FILE INFO TFC > Utilities > Pak/GCF tools File: PakExplorer v1.12 Filename:pakexp.zip Author:Ashley Bone Downloads: 1418 Description: This utility allows you to view the contents of any .pak file. It has an easy to use interface, much like that of Windows Explorer. It also allows you to export/import. Has a minor problem with long file names. Size: 84KB Date: 10/04/2002
A Quake .pak browser for Windows95 and WindowsNT 4.0
Copyright 1997 by Ashley Bone
This program requires mfc40.dll and msvcrt.dll. These files should be
place in your windows/system directory.
PakExplorer is freeware. You may distribute this program freely and without
charge, as long as all the files in the zip archive are included and not
modified in any way.
PakExplorer may not be included with or as part of any commercial product.
PakExplorer has NOT been tested on windowsNT. It should run on NT4.0, but
I'm not very familiar with it, so I can't guarantee that.
USERS OF PAKEXPLORER V1.0 should check the Options dialog for new settings
after installing v1.1.
PakExplorer is a browser for Quake PAK files which uses a Windows
Explorer-style interface. Some of the features of PakExplorer are:
- Registers .pak files from with the shell, so you can open them by
double-clicking in explorer.
- Supports drag and drop to _and_ from windows explorer, between two
PakExplorer windows, and within a single pak file.
- Supports cut and paste to and from explorer, between two .pak files, and
within a single pak file.
- Creates new pak files, using the command in PakExplorer _or_ through
the Windows 'New' menu, the same menu used to create new folders.
- Supports all internal operations - you can rename, move, and delete
folders and files, create new folders, and restore deleted files.
- Shows file names, sizes, and types in the list view. You can sort
by any of these attributes, in ascending or descending order.
- Removes unused space from pak files introduced when deleting or overwriting
- Extract files, retaining all path information. This feature is common in
most pak rippers, so I included it here.
- Launch files directly from the pak. Just double-click on the file to open it
with the program you normally use to view that type. PakExplorer keeps track
of the file and saves any changes you make back to the .pak.
- Play wave files without extracting them. Just highlight the wave file and
click the 'Play' toolbar button.
- Right-click context menus provide easy access to most commands.
- Many of PakExplorer's features are optional - you choose whether or not to
use them. You can configure PakExplorer's shell registration, choose when
to display confirmation messages, and more.
To install PakExplorer, simply extract pakexpl.exe from the zip file and place
it in the directory of your choice. If you move PakExplorer after using it,
you'll have to run the executable by itself once so it can register its new
location with the shell.
The first time you run PakExplorer, the Options dialog will appear. Set the
options you want, then click ok. If you want to change these options in the
future, choose 'Options' from the View menu.
After setting the options, place and size the PakExplorer window to your
satisfaction. You can now open pak files by doubling-clicking on them or
choosing "Open Pak" in the file menu.
To uninstall, run the uninstall.exe program included with PakExplorer. This will remove
all of PakExplorer's settings from the registry. You can then delete all of the files
from the archive.
- When cutting, deleting, or overwriting files, only the entry name of the
file is removed. The data remains intact. Use the Restore command to
'undelete' the file, or the Recover Unused space to permanently delete it.
- The maximum length of a pathname in a pak is 56 characters. That applies
to the entire path, not just the filename.
- PakExplorer requires filenames to follow the 8.3 rules, since Quake
is a DOS program.
- Files cannot be cut from Windows Explorer - only copied. They can be
moved during a drag operation.
- Dragging to the desktop without holding any keys down doesn't behave
correctly. The drag icon signifies a copy operation, but the file gets
moved. Dragging with the SHIFT or CONTROL keys works correctly.
- Creating a new folder also creates a zero-length file in the new folder.
This is because empty folders don't really exist inside pak files. You
can delete the file once you add something else to the new folder.
- Each of the Extract commands overwrites any files with duplicate names
in the directory they are extracted to. This behavior is by design. There
is an optional confirmation dialog which you can enable by opening the Options
dialog. The confirmation dialog doesn't check to see if any of the files
exists, it just warns you that they'll be blown away if they do.
v1.12 (ok, maybe not the absolute final) - April 15, 1997
- added several minor UI improvements - open/new tool bar buttons,
pressing enter opens files and folders, list control keeps focus
after opening a folder, backspace backs up one level in the hier-
archy, put borders around toolbar play and stop icons in case user
has a REALLY ugly color scheme and can't see the icons
- playing a wave sound while another is in progress now stops the first
and plays the second
v1.1 (Final Release) - March 31, 1997
- improved status bar updating
- added ability to move files during drag from windows explorer
- fixed one other minor bug
v1.1 BETA 2 - March 13, 1997
- created a new icon for the application
- added sorting by column in the list view
- refresh command actually does something now
- added most recently used list
- added optional overwrite warning when extracting files
- added 'extract to' command
- added launching files from pak
- added playing wave files from pak
- added new ui elements and Options dialog controls for new
- trying to access pak file on non-present removable media no
longer crashes windows95
- fixed user interface updating in tree when invalid pak file is opened
- fixed several other user interface updating issues
- fixed file renaming bugs
- fixed conflict between in-place filename editing and accelerator keys
v1 BETA 1 - March 2, 1997