount, & Gift Discount.
What is the difference between a licence purchased via Gift Discount and a Home/Work licence?
Also, how can I renew the PowerArchiver Select plan a year after the purchase? Will it remind me automatically?
Adding files to a .pae archive
I have an archive which is encrypted and contains several files. From time to time, I wish to add files (plain pdfs) and delete others from the .pae file.
I open the file with the password, which is OK (the archive is opened in a temporary folder), and add the file. This appears to go OK, and I am asked if I want to update the encrypted file (Yes). However, when I go back to the encrypted archive, the file has NOT been added.
This also seems to happen when I wish to delete files from the encrypt i.e. they are still there!
O/S is Win XP Pro.
what compression format is used?
Zip, normal compression, Rijndael aes 256 bit, no other encryption options selected
seems to work here… few questions:
- what version are you using?
- are you using password manager?
PA 9.62.03, and not using Password Manager.
I have just had another trial and the problem is still there.
If the decrypted archive is output to a temporary folder, would that be a problem?
The encrypted pae file is contained within another archive file (plain old zip), which is NOT in My Documents, but in a subfolder of Documents and Settings.
If I open the containing zip and extract the pae to my normal MY Documents/Archives directory, I seem able (after a brief test) to work on it correctly i.e. the problems I mentioned in the first place don’t occur.
Next I will extract the pae file to the D & S subfolder and see if it works OK there. If it does, then the problem may be connected to decrypting an archive from within and unencrypted zip archive. If it doesn’t then the problem may perhaps be something to do with the directory structures and where things are.
Will post back directly I have done this.
ah, so you are working on pae file inside of an zip file?
Correct. I am working on the pae file directly within the zip i.e. opening zip, selecting and opening pae file from there, adding files, closing pae.
I have tried this in a different manner. I have opened my zip, and extracted the pae file to the same (non My Documents) directory, and then worked on it from there (the pae sits alongside its container zip file).
This seems to work, but not without oddities. If I add a file, I then close the pae and am then asked for the password. This is refused, and then I get the pae showing the file as
filename.zip+ (i.e. the pae content), which I can then open with the password.
It would seem that working on a pae nested in a zip is not correct.
I am also working with “reuse PA windows” enabled, so I don’t get multiple occurrences of PA running. Perhaps this inhibits what is effectively the use of 2 PA files (zip and pae) at the same time?
hm, I dont think we ever tested pae inside of zip. Have to do that.
Why are you adding pae file to the zip file? Is there any specific reason to do that?
As to the oddity - it is normal behaviour. You change pae file, it asks you for the password to update the file. If you do not give the password, it will not re-open the pae file.
I find that it is useful sometimes to work with “container files” (DEC VAX VMS style) to hold all data in one place. This allows me to effectively ignore anything else in that directory or folder, as the important stuff sits in the container zip.
The concept is pretty much the same as ordinary files within an archive; where if you want to, you can open, for example, a pdf or document with the appropriate application, do things to it and save the altered file back to the archive.
The difference in this case is that there is a third level i.e. zip file holding encrypted (pae) zips, in turn containing other application files some of which may themselves be further encrypted.
I realise of course that there is no compression advantage between the “container” zip and the pae’s within - it’s only a file management strategy.
I take your point about the other zip behaviour I mentioned.