Abbrevia ProgressBar

I am using the Open Source Abbrevia Components to Archive some Files into a single Zip, whilst this is happening I am using the TAbMeter Gauge to display the progress.

I would prefer to use the TProgressBar for this purpose instead though (maintaining a standard interface with Windows).

How may I use a TProgressBar instead of the TAbMeter? I know I could code the progress myself, but seeing as the Abbrevia Components already have this done in the TAbMeter, I see no sense in rewriting it.

If I could even access the Position property of the TAbMeter I could simulate the TProgressBar's progress by synchronizing with the TAbMeter.

Here is a snippet, FileNames is a TStringList containing the Filenames to archive..

procedure ArchiveFiles(SaveAs: string; ProgressBar: TAbMeter);
  AZipper: TAbZipper;
  i: Integer;
  AZipper := TAbZipper.Create(nil);
    AZipper.AutoSave := False;
    AZipper.BaseDirectory := ExtractFilePath(SaveAs);
    AZipper.ArchiveSaveProgressMeter := ProgressBar;
    AZipper.FileName := SaveAs;
    AZipper.StoreOptions := AZipper.StoreOptions + [soStripDrive, soRemoveDots]
                                                 - [soStripPath];
    AZipper.TempDirectory := GetTempDirectory;

      Screen.Cursor := crHourGlass;
      ProgressBar.Visible := True;

      for i := 0 to FileList.Count - 1 do
        AZipper.AddFiles(FileList.Strings[i], 0);


      ProgressBar.Visible := False;
      Screen.Cursor := crDefault;



You are presumably setting the ArchiveSaveProgressMeter somewhere in your code. You can simply stop doing this and instead set the OnArchiveSaveProgress event. Then you need to supply an event with this signature:

procedure(Sender: TObject; Progress: Byte; var Abort: Boolean) of object;

You would respond to receipt of such an event by updating the Position value of the progress bar in your UI.

The method that surfaces this progress event also handles the progress meter version:

procedure TAbCustomZipper.DoArchiveSaveProgress(
  Sender: TObject; Progress: Byte; var Abort : Boolean);
  Abort := False;
  if Assigned(FArchiveSaveProgressMeter) then
  if Assigned(FOnArchiveSaveProgress) then
    FOnArchiveSaveProgress(Self, Progress, Abort);

So the designers of the component have simply provided two alternative routes to receiving progress: the meter or a callback.

In order to handle progress from a callback you need to write a method like this:

procedure TMyMainForm.OnArchiveSaveProgress(
  Sender: TObject; Progress: Byte; var Abort: Boolean);
  FProgressBar.Position := Progress;

You then assign this event handler to OnArchiveSaveProgress, most likely in the IDE. It's an identical procedure to assigning an OnClick event to a button.

Note: I've never used Abbrevia so I may have picked out a different component from the one you are using. However, all the components that interact with meters, also offer progress via a callback so this basic approach will work no matter which component you use.

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