PakScape (Doom 3 Edition)

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The original PakScape scores an impressive count of downloads around some FilesNetwork sites (e.g. about 22000 currently on Elite Force Files; and yet I'm sure to having seen it at 70000 not so long ago (?)). It is true that this tool is definitely a must have for mappers/modders willing to encapsulate their work inside compact files that games can thereafter directly load. However, since year 2000 it didn't know any updates.

Nivelxe has taken on the task to update it and make it support Doom 3's PK4 files :) It behaves exactly like the previous version. In a way, this is unfortunate because it has inherited all its defaults, minor but annoying nonetheless: no support for the "F2" key to quickly rename directories/files name, the "Delete" key still doesn't work when you edit them either.

Otherwise, this tool would have gained to be installed through an installer program. This way, it would have itself handled the task to make PK4 files be opened by this tool. This can be done pretty easily with Visual Studio. Hopefully, this is just a beta release so the final version may fix this :)

Essential tool notwithstanding.

-Bluehair

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Download 'pakscape_doom_3_edition_beta1.zip' (105KB)

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/***********************************************
PakScape BETA 1(Doom3 Edition).
***********************************************/

Note: PakScape originally is tool for Quake’s Engine games made by Peter Engström in 1999, this tool is being made for Doom3 by Nivelxe.

PakScape is a PAK/PK3/PK4/VOL explorer/creator. Since PK3 files are really 
ZIP files it can also be used as a ZIP explorer/creator.

Actually it supports:
Daikatana: .pak
Doom 3 Engine: .pk4
Quake Engine: .pak
Quake 2 Engine: .pak
Quake 3 Engine: .pk3
Starsiege: .vol

This includes games like Half-Life, Soldier of fortune, Medal of Honor, Call of Duty and many others.

Install Instructions:
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Extract the folder PakScape with your favorite compressor and execute PakScape.exe.

Enjoy it.

Features
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* Multiple Document Interface
* Explorer-like UI
* Drag & drop (including to and from Explorer)
* Import/export files and directories


Bugs/Limitations
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* When moving objects (files and directories) all of the original 
  objects will be deleted unless you cancel the operation in a 
  'Confirm Replace' dialog. Answering 'No' will only result in that 
  the destination file is not overwritten- the file to be moved will 
  still be deleted!
* File type descriptions may be wrong for non-registered types unless 
  you have used the file open/save dialog. I have no idea why.
* If you decide to view a document (i.e. either double-click the document 
  or choose 'Open' from the context menu) that is registered to open with 
  PakScape the temporary file created will not be deleted when PakScape 
  closes.


Tips and Tricks
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If you don't have a lot of free memory save the archive directly after 
you've added a few files.

If you don't have a fast processor use normal compression when saving 
zip/pk3/pk4 archives. Maximum compression is a lot slower and normally 
doesn't compress a whole lot more than normal compression.


Credits/Acknowledgements
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PakScape uses the zlib compression library, 
Copyright (C) 1995-1998 Jean-loup Gailly and Mark Adler.


Legal/Disclaimer
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THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR AND CONTRIBUTORS ``AS IS'' 
AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A 
PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED.  IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR OR 
CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL,
EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR 
PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY 
OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT 
(INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE 
USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH 
DAMAGE.

You may distribute the software only if it is free of charge and 
the original archive remains intact.

All trademarks are property of their legal owners.

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