Thursday, March 22, 2012

Getting grip of the files

Well, it's been a long time since the last post. Does it mean that I have abandoned development of the applications? Hell, no! I've been working on something I planned to make a long time ago. Actually it started as a Java ME project, which became quite a popular application in Russian-speaking circles of the internet for mobile phones. Well, now it has come to Android.

PowerGrasp - the archiver and file manager.

So, why another one when there are enough of them already? Because I beleive I can do such an app that will be pleasant to use. Unfortunately, not all other apps have the same qualities. Besides, I enjoy making applications, so why not?

Now, what this fella can do. It can work with ZIP, RAR and tar files. By working I mean not only unpacking, but also creating and editing existing archives. Unfortunately, RAR files can't be created and modified (sorry, but the authors of RAR forbid it), but that's not the case with ZIP and tar files.

This is not only an archiver, it is also a file manager. When I made a Java ME application, it wasn't like this, but on Android it seems to be impossible to make an archiver and not implement some features of a file manager. So here we go: we have all the usual features like copy, cut, paste, delete and so on. Also PowerGrasp has a neat interface with two pages, just slide your finger to the side to open the next one.

I have created a Wiki on Bitbucket for PowerGrasp where you can get all the help for the application. Right now it has a lot of missing content, but I will add more over time. You can even help me create a decent wiki, that would be absolutely great. Also there is an issue tracker for PowerGrasp where you can post your suggestions and found bugs.

So, you can grab PowerGrasp on Google Play and try it out. I hope you like it!


  1. this is the best file manager I have ever used, even astro file manager, android stock file manager is failed in front of this awesome powergrasp file manager, its color combination is very good and speed is very fast, even if I use low cpu mobile still it will run very fast. my mobile is samsung galaxy mini.

  2. Hi Malcolm. Firstly apologies for commenting via one of your posts for this but I didn't know how else to reach you. I came across your profile on Stackoverflow and am looking for someone to build a very simply J2ME app for me but neeed someone who really knows what they are doing. Are you available for freelance work and if so, please can you contact me on michael [at] andromob . com. My name is Michael.