RAR - What's new in the latest version Version 3.40 1.

"Fastest" (-m1) RAR compression method has been modified to provide much higher compression speed and lower ratio. It may be useful for tasks requiring the high speed like regular backups. You may increase "Fastest" speed even more selecting 64KB compression dictionary instead of default 4MB. 2. WinRAR is able to decompress archives created by Unix 'compress' tool (.Z files). Like GZIP and BZIP2 archives, WinRAR opens tar.Z and .taz files in one step, so users do not need to unpack .tar manually. 3. WinRAR is able to decompress archives created by 7-Zip (.7z files). "Find" command is not supported for this archive type. 4. New "Security" dialog in WinRAR settings: a) "File types to exclude from extracting" option to prevent extracting of potentially dangerous files like .exe, .scr and .pif; b) "Propose to select virus scanner" option modifies behavior of "Scan archive for viruses" command. You may turn it off if you wish to skip the virus scanner selection dialog. 5. New command line switch -ep3 allows to save and restore full file paths including the drive letter. WinRAR shell equivalent of -ep3 switch are options "Store full paths including drive letter" in "Files/File paths" page of archiving dialog and "Extract absolute paths" in "Advanced/File paths" page of extracting dialog. 6. You may select and compress disks directly in "My Computer" view in WinRAR shell. Just choose "My Computer" in WinRAR address bar, select disks to compress and press "Add". If you selected more than one item, WinRAR will automatically set "Store full paths including drive letter" archiving mode. 7. If you selected several disks in Windows Explorer "My Computer" view and started archiving from context menu, WinRAR will automatically set "Store full paths including drive letter" mode when compressing them. 8. New command line switch -oc to restore NTFS "Compressed" attribute when extracting files. RAR always saves "Compressed" attribute when creating an archive, but does not restore it unless -oc switch has been specified. WinRAR shell equivalent of -oc switch is "Set attribute Compressed" option in "Advanced" part of extracting dialog.

12. Version 3. you may view the volume number in the top line of "Info" dialog and in the address bar. Previous versions waited until an external editor terminates before updating a changed file. Switch -ag may include an optional text enclosed in '{' and '}' characters. 11. 16. For example: -agHH{hours}MM{minutes} Same feature is supported in "Generate archive name by mask" field of WinRAR archiving dialog. 15. WinRAR will save the subfolder and restore it when accessing to this favorite item. This text is inserted into archive name. RAR will not reset "Archive" attribute of those files. So files modified after placing them to archive and before clearing "Archive" attribute. Corrected processing of corrupt LZH archives to exclude a possible crash when reading corrupt LZH file headers. which size or modification time was changed after starting the archiving operation. RAR and WinRAR display the operation progress while repairing an archive containing the recovery record. 10.30 . You may still drop an archive to WinRAR file list if you need to add it to browsing archive.9. 14. will be included to next incremental backup.40 or newer. In the command line mode the volume number is displayed by 'L' and 'V' commands in the line with the total volume information. Previous versions proposed to add a dropped archive to browsing one. If you drop an archive to WinRAR address bar or toolbar. If archive was created by WinRAR 3. Commands 'L' and 'V' display NTFS "Compressed" attribute in archive listing. WinRAR will display its contents even if other archive is opened now. This feature may be useful if original volume names are lost and you need to rename volumes to correct names. When editing archived files. WinRAR proposes to update them immediately after detecting that file was changed. Starting from this version RAR volumes contain the volume number field. If you use "Add to favorites" command inside of archive subfolder. 13. Previous versions were able to restore only the root archive folder. The same is true for WinRAR "Clear attribute "Archive" after compressing" GUI option. 17. If switch -ac is specified.

New "Tools" menu contains "Wizard". 'rar a -v100k -v200k -v300k arcname' command sets 100 KB size for first volume. 12. 7. 13. If your Windows is NT based (NT 4.1. "Diagnostic message" window can be resized. "Generate report". It preserves new dimensions and restores them when activated the next time. 8. but also a size of next volume. date and CRC to report. New "Scan archive for viruses" command unpacks an archive to temporary folder and checks its contents with antivirus software installed on a user's computer. 2. especially on NTFS disks. if they exceeded 2 GB. For example. "Convert to SFX" commands previously available in "Commands" menu and new "Scan archive for viruses". "Show information". send it to printer or copy to clipboard. 11. 10. 3. New "Benchmark and hardware test" command allows to compare performance of RAR compression algorithm on different computers and detect possible errors caused by hardware failures. you may modify archives with non-English names regardless of Regional Settings. 14. GZIP and ISO9660 archives of any size. Now it is possible to decompress TAR. You may optionally include a file size. 2000. 5. Previous versions did it only for RAR archives. More WinRAR commands support Unicode in archive names. New "Generate report" command creates a report containing the list of usual or archived files. 200KB for second and 300KB for all following volumes. . 4. XP. It helps to reduce disk fragmentation. "Next volume" dialog allows to modify not only a name. Several -v<size> switches can be specified in the command line mode to set different sizes for different volumes. when reading contents of large tar. so you may create volumes of different size. save report to file. This dialog is displayed if you create volumes on removable disks or set "Pause after each volume" option in "Advanced" part of archiving dialog. 6. "Convert archives". New "Print file" command is able to print both archived and usual files. Previous versions could not handle files of these formats. WinRAR supports decompression of ZIP archives created using "Enhanced deflate" method. Status bar displays the current operation progress. "Repair". "Find files". 2003). WinRAR pre-allocates disk space for files unpacked from ZIP archives. Small and some of large icons have been updated by Francesco Indrio. choose the sort order.gz and tar. "Benchmark and hardware test" commands.0.bz2 archives. 9.

24. 25. "-pmy password" and -p"my password" will set the same password. 17.. 23. WinRAR supports -cfg. 21. WinRAR understands quotes inside of parameters in the command line mode. New console RAR -si[name] switch to compress data from stdin (standard input).15. 28. Erroneous selecting of executable and audio algorithms could reduce the compression ratio in some situations. For example. 19. WinRAR understands the command line switch -hp without a parameter and requests to enter a password when processing it. if you entered some comments in "Summary" section of archive properties. 22.. Eariler WinRAR understood only the first syntax ("-pmy password") and only the console RAR handled both.switch in the command line mode. "Convert" command checks the lowest allowed ratio before starting the archive test. Data analyzing module is tuned to detect executable and audio data more accurately. WinRAR does not waste time to test it. 16. they will not be lost when updating an archive using WinRAR." button in the archiving progress window allows to change the compression method and "Turn PC off when done" option on the fly. so if resulting archive is too large. .qpk files (QNX packages) in one step. "Rename" command displays a window with information about processing files. 20. "Select toolbar buttons" dialog allows to specify separators after any toolbar button. Read "Configuration settings/Registry variables" help topic for details. "Mode. 26. Do not confuse NTFS streams of archive itself and streams of archived files. It forces WinRAR to ignore options saved in the default compression profile and RAR environment variable. This feature may help to avoid encrypting of important data in multi-user environment.qpr and . if archive and temporary files are resided on NTFS partition. "Files to exclude" field in the archiving dialog has "Append" button now. 18.gz archives. For example. WinRAR preserves NTFS streams of updated archives. Extraction command proposes to browse for missing CAB file in multivolume CAB sequence instead of "Cannot open" error. WinRAR opens . 27. like it already does for . latter can be preserved by previous versions as well. It is possible to prohibit change of archiving password with "WinRAR\Policy\Password" Registry value. so you may browse for excluded files instead of entering their names manually.tar.

These commands also display NTFS stream names. Console RAR 'vt' and 'lt' commands display symlink target names. . when listing RAR/Unix archives contained symbolic links.29. when listing WinRAR archives contained streams.

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