ZipView 1.23 Copyright 1990 Jerry Kwit
4506 Little River Run Dr. Annandale Va. 22003
With ZipView you can view documents and/or execute programs from within a
Zipfile. Parameters can be passed to programs before they are run, and
ZipView does not leave the extracted program or document on the disk after
execution. ZipView 1.23 is also compatible with the PCTOOLS 6.0 Launch
ZipView requires PKZIP & PKUNZIP Ver. 1.1 and LIST to be in your DOS Path.
These programs are used to extract and view the files. COMMAND.COM should
also be accessible on the path. If the file you want to view or execute
already exists in the default directory, ZipView will not extract the file.
In this case, run ZipView from a different directory.
With the default directory set to \util type:
ZipView will then use the \util directory for it's temporary files.
A maximum of 400 directory entries can be displayed from one Zipfile. An
error will occur if you attempt to run with a Zipfile that contains more
Any file that ends in EXE or COM will be executed, all others will attempt
to be LISTed. Select the file with the arrow keys and press RETURN.
DOS 2.x or later is required. ZipView can also be run against Zipfiles
on network drives.
If you happen to execute a DOS Command Shell from ZipView, remember to type
EXIT to return to ZipView.
ZipView can be run from a floppy drive or a hard disk. In either case, you
must have enough free space left to extract the file you want to view or
execute, and space for a copy of the ZIP directory. ZipView extracts the
file from the Zipfile and temporarily stores it in the default directory.
You will get an error message if you run out of space. Also, if you run
from a floppy drive, COMMAND.COM, PKZIP & PKUNZIP Ver. 1.1, and LIST must be
available on the directory path or stored in the default directory with
ZipView is compatible with DesqView 2.26 and Windows 3.0.
Using ZipView with PCTOOLS 6.0:
If you have used the Zip viewer in PCTOOLS 6.0 you may have noticed that
files with a pathname are truncated. Use ZipView to see the full filename.
You can install ZipView in the PCSHELL Application Menu. Previous to ver.
1.23 ZipView would report file not found because of the way PCTOOLS passed
the filename to an application. This sample Application Editor screen
should work for most installations. Remember to use your directory names.
Once Zipview is installed, position the cursor bar on a Zipfile in the
File Window or in the Locate Window and use the Launch Command (Ctrl-ENTER)
to execute ZipView.
Run File Name................[zipview ]
Run File Extension...........[exe]
Run Parameters...............[ ]
User Prompt..................[ ]
File Specs...................[*.zip ]
Quick Run this Application......................(Y/N) [N]
Run With Selected File..........................(Y/N) [Y]
Wait on Last Application Screen.................(Y/N) [N]
Exit to DOS when Application ends...............(Y/N) [N]
View a Zip Within Another Zip:
This version of ZipView also allows you to view the contents of a Zip
within another Zip. You can view Zipfiles up to 20 deep. Just press
RETURN on the Zipfile as usual. ZipView will extract the Zipfile from
the Zip and use the default directory for storage before it displays
the new Zip directory. You can then view or execute any files in this
Zipfile. When you hit ESC to exit you will be returned to the previous
Zipfile until you are back to the original Zipfile. No nested Zipfiles
or viewed files will remain on your disk after ZipView ends.
Viewing Graphics Files:
If the file you select to view ends in .PCX, .PIC, or .GIF ZipView will
attempt to call the program CSHOW to view the file. If the file you want
to view ends in .WPG ZipView will attempt to call the program WPDRAW to
view the file. Both of these programs must be in your DOS path for this to
work properly. If these programs cannot be found ZipView will return to
the main screen.
Adding, Extracting and Deleting Files From a Zip:
This version of ZipView allows you to add, delete, and extract a file
from a Zip. Just position the cursor bar on the file and select the
appropriate menu choice from the bottom of the screen. An extracted
file will be placed in the default directory. And remember, no Zip or
viewed file remains on your hard disk after ZipView ends. Only files
that have been extracted will remain in the default directory.
When adding a file, give the full pathname if the file does not exist
in the default directory. Wildcards are OK.
Pathnames stored in a Zipfile must be less than 45 characters long or they
will not be displayed properly on the screen. They also will not select
properly with ZipView. Paths must be limited to 45 characters or less.
If per chance you experience a machine lock up for some reason while viewing
or executing a program from ZipView, and you have to reboot the system,
you will still have the last extracted file on your disk. You can of course
delete it manually, it will still be in the Zipfile. You can also delete
the temporary ZIP directory ZIPDIR.TMP. Although there will be no problem
if you forget.
COMMAND.COM 2.x or later, PKZIP & PKUNZIP Ver. 1.1, and LIST must be in
your path or ZipView will not execute as expected. If you receive error
messages when first starting ZipView, suspect that one of the above
programs cannot be accessed. Earlier versions of PKZIP will not work.
The following PKZIP commands will allow you to store all document files on
your hard disk in one convenient Zipfile, and then you can use ZipView
to browse the contents. You can then delete the document files from your
-p -P Store relative paths with filenames in the Zipfile
This parameter stores the path names of the files in the ZIP directory
so you know the original directory where it was located. An upper case
P tells PKZIP to also store the path of the default directory.
-r Recurse through subdirectories
This parameter tells PKZIP to search all directories in the tree
under the current directory for the specified files.
C:> PKZIP -rp mydocs.zip D:*.doc C:*.doc
This command will search for all .DOC files on the D drive and all
.DOC files on the C drive and store them in the mydocs.zip file.
Windows 3.0 Copyright Microsoft Inc.
DesqView 2.26 Copyright Quarterdeck Inc.
PCTOOLS 6.0 Copyright Central Point Software
LIST.COM Copyright Vernon D. Buerg
139 White Oak Circle
Petaluma CA. 94952
PKZIP / PKUNZIP Copyright PKWARE, Inc.
7545 North Port Washington Road
Glendale, WI 53217-3422
CSHOW Copyright Bob Berry
Canyon State Systems and Software
P.O. Box 86
Sedona Az. 86336
WPDRAW Copyright Kenneth Macleod
ZipView 1.23 Copyright Jerry Kwit
4506 Little River Run Dr.
Annandale Va. 22003
Thanks to Bill Ritzel and Don Cunningham for their beta testing efforts
If you find ZipView fast, easy, and convenient to use a registration of
$10 would be appreciated. Registered users will receive the next update
and any maintenance release. Comments (good or bad) and suggestions are
welcome. And if you don't send anything, it's OK, you can tell the SPA
I said it was all right.
4506 Little River Run Dr.
Annandale Va. 22003
Check file date and time to verify your version.
1.23 03/15/91 01:23 Added capability to add, delete,
and extract files.
Added capability to view graphics
Added capability to view Zips
within Zips up to 20 deep.
1.11 08/01/90 01:11 Directory listing is now sorted.
Now compatible with PCTOOLS 6.0
Launch Command from PCSHELL.
You can now view a Zip within
another Zip. Just select it
DOS 3.x is no longer required.
DOS 2.x or later is OK.
Now comes up in color on color
You can now start ZipView with the
and it will find all the Zipfiles
in the specified directory. Use the
N Next command on the main screen
to go to the next Zipfile.
1.01 07/02/90 01:01 Corrected problem with headers
in zip directory.
1.0 07/01/90 01:00 First release