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Zipeg - see images in your zipped files before you unpack them

Notes from ClifNotes, Jan 2008, permalink Compression Tools


A fellow named Leo Kuznetsov wrote me a short letter asking to include a review of his software here. Naturally, I had to try it first. After downloading it, installing it, and checking the file type associations. I found I had no problems with Zipeg at all.


It's true that most of the time, you can't tell quickly what images you have zipped up in an archive. Zipeg allows you to do this by simply hovering your mouse over the image file in the archive list.


The amazing thing to me is that he'd originally made this utility for the Macintosh. Here's what Leo told me about it.


I wrote Zipeg because I like WinZip and 7-zip and I miss both when I've switched to Mac OS X. Because I wrote front end in java, (back end is C), it became apparent that I can back port it to Windows too.


Good work Leo!


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Description from the author:

Zipeg opens and explores content of zip, rar, arj and other archives, preview files and images before you extract/unzip them. Extract only the files you want. Using Zipeg you can double click on the item and automatically open the document in Preview or your preferred application before you extract it. You can choose what to extract and where to put extracted files.


• see what`s inside BEFORE you extract;

• decode filenames in your national alphabet;

• open files in Preview directly from the archive;

• see image thumbnails (EXIF) in tooltips;

• extract items simply by dragging them;

• easy-to-use user interface;

• Macintosh version is also available (visit www.zipeg.com);

• archives are processed in background;

• supports variety of archive formats ZIP, RAR, ARJ, 7-zip, TAR, GZ, GZ, BZIP2, CPIO, LZH and more ...

• opens password protected encrypted archives

• decodes national file name encodings inside archives (code pages)

• explore CD and DVD ".iso" image files;

• reports cumulative contents size of subfolders;

• customizable destination and source of extraction;

• settings are persisted between sessions;

• seamless keyboard navigation;

• autopath completion for destination folders;

• automatic updates;

• freeware