Newest Review: ... this program but it's essential for those who have to download Zipped files onto their computer. The ZIP file goes straight to WinRar wh... more
It's win, win, win with winrar!
Member Name: Geisskane
Advantages: Easy to use, Effective
Disadvantages: Cost, Hard to download
WinRar is such a part of my everyday computing life that it seems almost absurd to have to review it; it's like reviewing 'breathing'. Why is it so necessary and what exactly does Winrar do?
Winrar is a fantastic bit of archiving software. What this does is it basically wraps whatever files you want up into a pressie 1/2 of the size and lets you transfer or store that one file instead of a whole host of others. When you download things from the internet then chances are it'll be stored in an archive, which isn't of much use to you unless you can 'unwrap' it. There are a whole host of programs reading to decompress your file, some more famous than winrar such as winzip; why then is winrar worth getting?
I must admit that winrar's website is far from user friendly and not very comprehensive; they certainly don't make it as simple as one click and you're good to go! Similarly, winrar costs $30 to use after a 30 day trial period. Is it worth all this hassle? Well, you are never actually forced to buy winrar after 30 days; it still works without you paying for it. Now of course I can't publicly condone this, but it does work on the off chance you can't pay that $30 for a few days. Winzip on the other hand stops working after the trial, rendering it useless altogether.
Where Winrar excels above the others is that it supports pretty much every archive type known to man; you can be sure that no matter what you download, you'll be able to open it with winrar. Similarly, it offers a range of compression options which allow you to make the most out of whatever storage space you have available, or if you're emailing an archive to somebody it will allow you to make this as quick as possible.
Winrar has a few nice features such as the ability to simply right click on an archive and extract the whole thing, or to right click on a folder and archive it without having to venture into the program.
In conclusion, winrar is a must have piece of software. It is not without its faults, but the pros far outweigh the cons. It is easy to use and effective at what it does.
Summary: A necessity
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