Some of the important features of the ZIP Writer addon are listed below. This is followed by an overview of this addon. This summary contains few words about the addon, its function, and its features. Next is FAQ, this section is useful to get information about how this addon works in your browser. If you couldn't find a specific answer, please fill the bug report form on this page or the contact form on the homepage to let us know about your question. Following the FAQ, is the bug report form. It is designed to collect user feedbacks and bugs about this addon. Users can suggest improvements or feature requests through this form too. The next section is for submitting comments about this addon which uses the Facebook comments plugin. The last section is dedicated to reports submitted through the GitHub website. We hope the information provided on this page, could help you get all the basics you need about this addon and enable you to have a better experience with ZIP Writer.
In short, ZIP Writer is a browser extension that let you easily compress files to a zip folder and download it to your systems via browser. If you want to contribute to the developement of this addon, please fork it on GitHub, and push your changes to a named branch. Moreover, you can review all the comments made on GitHub commits.
4 Reasons to Use ZIP Writer
Has a stand-alone popup window to drag & drop zip files.
All uploaded files will be displayed in a the UI.
You can download a single compressed file to your system.
Available for Firefox, Chrome and Opera browsers on all operating systems.
This video gives you an idea of how the extension works in your browser.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is ZIP Writer?
ZIP Writer is a browser add-on that help you easily convert a file(s) to a single compressed file (zip). Simply drag & drop files to a designated area in the app UI (top section). All the uploaded files will be listed in the UI. You can click on the - Download ZIP file - button in order to download the ZIP file to your system (default download location). There is also a reload button at the top left corner in the app UI. Clicking on this button will reload the app and resets all active operations. If you want to zip multiple files, please drag & drop them altogether in the app (top section). It is also necessary to reload the UI after each zip operation.
2. How can I work with this add-on?
As mentioned above, simply open the app UI, then drag & drop desired files in the designated area (top section). Alternatively, you can click on the - Choose a zip file - button, to open the file selector and then select your file(s) from there. Once all the files are fully loaded in the app, you can view the content in the below section (section 2). At the bottom of the UI there is a button to download the compressed file to your machine. Once the zip operation is done, please click on the reload button once to make the app ready for another zip operation.
3. How can I download the source code for ZIP Writer?
To download the source code for this extension from Chrome Web Store, it is recommended to use Extension Source Downloader. With this addon, you can download the source code as a ZIP or CRX format to your machine. If you want to download the source code from the Firefox addons store, please open the firefox download link (if available) in the Firefox browser and then right-click on the - Add to Firefox - button and select - Save Link As... - item. Choose the destination folder on your machine and then save the file in XPI format. You can then rename the XPI format to a RAR or ZIP file. Some extensions may have a GitHub repo address, which you can use to download the source code as well. But, it may not be the latest version of the addon. Therefore, downloading the source code from the official web stores is the best option as it always gives you the latest version of the addon.
4. How does ZIP Writer addon work?
This addon uses the free and open source conversion library called ZIP.js. ZIP library uses non-blocking operations in the browser to compress data, therefore it won’t slow-down your browser while working. Please note that this addon only works with ZIP file format. Other compressed file formats such as RAR, GZ and etc. are not supported yet.
5. Can I upload and compress a folder with multiple files?
No, unfortunately this addon is only designed for uploading files, not a folder/sub-folders. If you have a folder with multiple files/folders in it, please first collect all files to a single folder (without any subfolders) and then upload them into the app.
6. How do I turn the extension OFF?
When app UI is closed, this addon is completely OFF and has no usage (RAM/CPU) at all. Alternatively, if you want to completely turn off the addon, please head to the extensions tab in your browser and then click on the disable button from there.
7. Is this extension available for mobile firefox (Firefox for android)?
Yes, this addon is available for all browsers and platforms including mobile Firefox and Opera browsers.
8. How can I reload the app UI?
When you open the app UI, you will see a reload button on the top left corner. Please press on this button to reload the UI. Also note that, reloading the UI will terminate all active zip operations and reset the - ZIP Writer - addon.
9. How can I download the compressed file?
Once an extraction (unzip operation) is done, you can click on the - download zip file - button at the bottom of the UI. This will download the compressed file to your machine at the default download location in your system.
10. How can I change the download path for the extracted files?
In order to change the download location, please head to the settings tab in your browser and then find the download manager section. Within this section, you can adjust the download path. This will globally change the download location for all you downloads in your browser.
11. Can I also compress files to RAR format with this addon?
This addon is specifically designed for ZIP file formats. If you want to compress files to a RAR file, you need to install a separate addon. In future, support for RAR file formats will be added.
12. Does this addon has a comparable performance to native ZIP applications?
No, since this addon runs the zip operation in the browser, it is slower than the native ZIP applications. However, using the addon is very easy as it runs on all the browsers and platforms. Simply add it to your browser and it starts to work without any additional plugins. Please note that, for very large files, you still need the native application. This addon is only suitable for simple zip operations.
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