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  • Could it be possible to enable the Extract button and similar actions on the Default Classic skin when a compressed file gets the focus?

    Could it be possible to add “Last open folder” as option to the folders start location?

    Add a selection list and a select only unassigned file extensions to the “Associate PowerArchiver with recommended formats” during the PowerArchiver installation.

    Add Windows Explorer integration to be able to look inside archives like folders on Windows explorer and other file managers (xplorer²,…). Similar to the zip files on Windows XP (Zipfldr.dll). CompreXX or Alpha ZIP (this one has a better integration) can achieve what I have exposed.



  • @Wepver:

    Could it be possible to enable the Extract button and similar actions on the Default Classic skin when a compressed file gets the focus?

    “Extract” (files) is not an option until the archive has been opened - note that OPEN is enabled. Are you possibly confusing the two actions?

    @Wepver:

    Could it be possible to add “Last open folder” as option to the folders start location?

    Not quite sure what you mean by “last open folder” -
    are you thinking of browsing or is this the same as last opened archive?

    @Wepver:

    Add a selection list and a select only unassigned file extensions to the “Associate PowerArchiver with recommended formats” during the PowerArchiver installation.

    I feel more options at installation could be confusing, is If you select “open configuration” during installation, then the associations can be chosen.
    Note: an “unassigned extensions” option could be useful there.

    @Wepver:

    Add Windows Explorer integration to be able to look inside archives like folders on Windows explorer and other file managers

    Again, you can already open [associated archives] from explorer (e.g. with double-click).



  • @TBGBe:

    “Extract” (files) is not an option until the archive has been opened - note that OPEN is enabled. Are you possibly confusing the two actions?

    What I mean is that when you select a compressed file the only available option is to open it and not extract in (to decompress all its content) or to test its integrity.

    @TBGBe:

    Not quite sure what you mean by “last open folder” -
    are you thinking of browsing or is this the same as last opened archive?

    It remembers the last folder when a compressed file was opened in it, not when you goes from one folder to another one.

    @TBGBe:

    I feel more options at installation could be confusing, is If you select “open configuration” during installation, then the associations can be chosen.
    Note: an “unassigned extensions” option could be useful there.

    Then it would be better to not check “Associate PowerArchiver with recommended formats” by default in the Setup file, because if you forget to uncheck that option then you lose your previous file associations.
    By the way, it will be great to add an “Unselect all” and a “Default associations” buttons on the File formats configuration section.

    @TBGBe:

    Again, you can already open [associated archives] from explorer (e.g. with double-click).

    I will try with two short demos.
    A xplorer2 (A Windows Explorer alternative) + PowerArchiver
    B xplorer2 + Alpha ZIP
    Sorry if links are not allowed. ( http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PPP1J4OA )



  • @Wepver:

    What I mean is that when you select a compressed file the only available option is to open it and not extract in (to decompress all its content) or to test its integrity.

    Yes, within PA these toolbar buttons are only available after archive has been opened. I guess TEST would be useful here at least.
    Note: If you use “explorer with folders” view then you can use right-click context menu.

    @Wepver:

    It remembers the last folder when a compressed file was opened in it, not when you goes from one folder to another one.

    I think this could be confusing - but if you have a use for it as a configuration option …

    @Wepver:

    Then it would be better to not check “Associate PowerArchiver with recommended formats” by default in the Setup file, because if you forget to uncheck that option then you lose your previous file associations.
    By the way, it will be great to add an “Unselect all” and a “Default associations” buttons on the File formats configuration section.

    Well, not when consider this from the point of view of a user who does not have multiple Archive utilities installed? 😉

    @Wepver:

    I will try with two short demos.
    A xplorer2 (A Windows Explorer alternative) + PowerArchiver
    B xplorer2 + Alpha ZIP
    Sorry if links are not allowed. ( http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PPP1J4OA )

    File not available 😞
    Could you just describe what you would like in more detail?
    Note: All archivers are not the same :p



  • I can download it, so maybe it was a temporally server problem.

    It is just that when you open compressed files, Windows Explorer and some file managers can open them as folders. So all the functions of the file managers are available for the files that are “inside” the compressed ones because they are “folders” for them.



  • @Wepver:

    I can download it, so maybe it was a temporally server problem.

    Still not for me - maybe someone else can have a look.

    @Wepver:

    It is just that when you open compressed files, Windows Explorer and some file managers can open them as folders. So all the functions of the file managers are available for the files that are “inside” the compressed ones because they are “folders” for them.

    Well, only for ZIP archives - not rar, bzip2 etc 😃
    Is there a specific “file manager” function you are missing when using PA?



  • @TBGBe:

    …Well, not when consider this from the point of view of a user who does not have multiple Archive utilities installed? ;)…

    Well, you could have iso files associated with Burning software, cbr to a comic viewer,… and PowerArchiver would kill that associations. And if you later disassociate those formats then the earlier associations would not come back.

    @TBGBe:

    …Well, only for ZIP archives - not rar, bzip2 etc :D…

    That is false. AlphaZIP allows the use of 7z, rar (but it could not compress it), and other compressed formats as folders.

    @TBGBe:

    …Is there a specific “file manager” function you are missing when using PA?

    The main one is dual panel. (Drag-drop files from one panel to the other. For example: One panel is inside 1.zip and the other one with 2.zip. You could move files from 1.zip to 2.zip easily and only with one PowerArchiver instance opened)



  • @Wepver:

    Well, you could have iso files associated with Burning software, cbr to a comic viewer,… and PowerArchiver would kill that associations. And if you later disassociate those formats then the earlier associations would not come back.

    Yes, but that is the situation where I proposed using the “open configuration” option.
    P.S. personally I never “disassociate”, I always associate from the relevant utility. PA is not the only one that doesn’t support “disassociate”.

    @Wepver:

    That is false. AlphaZIP allows the use of 7z, rar (but it could not compress it), and other compressed formats as folders.

    Interesting, I didn’t know that.
    Just had a look and it is a shame that AlphaZIP appears to be a dead product (no forum and no updates since 2007).

    @Wepver:

    The main one is dual panel. (Drag-drop files from one panel to the other. For example: One panel is inside 1.zip and the other one with 2.zip. You could move files from 1.zip to 2.zip easily and only with one PowerArchiver instance opened)

    Now this would be an intriguing feature (if possible) for copying / moving between archives especially if all formats were supported e.g. Drag from RAR and drop in BZip2. Not sure about speed/memory requirements but why not - this is a wishlist :p


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