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Download of the Day: Universal Extractor 1.6.1

The archive extractor that knows all
By Steve Dougherty from May 12, 2010 @ 8:49 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Universal Extractor 1.6.1.


Universal Extractor is a program do to exactly what it says: extract files from any type of archive, whether it's a simple zip file, an installation program (like Wise or NSIS), or even a Windows Installer (.msi) package.


This application is not intended to be a general purpose archiving program. It will never replace WinRAR, 7-Zip, etc. What it will do is allow you to extract files from virtually any type of archive, regardless of source, compression method, etc. The original motivation behind this project was to create an easy, convenient way to extract files from installation packages, such as Inno Setup or Windows Installer packages, without pulling up a command line every time.




The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 1.6.1


* Added support for environmental variables (eg., specify %temp% for debug dir)
* Added support for XZ compressed files and txz/tlz archives via 7-Zip
* Added support for Windows Installer merge modules (.msm) via MsiX
* Added support for NBH files via NBHextract
* Added translations for Armenian, Czeck, Persian (Farsi), Serbian, Swedish
* Changed 7-Zip unpacking behavior;now attempts brute force extraction only after External PEiD scan;change due to aggressive .exe resource extraction in new versions
* Changed Windows installer support (.msi, .msp) to use MsiX instead of msi2xml
* Changed LZMA support to use 7-Zip for extraction
* Changed FEAD support to use PEiD rather than TrID for detection
* Changed following formats to call 7z by name (also see 7-Zip debug comment):bz2, chm, gz, tar, Z this is mostly for code cleanup; functionality should be the same
* Fixed InstallShield 5.x regression in 1.6 preventing successful extraction
* Fixed bug in extraction of non-TAR LZW compressed files
* Fixed bug that prevented picking files after toggling history option
* Fixed bug in display of history combo boxes when no items listed
* Fixed cosmetic bug in Visual C++ SFX status dialog
* Fixed cosmetic bug in status dialogs due to extra padding by AutoIt
* Removed lzma helper binary
* Removed msi2xml helper binary and MSXML download link on MSI selection page
* Removed Windows NT 4.0 support from installer
* Removed debug output for 7-Zip, arj, hlp; buffers output, preventing proper user feedback and input prompts
* Updated success/fail detection to check output directory timestamp; can detect cases where files are overwritten, which old method missed; will still consider failed if user chooses not to overwrite files, or if all files are written to a subdirectory of the output directory
* Updated RPM and DEB support to extract interim CPIO and TAR files
* Updated FEAD support to workaround read-only permission issue
* Updated Zip support to log unzip output and permit minor reported unzip errors
* Updated PEiD detection of Microsoft SFX cab files for more reliable extraction
* Updated some UniExtract window sizes for better internationalization support
* Updated translations for Italian, Korean, Russian
* Updated 7-Zip to 9.13 beta
* Updated AutoIt to and replaced deprecated _ArrayCreate UDF
* Updated InfoZip unzip to 6.0.0
* Updated Inno Setup to 5.3.9
* Updated innounp to 0.31 (supports Inno Setup 5.3.9)
* Updated InstallExplorer WCX to 0.9.2
* Updated MSI WCX to 1.2.1
* Updated PEiD to 0.95
* Updated UnRAR to 3.93


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