ResourcesExtract is a tiny and portable piece of kit that you can use to extract resources from files. It supports the EXE, DLL, CPL and OCX formats.
Since installation is not a prerequisite, you can store ResourcesExtract on a USB flash drive or other similar storage unit, and run it on any computer. This way, you can carry the tool in your pocket whenever you're on the move.
What's more important is that the Windows Registry section does not receive new entries, and no files are left behind on the hard drive after program removal.
The interface of the application is made from a standard window with a fairly intuitive layout. Alternatively, you can run the app from a command-line window.
Importing a file into the working environment is done with the help of either the file browser or "drag and drop" method.
The program lets you select the destination folder together with the resource types you want to extract; these can be icons, Bitmaps, animated icons, AVI files, type libraries, strings, cursors, HTML-related resources, animated cursors, manifest or other binary resources.
Aside from making ResourcesExtract overwrite files which already exist, you can extract all items into one folder or create a separate subfolder for the resources of each file. Furthermore, it is possible to scan subdirectories, save the Bitmaps as PNG items, as well as make the app open the target folder automatically when the task is done. The configuration settings can be saved to file for further use.
The straightforward program runs on a very low amount of CPU and system memory, so it shouldn't put a strain on the computer's overall performance. It has a good response time and extracts resources rapidly, without making the operating system hang, crash or pop up error dialogs; we haven't encountered any issues throughout our testing.
The bottom line is that ResourcesExtract is a fast and reliable tool for extracting resources from files, and it can be handled with ease, thanks to its overall simplicity.
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