ANYZIP Help Documentation: Glossary

Add Files: The process of including files in an archive from various directories on your computer - this step usually follows the creation of a new archive and is required to be completed in order to create a new archive.

Archive File: A file format which allows you to compress and store a large number of files within a single file. Archive files are of different formats and they can be created with differing levels of compression based on whether you need smaller archives or more quickly readable archives.

CAB: This is a compression format used by Microsoft setup programs. Microsoft uses this format to group and compress files that are required to install files required for the Windows Operating System. CAB files can be opened using AnyZip.

Compression Ratio: When AnyZip adds files to an archive it compresses the files based on either its default values or user-specified options. Ratio indicates the extent of compression of the file in relation to its original size. Therefore, a 5 MB document, compressed to 3.5 MB will have a compression ration of 30% i.e. (5-3.5) divided by 5. The Ratio field in the AnyZip Main Window is used to indicate compression ratio of the file.

Context Menu: An AnyZip feature which works when trying to perform actions on archive files from within the Windows Explorer. The Context Menu ensures that the actions you can perform on files are based on whether the file you are trying to work with is an archive or any other type of file. This convenient feature makes it easy to use AnyZip more effectively while creating, reading or extracting from an archive.

CRC: Cyclic Redundancy Checksum. This is derived based on the contents of a file within the archive and is used by AnyZip to verify if the file being extracted has been altered improperly, in which case extraction and other operations cannot be performed.

Create Archive: A process by which a new compressed file can be created. This requires files to be added to it as a necessary final step of the creation process.

Explorer Integration: An AnyZip feature which allows you to access AnyZip functionality from within the Windows Explorer window without having to actually open the application itself. Provides convenience while working with archive and allows you to create, add, extract and email archive files.

Extract: A process by which files within an archive can be downloaded to your computer for viewing and editing.

Favorites: A convenient AnyZip option which allows you to identify important or frequently used archive files. When an archive is added as a Favorite, it can be opened without having to scroll through Windows folders. A simple selection of the file from the Favorites folder is adequate to access the archive file.

GZIP: This is a file format which is normally used to store TAR files. It cannot contain more than one file.

Infotip: Any AnyZip feature which allows you to view the contents of an archive without having to open the archive file.

Install Function: An AnyZip features which allows you to launch install an application from within an archive containing a Setup.EXE or Install.EXE file, without the need to specifically launch the file yourself.

Keyboard Shortcut: Most AnyZip functions can be accessed from the AnyZip Toolbar. In addition these can also be launched from the AnyZip menus by scrolling down to the required action. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to launch an action within AnyZip without the need to click on the Tool Bar icons or on individual menu items.

Multi-Volume Archive: Occasionally you might be required to create an archive consisting of large files, resulting in an archive which is larger than can be accommodated on a single storage disk. Such archives can be created to span across multiple storage disks and are known as multi-volume archives. They are very useful if you need to transport the contents of a single archive using storage media such as 1.44 MB floppy diskettes.

Packed Size: This field shows the size of a file within an archive after the archive is created. This is different from the actual size of a file within an archive. It may vary based on the extent of compression that you require. Please note that unless

Path: The location of a file on your computer. This information is useful because it allows you to easily organize and locate the files on your computer.

Preserve File Path: While adding files to an archive you can choose this option. When you do so, AnyZip stores the information related to the location from which the file was added to the archive. This information is useful if you would like to extract a file to a specific folder on your computer without requiring the user to enter this information.

RAR: Applications such as Winrar can be used to create RAR files. RAR is a compression format, and the files within a RAR can be extracted or viewed using AnyZip.

Self-Extracting EXE: A self-extracting EXE is an executable file. It is intended to allow you to distribute an archive to users who may not have access to a compression software like AnyZip. When the recipient opens a self-extracting EXE, all the files in that are extracted to a specified folder.

Sort: The process of organizing files within an archive. Files in an archive can be sorted based on their names, file types, file sizes, compression ratios, original location etc.

Split to Volumes: You might often be required to send an archive file to other users using an external devices such as a floppy disk drive. If the archive file is going to be large, you can ensure that AnyZip automatically restricts the size of each file being added to the archive. In order to do so, you can select this option and specify the size cap for each file. When you specify this cap, AnyZip will create archive files in such a way that they are all no more larger than the cap size specified.

Status Bar: This is a display field that shows information related to the number of files in the archive, their combined size and compressed size. It is placed at the bottom of the AnyZip main window. The Status Bar also displays the readiness status of the archive file for user operation such as extraction, addition of files and deletion of files.

TAR: The term TAR is derived from Tape Archive. Unlike formats like ZIP, it is not a compression format, but is instead a format for grouping files. It is typically related to Unix based applications.

Wizard: This is a facility within AnyZip that allows you to perform normal file related operations within the application through a series of easy to use steps, Three functions i.e. Create new archive, Update existing archive and Extract files from an archive can be performed using the AnyZip Wizard function.