Thursday, August 4, 2011

Chromebooks (finally) get file unzip!

That's right, chromebook, aficionados, the ability to unzip zip files has arrived (experimentally) on chromebooks, with perhaps minus the Acer, at the moment, via the latest dev build 0.14.811.15:  Press ctrl+alt+t (this is called "crosh") and type in experimental_storage enable and press enter.  Voila, I can now unzip files!  Big thanks to William for pointing this out to me:  http://chromeos-cr48.blogspot.com/2011/08/cr-48-dev-channel-update-01481115.html

See the Open archive action button on the right?
Same archive file, unzipped.
I assume this will land on the next stable release, so, in about six weeks (probably a touch longer, since Chrome OS 0.13 is still baking).  I'm really glad to have this obstacle removed.  While I rarely deal with zip files, I absolutely loathe having to do the back and forth of downloading/uploading.

Next, I really hope we'll get the ability to save files from a random site directly to Google Docs and unzip them (rather than just view and open certain files) there -- which seems to me would go nicely with the whole "new thought"/cloud computing concept.

4 comments:

Nitya said...

Did anyone get this working on the Samsung Chromebooks? I tried it out but the command (experimental_storage) did not seem to be supported

Cougar Abogado said...

Did you try experimental_storage enable?

John Antonacci said...

Doesn't work for me. "unknown command"

Cougar Abogado said...

Works for me, John. What machine and OS version/channel are you using?

I used a stable Cr-48 to test, this morning.