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UnpackX - User's Guide


Mac software UnpackX







1. Installing and uninstalling UnpackX

Please read the README file that comes with the application.  Or click here to download one.  Click here to download license notices.


2. Introduction

What is UnpackX?  UnpackX will allow the user to convert disc images and files archive into folders, one at a time.  Currently, UnpackX supports the following disc image formats: BIN, DAA, ISO.  As for file archives, you can convert the following archive foramts into folders: RAR, 7Z.



Mac software UnpackX

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So how do we use UnpackX?  If you have a disc image to convert into a folder, choose a format from the pull-down menu below the orange drop box.  If you have an RAR file archive, select a format from the pull-down menu in the middle.  Finally, if you have a 7z archive, use the pull-down menu below the green drop box.  Then simply drag and drop a file onto the corresponding drop box.  And UnpackX will immediately start unpack the file into a folder.



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3. Preferences

When you first launch any new application, it's always a good idea for you to open Preferences.  Okay, why not?  In order to open Preferences, choose Preferences under UnpackX.  (See Screenshot 3-1.)



Mac software UnpackX

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The first tab is Settings.  And you don't have many settings to work on.  (See Screenshot 3-2.)  Enable Require restart if you want to restart the application after closing Preferences window.  Furthermore, enable Sound audio when done if you want UnpackX to notify you of task completion with a sound.

Moreover, let's take a look at what we have inside the box that is labeled Default export folder.  If you want the application to point to a specific folder or volume where to export files, click on the Set button.  By default, UnpackX will automatically set the export destination to Desktop.  If your default export folder does not exist at the time of startup, UnpackX will automatically set the default export folder back to Desktop.  Finally, after changing default export folders, make sure that you restart the application.  Or simply enable Require restart.



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Another edit field is used to set the default folder name.  In order to change default folder names, click on the Edit checkbox, first.  Note that there are some characters that you cannot use to make up the name.  (See Screenshot 3-3.)


4. Using UnpackX


4-1 Disc images

The orange drop is used exclusively for disc images.  When you first launch UnpackX, however, you will find out that this drop box is not ready to accept a file.  That's right.  First, use the drop-down menu below to select a format to work with.  (See Screenshot 4-1.)  Currently, there are four lines added to the drop box.  BIN is a popular file format used for the PC platform.  DAA is a disc image format used by PowerISO, a Windows application.  There's another line with an asterisk.  This asterisk indicates that it's used to read password-protected disc images.  Finally, ISO is a common disc image format for the PC platform.



Mac software UnpackX

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Now, if you choose BIN, for example, the drop box turns on itself, making itself ready to accept files as showin Screenshot 4-2.  So all you have to do is drag and drop a file with the extension of bin onto this orange drop box.  (See Screenshot 4-3.)  And UnpackX will immediately start working and converting the file into a folder with contents.  (See Screenshot 4-4.)



Mac software UnpackX

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Remember that you can change the export destination and the export folder on the main window as well.  If you want to change the export folder name, simply click on the Edit checkbox as shown in Screenshot 4-5.  Every time you successfully convert a disc image into a folder, you will find the folder with the name shown at the bottom of the window at the export destination.  (See Screenshot 4-6.)



Mac software UnpackX

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Mac software UnpackX

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As for DAA*, when you drag and drop a disc image onto the orange drop box, you will be prompted to enter a password.  (See Screenshots 4-7 & 8.)  So enter the password and press the Return key or click on the Enter button at the bottom.  Or click on the Cancel button to abort the process.



Mac software UnpackX

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Mac software UnpackX

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