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Why ZIP the installer for only 200K savings?

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Why ZIP the installer for only 200K savings?

Postby ProfessorO » Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:55 pm

First of all, thank you so much for all the work you do to provide and maintain this excellent software! I really enjoy it, even though I don't get to use it often.

I've noticed that you distribute the installer (at least for the free version) in a ZIP archive that contains only one file--the installer (.exe). Why bother with this extra step when it only decreases the overall size of the file by less than 200K, a savings of ~1%? Does the ZIP format help get around some browser restrictions I'm not aware of?

Please consider simply distributing the .exe installer. And keep up the great work with FlowStone!

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Re: Why ZIP the installer for only 200K savings?

Postby Xenophage » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:38 pm

Hi ProfessorO. Yes there are browser addons and antivirus programs that will sometimes block anything with an .exe extension trying to be downloaded right from a browser. Viruses can even attach themselves to .exe files without you knowing upon download or if the exe passes through an unsafe server. When a file is compressed it becomes much more difficult to infect. This has become a good practice for security purposes and it makes solving browser security issues less of a problem for those not as Internet savvy. Newest Operating Systems like Windows 7 can open .zip files almost transparently like a folder

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