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Bandizip® keeps Japanese file names intact when Extracting ZIP folders

A Feature Article by Reggie Dentmore on LearnMMD.comHow can I keep the Japanese file names when I download and extract new MMD models? Do I have to use Applocale to keep the file names from getting scrambled?

Bandisoft’s free Bandizip® software
lets you keep the original Japanese file names!

Over the years that I have been enjoying MikuMikuDance, the on-going bugaboo has been the scrambled file names that occur when you unzip a Japanese model… I have been using the 7-Zip/Applocale routine as my favorite method… but just today I was pointed to Bandizip.

Bandizip keeps your Japanese file names without running extra programs: no more Applocale!

Get Bandizip

Download the Bandizip set-up file and follow the defaults as you run that program. I opted to not add the icon to my toolbar… but I DID go for the desktop icon.

Use Bandizip

Using Bandizip is easy. Double-click the desktop shortcut icon… navigate to your zipped folder… Click the Code page button to select Japanese… and then click Extract. I just clicked OK for the defaults… and there was the new folder with the Japanese file names… too awesome!

Choose Japanese from the bandizip Code Page drop-down before you extract your zip files.

Too late for your existing models…

… unless you still have the model’s original zipped folder.

… and even so…

You will find that the model, when loaded, may still have the NULL bone names. That’s always a problem… but our xxBodger has a solution using PMDE and Google Translate.

Translate Japanese Models to English with Google Translate and PMDE

and also here:

Translate PMX models to English using a PMX editor

Bandizip… Fast and Easy…

Enjoy MikuMikuDance!


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  1. MintyPatronus MintyPatronus
    July 19, 2016    

    Wouldn’t it be easier to change your computer’s locale to Japanese? None of my file names come out scrambled usually.

    • July 19, 2016    

      That’s a good solution too, but it’s not realistic for everybody– some people need to maintain their own locale, maybe to keep another language from scrambling.

  2. Melania Wage Melania Wage
    July 2, 2016    

    Thank you !

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