Easy 7-Zip


Easy 7-Zip
Easy 7-Zip Screen Shot (click to view more)

  • Version: 0.1.2
  • Size: 2.5 MB
  • Release Date: February 17, 2014
  • Platforms: Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/2008/2003/XP/2000 (both 32-bit and 64-bit compatible)
  • License: Open source freeware (Same as 7-Zip). Most of the source code is under the GNU LGPL license. The unRAR code is under a mixed license: GNU LGPL + unRAR restrictions. You can use Easy 7-Zip on unlimited computers for personal and commercial purposes without any charges.


What is Easy 7-Zip?

Briefly speaking, Easy 7-Zip is an easy-to-use version of 7-Zip. Easy 7-Zip was built based on 7-Zip 9.20. I kept all features of 7-Zip and added a few useful features that makes the software more user-friendly.

7-Zip is a free and great file decompression and compression software that handles 7z, ARJ, BZIP2, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, GZIP, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, TAR, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR, XZ, Z, and ZIP files. 7-Zip was developed by Igor Pavlov.


Why did I make Easy 7-Zip?

7-Zip is a great software. I love it very much. Thank Igor Pavlov. However, when I used the 7-Zip frequently, I thought the software could be better. And, there isn't new official version released since version 9.20 (Nov 18, 2010). So, I downloaded source code of 7-Zip and, studied and modified the code in my leisure time, and made the Easy 7-Zip. I hope the Easy 7-Zip is useful for everybody.


What features were added to Easy 7-Zip?

1. Adds icons to context menu

When I was using WinZip or WinRAR, I can easily find menu items of WinZip or WinRAR in context menu of Explorer. As there are icons with the menu items. However, 7-Zip doesn't offer the feature. So I decided to add the feature first. When it's done, the context menu looks like the following screen shots.

Adds icons to context menu
Adds icons to context menu

Adds icons to cascaded context menu
Adds icons to cascaded context menu

2. Adds options to Extract dialog

Adds options to Copy dialog

I added 4 features to the extract dialog in 7-Zip File Manager.

  1. Button "Open": Easy 7-Zip will open output folder when clicking on the button. So you can easily view files or directories in the folder by a click.
  2. Button "Filename": When the button is clicked, Easy 7-Zip adds file name to end of output folder so that the program will create folder of file name and extract files to the folder. For example, file name is sample.7z, output folder is D:\Output, when clicking the button, the output folder will be D:\Output\sample, and all files will be outputted to the folder.
  3. Show free and total space of output drive. It's useful for large file.
  4. Options "After extraction completes successfully":
    • Open output folder: If the option is checked, Easy 7-Zip opens output folder after extraction. So that you can locate to the output files easily.
    • Delete source archive: Delete source archive after extraction completes successfully. If any errors happen while extracting, for example, wrong password, the Easy 7-Zip won't delete the source archive.
    • Close 7-Zip: Close 7-Zip after extraction.

Extract dialog of context menu was changed to something like screen shot below.

Adds options to Extract dialog



3. Keeps same output folder history

7-Zip uses separated output folder history for extract dialog of 7-Zip File Manager and context menu. However, we probably use either way to extract file and we can't find output folder history of another. I made Easy 7-Zip uses same output folder history for the both extract dialogs and extends number of output folder history up to 30.

Extract dialog of 7-Zip File Manager
Extract dialog of 7-Zip File Manager

Extract dialog of context menu
Extract dialog of context menu

4. Minimizes to system tray when clicking "Background" on progress dialog

It's something like the 7-Zip does nothing when clicking on "Background" in original 7-Zip. Actually the 7-Zip sets progress priority of itself to idle. So user could do other things without performance loss on the same computer. However, it could be better if the 7-Zip minizes to system tray when background working. I got the feature possible in Easy 7-Zip. The program shows progress in system tray as well.

I also added percent of progress to the dialog, although the percent shows in title of the dialog. As I don't get used to see the percent in dialog title.

Adds percent to progress dialog

Minimize to system tray

If you can't find the icon in system tray area, it probably was hidden by Windows. Please click a little triangle in system tray area and, you will get the icon.

Show icon

5. Makes a new installation file

I made a package of Easy 7-Zip that contains both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) editions. In other word, the package installs x86 (32-bit) edition of Easy 7-Zip on 32-bit Windows and x64 (64-bit) edition on 64-bit Windows automatically. The package also allows user to associate 7-Zip with file extensions including 001, 7z, arj, bz2, bzip2, cab, cpio, deb, dmg, fat, gz, gzip, hfs, iso, lha, lzh, lzma, ntfs, rar, rpm, squashfs, swm, tar, taz, tbz2, tbz, tgz, tpz, txz, vhd, wim, xar, xz, z, and zip.

New installation

6. Fixes bugs


Why size of Easy 7-Zip is larger than 7-Zip?

  1. Package of Easy 7-Zip contains both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) editions of EXE and DLL files.
  2. 7-Zip was compiled with MS Visual C++ 6.0. However, I compiled the Easy 7-Zip with MS Visual C++ 2008. The later generates larger file than the former. And, I optimized Easy 7-Zip with maximize speed instead of minimize size and, enabled whole program optimization that will generate more efficient code.

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Easy 7-Zip is clean. It's checked by VirusTotal.

If you need silent setup, you can add parameter /VERYSILENT in command line. For more parameters, please click here.


Suggestions

Please contact me at <james at e7z dot org> if you have questions or suggestions with Easy 7-Zip.

 


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