January 24, 2009 by Vincent
Download Specific Files from a Large Zip Archive
(Windows only): How often do you download a large .zip or .rar archives just because of one particular file in it among tens of others? It happens to me quite often. If you notice, I usually include a thumbnail on each of SheepTech’s blog post.
For example, I’d usually go hunt for designer’s icon out there for Twitter posts. Most of these icons come in different sizes, colors and file formats, and will be compressed into a .zip or .rar file for downloading. But all I need is just one icon for my blog post, why on earth should I download all other unnecessary icons?
No need of that anymore with LoadScout, a handy freeware that will allow you to browse online archives, and then select the files in it that you want to download. Meaning you can choose the files you want to download in an archive without the need of downloading the entire archive beforehand.
Here’s how it works:
1. Copy and paste the URL (http or ftp) of the .zip or .rar file you want to browse, then click “OK”.
2. All the files in the .zip or .rar will now be listed and you can browse and look for the file you wanted to download.
3. Double-click on the particular file you wanted to download, then select the output path.
LoadScout could do more according to its website. It can show information of an .mp3 or .avi file without you downloading beforehand. You can also play part of a .mp3 or .avi file before downloading. This way you can identify the media file first before downloading, in case you’re downloading the wrong one. Too bad I am unsure how to get any of these features working.
[Download LoadScout] – Windows 95/98/Me or Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP (Vista).