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Thread: PIM 1.10 is here!

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    The most important improvements:

    1. Ability to extract selected files from archive. For example, I'm keeping all test sets like 'Calgary Corpus' or 'SFC' in PIM archives and if I need extract only one or a few files, with this new version I can do that! In addition, now, if file already exists, PIM just skips it.

    2. Two different archive view modes - List view/Details. Just another one cosmetic improvement.

    3. Faster archive reading.


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    Thanks for the update Ilia!

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    I saw it on sofpedia.com.
    But the topic "What's New in This Release" is for version 1.43 beta!
    Maybe you should check that. It may confuse users.

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    For some strange reason Softpedia are getting PIM mixed with PIMPLE.

    It says "PIMPLE description" instead of "PIM description".
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Compression-tools/PIM PLE.shtml

    Also the changelog is for PIMPLE 1.43 beta.
    http://www.softpedia.com/progChangelog/PIMPLE-Chan gelog-33545.html

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    Furthermore, screenshots are also from PIMPLE. I request the moderator of softpedia for a few times to change program icon, screenshots and name...

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    Okay, next version will be 1.15. Estimated release date - October. Currently I don't know about the full new features list, but currently I already make some GUI changes and add the 'Test' command. Check out a few screenshots:






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    Hi,
    I would like to see a progress bar. It is useful when compressing a large number of files or big files.
    Anyway, it is a good compressor already...

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    Okay, next version will be 1.15. Estimated release date - October. Currently I don't know about the full new features list, but currently I already make some GUI changes and add the 'Test' command. Check out a few screenshots:

    Great news!

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    XBox-styled PIM v1.20:






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    Hi,

    its Stephan here (Squeeze Chart)

    I would be more than lucky if PIM would use the JPEG recompression
    that works in PAQ8. The source is available - it just needs to be implemented.

    Yours

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    I would be more than lucky if PIM would use the JPEG recompression
    that works in PAQ8. The source is available - it just needs to be implemented.


    Will this be implemented in the next release?

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    Currently, I'm building a basement. A weak basement means weak building.
    Current feature list for next version (1.20):
    + Significant GUI iprovements, including new main icon. Now PIM will be XBOX-styled
    + Test command
    + View command (double-clicking on a file inside an archive opens it)
    + Probably, an universal multimedia-file detector - wich can analyze data by its contents instead by its fileheader. In this case we can handle unknown multimedia files, like raw image and audio data. But compression will be a little bit slower, decompression speed stays untouched

    About JPEG compression. Yes, we have a JPEG-recompressor source, but this source is designed as PAQ-model and such code can't work in different project. It's the same as we can't add the PAQ's text model to PIM's engine. That means, for PIM's JPEG compression I must write my own JPEG recompressor from scratch - and it's not so easy.

    Anyway, after I finsh working on PIM's basement I can add any new compression features, including my own GIF recompressor. (Just repack LZW-data inside a GIF file). Note, only next version of PIM will have ALL basic features of an archiver: Test, View, ...


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    BTW, I'm looking forward for the Squeeze Chart! To see how well PIM performs on this test set!

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    What do you think of the Emilcont benchmark?

    Emilcont Benchmark - 7 Sept 2006

    http://www.freewebs.com/emilcont/

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    It's okay, but not actual. ~600KB wave file? - That's not serious. In addition, this file set is too small and the author of this benchmark is also author of the included program.

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    A progress bar added. One thing, it shows progress for EACH file. It's due to avoid additional calculations (total size of all files in archive can be larger than 2 GB)

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    Sugestion:

    PIM could show at least the "files processed/total number of files"

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    PIM could show at least the "files processed/total number of files"

    Another thing, PIM doesn't know about the total file count (I'm talking about 'Add folder' command - PIM adds files on the fly). When I add the file list sorting stage I easily can add such feature. Anyway, current 'one-file progress bar' really helps!


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    Anyway, current 'one-file progress bar' really helps!

    Well, it's better than nothing

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    Another news about PIM. Next release (1.20) will have the TGA image compression. I think the most new features already added. The release is soon...

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    Awesome! Can't wait for this one!!!

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    In addition, I'll try to add the PAK archives support. (Extract only). PAK is not an old MS-DOS archive, it's an archive from Quake 1,2/Soldier of Fortune and many other games...

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    In addition, I'll try to add the PAK archives support. (Extract only). PAK is not an old MS-DOS archive, it's an archive from Quake 1,2/Soldier of Fortune and many other games...

    Is this the same .PAK format that is supported by Dzip?

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    Is this the same .PAK format that is supported by Dzip?

    Yes, exactly!

    I think it's handy feature, since not all archivers support such archive type. Anyway, in PIM archiver this feature represents a new step in development: A proof of multi-type support and as a basement to other archive formats such as ZIP and LHA.

    A screenshot:



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    Can you explain more about this .PAK format?

    Is it high compression algo?

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    Can you explain more about this .PAK format?

    Is it high compression algo?


    Some additional info can be found here:
    http://www.gamers.org/dEngine/quake/spec/quake-spe c34/qkspec_3.htm

    In other words, .PAK files are similar to .TAR archives and have no compression algorithm - all files just stored inside .PAK files. The structure of this archives is pretty simple and at some point similar to ZIP and LHA archives. (Archive Header, File Header, File Header, ...)

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    To create .PAK archives use PakScape (DZIP is buggy and outdated):

    pakscape-011.zip (106 KB)


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    Thanks for the information.

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