I have this wee technical problem. See, Jean Elmore, who did all the coloring for Book I and Book II, sent me some CDs with all her photoshop files on them. 306 of these were PKZipped, each in their own zip file.
I know full well that to a programmer, or someone with command-line chops, this is a trivial problem to solve. My command line chops are eight years out of date, and the programmers I know are all too busy to help me with this program just now. But the problem is a TRIVIAL one, right?
Step 1: Check WinXP CMD HELP (Run: CMD, and then type HELP from the command line) for unzipping commands. There are none.
Step 2: Google XP Pkzip command line. Found this page immediately, and hit on “infozip.zip” as the most likely candidate for a solution.
Step 3: Extracted infozip.zip locally, noodled around in the .txt files, and determined that UNZIP.EXE was probably the command line tool I wanted.
Step 4: From the command line I executed a quick PATH command to figure out where best to put UNZIP.EXE. Settled on C:\Windows, because in the end I really don’t care.
Step 5: From explorer, I copied all the zip files to C:\jeano.
Step 6: From CMD, I did >mkdir extract
Step 7: Wondered why I didn’t create that directory using the right-click “new folder” comand. Determined it must be my command-line hindbrain asserting itself, and shaking out some dust.
Step 8: Test-run: C:\jeano>unzip schlock20040221.zip -d extract
Step 9: Sure enough, schlock20040221.psd appeared in the /jeano/extract directory.
Step 10: C:\jeano>unzip *.zip -d extract
Step 11: Go work on something else while 306 files extract into the “extract” directory.
I’m pleased. Now I can conveniently work with these files. I’ll also be burning all the Jeano files to a single DVD (I’ll make two copies), and sending one off-site.
A big shout out to the folks responsible for Infozip: thanks for the free software! By way of repayment, you can all read my comic on the web for free.