AnyZip overview page describes some of the common functionality
and user-interfaces within AnyZip.
After completing the installation
of AnyZip, please click on the AnyZip shortcut on the Windows Desktop
or on the Quick Launch toolbar to open the application. When you
launch AnyZip, the following screen is displayed:
Figure: AnyZip Startup Confirmation
For further information on the options
available in this screen, please access the Using AnyZip and its Menu Commands>page,
which describes these in detail. For the present please click No
to open AnyZip.
This will load the AnyZip main window,
which is shown here.
Figure: AnyZip Main
AnyZip main window has the following features and options:
The AnyZip Menu Bar
Figure: AnyZip Menu Bar
AnyZip Menu Bar contains the Menu which provide you access to all
of the functionality within AnyZip. The menu can be accessed either
by clicking on each of the items individually or by using the keyboard.
For access using the keyboard, please press Alt+highlighted letter.
example, to access the File menu, press Alt+F or click on File.
Figure: AnyZip File Menu
AnyZip Menu Bar is particularly useful for experienced Windows users
who prefer to work their way around Menus using the keyboard instead
of the mouse.
The AnyZip Tool bar
Figure: AnyZip Tool Bar
AnyZip Toolbar provides you quick access to common AnyZip functionality
without having to work through individual menus in the Menu Bar.
It is particularly useful for experienced Windows users who prefer
to work their way around an application using a mouse or other pointing
devices to access application functions.
added feature of AnyZip is that the icons for commonly used functions
are displayed next to individual items on the Menu Bar - these correspond
to the icons on the toolbar and make it easy to invoke functions
directly from the AnyZip Toolbar.
AnyZip Toolbar has the following buttons which are explained in
detail in the page titled Using AnyZip and its Menu Commands
Archive: Use this option to open existing archive files
for adding, viewing or extracting files
Archive: Click on this option to close an open archive file
File(s) to Archive: Click on this option to Add one or more
files to an existing archive
File(s) from Archive: Click on this option to Extract Files
from an open archive
File: Click on this button to view the contents of a selected
file within an archive
from Archive: Click on this button to install an application
by running a file (normally Setup.exe) within the archive
Archive: Click on this option to set a password for an archive
to ensure that only users with the correct password can
open an archive
Wizard: Click this option to launch the AnyZip Wizard that
walks you through the process of creating an archive, extracting
files or updating and existing archive.
Archives: Click on this button to call up a list of Favorite
(frequently accessed) archives
Self-Extracting EXE: Click on this option to create a self-extracting
EXE which can be distributed to users who may not have an
installation of AnyZip or any other compression software.
Self-extracting EXEs are also useful when the files within
the archive are to be extracted to specific folders and/or
Options: Click on this option to launch an application options
window which allows you to configure AnyZip rules.
The File Attributes bar
screenshot below shows the default file attributes displayed for
files within an archive;
Figure: AnyZip archive information
The names of all the files that are stored within the archive. This
is a mandatory field and you cannot deselect this while customizing
the fields to be displayed.
This field displays the original size of the file prior to compression.
Therefore a file of 5MB would show a Size of 5MB in this field.
The file extension (for example, .DOC, .XLS, .htm) for each file
within the archive
The date on which the file was added to the archive
In some cases, and based on user selected options, AnyZip stores
information related to the original path form where the file was
added to the archive. This information is helpful if it is required
that a file be always extracted to a specific folder or location
during the extraction process and you do not want to let the user
decide which directory to extract to.
can customize the information related to files within the archive,
by adding or removing fields to the main window display. This can
be done by right-clicking the mouse while on the list of file attributes.
This displays a list of attributes of which you can select the ones
you would like to add or deselect attributes you may not require.
Figure: Additional Archive attributes
additional fields that can be added are as follows:
This displays the amount of compression for a file. Therefore, if
AnyZip has been able to compress a 5 MB file to 1 MB, this field
will display a value of 80%.
Size: This displays the size of the file as contained within the
Zip file. In the above example (see Ratio), this field would display
a value of 1MB.
This field displays the Cyclic Redundancy Checksum of an archived
file. For more information on CRC, please visit the FAQs section
of the Help documentation.
This field displays the attributes of the archived file. For more
information on Attribute, please visit the FAQs section of the Help
Files within an archive: As you can see from the initial screenshot
listing the default fields, there is an indicator pointing upward
next to the columns titled Name. This shows that any files would
be sorted in Ascending order of name i.e. In a 0-9, A-Z order. In
order to re-sort them by descending order of name, please click
on the Name field; this will cause the indicator to point downwards.
Further, in order to sort by another column name, please click on
that column heading and change the indicator to point up or down.
The AnyZip Status Bar
main window of AnyZip shown above has a bar at the bottom which
currently reads Ready. This is the AnyZip Status Bar. It
displays information related to the current activities being performed
by AnyZip on an archive. For instance, when an archive is being
created it shows the progress of the archive creation process. When
an archive is opened, it displays information on the number of files
in the archive and the size and compression ratio for that archive.
Figure: AnyZip Status Bar
shown in the screenshot above, the Status Bar consists of three
extreme left section displays the progress of the archive.
middle section shows the number of files and the compression ratio
of the archive
extreme right section displays the number and size of files within
the archive that have been selected. In this example, six files
with a total size of 188 KB have been selected.