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  1. How can I open a file?
  2. How can I compress files?
  3. Which file types does ZipGenius support?
  4. How can I extract files from an archive?
  5. What is an "archive"?
  6. What is the "First Step Assistant"?
  7. How can I backup a folder of my choice?
  8. How can I backup pictures, video, music files and similar?
  9. Why only Windows XP® users can extract to a CD-ROM burner?
  10. Does ZipGenius handle ISO image files?
  11. How can I customize ZipGenius window?
  12. I need to install ZipGenius on more than one computer: how can I export settings to other PCs?
  13. Why ZipGenius can't be installed under Windows 95 or NT4.x anymore?
  14. Is ZipGenius really free? Even for corporate users?
  15. I want to pay to use ZipGenius: how can I send you my money?
  16. Someone asked me money to download ZipGenius: is he/she authorized to do so?
  17. What are ZGTools?
  18. How can I build a batch file to automate ZipGenius actions? Any sample code?
  19. I have more than one PocketPC® device synchronized with my desktop PC...
  20. Why sidebar sometimes draws slowly?
  21. Which are the size/file limits for ZIP format?
  22. How can I make a slideshow?
  23. How OpenOffice.org docs optimization works?
  24. What is the "file marker"?

 

How can I open a file?
You can open a file in many ways:

  • Click the "Open" button in ZipGenius and choose a file throught the open file dialog
  • Drag and drop a zip file over ZipGenius link on the desktop
  • Right-click a zip file and choose "Open" from the context menu (but only if ZipGenius is associated to zip files)

How can I compress a file?
File compression procedure varies depending by the archive format you choose. Let's suppose you want to compress file in a zip archive:

  1. If the zip file must be created, click "New" and indicate path and filename for the new zip file; otherwise go to next step.
  2. Click "Add files" if you want to add just files, or "Add folder" if you want to compress the content of a folder.
  3. You will see a dialog ("Compression option") where you can set many options (see: Compression options).
  4. Click "Proceed" and wait until the action completes.

Which file types does ZipGenius support?
ZipGenius supports many archive types: read the full list.

How can I extract files from an archive?
You can extract files in many ways:

  • Open an archive in ZipGenius and click on "Extract".
  • Drag and drop a file from ZipGenius to a folder or to the Desktop.
  • Right-click on an archive and, if enabled, click on one of the "Extract" items.

For further details upon extraction, see: Extracting files and The context menu.

What is an archive?
Compressed files are often recognized as "archives" just because they contain many files inside, organized in folders and subfolders. You may imagine a compressed files as an archive, where you can collect all data in a single place.

What is the "First Step Assistant"?
The "First Step Assistant" was a wizard in older versions of ZipGenius: it let you perform several actions with just one click. Now it has been converted to a submenu of the "HOME" button and it appears only when you choose NORMAL layout.

How can I backup a folder of my choice?
ZipGenius now has an entire menu for backup features. Click on "Backup">"Folder..." and choose the folder to backup.

How can I backup pictures, video, music files and similar?
Open the "Backup" menu and choose what to backup.

Why only Windows XP® users can extract to a CD-ROM burner?
Windows XP® comes by default with CD burning features while previous version used to burn CD-ROMs through appropriate applications. This allowed many new features related to CD burning, because you can copy or move files to the CD-R/RW unit, which is the placeholder for a special folder where Windows stores them waiting for the burning process to be activated by user. ZipGenius uses this same feature: it extracts files and folders to that special location and user needs only to start the process. However we are trying to invent something to enable this feature also under Windows 98/ME and 2000.

Does ZipGenius handle ISO image files?
Yes, it does (experimental support, yet).

How can I customize ZipGenius window?
You can modify color scheme, fonts and appearance. Click on "Options" and go to the "Layout" page, where you can modify these setting.

I need to install ZipGenius on more than one computer: how can I export settings to other PCs?
This is a new feature. Click on "Options" and review all settings. If you are satisfied, click on "Export Settings". ZipGenius will ask you to select a location where to store the .REG file it is going to create; copy that file on a removable media (floppy disk, CD-R, Compact Flash, USB storage device and so on) and you are ready to copy settings. To store them on a different PC, just double click on the .REG file and Windows will ask you to confirm to store info in Windows Registry. Click "YES" and you're done.

Why ZipGenius can't be installed under Windows 95 or NT4.x anymore?
These older versions of Windows are going to be dismissed by Microsoft® and many ZipGenius advanced features can cause crashes when the program runs in those environments.

Is ZipGenius really free? Even for corporate users?
Yes, it is.

I want to pay to use ZipGenius: how can I send you my money?
ZipGenius is freeware, even if you decide to donate money to me: http://www.zipgenius.it/paypal.htm . The best move you could do is to donate to some charity near you.

Someone asked me money to download ZipGenius: is he/she authorized to do so?
No, nobody is authorized to ask money for ZipGenius download. Please, report details about this person to zginfo@zipgenius.it

What are ZGTools?
ZGTools are small programs that do many things and, optionally, they can extend ZipGenius rich set of features. Everybody can build his own ZGTool. For more info, see: How to build a ZGTool?

How can I build a batch file to automate ZipGenius actions? Any sample code?
Use Notepad and write a text file with ZipGenius commands for the command line. See: How to use ZipGenius from the command line. Finally, save that file with the .BAT extension. 

I have more than one PocketPC® device synchronized with my desktop PC...
Click "Options" and go to the "Mobile" page. You will find a dropdown list with all the PocketPC devices found. Choose one and click "OK". 

Why sidebar sometimes draws slowly?
Did you try new video drivers? 

Which are the size/file limits for ZIP format?
A ZIP file used to contain max 65536 files and its max size was 4 GB, but ZipGenius now uses ZipForge engine to handle ZIP files that go over those limits (Zip64 supported). You may also consider using the .7z archive format.

How can I make a slideshow?
First of all, check if ZG Album is installed. Open the "Actions" menu: do you see a menu item labeled "Make slideshow"? If not, launch ZipGenius setup again and install only ZG album, if you have downloaded ZipGenuius Suite Edition; if you have ZipGenius Standard Edition, you can download ZG Album from www.zipgenius.it.
There are two ways of making a slideshow:

  1. Through Scan and Zip: acquire pictures from a TWAIN devices, just as explained in Importing Pictures.
  2. By choosing a folder: click on "Make slideshow" in the "Actions" menu, choose a folder, write Album details and you're done.

How OpenOffice.org docs optimization works?
When OpenOffice.org stores its documents, it produces a bunch of XML files with different functions (style, content and so on) and image files, if document has images. Finally it zips all these files and changes the file extension to *.SX* (.SXW for Writer and so on); but OpenOffice.org doesn't use the maximum compression level because reading these docs would be slower. And you if you need to gain some extra KiloByte? Use ZipGenius, which can read and extract files from OpenOffice.org documents. ZipGenius extract all the contents of OOo documents and re-zip them using the Brutal compression level. Documents will be always working but you will have gained some KB. Optimized OpenOffice.org documents are zip files with an OOo extension and "ZG" as zip comment: this comment is used only by ZipGenius to recognize OOo already optimized documents (OpenOffice.org writes a new zip file each time you save your document, so the zip comment is automatically removed). 

What is the "file marker"?
You often open zip archives with hundreds of files inside and you are looking for just one file or for files of a given type. You may force ZipGenius to mark them with different font colors, styles and background color.

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