Ideas: Full and far easier mutli-zip creation tool



  • Hello,

    Let’s take an example :
    There are about 100 folders inside my main folder “A” :

    C:\A\1\first.txt
    C:\A\1\second.txt
    C:\A\2\first.txt
    C:\A\2\second.txt

    C:\A\100\first.txt
    C:\A\100\second.txt

    And there are also these files inside my "A"folder :
    C:\A\1.txt
    C:\A\2.txt
    C:\A\3.txt
    C:\A\try.zip

    If I use [CTRL+B] Within PowerArchiver, then it is very painful to use when there are many folders (100 in my case) to zip at once. Because I have to select manually “'add folder” for each folder!! 😢

    In the above example I would like to have this result :

    C:\A\1.zip
    C:\A\2.zip

    C:\A\100.zip
    C:\A\1_1.zip
    C:\A\2_2.zip
    C:\A\3_3.zip
    C:\A\try.zip

    As you see there is also a problem when a folder and a file have the same name. I assume it would be great that automatically PowerArchiver add a “_” with a number so the files are not the same.

    Moreover if there is already a zip file in A (C:\A\try.zip), PowerArchiver will create another zip file (C:\A\try_zip.zip)! This is not needed IMHO.

    Many thanks in advance for implementing these ideas (which are really needed for me as I zip many files and many folders at the same time),

    All the best,
    Lip
    ps: I was using the freeware Rip-zip before as it was pretty powerful for such a task, but it creates bug on my computer (Xp) http://harmware.com/ripzip.htm. So maybe having a look at what it does would help you too?



  • I think these were in the old wishlist forum but cannot be certain.

    it is very painful to use when there are many folders (100 in my case) to zip at once. Because I have to select manually “'add folder” for each folder

    Using keyboard (e.g. Ctrl-A) to select ALL / using Mouse Shift-Click and Ctrl-Click to select Multiple - including both Files and Folders.

    As you see there is also a problem when a folder and a file have the same name. I assume it would be great that automatically PowerArchiver add a “_” with a number so the files are not the same.

    Enabling option in Batch Zip tool to work with (sub)folders and Zip the complete folder - not the individual files i.e. all files into single archive with Folder name.
    I’m not sure about the naming problem - as files are archived as “filename.ext.zip” and folders as “Dirname.zip” - but if the file has no extension, it may happen.

    2a There was another wishlist to enable an option to exclude the extension when Batch Zipping files, just creating “filename.zip” - here the same name problem would exist).

    Moreover if there is already a zip file in A (C:\A\try.zip), PowerArchiver will create another zip file (C:\A\try_zip.zip)!

    Automatic exclusion of existing archives (all formats) when Batch Zip is working with files - but not excluded if working with Folders (item 2 above).

    Also there were two others I do remember:
    4. Rename Batch Zip Tool to Multiple Archive Tool {or similar} as all compression formats are possible.
    5. Make Tool available from Explorer shell.

    Have I missed anything?



  • Dear Terry,

    Thank you for your answer. Please let me comment it hereafter :

    _"Quote:
    it is very painful to use when there are many folders (100 in my case) to zip at once. Because I have to select manually “'add folder” for each folder

    Using keyboard (e.g. Ctrl-A) to select ALL / using Mouse Shift-Click and Ctrl-Click to select Multiple - including both Files and Folders."_

    I am sorry as I thought that my example was enough clear. But your answer is valid only if I want only a big zip file which would contain all that is stored inside the A folder (“C:\A”) of my example.
    In your example : you click on “new” choose a name for the archive and then click on “add files to the archive”.

    This is not what I would like as I want to have all files and folders inside “A” zipped as a separate zip file. And I would like to make a very small number of click for that.

    2.
    (…)
    “I’m not sure about the naming problem - as files are archived as “filename.ext.zip” and folders as “Dirname.zip” - but if the file has no extension, it may happen.”

    I understand this. But let’s take another example :
    I have one folder named “1” :
    C:\A\1
    inside this folder I have a file :
    C:\A*1*\1.txt

    I have also another file in A :
    C:\A\1.txt

    So when I use the batch file [CTRL+B] I have the following results :
    C:\A\1\1_txt.zip
    and
    C:\A\1_txt.zip

    But this is not the result I want to! I would like to have :
    C:\A\1.zip
    and
    C:\A\1_txt.zip

    Please notice that I have more than 100 folders and also many files to zip at once. Try to do a CTRL+A (or SHift , CTRL) for selecting multiple folders and files and you will see that it does not work with CTRL+B (batch zip). 😢

    (…)
    "Automatic exclusion of existing archives (all formats) when Batch Zip is working with files - but not excluded if working with Folders (item 2 above).

    I am sorry but I don’t understand the above statements.

    “4. Rename Batch Zip Tool to Multiple Archive Tool {or similar} as all compression formats are possible.”

    Good idea! 😉

    I have another idea :
    Add an option so we can choose to deleted the original files and folders once they are zipped.

    By luck did you give a try to Ripzip? IMHO, you should as you will see that zipping many files is very powerful and easy (beware of its xp bug)!

    Finally, I have another question : do you think that these easier features would be implemented any time soon?

    Thanks in advance,
    All the best,
    Lip



  • Lip,

    your answer is valid only if I want only a big zip file which would contain all that is stored inside the A folder (“C:\A”) of my example.

    No, that is true for “Create New Archive”; however, because this is a wishlist referring to additions to the Add dialogue for the Batch Zip tool, each file would then still be compressed to a seperate archive.

    So when I use the batch file [CTRL+B] I have the following results :
    C:\A\1\1_txt.zip and C:\A\1_txt.zip.

    Yes, that is because currently Batch tool does not archive the folder “1”.
    I am agreeing with you that it would be a nice option to have in the future.

    Automatic exclusion of existing archives (all formats) when Batch Zip is working with files - but not excluded if working with Folders.

    I mean that it would also be a nice option in the future (when Multiple file selection AND Folder selection is possible) if individual archive files were detected and not zipped again.
    But if a folder is selected, then the archive new folder archive should include all the files and archives in that folder.

    try Ripzip

    No. Too limited to be useful (to me) and I saw your bug warning :p
    The only worthwhile feature seems to be the user interface for multiple file/folder selection as this thread is requesting.

    do you think that these easier features would be implemented any time soon?

    I am another user - same as you. I am not working for P.A. so I have no idea.

    :o Spwolf or Ivan may respond - normally they do look (and take note) of things in Wishlist, but do not publish acceptance of the idea/request for implementation. Except an occasional “hmmm … good idea”.

    :rolleyes: Batch Zip Tool in explorer shell was originally a wishlist item from about 4 years ago 😃



  • Dear Terry,
    Thank you for your answer. I appreciated. 😉
    As PA customers I think we understand each other. 😉

    Let’s hope PA authors understand also and continue to update PA, so it will still be the best zip program around! 😉

    BTW, you also right on ripzip (no need to install it, just have a look at these images :
    http://harmware.com/images/rzshot.jpg
    http://harmware.com/rztutorial.htm

    All the best,
    Lip



  • any news on it



  • @iwod:

    any news on it

    Alas no. I think it is a shame! I cannot understand why such a powerful feature is not yet implemented. :mad:


  • conexware

    hmm, interesting idea 😉



  • Thanks 😉



  • any chance of this coming in 9.2? I have about 500+ folder in need of this operation.


 

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