Originally Posted by XavierP
What sets this product apart from other archivers?
Hi, thank you for the question.
I started writing PeaZip since I desired a portable and non desktop-specific archiver, an application which has to be as autocontained as possible to:
a) can be used both on Gnome and KDE, and possibly other desktop environments, and
b) can be used from any path in order to can be shared on a network or brought with the user on an USB stick or similar device.
I think to have accomplished this with PeaZip; even in the case on a specific distribution some libraries are missing, they are standard gtk/gdk components that can be easily found from official sources (and can be quite painlessly installed on production machines where must be maintained a very controlled library environment).
I also introduced a couple of features I like and I miss (or don't find handy as I would like) in other archivers:
1) the ability to save to text and then restore, edit and merge archive's layout (list of objects to be archived), in a way not so far from what CD/DVD burning application does with CD layout; a feature I find useful for speeding up the definition of items to be archived when many data or complex structures are involved, like for backup tasks;
2) the ability to export archiving/extraction job definition as command line to be submitted to backend applications; this allows the user to fine tune jobs quickly defined in the GUI putting their hands on the actual command line; it's intended to help users to bridge the gap between the easier GUI-world approach and more flexible and powerful command line world to get the best from the two worlds.
Another side I appreciate of that project is that acting as a frontend it allows to easily add supported applications (with suitable licensing) and formats; that allowed me to integrate (alongside the exceptional p7zip which supports most of the formats) also niche applications usually not featured in other archivers, like Matt Mahoney's PAQ (giving highest known compression ratios), or Ilia Muraviev's QUAD, a very interesting compressor with good compression ratio and fast decompression, or Pea (written by myself), a security focused format featuring volume spanning, integrity checks ranging from CRC32 to Whirlpool and authenticated encryption in EAX mode with AES128 and AES256.
Of course, I know archiver field is one of the more rich of good programs and good programmers.
I hope to have anyway done something good and introduced something interesting that may worth some attention from user's point of view (or also, being it open source, from other developer's point of view).
Thank you for the feedback