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      21.07.2002 02:23
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      I have been using Zipmagic for several years now and would not consider changing it for any other zip utility currently available. The original attraction for me was the ease of use of this program because I found Winzip a little awkward to use and could not really be bothered trying to become familiar with it. It was not very long before I became impressed with the versatility of Zipmagic. For simply zipping or unzipping files you do not need to open the program, simply right click on the file or folder and select the appropriate option from the menu provided. if you wish to add particular values to a file or folder that you are zipping, then open the program and you will have options for creating self executing files or spanning files across several floppy disks etcetera. One of the more useful aspects of Zipmagic is that zipped folders are displayed as folders and can be opened by double clicking just like any other Windows folder. With this facility it is quite easy to extract individual files from a zipped folder, which does not even need to be unzipped in the first place. If you are considering using a compression utility for either compressing or decompressing files, then I would certainly recommend Zipmagic.

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        28.06.2001 06:34
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        I have been using Zip Magic for over two years now and I must say that this is the most convenient Zip program available. Zip file format is the most popular way to compress files but using zip files can be a pain. Every time you want something in a zip file, you have to use a program to extract it. However with Zip Magic this is not the case. Zip Magic use a term they call “Zip Folders” technology, which makes zip files act as normal “Windows” folders. This allows you to instantly access files so that they can be viewed or modified, run programs and archive files, without any hassles or headache. This is what makes this zip program unique from others. This presumably is the only zip utility that updates your copy of Zip Magic to the latest release. The program will automatically inform you once there is a new release and you can update for free. You can also open e-mail attachments with this program. I got mine for free with my son’s new computer but if you want to buy it then I understand the price is around PDS 15.00. Well worth it if you download a lot of files from the net. I would strongly recommend this product to everyone.

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          25.01.2001 01:48
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          I wanted to try this program for ages, ever since I saw a reviez of it in PC-World. I finally tried it, and Oh My God, it's a fantastic bit of code! Integrated into Explorer, once setup, you never even know it is there! However, I found a few minor problems with it... 1) Winzip integration: When trying to loadsome files I created in zipmagicinto winzip, I had problems. I cant remember how I sorted this out, I think it was by extracting the re-compressing. 2) ACDSee integration: Newer versions of ACDSee includethe ability to viewfiles kept within zip archives. Problems occur in two places, first, when trying to view zip files within zipfiles, and secondly, when using zipmagic on the system. The solution to both is simply to disable the ZIP archive plugin within ACDSee. I notified the ACDSee manufacturers of this problem, hopefullyit will be sorted soon :) 3) Bootup: After a while, (a few months) my 'puter stopped booting up. This only rectified itself when ZipMagic was disabled. It may have been Zipmagic, some virus, or some other conflict, I never foundout. Keep these points in mind, but certainly try this product, it removes the need for a zip client, and puts even the formiddable (and excellent) WinZip to shame! Out. Oli Howson

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          03.11.2000 22:04
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          I've been using a Zip utility called Zip Magic for a few years now, and I have to say that this little beauty comes out tops over rivals like Winzip. Why? Because no-longer do you have to click on the Zip file you want to open, select "I agree", chosoe where you want the file to decompress to, then delete the decompressed files .... Zip Magic is the no-hassle solution. Once installed, it treats all Zip files as any other Windows folder, with ".ZIP" written in red. So to open it just double click it, to move or rename files inside the archive then do this as you normally would... it's as simple as that! Zip Magic lets you choose to have a little animation appear on screen, to indicate the file is being opened. It only takes a few seconds longer that it normally would to open a folder, but compare that to the tiem taken using Winzip and you're clearly getting a faster, more useful program here. So if you've been conidering to register Winzip and remove the nagging "I agree" screen, don't. Take a trip down to your local computer shop and pick up a copy of Zip Magic for under £15.

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          22.09.2000 18:29
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          ZipMagic may just get the final word. This Zip management program integrates into your desktop, associating with the zip file extension, and a zip button to your windows, appearing on the task bar, and appearing on the pop-up window that appears when you right-click the mouse. The most noticeable feature of the program is that zip files now act just like a folder on the desktop. When you click a zip file, you get a directory in which you can perform all of the normal file functions, including execution. You can extract files if you like, or you can execute them directly from the zip. In addition to this, all of the main zip functions are present. A wizard helps you with extraction and zip file creation, which includes a search feature to find existing zip files on the hard drive. Now this is a nice idea. This basically removes all of the effort of extracting a zip file, and basically turns them into folders. It's quick, easy, and well-done. The interface is user-friendly, and fairly powerful, creating zip files, self-extracting zips, etc. with relative ease. If you are still looking for a good zip program, download this one. You probably won't be looking any more.

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          25.07.2000 04:01
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          ZipMagic: This is the ultimate zip programme. NOTHING is as powerful or comes as close. To understand its power you have to know about zip files. Most zips you get are either as an .exe or a .zip. If it's a .zip, then you need to extract it and then find it and then see what the hell was contained in the zip.. BUT for Zip magic its different. Using some special coding the programme turns your Zip files into ZIP Folders.. these special folders behave like normal folders, so you can access zip info without extracting it manually. It also has a zip fix programme and a host of other features. The coolest part is that it can convert a .zip into a .exe. This is a VERY simple process and it takes you through it step by step… You can also include information into the .exe so that it looks as if you programmed the Exe. This is definitely the best zip programme ever, and you should try it to understand just how different it is from its competitors..! If you think Winzip is great... You aint seen nothing yet..!

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