WinZip does not need an introductory note. It's a well-known archive manager that can handle a wide array of compression formats, from ZIP, RAR and 7Z to TAR, GZIP, CAB, IMG and ISO to name the most important ones.
WinZip goes beyond basic archive handling capabilities and bundles features for encryption, backup and sharing. In addition, the ribbon-based interface is extremely user-friendly and offers quick access to the programâ€™s functions.
WinZipâ€™s installation process requires user intervention a few times to configure options for the explorer context menu or to choose where the shortcuts should be placed. You are also offered a desktop gadget, but you can uncheck its deployment.
The purpose of the application is a two-way street. On one hand, it can compress large files into small archives and on the other hand, it is able to extract files from compressed packages. Both operations are performed at impressive speed, to say the least.
Files can be added the old, traditional way, but drag and drop is also supported. WinZip gets your archives ready for file sharing, allowing you to quickly attach them in emails, upload to FTPs or share on Facebook.
Although it gained popularity for compression features, the application also provides the possibility to backup your documents and prevents data loss. Whatâ€™s more, you can also schedule backups to be performed at a later time.
Other capabilities include archive encryption (via the AES algorithm), diagnostics (checks whether archives are corrupt) and a computer performance scan utility.
All in all, WinZip carries out a very important task: that of getting content ready for operations that require a certain file size. It provides a user-friendly environment and is bundled with a rich pack of features that recommend it. Also, the compression/decompression speed is a huge plus.
Here are some key features of 'WinZip':
- With WinZip, you can instantly compress files to conserve storage space, send swifter emails, and decrease file upload/download times. Zip documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, presentations, you name it!
- WinZip introduces a versatile new architecture to support significant performance enhancements, giving additional power and agility to your file compression tasks!
- With easy tools and drag-and-drop functionality, WinZip helps you create compressed files in the following formats: Zip, LHA, and Zipx (our smallest Zip file to date). Not sure which format to use? Let WinZip select the best compression method to maximize efficiency! You can even create self-extracting Zip files, which are ideal for distribution to recipients who may not own WinZip.
- WinZip also provides advanced photo and image compression. With a single click, you can compress your digital photographs and graphic images by 20-25% with no loss of quality or data integrity. This lets you send files faster and fit more on your flash drive, CD/DVD, or hard disk.
- In addition to compressing files, WinZip instantly opens and extracts content from the industry's widest selection of compressed file types, including Zip, Zipx, RAR, 7Z, BZ2, LHA, CAB, IMG, ISO, and most other file archive formats.
Supported File Formats:
- Zip (.zip)
- Zipx (.zipx)
- RAR (.rar)
- 7Z (.7z)
- BZ2 (.bz, .bz2, .tbz, .tbz2)
- LHA/LZH (.lha, .lzh)
- Cabinet (.cab)
- Disc Image (.img, .iso)
- TAR (.tar)
- GZIP (.gz, .taz, .tgz)
- Compress (.tz, .z)
- UUencode (.uu, .uue)
- XXencode (.xxe)
- MIME (.b64, .mim)
- BinHex (.bhx, .hqx)
- Most other compressed files
- Along with state-of-the-art file compression and decompression, WinZip also offers strong AES encryption to help you secure sensitive data from unauthorized access. Encrypt and password-protect your files as you zip them, all in one easy step! You can even define your own password policies that WinZip will enforce for each file you encrypt.
- As an added security measure, WinZip also auto-wipes or 'shreds' temporarily extracted copies of encrypted files using the U.S. Department of Defense standard (DoD 5220.22-M). This automatic action prevents protected files from being recovered and misused.
- Use WinZip to organize and compress your data into convenient, logical groups that are perfect for sharing! Smaller file sizes translate to faster uploading/downloading times and hassle-free email attachments that don't clog email servers. Using WinZip's powerful encryption capabilities, you can also password-protect compressed files to prevent third parties from gaining unwanted access to your data, making them ideal for sharing!
- WinZip includes convenient Zip and E-mail tools so that you can zip, encrypt, and email a file directly from the WinZip window without having to open any other applications. This allows you to work without interruption and share files swiftly, safely, and seamlessly! WinZip 15 provides extensive support for most email and webmail applicationsâ€”once configured, you can zip and email files from virtually any email address! In addition, WinZip 15's Zip and Email function includes an image resizer that allows you to resize, zip, and email a set of images in one easy step!
Back Up Files:
- WinZip takes full advantage of its file compression technology with an automated data backup facility that helps you prevent data loss. Backup your desktop, documents, pictures, email, etc. using pre-defined jobs or by creating custom backup jobs using WinZip's simple wizard. You can set WinZip to backup selected data files, and you can schedule those backups to run automatically and unattended. You can also backup data to a CD/DVD or network drive, email your backups off site from virtually any email address, or upload your backups to an off-site server using the built-in WinZip FTP client. WinZip will even send you automated email notifications upon job completion!