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[News] X-Arc cease of development confirmedANN.lu
Posted on 21-Mar-2001 16:53 GMT by Christian Kemp9 comments
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Ian Shurmer wrote: "Anybody who remembers the archiving program X-Arc (included as part of the Netconnect2 package) may be interested to know that on the Voyager3 webpage the author has finally declared that he will not be developing it any more. However, he is interested to know if he should open-source it...." The following is taken from the author's posting...
At the moment X-Arc is not being developed anymore. Pheraps I'll find some spare time to finish some features I introduced in the latest beta and release a serious stable version. Or pheraps I'll open the sources to the world, so you all may laugh a lot (I'm not really a tidy-professional developer... it's all mess.... with strange and funny variable names...) and then, if someone is interested, go on in the development of the program.
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X-Arc cease of development confirmed : Comment 1 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Ian Shurmer on 20-Mar-2001 23:00 GMT
Sorry people, but for anyone who doesnt realise that you have to access fede's plan on the v3 page to get to the document in question, ive supplied another link below...
http://v3.vapor.com/index.php?finger=fede
This will take you to the X-Arc author's .plan file.
Thanks,
Ian
X-Arc cease of development confirmed : Comment 2 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by mikeyc on 20-Mar-2001 23:00 GMT
Not much point really is there?
I find the unarchiver tool included in OS3.9 is excellent.
- And it works without crashing my system. :)
Regards
Mikey C
X-Arc cease of development confirmed : Comment 3 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by leki on 20-Mar-2001 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (mikeyc):
its good but it add`s underscores to file names which breaks alot of things and i dont think it can unzip a password protected zip file.
also running about 3 or 4 of them unarching at the same time sometimes crashes my system :(
X-Arc cease of development confirmed : Comment 4 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Ian Shurmer on 20-Mar-2001 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (leki):
From what I remember, in its last incarnation, X-arc wasnt too stable either... I just thought it was quite a nice program to use though (it had/has an excellent GUI).
Just thought maybe somebody would be interested in takin on and improving the code.
Regards,
Ian
X-Arc cease of development confirmed : Comment 5 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by leki on 20-Mar-2001 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (Ian Shurmer):
yep i thought it was nice to use aswell and i have the 1.3 version from NC2.
my version crashes when i drop a password protected zip file onto it though.
X-Arc cease of development confirmed : Comment 6 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by nOw2 on 21-Mar-2001 23:00 GMT
It doesn't actually state anywhere that he won't be developing it any more. It actually states that he isn't working on it at the ****moment**** and might produce an update in the future.
Gah.
X-Arc cease of development confirmed : Comment 7 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Ian Shurmer on 21-Mar-2001 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (nOw2):
When it hasn't been updated for months and months?! It's not as if he's
suddenly stopped developing X-Arc... last update was nearly a year ago!
If you actually read the post, you'll see that the author actually isn't planning on making time to develop it... and as you say he MIGHT (and therefore might not) produce an update, which in my opinion does not sound hopeful.
Besides which, if he was planning to update it shortly then why would he want to open source it anyway?
IMHO X-arc is dead unless somebody takes up the code.
Regards, Ian
X-Arc cease of development confirmed : Comment 8 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by .john on 23-Mar-2001 23:00 GMT
I seldomly use X-Arc (I have the version that came with NetConnect2), mainly
because I use the Dopus5 ArchnadlerEX.
Inspite of that I would be glad to see X-Arc being enhanced.
X-Arc is sort of an archive editor. Editors are available for
text, vectors, bitmaps, sounds, music, why not one for archives as well ?!
X-Arc has a very nice GUI and sometimes it is the best for 'handcrafting'
complex archives.
One of the main concerns I have with X-Arc is the poor support for archivers.
Lha,LZX and ZIP. No more.
If someone would overtake development I am sure we could have tar/targz,sit and
maybe even more added. That would be nice. And the Amiga would have an utility
that still is missing. Voodoo-X can only dearc. The OS3.9 stuff is of no interest
for 3.1 users and still. X-Arc is much nicer.
.john
X-Arc cease of development confirmed : Comment 9 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Federico Pomi on 26-Mar-2001 22:00 GMT
Hi all...
2 quick things:
1) a beta of X-Arc 1.4 is on www.x-arc.com . I uploaded it long time ago, for registered only users
2) I'd love to develop a bit more X-Arc... It's not 100% dead.. it's just I don't have time :(
3) modules for other archive formats could be written from other ppl. I've the SDK for writing those modules, and there's no need to touch X-Arc sources to add archive modules.
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