Software Update: PeaZip 3.1 Beta

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A new beta release of PeaZip was released on Saturday. This archiving program is available under an open source license and tries to differentiate itself from the competition by specializing in security. Encrypting data is therefore the spearhead of our own pea format. The program can create 7z, bz2, gz, paq/lpaq, pea, quad, tar, upx and zip files and extract various file formats including ace, arj, cab, deb, iso, lha , rar and rpm. The following changes and improvements have been made in this beta release:


  • Updated 7z 9.12 (Windows)
    • Updated sfx modules
    • Support reading/writing PPMd compressed ZIP files


  • Updated Wolfgang Ehrhardt’s libraries

File manager

  • Added option to force “Open as archive” in “Open with…” menu
  • Added link to Google’s Language Tools in “Search on the web” submenu (in application’s context menu > Misc)
  • Allows to set working directory both for archive creation and archive preview jobs
  • Displays if the archive is encrypted in application’s title bar
  • Displays if the path is inside a PeaZip’s temporary path (ie browsing archives inside archives), highlighting in light yellow the address and search bar
  • Displays selected compression level in title bar in archiving interface (7z/p7zip archive types)
  • Improved displaying UTF-8 encoded names in archive manager (7z/p7zip)
  • Remember alternative extraction action for 7z, arc and ace backends
  • (Windows) Added navigation links to system’s recent (all Windows systems), to searches and downloads (introduced by Vista), and libraries (introduced by Seven)
  • (Windows) Link user’s SendTo in “Settings”, simplify customizing entries in this menu
  • Various fixes
    • Shift+character hotkeys canged to Shift+Ctrl+character: Shift+Ctrl+N, Shift+Ctrl+7, Shift+Ctrl+B, Shift+Ctrl+G, Shift+Ctrl+S, Shift+Ctrl+T, Shift+ Ctrl+Z
    • Fixed behavior of Extract without paths option in extraction interface
    • Fixed division by zero error if a string longer than 19500 characters is provided as keyfile path or extraction path
    • (Windows 7) fixed “Search and drag here” entries

Extraction AND archiving

  • Added option to run job windows minimized, in Options > Settings > Pea Launcher combo box
  • On “extract selected” (default action for extract button in toolbar, while browsing an archive) and “extract displayed” it is now possible to switch directly to “extract all” from extraction interface

Windows installer

  • Added new optional context menu entries to directly add to 7z and zip at fastest, normal or ultra compression levels
  • Changed MultiSelectModel, can now select up to 100 items from context menu entries
  • Removed + and – prefixes in legacy context menu entries

Version number 3.1 beta
Release status beta
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 7 x64, Windows 2000, Linux, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP x64, Windows Server 2003 x64, Linux AMD64, Linux IA-64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows Server 2008
Website SourceForge
File size 6.02MB
License type GPL
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