(I use the 'noinst'/'UniExtract Binary Archive' version)
gdv requested a feature:
I would appreciate an option to keep Universal Extractor open when it completes its task. Often when I use it, I want to check several files, and it would be nice if it just stayed open to be re-used.
I didn't know (until yesterday when I was browsing the forum) that you had included context menu commands with the installer version, and I had simply installed it as a standalone. I've now run the installer and the context menus certainly make it simpler to access, and reduce the need for the option to have it stay open.
But if it isn't too difficult, I would still appreciate that option.
That should be doable. Will explore options for the next major release.
I just want to say that I also would like that feature as well.
For the record there's also a person on The Portable Freeware Collection that has requested such a feature as well
So how should it work more specifically?
Either it should stay open and look like when you start it up; that is with the two "Archive/Installer to extract:" & "Destination directory:" boxes empty.
Or it should stay open having the two boxes filled out with what they have just previously been filled out with from the file you previously ran through Universal Extractor.
It could be made so you had the option to choose between these two ways
I don't know if it could be made so you could choose this preference from within the program and store it (though I do see there's an 'Edit'->'Preferences' available and a 'UniExtract.ini'). Maybe it should be made as a "command line parameter". From my experience they can look like (following a space) -parametername
or just parametername
I want to note though that I have found out that you can also just double-click a lot of times on/initiate multiple processes of Universal Extractor (and in this way you kinda get the workings of 'the first suggested working way' - though you have multiple windows open instead of just one (+it's difficult to know before-hand how many open windows you are gonna need)).
For instance I wanted to be able to extract the Wallpapers out from these .exe files: link examples 1
, link example 2
(yes it's wierd the download link in 'link example 2' is called "Download Game") or (being able to be sure to) have the Mario Forever game (download links here
, fx you could try the v4.4
) without getting toolbar
) installed. I never succeeded in getting the wallpapers extracted. And regarding the Mario Forever game... well first I extracted using 'E_Wise Unpacker' -> it gives you some folders with some files without filenames in a 'TEMP' folder. I tried renaming 'APP_EXE_NAME' to 'APP_EXE_NAME.exe' (just found out that this really isn't necassary (update again: oh actually it is if you want to use the 'Not an InstallShield installer' option)) and drag-and-dropped it and ran it through Universal Extractor. The first option 'isxunpack extraction' didn't work. Neither did the 'Not an InstallShield installer' option I think (don't know about that 'Click OK if you'd like to analyze the file yourself' (BTW if pressing cancel it leaves an empty 'APP_EXE_NAME' folder)). The 'InstalShield /b switch' option I don't know about - the "If you believe this file may possibly be malicious, it is recommended that you do not continue. Do you want to continue with extraction?" message scared me away.
I wonder if Universal Extractor has an option like this one
for .msi's? I used it on some file (can't currently remember which) and it worked out really well - better than the attempts I had made with Universal Extractor (and also I also think I tried jsMSIx
and Less MSIérables
). I guess that option isn't unsafe/dangerous or anything? The 'InstalShield /b switch' option isn't like that one or what? because why else would it give that warning message?
Could you please maintain a list of which version (and maybe it's necassary with date and size too?) of each extractor (or 'helper binaries' as you call them
) is in the (as a minimum) newest release? maybe as a text file in the release folder (AKA bundled along with every download) (like 'uniextract_changelog.txt')? Also
maybe (I would prefer this as well
) available online like ChangeLog
. (Though I have noticed that you do have a ToDo
which is nice (fx it currently says "new MSI unpacker").)
Oh just noticed a drag and drop bug; If you drag and drop a file into Universal Extractor, then Universal Extractor auto fills out the two boxes - fine, very nice, I use this feature and like it very much - but then if you change your mind and decide you don't wanna extract that file but another one instead so you drag and drop another file into Universal Extractor, then Universal Extractor only auto fills/change the top "Archive/Installer to extract:" box, but the lower second "Destination directory:" box remains having the text/location Universal Extractor auto filled out when you drag and dropped the first file.
Could I have a way to control where it starts? if it should be in the middle or what. Right now the application starts centered in the middle. It could be cool with a possibility to store the position from last exit. Maybe "command line parameter"? Maybe position from last time stored in a .ini? Or maybe both
What is your opinion on PortableApps.com
? I think I would like your application being available from PortableApps. It would belong under 'Utilities
' I guess. I found these links:http://portableapps.com/node/3115
- Forums » General Forums » Request Apps » Universal Extractor (2006)http://portableapps.com/node/16358
- Forums » General Forums » Request Apps » Universal Extractor (UniExtract): could become a part of PortableApps (2008)http://portableapps.com/node/24531
- Forums » Development Forums » Beta Testing » Universal Extractor Portable 1.6.1 Dev Test 4 (2010)http://portableapps....e_portable_apps
- News » PortableApps.com Debuts Freeware Portable Apps (2009)