Presets for Extracting Archives

  1. 1 The list of your presets.
  2. 2 Each preset has two radio buttons in the list. The one in the Q (for queue) column selects the default preset to be used when extracting/saving through the operations queue without explicitly specifying a preset. The T (for toolbar) column selects the preset to use when clicking the toolbar button.
  3. 3 Click the + button or press ⌘N to add a new preset. Click the — button or press ⌫ to remove the currently selected preset. The gear button has a menu with additional actions:
    • Duplicate Preset
    • Add Factory Presets: Re-add all the factory presets, in case you deleted them.
    • Reset Service and Toolbar Presets: Clears the radio buttons in the list.
    • Add this Preset to the Services Menu
    • Reveal Services Folder in Finder: This lets you delete services you no longer need.
    • Add this Preset to Dropzone 3
    • Add this Preset to LaunchBar 6
  4. 4 On the right side of the list is an area with all the options you can set for the preset. Extract Preset Options:
    • The preset’s name: This will be displayed in the menus, the BetterZip Finder button, the Automator actions, Apple Scripts, the Alfred workflows, etc.
    • Extract archives to: Choose the destination for the extracted files. You can either choose a fixed folder, have BetterZip extract the files to the same folder the archive is in, or have BetterZip show a save panel when you extract an archive with this preset to let you choose the destination at that time.
    • Create an extra folder: Configure whether BetterZip should create an extra folder with the same name as the archive in the destination and extract the archive into that folder.
    • Exclude patterns: Define patterns to match files against that shouldn’t be extracted from the archive.
    • Pattern is a regular expression: Check to use regular expression matching, uncheck to use wildcard matching using * and ?.
    • Move archive to: Choose either Trash or any other folder to move the archive to after successful extraction.
    • Run script when done: After extracting an archive, BetterZip will execute this shell script or command, passing in the archive’s filename as first and the extraction destination as second parameter.
    • Show the extracted items in Finder.
    • Open the extracted items.
    • Close the archive window.
    • Overwrite files in the destination with extracted files without warning. This is a potentially dangerous setting, and you shouldn’t use it unless you make regular backups of your data. That being said, it can be useful in some situations, e.g., when you want to extract a number of archives that all contain the same readme.txt and license.txt files and you neither want to be asked whether to overwrite the version from the previous archive, nor to end up with readme 1.txt to readme 20.txt.
  5. 5 Next to the name is a star that lets you toggle whether to show this preset on the Drop Bar. When you click the star to turn it on, a pop-up lets you specify a short name for the preset (because space on the Drop Bar is very limited) and a color to allow you to color code the preset buttons on the Drop Bar for easier recognition.Click the star again to toggle it off and no longer show the preset on the Drop Bar. To change the short name or color of a preset on the Drop Bar, right click the star to open the pop-up.