Saturday, May 22, 2010

TAR - What the heck?

Why TAR?
Due to a systemcrash and a complete windows failure I was forced to install a new operatingsystem. I have done so but my WinAce, wich was so loyal for over 10 years, won't work the way I wanted anymore. So I've been searching for a replacement for .ace to archive files. I found Peazip and I'll be posting in .tar files from now on. Tar is an universal used, non-compressing, archive system.

There is no use to compress mp3 files because mp3 is already a sort of compression of its own so you don’t get much smaller files. In Tar the files are not being compressed at all but they are bundled for easy web-transportation.

As there is no compression the .tar files can be renamed .mp3 and they can be played with your mp3 player as an album in one go. Sometimes, if tracks are mixed into eachother, it sounds even more like a CD cause there are no stops between the tracks.
Another advantage is that Tar files will stay alive much longer than the popular Zip, 7z or Rar files. That was the main reason to use .ace files.

I understand that not everybody knows how to open .tar files. Peazip, 7Zip, WinAce, WinRar, IZarc, Alzip, Bitzipper, Squeez, ExtractNow and ZipX all have the abillity to extract .tar files. Still there can be someone out there who isn't able to extract them...

You can use PeaZip on all Windows version and on Linux (PeaZip is a desktop neutral application) with the same features and look and feel; moreover, for both platforms, PeaZip is also available as standalone, portable application not needing installation.

PeaZip is freeware, free of charge for any personal and corporate use, and is also free as in freedom since it's Open Source (LGPLv3). PeaZip contains exclusively Open Source components released under OSI approved licenses.

PeaZip is an open source file and archive manager: cross platform, available as portable and installable software for 32 and 64 bit Windows (9x, 2k, XP, Vista, 7) and Linux (PeaZip is a desktop neutral application).

Full support
7z, FreeArc's arc/wrc, sfx (7z and arc), bz2, gz, paq/lpaq, pea, quad/balz, split, tar, upx, zip

Read (browse, extract, test) 118 file extensions
7z, bz, bz2, bzip2, tbz2, tbz, gz, gzip, tgz, tpz, tar, zip, z01, smzip, arj, cab, chm, chi, chq, chw, hxs, hxi, hxr, hxq, hxw, lit, cpio, deb, lzh, lha, rar, r01, 00, rpm, z, taz, tz, iso, jar, ear, war, lha, pet, pup, pak, pk3, pk4, slp, [Content], xpi, wim, u3p, lzma86, lzma, udf, xar, dmg, hfs, part1, split, swm, tpz, kmz, xz, txz, vhd, mslz, apm, mbr, fat, ntfs, exe, dll, sys, msi, msp, ods, ots, odm, oth, oxt, odb, odf, odg, otg, odp, otp, odt, ott, gnm, doc, dot, xls, xlt, ppt, pps, pot, docx, dotx, xlsx, xltx, swf, flv, quad, balz, zpaq, paq8f, paq8jd, paq8l, paq8o, lpaq1, lpaq5, lpaq8, ace, arc, wrc, 001, pea, cbz, cbr, cba, cb7, cbt.

In the Linux, a .TAR file is the equivalent of a .ZIP file in Windows. It is an archived file containing multiple files and are meant primarily for ease of transport and storage. Many applications that you download will be available in .TAR archives. Luckily, just as it is as simple as a few clicks to extract a .ZIP file in Windows, it is equally as easy to extract a .TAR archive in Linux.

Step 1: Use your mouse and right-click on the .TAR file. This will bring up a menu of options from which you can choose.

Step 2: Click on "Open Archive Manager." This is the default option when working with .TAR files in Linux. Clicking on it opens the archive manager, which is the program that can read and extracts these files.

Step 3: Highlight the files from the archive that you want to extract. You can choose to extract all of them or just individual ones.

Step 4: Right click on the highlighted files and select the "Extract Here" option. This will extract it the to the same directory the archive is in.

Springy 1.6.1

A simple to use, yet powerful archiving and compression utility for Mac OS X. Springy integrates seamlessly with the Finder and includes some very useful features. All archiving tasks can be done via Drag and Drop, system Services Menu or through Springy’s Finder contextual menu.

- Open and browse the contents of an archive or disk image without extracting any file from it.
- Quickly extract all files or only files of choice from an archive or disk image.
- Quickly extract the whole archive or disk image by double-clicking its file in a Finder.
- Modify the contents of an existing archive or disk image: add, overwrite, delete and rename files in an archive or disk image.
- Full Drag & Drop support for archiving and extracting from and into Finder.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

THANKS... -seriously- thanks for all your hard work and sharing. VERY much appreciated!!!