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native support for more archive formats

Posted: 18 Oct 2018, 11:27
by squeezechart
Salamander should natively support more archive formats:

* .BR (Brotli) https://github.com/google/brotli
* .LZ4 https://github.com/lz4/lz4
* .LZIP and XZ - both are LZMA2 variations
* .ZIPX (via 7z.dll)
* .ZSTD https://github.com/facebook/zstd

There are also 2 ways to compress .JPEG in a lossless archive. XnViewMP can display both:

* Lepton https://github.com/dropbox/lepton
* packJPG https://github.com/packjpg/packJPG

A proper library for displaying camera raw files:

* libRaw https://github.com/LibRaw/LibRaw

A modern library for viewing images (including .webp and .jxr) can be found here:

* free image library http://freeimage.sourceforge.net/features.html

Please don't let us down

Re: native support for more archive formats

Posted: 07 Jul 2019, 18:25
by squeezechart
Now that there is version 4.0, could you please work on upgrades?

I could provide file samples.

Re: native support for more archive formats

Posted: 07 Jul 2019, 18:57
by tukanos
squeezechart wrote:
07 Jul 2019, 18:25
Now that there is version 4.0, could you please work on upgrades?

I could provide file samples.
I think you got a wrong idea here. The 4.0 is a freeware. There is no more Altap, as it was bought by Fine software. If you are able you can send message to the original authors and implement it yourself.

Re: native support for more archive formats

Posted: 07 Jul 2019, 19:11
by Jan Rysavy
We can open source 7-Zip plugin and PictView plugin. If anyone would like to work on these plugins (for example implement support for mentioned formats), let us know...

Re: native support for more archive formats

Posted: 07 Jul 2019, 21:26
by squeezechart
Unless I am told otherwise, I think that making a software freeware doesn't mean the development is frozen.

How long would it take until other file managers offer more features than our beloved Salamander
if it stays in its current state? If the owners do not plan to update or enhance it anymore,
there may be a user base that does - I guess there are some people around that can build additional plugins.

Re: native support for more archive formats

Posted: 07 Jul 2019, 22:00
by Jan Rysavy

Re: native support for more archive formats

Posted: 08 Jul 2019, 09:42
by tukanos

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Unless I am told otherwise, I think that making a software freeware doesn't mean the development is frozen.
As with all human endeavours, you have to be motivated somehow to make a change. For a company that usually is its profit. For individuals the motivation is more complex but usually there is some motivation there: like I can do it, improvement, learning to program, implment a feature to my favourite application and so on.

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How long would it take until other file managers offer more features than our beloved Salamander
if it stays in its current state? If the owners do not plan to update or enhance it anymore,
there may be a user base that does - I guess there are some people around that can build additional plugins.
That is hard to say, but I can imagine if the originial authors motivate the user base to create new plugins and open some of the old ones. They probably want to see more of the wider audiance to participate in the development.
A modern library for viewing images (including .webp and .jxr) can be found here:
* free image library http://freeimage.sourceforge.net/features.html
This library is really nice. In AS case it makes it unusable as it uses GNU type licence which requires all the rest to be published under GNU licence as well.

**Edit**

I could imagine more OpenImageIO - https://github.com/OpenImageIO/oiio being used due to better licence type for AS.