PA 2009 - What I'd love to see



  • First of all, congratulations to the programmers on the new version of PowerArchiver. It looks like there’s enough in the Pro version to finally make it irresistable for me to finally register.

    There was a screenshot in the PA 2009 Beta 1 announcment thread that I can hopefully illustrate what I’m requesting. The screenshot I’m talking about is this one:

    http://www.powerarchiver.com/test/pa2009black.png

    The preview window is awesome as is the file view pane with the thumbnails of each image. I’d love to see an option/toggle/toolbar button that would carry the image thumbnail feature over when viewing an archive full of images. As it is now all I get when I open an archive with the thumbnail view active is a generic ACDSee icon (that’s my default image viewer).

    Maybe I’m missing the setting that would do what I am asking, but I don’t think I missed it. Please let me know if I have, though.

    Implementing the feature with an easy way to turn it on and off at will would probably be best as archives with hundreds (or thousands) of images would probably bog down performance so a toggle or toolbar button somewhere would probably be best.


  • conexware

    here is the reason we implemented preview window instead of thumbnails - for both, time to extract/prepare/show would be the same. And this way you get large picture instead of relativly tiny thumbnail.

    We do have an idea for the future versions (PA 2010), that might get both of these together in perfect fashion, but I wont say it publicly until it is released 🙂



  • I totally understand why you didn’t implement the feature. I figured that things would slow way down and it’d take nearly the same time as extracting the pictures.

    Having said that, though, I’d still love it as a toggle button on the main interface, though. There are a few situations I run into where I’d like to see everything in an archive in thumbnail form rather than either click on each picture in an archive to see the preview or extract everything and then view them just to delete the ones I don’t want to work with right then.

    I respect your design decision, though. At least it gives me something to gripe about till PA 2010 comes out because everything else about PA 2009 seems to be spot on perfect so far.


  • conexware

    @Innuendo:

    I totally understand why you didn’t implement the feature. I figured that things would slow way down and it’d take nearly the same time as extracting the pictures.

    Having said that, though, I’d still love it as a toggle button on the main interface, though. There are a few situations I run into where I’d like to see everything in an archive in thumbnail form rather than either click on each picture in an archive to see the preview or extract everything and then view them just to delete the ones I don’t want to work with right then.

    I respect your design decision, though. At least it gives me something to gripe about till PA 2010 comes out because everything else about PA 2009 seems to be spot on perfect so far.

    thank you :).

    p.s. it will takes us quite an while to implement it for 2010, it is not something we can do at flick of the switch… but it is doable.


 

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