4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 14, 2012 2:46 AM by B4stien

    Exporting package and compressing it as a ZIP in ActionScript


      Hi everyone,


      Our users need to be able to export InDesign packages to our remote web app directly from our InDesign extension. Compressing it to ZIP is probbaly the best option.

      I saw that this question had already been asked and answered for JavaScript (http://forums.adobe.com/message/4243513#4243513). My question is, is there a good zip library for actionscript out there; the few I found haven't been maintained for years. Or is the best option to also use JsZip here? I wish I could use command line tools, but our users work on a large variety of OS and we can't guarantee that they will have the proper tools installed.


      Thanks in advance for your help.

      - Bastien

        • 1. Re: Exporting package and compressing it as a ZIP in ActionScript
          lomorgan Adobe Employee

          I can't officially endorse anything, but I've used fzip before (http://codeazur.com.br/lab/fzip/), which now seems to be part of as3commons: http://www.as3commons.org/as3-commons-zip/index.html. From what I remember it worked pretty well. There's some sample code here for archive creation: http://wahlers.com.br/claus/blog/fzip-alpha-release-create-and-modify-zip-archives/, though this was before it moved to as3commons, so I think the class names will have changed slightly.


          Hope that helps,



          • 2. Re: Exporting package and compressing it as a ZIP in ActionScript
            Loic.Aigon Adobe Community Professional



            I did zip files once in a applescript by using the shell zip command. I would give the NativeProcess a chance to use the system tool for zipping files. I guess there is a native command in Windows as well. I am soon doing this and this is the lead I will investigate first.





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            • 3. Re: Exporting package and compressing it as a ZIP in ActionScript
              Harbs. Level 6

              I've tested a couple of different zip utilities, and FZip worked best.

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              • 4. Re: Exporting package and compressing it as a ZIP in ActionScript
                B4stien Level 1

                Thanks everyone,

                I followed Louis and Harbs' advice and used the fzip (now as3common) library, and it works like a charm. Here's some experimental code I used (obviously it's missing some folder cleaning):


                public class MultiplePagesUploader      { 

                     private var zip:Zip;

                     private var filesToCompress:int = 1;

                     private var filesCompressed:int = 0;




                     public function extractPackage(exportFolderPath:String):void{

                          var indDesignApp:Application = InDesign.app;

                          var doc:Document = indDesignApp.activeDocument;

                          var exportFolder:File = File.createTempDirectory();

                          doc.packageForPrint(exportFolder, true, true, true, false, true, false, false);

                          zip = new Zip();

                          addFileToZip(exportFolder, zip);



                     public function fileAddedToZip():void{


                          if (filesToCompress == filesCompressed){

                               var tempDir:File = File.createTempDirectory();

                               var zipFile:File = new File(tempDir.nativePath + "/indd_package_test.zip");

                               var stream:FileStream = new FileStream();

                               stream.open(zipFile, FileMode.WRITE);






                     public function addFileToZip(file:File, zip:Zip, path:String=""):void{


                                var directory:Array = file.getDirectoryListing();

                               filesToCompress = filesToCompress + directory.length;

                               for each (var f:File in directory){

                                     addFileToZip(f, zip, path + "/" + file.name);




                                file.addEventListener(flash.events.Event.COMPLETE, function():void{

                                     zip.addFile(path + '/' + file.name, file.data);








                Someone might find it useful.