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manoman81
11-23-2003, 11:26 PM
This may seem like a noob question but I'm having some trouble. I'm trying to combine 2 pk.3 files (for my own use). I'm using Winzip 8.1 but I can't seem to remove the .zip extension. How can I change .zip to .pk3?

Coraith
11-23-2003, 11:31 PM
I may be way off but you can change file names by right clicking on a file and changing what program the file is run with.......a guess not a fact.

Chuahtemoc
11-23-2003, 11:51 PM
i've heard of a proggie called WinPK i dont have it but i know that that's the type of thing it does. find it online.

manoman81
11-24-2003, 12:30 AM
Thanks guys. Now if anyone knows where I can find the program....

Chuahtemoc
11-24-2003, 12:43 AM
Originally posted by Chuahtemoc
find it online.
lol.

i'd give you a link, but i know that that link also contains links to porno and hacked/cracked/etc programs, and that's against the rules (SEE? I READ THEM, JED lol) and it'd be rude to everyone to post a link to that kind of site.

Shadow_stone00
11-24-2003, 12:48 AM
or get another prgm called packscape

manoman81
11-24-2003, 12:58 AM
packsacpe worked! thanks again

Chuahtemoc
11-24-2003, 01:01 AM
so there :)

i've never heard of packscape, but whatever works!

Amidala from Chop Shop
11-24-2003, 01:13 AM
Originally posted by manoman81
This may seem like a noob question but I'm having some trouble. I'm trying to combine 2 pk.3 files (for my own use). I'm using Winzip 8.1 but I can't seem to remove the .zip extension. How can I change .zip to .pk3?

1. Right-click on the .zip file

2. Select Rename

3. Rename myfile.zip to myfile.pk3

4. Done

Coraith
11-24-2003, 01:16 AM
see what I'm talking about?...this chick rules! ;)

MasterSidious
11-24-2003, 09:51 PM
Sure knows her way around ;)

I didn't know that you could use pakscape for this. So you really can just combine two mods using this? Say what now?!

Astrotoy7
11-25-2003, 10:08 AM
i think y'all are confusing this guy. Rather than telling him how to use other programs, he can do this in windows quite easily.

As Amidala indicates above you can rename the file, but if windows is automatically assigning filetypes you wont be successful in changing the filetype to what you want....

To rename a file to *.zip and have it stay .zip you need to do THIS FIRST(Otherwise, windows will by default assign it a known extension. so you'd end up *zip.pk3)

1. Open a folder, any folder

2. Go to Tools. Go to Folder Options

3. Click the "VIEW" tab. A little way down, there is a check box that says "Hide extensions for known file types" It is usually checked, uncheck it ! Press Apply

4. Now all your files will appear with their extension in the name. eg darthmaul.zip You are now free to rename it and hence change its extension type

ie. darthmaul.zip to darthmaul.pk3 (ie just delete the zip and type in pk3) !!!

EASY

Feel free to re-check the box once you are done, and having file extensions appear annoys you(as it does me!!)

MTFWBYA

shukrallah
11-25-2003, 12:15 PM
Well, whenever i make a .pk3 i just drag and drop the files i want in the .pk3 and then i when i save it, i just select all files at the bottom then, put .pk3 at the end... works for me :whtsmile:

Amidala from Chop Shop
11-25-2003, 01:08 PM
Astrotoy7, I don't need to do any of that. I just make a .zip, rename it to .pk3, and I'm done.

I'm using Windoze 2000, maybe XP is different.

You can easily assign which program opens a .pk3 file by right-clicking a .pk3 file, selecting Open With->Choose Program... Scroll down the list and select WinZip Executable, then check the box that says "Always use this program to open these files", then click OK. Double-clicking a .pk3 file will launch WinZip.

There are usually 3 or 4 or 10 different ways to do the same thing in Windoze.

Astrotoy7
11-25-2003, 01:59 PM
Originally posted by Amidala from Chop Shop
Astrotoy7, I don't need to do any of that. I just make a .zip, rename it to .pk3, and I'm done.

I'm using Windoze 2000, maybe XP is different.

You can easily assign which program opens a .pk3 file by right-clicking a .pk3 file, selecting Open With->Choose Program... Scroll down the list and select WinZip Executable, then check the box that says "Always use this program to open these files", then click OK. Double-clicking a .pk3 file will launch WinZip.

There are usually 3 or 4 or 10 different ways to do the same thing in Windoze.

Granted. That's assigning the file association from the get go. I was assuming manoman hasn't/ doesn't know how to do this. In fact if he did, he probably wouldnt be posting the question...

But yes, I am specifically referring to XP. "Hiding extensions for known file types" is usually ON by default. It is on so as to prevent ppl from incorrectly renaming files that will no longer open, eg leaving the .doc out when you rename a Word document

So, as in your example. You could try rename :

darthmaul.zip
to
darthmaul.pk3

and what you'd actually end up with is
darthmaul.pk3.zip (ie. the zip is the hidden extension)
**and this wont work in JO/JA of course, as it wont recognise the .zip file

I think we've given him/her plenty of answers to fix his problem though, so GOOD WORK TO ALL ! :D

MTFBWYA

Lathain Valtiel
11-25-2003, 02:03 PM
Erm.. You could ALSO simply set any file with the pk3 extension to open in your favorote zip prog.

Kurgan
11-25-2003, 02:37 PM
Myfile.zip

(right click, rename)

Myfile.pk3


Works for me!

Or you can extract the files, then put them into the directory structure you want, then right click on them and create new archive, preserve directory structure and woi la!

Then rename to pk3 extension.

www.winzip.com

If you're looking for "cracks" or "hacks" you're out of luck, against the rules and all....

But honestly all you need for pk3 editing is winzip. You can rename it to zip to open, or hold shift and right click on the file then "open with" and choose winzip.

Astrotoy7
11-26-2003, 08:55 AM
Originally posted by Kurgan
Myfile.zip

(right click, rename)

Myfile.pk3


Works for me!



CMon K, we know you dont use XP ! It clearly sounds like manoman is using XP, as that happens in XP, even WinME, actually.....

MTFBWYA

Amidala from Chop Shop
11-26-2003, 12:41 PM
Hmmm, sounds like Windoze XP is to Windows 2000 as Jedi Academy is to Jedi Outcast: prettier, but kinda dumbed down and less straightforward to make it more "newb friendly".

I purchased one copy of XP Pro and one copy of XP Home, but I haven't installed either one of them. I guess I'm waiting until until Micro$oft releases Service Pack 9 so I'll be sure most of the bugs and security flaws have been fixed.

Long live Win2000!

Master William
11-26-2003, 12:53 PM
The rename thing doesn't work, atleast not for me. Use WinZip on this one.

First, take whatever file you want to put in a pk3, and drag it to an empty .zip file. It will ask you to ''transfer'' or whatever. In the window somewhere, you should see the filename, and it ends with .zip, of course. Remove the zip part, and add pk3 instead.

Then click transfer/add/whatever, and a new file will be created, and that file will be a pk3.

Darth Kaan
11-26-2003, 12:54 PM
XP has it's own compression utility built into the OS, it's the same thing as Winzip.

manoman81
11-27-2003, 11:03 PM
um...wow...Didn't realize this would cause such a fuss. :eek: Astrotoy7's way is the easiest. I did try to rename the file but what I ended up with was something like myfile.pk3.zip. So, I did what Astrotoy7 suggested and it works. Yes, I'm running XP and no, I'm not exactly a noob with it either (although this may look otherwise :D ) But, thanks to everyone who answered!

Astrotoy7
11-28-2003, 12:52 PM
Originally posted by manoman81
um...wow...Didn't realize this would cause such a fuss. :eek: Astrotoy7's way is the easiest. I did try to rename the file but what I ended up with was something like myfile.pk3.zip. So, I did what Astrotoy7 suggested and it works. Yes, I'm running XP and no, I'm not exactly a noob with it either (although this may look otherwise :D ) But, thanks to everyone who answered!

*Astrotoy7 rides off into the sunset, not unlike Zorro* :p


MTFBWYA

Lathain Valtiel
11-28-2003, 03:17 PM
Originally posted by Astrotoy7
*Astrotoy7 rides off into the sunset, not unlike Zorro* :p


MTFBWYA

*BANG!*

*Astroboy falls off horse. Cue funeral.*

*Cue rejoicing of the strange order of geeks*

Astrotoy7
11-29-2003, 07:53 AM
Originally posted by Lathain Valtiel
*BANG!*

*Astroboy falls off horse. Cue funeral.*

*Cue rejoicing of the strange order of geeks*

LMAO

You got that last bit right.... :p


MTFBWYA

MasterSidious
12-01-2003, 08:23 PM
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MasterSidious
12-01-2003, 08:26 PM
i know that I'm a hypocrite or whatever too lol. So don't even bother saying this. BTW I ditto Asto on what you need to do to make pk3 files. The most important thing of all is to remember that you need to organize the files in the zip/pk3 file so that the game picks them up when it runs it

Kurgan
12-01-2003, 08:54 PM
CMon K, we know you dont use XP ! It clearly sounds like manoman is using XP, as that happens in XP, even WinME, actually.....

Okay, I admit, I don't use WinXP, but I've used 2kpro and I'm told time and again how similar they are (ie: XP is just 2k with a ton of spyware and resource hogging eye candy bolted on).

Are you telling me you can't rename file extensions in XP?

Or are you saying that Winzip doesn't work in XP?

It shouldn't be that different.

I'm using 98SE and ME (from what I recall) wasn't that different (just more annoying, from reports).

manoman81
12-01-2003, 10:17 PM
From what I have seen, Winzip in 98SE and XP are not really different from what I remember. But for whatever reasons, I just couldn't figure out how to zip files into a .pk3 file using the program. But, like I said before, it is a lot easier just to go through the folder options and uncheck that one option. This way I can do the right-click thing and go from there. Of course, I've never really tired to do any of this before, so...yeah, a complete noob with this stuff.

Astrotoy7
12-02-2003, 01:30 AM
Originally posted by Kurgan
Okay, I admit, I don't use WinXP, but I've used 2kpro and I'm told time and again how similar they are (ie: XP is just 2k with a ton of spyware and resource hogging eye candy bolted on).

Are you telling me you can't rename file extensions in XP?

Or are you saying that Winzip doesn't work in XP?

It shouldn't be that different.

I'm using 98SE and ME (from what I recall) wasn't that different (just more annoying, from reports).

OK, for perhaps the 3rd time, I dont know why, and I'm not going to chart the evolution of the MS OpSystems, but in XP, "Hide extension for known file types" is ON by default. Nothin to do with winzip or winrar(which I use). Now, if you rename the file WITHIN the environment of one of these programs you will not have this problem. But if you are just in one of your folders(eg. your JA 'base" folder") and the "Hide extensions" is ON then you MUST uncheck it to rename file types. eg. Once unchecked you can do what you want. I've often changed video file formats wmv/asf for conversion and encoding using this method, so it has nothing tio do with winzip etc.....

*runs off screaming into the night* :p

I still luvz ya all though :D, and since Manoman has fixed his conundrum, all is cool !

MTFBWYA

Kurgan
12-02-2003, 02:26 PM
OK, for perhaps the 3rd time, I dont know why, and I'm not going to chart the evolution of the MS OpSystems, but in XP, "Hide extension for known file types" is ON by default. Nothin to do with winzip or winrar(which I use). Now, if you rename the file WITHIN the environment of one of these programs you will not have this problem. But if you are just in one of your folders(eg. your JA 'base" folder") and the "Hide extensions" is ON then you MUST uncheck it to rename file types. eg. Once unchecked you can do what you want. I've often changed video file formats wmv/asf for conversion and encoding using this method, so it has nothing tio do with winzip etc.....

I had a sneaking suspcion. Of course in Win9X this is also the "default" (ie: the stupid n00b settings microsoft assumes everybody wants to use.. BOO!!!!! TO THEM!).

Turn off 'hide extensions' (show all extensions) and you'll have no problems like this ever again!

Good job pointing that out to these poor souls....

Though maybe you should post step by step instructions on how to turn off the option for those who can't figure it out on their own?

Astrotoy7
12-03-2003, 03:19 AM
Originally posted by Astrotoy7

To rename a file to *.zip and have it stay .zip you need to do THIS FIRST(Otherwise, windows will by default assign it a known extension. so you'd end up *zip.pk3)

1. Open a folder, any folder

2. Go to Tools. Go to Folder Options

3. Click the "VIEW" tab. A little way down, there is a check box that says "Hide extensions for known file types" It is usually checked, uncheck it ! Press Apply

4. Now all your files will appear with their extension in the name. eg darthmaul.zip You are now free to rename it and hence change its extension type

ie. darthmaul.zip to darthmaul.pk3 (ie just delete the zip and type in pk3) !!!

EASY

Feel free to re-check the box once you are done, and having file extensions appear annoys you(as it does me!!)

MTFWBYA

Ok, since the indestructible KURGAN suggested it, its probably a good idea to elaborate on this too :

TO REVERSE THIS, ie so the extensions are "hidden" again, repeat steps 1 to 3, but instead CHECK THE BOX labeled, "Hide Extensions for known file types". Press Apply/OK !! Nb. If you dont do this you could end up with a mess on your hands if you continue to rename files and dont add the proper extensions, otherwise, XP will always prompt you as to what program to use to open it when you go to use it next.......

MTFBWYA

Kurgan
12-03-2003, 06:09 PM
Thanks.

Unhiding file extensions is a good idea anyway for security reasons.

How often have computer n00bs fallen for the old:

VIDEO_of_BRATTNEYSPEARS_NAKED_COOL!.mpeg.pif

(the 'pif' you'd only see if you had extensions turned on for example)

Trick? ; p

Astrotoy7
12-04-2003, 02:47 PM
Originally posted by Kurgan
VIDEO_of_BRATTNEYSPEARS_NAKED_COOL!.mpeg.pif


can't talk,,,,,,drooling.... :p I was never into Britney, until she kissed Maddy...... Mmmmm


but yes, *Back to Topic* beware renaming file extensions if you have "Hide Extensions" switched off..... ! Follow the steps I have indicated above to make sure youre doing it properly !

MTFBWYA