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    Hi! Few hours ago I released PeaZip 2.0, I hope the renewed interface will improve usability, i.e. there are more keyboard shortcuts for common operations, more options are remembered, you can extract selected objects (extract to...) pressing the spacebar or the middle mouse button etc...

    This release introduces support for lpaq8 and for custom format, allowing arbitrary executable to be used for archiving / extraction;
    in this way the user can specify the executable to be used, enter parameters and chose the syntax (i.e. parameters + output + input).

    It was also added the "Console" tab to allow importing and editing the command line of the job composed in the GUI (without changing the GUI frontend job definition); from this panel the modified command line can be launched or saved (i.e. for being used in scripts).
    This tab can be used for all backed executables but clearly becomes even more useful when using "Custom" format, if the syntax need to be utterly adjusted beyond the capabilities of the frontend.

    Important fixes:
    Linux: fixed bug in launching system benchmark utility
    Windows: fixed bug in opendialog and processmessages handling that on some systems may randomly cause application to crash or to remain invisible in 1.* versions

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    Hello everyone,

    thank you very much!
    As I understand you:
    - improved usability for standard-users
    - more flexibility for specialists
    Summary -> well done!

    Can't wait having a look at it (still waiting for some sponsors to support me staying at home all day, hmm, at least between the holidays... )

    Best regards!

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    Thanks Giorgio!

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    my congratulations!

    btw, wouldn't it be better if peazip will be provide interfcae like one in winzip/winrar/winarc and almost any ther program? i.e. allow to browse disk, open archive and so on - instead of being some GUI frontend to creating jobs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulat Ziganshin
    btw, wouldnt it be better if peazip will be provide interfcae like one in winzip/winrar/winarc and almost any ther program?
    The file explorer is a good paradigm for file archiver application, and in fact as you pointed out it is the standard one for most of the application of this type.
    But with PeaZip I chosen to have two specialized interfaces instead, one for browsing archive and one for creating them, since I felt something was missing (for my personal point of view) in the classic UI approach of file archivers.

    The interface to browse archives is quite close to winzip/winrar classical interfaces, but the one to create archive is a bit different.
    It more closely recalls CD burner applications than a file archiver: you define a layout of objects to be sent to the CD (in this case, to the archive) and customize the job (in this case: encryption, compression settings, file span etc) and launch it.

    Such choice allows to offer quite naturally the possibility to save the archive layout for future use (i.e. recurring backup tasks), a nice and standard feature for CD burner applications that I dont find implemented as I like it on mainsteam compression applications.

    The ability to save job definition (either for archiving and extraction) is important too, for me, and was one of the reasons I started writing PeaZip.
    The GUI may be good, but the command line is simply a too different world to be replaced by any GUI, so I desired a mean to bridge the gap between the two worlds and to be able to extract the underlying command of what was going on below the GUI.
    For that reason I wrote PeaZip as frontend and developed tools to import, edit, launch and save the command line out of the GUI.

    I dont want to mean this is the best approach, it has its upsides and downsides compared to the classic file archiver UI approach.
    And clearly classic browser-like file archivers are the right choiche for many users since are used by millions of people every day.
    But I think offering something different, which I find useful and I miss on other applications of the same type, may be a good thing... and I hope some users may like the approach I took for developing PeaZip UI.

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    Thinking twice about it, the idea of a full featured file browser is interesting, and probably it will be the natural evolution of PeaZip's "archive browser" interface.
    I had yet developed a file browser with Lazarus/FreePascal, that saved me a few times allowing to find and delete (hyper)hidden files on Windows machines that were gone crazy.
    Since then I've only used it as personal emergency tool but it would be interesting to develope and integrate it with "archive browser" interface, somewhere in the future of PeaZip, making it the default browser-type user interface for the PeaZip, but keeping "layout composer" interface for fine tuning compression jobs.

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