The basic principle is that each zip transfer takes all or selected files in one directory on a computer and compresses them as zip files on another directory, drive or computer on the network.
The figure shows a typical zip profile.
Features include :-
- A file mask can be used to limit the number of files copied.
- If files are older than a defined Don't Zip Before Date, they are not processed.
- A cache directory can be defined.
This means that a file will only be zipped if the file in the cache directory is different to the one in the source directory. If no cache directory is defined, then all files are zipped.
- The cache directory can be cleared using Clear Cache.
- A destination directory must be defined.
- The zip files that are created are defined using Zip Files.
You can either create a set of files based on the name of each file zipped or one file that contains all of the files. Various different names can be chosen, either based on the date or a user-defiend format.
- Extra files such as copyrights, time stamps and read me's can be added to each zip file.
Note that up to thirty different profiles can be defined to setup different transfers.
If you are using different types of transfer, it is a good idea to define them together. For instance, backup transfers in positions 1-10, FTP in 11-20 and zipping in 21-30.