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From Options > Localization you can select the application's language double clicking the appropriate language file - at current level of development, localization changes the language of the main application's GUI.
Language file name is composed by two-letter language code, i.e. "fr" for French in fr.txt; if needed for clarity, it will be also added two-letter country code, i.e. "br" for Brazil in pt-br.txt. Note that ".txt" extension may be hidden by the operating system.
From Options > System context menu language you can select the language of Microsoft Windows context menu entries for PeaZip; double click (and authorize to make changes, if asked by the operating system) the appropriate registry file, i.e. "de" for German.
Quick tutorial is a basic user's guide for PeaZip, additional information can be found in online help file (.pdf), that can be downloaded for off-line help, and on FAQ pages.
PeaZip free zip utility is available both as installable package and as natively portable application (both for MS Windows and Linux) so it can be used from removable flash drives, or remote units, without needing installation.
The application's title shows information on the current archive, the application's status bar gives more detailed information on selected and displayed content.
Form Organize menu it is possible to customize or hide any of the application bars, i.e:
- navigation bar (Ctrl+Shift+2) can be hidden (Ctrl+Shift+1) or display a simple tree (Ctrl+Shift+3)
- status bar (Ctrl+Alt+1) can be hidden (Ctrl+Alt+0) expanded to display more information (Ctrl+Alt+2) or to show bookmarks (Ctrl+Alt+3), history (Ctrl+Alt+4), recent archives (Ctrl+Alt+5) or clipboard (Ctrl+Alt+6).
Organize > Applications allows to set association with custom programs and scripts to open / scan files in the filesystem or inside archives (i.e. custom file viewers, virus scanners etc).
On the top of the app's window, the toolbar contains compression/extraction related functions.
Please note,. on the right of “Extract” button, an arrow shows a menu with functions to directly extract all the content of the archive to most common destinations without further interaction with extraction confirmation interface
On the left, navigation bar shows most common filesystem's paths (desktop, documents, downloads etc) and user defined bookmarks; it can be switched to a classic directory tree, a list of PeaZip functions by name, or hidden (Organize > Navigation bar).
In “Open with…” submenu of PeaZip's context menu it is possible to run selected files and folders (in filesystem as well inside archives) with favourite programs, scan with antivirus/antimalware etc; applications can be set in Options > Settings > Open with...
In "Modify" submenu are featured copy, move, rename and create new folder functions.
In "Misc" submenu are available other useful functions, like add objects to PeaZip's bookmarks, explore paths with system's file manager, open command prompt in the current path etc...
On the bottom of the app, the padlock icon allows to set password to browse and extract encrypted archives.
PeaZip features a custom drag and drop mode. PeaZip can drag from application to system without writing data to system's temp directory: this allows the software to complete the operation even if there is not enough free space in system's unit, it doubles the speed if data is being dropped to a different disk or partition, and it is intrinsically more secure as no data is written outside the intended destination. Drag from app to system can be used for extraction form archive and for robust file copy (based on ROBOCOPY).
PeaZip also accepts drag and drop from system to application, to add files to archive (new or existing) or to add one or more archives to extraction list.
PeaZip by default shows supported image thumbnails (JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, BMP), without caching; the option can be set in Organize menu. PeaZip's file/archive browser can be deeply customized from "Organize" menu, and can shown details, list or large icons.
PeaZip's entries in system's context menu: menu's entries and file association in Windows are set by setup package, it can be used any time it is needed without needing to unistall the application first.
Starting from Microsoft Windows 7 the menu items are sorted in a cascaded submenu with icons, since W7 introduces a new registry method to create cascaded menus which is now recommended over COM methods.
During installation all of the entries in context menu can be skipped and can be created in SendTo submenu if preferred.
The SendTo entries are link files created in SendTo system folder which, assuming C as system's disk, is located in C:\Documents and Settings\(username)\SendTo (Windows XP) or C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo (Vista/7), it is possible to simply copy the desired SendTo links from one user to another.
Archiving / Conversion interface: rightclick on the file list to show context menu to further edit the lit of files and folders to be archived, and other options. The padlock icon shows if password is set and allows to set/change/remove it.
In archiving interface it was added "Convert existing archives" option, to extract existing archives before compression stage - i.e. to transform RAR file to 7Z or ZIP format.
This option, used with "Add each object to a separate archive" option enabled, performs a mass conversion of listed archives to the desired format; otherwise, with the option disabled, archive conversion is meant to consolidate input data in a single archive, improving compression efficency because it allows recompression of the original data from its uncompressed form.
Advanced format specific compression features are available in "Advanced" tab, "Console" and "Schedule" tab can be used to fine tune the task definition or to save and schedule the task as a script
Extraction interface: rightclick on the file list to show context menu to further edit the lit of files and folders to be archived, and other options.
Editable extraction list allows to partially extract data from the archive, extract all, or to extract from multiple archives at once.
The padlock icon shows if password is set and allows to set/change/remove it.
It is possible to set the policy in case of conflict with existing files: skip (default), overwrite, rename existing files, rename extracted files, or to ask interactively (in backend process' console).
While performing a partial extraction of content from an archive, it is featured a link to switch to full archive extraction, on the top of the list of objects listed for extraction.
Advanced format specific extraction features are available in "Advanced" tab, "Console" and "Schedule" tab can be used to fine tune the task definition or to save and schedule the task as a script.
From Console tab, featured in archiving/conversion and extraction UIs, it is possible to transform the task defined in the GUI interface into a command line script that can be edited (independently from the task definition in the GUI frontend), clicking on the “Click to import…” label.
If the task definition is changed in the GUI the same label can be used to refresh the task definition.
In extraction interface the “Click to import…” label can be rightclicked to modify the command line for operating on all, displayed or selected objects, if partial extraction of content is supported for the current archive type (7z, arc, rar, tar, zip…).
The task definition script can be edited, launched for testing, or saved as a text file for future use, i.e. study, scripting, analysis etc.
By default, PeaZip prompts to save script in its “Saved scripts” folder (unique for each user) that can be opened from Tools in main menu.
Schedule tab, featured in archiving/conversion and extraction UIs only on Vista and newer systems, is meant to help creating, in a single pass, a schedule to run the script (backup, restore, etc) generated from the task defined in the GUI interface.
The schedule is identified by an unique, editable name, which is used also as file name for the saved scheduled script.
“Manage saved scheduled scripts” opens PeaZip’s Saved scheduled scripts folder so script files can be edited to modify the task definition (what does the task do), copied, deleted etc.
“Task Scheduler, manage tasks saved in PeaZip branch” opens system’s Task Scheduler, PeaZip’s tasks are collected in PeaZip subfolder of scheduled tasks library (tree on the left of Task Scheduler window).
From system Task Scheduler it is possible to manage PeaZip’s scheduled tasks, i.e. for fine tuning the schedule (when does the task run), or deleting obsolete tasks.
Schedule dropdown menu allows to set the schedule on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly base, or once, starting at specified start time.
Optionally, it can be provided different user/password for running the task.
PeaZip compiled for Linux, GTK2 widgetset, running on Gnome desktop environment (Ubuntu Linux).
PeaZip for Linux and PeaZip for BSD are desktop neutral utility and as long as the needed libraries are installed (GTK2 or Qt, and ia32-libs on 64 bit systems) it can be used on KDE, Gnome or other desktop environments.
PeaZip software is developed with Lazarus/Freepascal, which supports a wider range of systems and widgetsets (including BSDs and Apple Mac OSX), if you are interested in porting the application check for the sources on download page.
PeaZip is a desktop neutral program, and it is distributed on app's domain as generic Linux packages not targeted to a specific distribution: it is meant to run on as many as possible distributions/versions, and on multiple desktop environments.
It is recommended you check your distribution's repository to find if a specific package fitting your needs at best has ben released by distribution maintainers.
Please note that ia32-libs are required to run PeaZip and any 32 bit binary on 64 bit Linux/BSD systems.
PeaZip compiled for Linux, Qt widgetset, running on KDE desktop environment.
PeaZip is a fully modular software due to its frontend/backend architecture, so any backend binary can be independently replaced with alternative versions (i.e. 64 bit versions) as long as the same syntax is supported.
This design allows also to easily export tasks defined in the GUI as command lines, to be used for future iterations of the same task, or for learning purpose, or to fine tune the operation beyiond the scope and limits of the graphical interface.
PeaZip free zip utility can be integrated in context menus of KDE and Gnome; all resources to manually integrate portable version of the program, or enhance installable version's integration, can be found in FreeDesktop_integration folder in program's path.
Instructions refers to a generic Linux system, but can be applied on same desktop managers under BSD systems. Please note that different distributions and different flavours of BSD may differ in some default system's paths.
Nautilus scripts: manually copy 'Archiving' folder, which is contained in 'nautilus-scripts', to your user's profile '.gnome2/nautilus-scripts' folder; that folder is hidden, so you can either find it flagging 'View>Show hidden files' in Nautilus, or clicking on 'Scripts>Open scripts folder' in Gnome's context menu.
Konqueror (KDE 3.x) service menu (.desktop files): copy .desktop files from "kde3-konqueror" folder to (kde directory) /share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus. Please note that KDE directory may vary from distribution to distribution (or can even be customized by the user at KDE installation); /opt/kde3 is usually a common place for installing KDE and is used, in example, in Suse and OpenSuse. The (kde directory) is specified in $KDEDIR in environment variable and can be overridden by $KDEDIRS.
This integration is automatically performed by the installer.
Dolphin (KDE 4.x) service menu: copy .desktop files from "kde4-dolphin" to /usr/share/kde4/services/ServiceMenus/. Please note that some distribution may use different paths. This integration is automatically performed by the installer.
If the Qt version does not start on some systems, as some system's visual styles may cause recursive repainting error, you can fix the problem starting it in a console (or script) as: peazip -style=cleanlooks
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