Hello planet, my first post here. Be nice to me. I will start directly with the thing I’ve been hacking a bit on the last few days. Ark has always been one of those apps that does what it’s supposed to do, it extract files, but it doesn’t really make any attempt to be efficient or smart at it. For example, extracting a file required you to press the extract files button, next click another button to open the folder selector, choose the folder, return to the previous dialog and then press OK once more as seen here:
To reduce the number of clicks required for this operation, I hacked a bit around and discovered it was actually trivial to just set the extraction dialog to inherit from the KDE default folder selection dialog and add my own widgets, and got the result shown below. I also added a list view where the recent folders used can be displayed.
Finally there is the quick-extract functionality. You’ll see the extract button has gotten a dropdown button menu where your recently used folders will appear for quick extraction.
It’s obviously too late to get changes like these into 4.1, but I expect to get these changes commited and ready in good time before 4.2. Comments?