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Looking for new converter program?


 
ddpromo1 I'm looking for a program to convert zip files into to executable files to open as a program?

Using Xflip now but having problems with it.. need something new.


Posted on: 12:38 am on October 3, 2004
Alaska David -

 There is always the original commercial software, from the inventor, the late Phillip W. Katz:

http://www.pkware.com/

....then, the folks who introduced the Windows version:

http://www.winzip.com/

And, I found these with a Google search for zip freeware; they all come with an  .exe option:

the A43 File Management Utility:
http://www.shawneelink.net/~bgmiller/

not compatible with Zip files (I don't think), but has a compressed self-extracting .exe:
http://www.7-zip.org/

another Zip-compatible with a self-extractor:
http://www.quickzip.org/quickzip/information.php

hope some of these help, or at least get you started...

best -


Posted on: 8:50 pm on October 4, 2004
ddpromo1 Thanks for the imput. I'm not sure if these programs take zip files/folder and converts them to an executible file.

Posted on: 2:23 pm on October 6, 2004
Alaska David -

Perhaps we should spell out what you mean by 'executable file '...

These zip programs will compact your files into your choice of .zip format, or as a self-executing .exe file.  The advantage of the .exe being that your user does not have to have the same zip application to unzip them.

Otherwise, your compiler creates .exe files, that act more like an independent, stand-alone program.

 What kind of .exe were you looking for?


Posted on: 5:25 pm on October 6, 2004
ddpromo1 That's exactly what I'm looking for. So someone can click on an icon and the .exe opens up only it's encrypted.

I didn't see any topic in winzip 9.0 to explain how to do..

Thanks


Posted on: 10:48 pm on October 6, 2004
Alaska David -

 I'm looking at WinZip 7.0, and it's under 'Actions', 'Make .exe file', or <SHIFT> K.

I'm sure you meant 'compacted', not 'encrypted', right?

best -


Posted on: 12:49 am on October 7, 2004
ddpromo1 Well, maybe. I was understanding that by making an exe file it "encyptped" the file so no one can copy and paste or copy the file (let say an ebook) to make pirate copies.

I hope this makes sense.


Posted on: 2:15 am on October 7, 2004
Alaska David -

 Activ will take your html pages and compile them into a single .exe file.  You can turn the copying and printing functions off to discourage users from stealing your content.

 Some ebooks decompress their pages into an obscure temporary directory upon opening.  The ebook then usually deletes this temp directory when closing.  As an added safeguard, Activ creates those files in an encrypted format.

 So, you compile your ebook from web pages into an .exe file to build an ebook, and if desired, compress it to a .zip or .exe file to save space and download times.  Actually, Sunil's compilation is pretty thrifty, so you may not need the compression of the zip file.

 hope this helps -


Posted on: 9:36 am on October 7, 2004

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