WinAce is FASTER than WinRAR. WinAce is stable and FAST. I did a test of compressing the very same file using WinRAR first and then WinAce: WinRAR compressed the file in 25 minutes. WinAce compressed the file in 14 minutes. WinAce compressed the file 11 minutes FASTER than WinRAR. WinAce offers decompression of the following file formats: ACE, ZIP, LHA, MS-CAB, RAR, ARC, ARJ, GZip, TAR, ZOO, JAR multi-volume (disk spanning) archives for ACE, ZIP, CAB WinAce offers compression of the following formats: ACE, ZIP, LHA, MS-CAB, JAVA JAR WinAce will let you do self-extracting archives (SFX) for ACE and ZIP I really like WinAce better than WinRAR, but the only problem that I have is that WinAce doesn't support ALL of the many different file formats out there. If it did, then WinAce would be my tool of choice to use. But since that is not the case, I recommend using a program called ALZip which according to what I have read, does in fact support ALL of the different file formats. (Of course if you are satisfied with the several file formats that WinAce DOES suppot and not concerned with the others, then WinAce is a fantastic utility for you to have).
When considering compression formats for the environment of Windows, most people automatically think of zip files. This is no doubt due to the fact that zip files have been around for a long time and are considered to be a standard. However, there are several alternatives and their usefulness depends greatly on the purpose for which they are used. Compression is used for numerous reasons. The obvious one is reducing the size of a file for storage purposes, although it is also useful for breaking up a large file into smaller pieces in order to store it on several floppy disks. The great popularity of sending files via the internet has made the overall size of the compressed file into an important factor. When zipping a file, the amount of reduction in size depends on numerous factors and the end result can even be a larger file if a self extracting file is created with spanning options. This is where Winace becomes a very valuable tool, because an ace file is the smallest compression format currently available. Apart from creating a file, Winace can decompress all the major file formats such as zip or rar files, making it a very useful utility. For opening files, Winace simply runs in the background and enables you to open a file by right clicking on it and selecting from the options provided. Creating an ace file can be just as easy with the user friendly interface provided by the program.
Winzip is probably the most popular compression program, as it comes with most new pcs it is probably also the only one that most people know about. However .zip files are not the best type of compressed data. Zipping one huge file makes only a small difference to the size of it. Zipping really is only useful for more than one file. This is where WinAce steps in. WinAce is essentially turns one huge file into lots of smaller files, which can then be stored in a much smaller zip file. The small files mean that downloading them from the internet say is alot quicker. So instead of one huge .zip file, you get alot of small .ace files. It has really helped me in my graphics work and design, and I throughly recommend it. It is available from the WinAce website (www.winace.com) and the trial period is free. It is however certainly worth paying for if you need to compress alot of files. However this is not all WinAce can do, not only can WinAce ace and unace files it can zip and unzip, rar and unrar and many other compression formats. The WinAce features are: ·Compression formats: ACE, ZIP, LHA, MS-CAB ·Decompression formats: ACE, ZIP, LHA, MS-CAB, RAR, ARC, ARJ, GZIP, TAR, ZOO ·Multi-volume (aka "disk spanning") archives (ACE, ZIP, CAB) ·Solid compression (ACE), resulting in up to 50% better compression ·Self-Extracting archives (SFX-Modules) for ACE and ZIP ·Encryption of archives ·Recovery data for corrupted archives ·AV signatures (authenticity verification) for ACE-archives ·HTML, ANSI, and ASCII-comments for ACE- and ZIP-archives (displays comments of any other formats, too) ·Complete (DOS-ACE compatible) control from command line ·Detailed information on archives ·Integrated viewer and quickviewer for Word-documents, RTF-, HTML-, ASCII- and commonly used graphic files ·Full Drag&Drop support ·An easy, user configurable and clearly arranged shell ·Complete file-ma
nagement functionality (Drag&Drop, copying, renaming, deleting of files) ·Optimization of existing archives ·Directory of ACE and ZIP archives (Property dialog) ·Support for commonly used Virus Scanners ·Automated installation of archives containing "SETUP.EXE" or "INSTALL.EXE" WinAce is very easy to use! To open an archive linked with WinAce you only need to doubleclick it. The WinAce environment is very easy to use, it is very like windows explorer. Archives opened with WinAce are handled like ordinary directories. This basically means that archive files can be opened or displayed by the internal viewer by doubleclicking on the archive name. If you need a better, quicker way to compress your data, then this is it. However at $29 it is probably slightly expensive, but if you use it properly it can be worth it.
Winzip is undoubtedly the most popular file compression on the market, and the one that most people probably use on their machine. However, one thing to remember is that Winzip doesn't handle the compression/decompression of some other forms of compression, such as ace,arc and rar files. I myself hit this problem a few months ago, I downloaded a zip file, unextracted it, only to be hit by a mass of .rar files, which Winzip couldn't handle. It is possible to use Winzip with these files, but only if you have a copy of the winrar program and configure it as an external program within the user interface. Sounds easy enough, but by the time you've purchased Winrar and the other file format programs, the bill can soon add up. So off I went in search of a program that could deal not only with zip files, but would also deal with the file types winzip couldn't. After trying a few out, I came across Winace, from www.winace.com. I now use it as my default compression program. It does all the things Winzip can, ie create self extracting files, span files over multiple disks, password protection etc etc, but most importantly it can handle .rar files, .arc files, and several other formats on top. Its as easy as winzip to use, and as a bonus, I've found that when creating a compressed file using the *ace* format, a format unique to winace, the compression rate is usually between 10 and 20% higher than using Winnzip at the maximum compression rate. If you do create an .ace file there is a free .ace reader available at the Winace site to allow people who do not own the program to decompress them. A highly rated program with a nice interface, and one which has more functionality than Winzip.