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B1 Free Archiver is a free multiplatform utility to open and create archives. It works on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. B1 supports most popular formats – B1, ZIP, RAR, 7Z. The updated B1 Free Archiver v.0.6 is available now.
Current version of B1 Free Archiver includes very big set of improvements and new features – rich graphics, a lot of updates for main window and dialogs, panel with most used standard folders, new amazing address bar, a lot of file operations (like copy-paste or file properties), detailed help articles with step-by-step instructions for people who never worked with archives before, check for archive integrity, and much more.
What’s new in version 0.6:
- - New process dialogs with rich graphic;
- - Standard folders (Downloads, Music, etc);
- - Address bar with per-folder navigation;
- - Support for non-Latin zip archives;
- - Preferred open action;
- - Help articles with step-by-step instructions;
- - Copy-paste functions;
- - Check archive integrity;
- - Skip single folder on extraction option;
- - New settings dialog;
- - Progress on taskbar for Win 7;
- - File system properties;
- - A lot of minor interface improvement;
- - A lot of bug fixes;
- - Calculate folder size when press space;
- - Support for links to file and folders;
- - New updater;
- - Navigational and functional hot-keys;
Adam Buyer, project leader at B1 says:
“There are two brand-new and unique features in the 0.6 version which have never been implemented before and available only for users of B1 Free Archiver.
The first one is called “Preferred open action”. It defines three different behaviours when you double-click on an archive in Explorer (Win), Finder (Mac) or Nautilus (Linux) – open content of the archive in B1, instantly extract original files without extra dialogs, or ask only for the name of the folder before instant extraction. Now everyone can choose the most convenient way to open archives.
The second important feature – option “Skip single folder on extraction”. Some people like to keep their folders and files organized. If you worked with many archives you might notice that some of them consists of only one folder, and original files are placed inside that folder. Like birthday.zip > birthday > photos.jpg. But you never know if it’s like that or regular birthday.zip > photos.jpg. So you have to open archive first, check for the folder, and than decide what’s appropriate – extract here or extract to separate folder. It’s really annoying.
Now B1 does it for you! If you use “extract here” you always get only photos.jpg; and if you use “extract to new folder” – always get birthday > photos.jpg.”
“Since last release we have received a lot of grateful letters from our users. They highly appreciate our user-friendly interface and minimalistic design. That’s really inspiring. Also we received some very important suggestions about functionality and features of B1. For example our users complained about zip archives with non-Latin symbols. The problem’s appeared only for particular old type of zip archives, but it’s still quite popular and our users have a lot of such files. We made it one of our top priorities, found the solution and fixed the problem in the 0.6 release. I want to thank everyone who send letters to [email protected] and I promise that we continue to listen and analyze all the feedbacks.”
Launched in 2011, B1 Free Archiver stays the most friendly and simple software to open and create archives. B1 supports most common formats as well as its own (.b1, .zip, .rar, .7z), and works on all popular platforms – Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. B1 Free Archiver is 100% free for both personal and commercial use.