PeaZip - archive/compression

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Re: PeaZip - archive/compression

#16 Post by webfork » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:30 pm

This used to be a fairly good compression program. Then they added some features ...
  • Set file associations within the program to override the system's
  • A separate drag-and-drop window for hash checks, file listings, wipe, etc. and another one for extraction (similar to UniExtract)
  • An image rotation, crop, transform, rename, and duplicate finding tool. Wow.
  • Support for keyfiles (I haven't seen this in a compression program before)
  • System benchmark
  • Various wipe tools including standard secure delete (2-pass by default), "zero" delete (fewer writes), freespace wipe
  • A truly excellent selection options set "all objects of this type, objects of same attributes, date, size, packed size" Very smart.
  • Themes
I've written probably 100 program descriptions but I don't think this is a compression tool anymore -- I think it's in the "feature rich file manager" area.

Other notes
  • Right-clicking on a file and selecting "More" - "Info" gives an estimated compression level (this is something I was looking for some time back)
  • Scheduling appears to use the machine's built-in Task Scheduler, which isn't portable.
  • Key files are always 256 bytes, which is a little smaller than I'd expect, but are equivalent to about 36 character password (256/7). That's plenty secure.
  • I wasn't clear on how the password manager works ... think that could be more clear
  • Copy processes utilize Robocopy, meaning the program opens up a command line window that shows the progress as the copy happens. This was odd but I'm sure has some advantages.
Now to work on the entry ...

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Re: PeaZip - archive/compression

#17 Post by webfork » Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:21 pm

Given the astounding number of features and cool extras I caught during the last update, I decided to give this program a try on one of my machines (I've only used 7-zip for 8+ years). I also tested both the installer and portable versions and, when I put a PeaZip shortcut in the SendTo menu, it actually worked better than the install features.

Problems:

* Crashy (which sucks since 7-zip almost never crashes on me)
* Neither the portable nor install versions play nice with my file manager of choice (CubicExplorer)

Update: I finally gave up on PeaZip and switched back to 7-zip. Too many things that just weren't playing nice with Windows and too many of the interface controls were confusing.

Edit: a good PeaZip review that covers many of my feelings about it: http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/window ... 7179.shtml

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Re: PeaZip - archive/compression

#18 Post by freakazoid » Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:12 am

webfork - I've changed the primary category back to "Files - Compression/Decompression" and tagged it as "Files - Manager" in the secondary category.

When people think of Peazip, they think of it first as an archiver. (Their website even describes it as an archiver.)

Feel free to revert those changes if you strongly feel otherwise.
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Re: PeaZip - archive/compression

#19 Post by webfork » Mon Dec 22, 2014 1:53 pm

freakazoid wrote:webfork - I've changed the primary category back to "Files - Compression/Decompression" and tagged it as "Files - Manager" in the secondary category.
First, thanks for paying attention to categories. I think that's how a LOT of people encounter the site for the first time and I think it makes sense to spend time on it.

As to this particular issue, it ultimately it comes down to a question: what's the difference between a compression tool and a file manager? Keeping in mind that, with the exception of Universal Extractor, most compression tools have a file manager interface, some even with a dual pane view, it can be hard to draw a clear line. Since PeaZip was already a little further along than many compression tools, it was verging into File Manager territory but the leap in featureset over the past year or two pushes it into a new category. How long before they add more features than FreeCommander XE or MultiCommander? What then?
freakazoid wrote:When people think of Peazip, they think of it first as an archiver. (Their website even describes it as an archiver.)
That's the thing: if I was talking to someone about it, I'd say "this program used to be primarily a compression tool but it's gone way beyond that."


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Re: PeaZip - archive/compression

#21 Post by Midas » Sat May 11, 2019 6:35 am

Topic update: PeaZip v6.8.0 released (changelog at http://www.peazip.org/changelog.html).

And here's how it looks nowadays:

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