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 better than Winzip
Member Name: cjkace
Date: 06/12/00, updated on 06/12/00 (244 review reads)
Advantages: Functional, better compression, password protection, can do zips too
Disadvantages: Nag screen,
When it comes to file compression, the Zip file is the one that is most well known, but it doen't offer the best compression ratio. WinRar uses a special algorithm to compress files into Rars which are smaller then zips.
With the ability to split large files, create multi-disk spanning executables, password protect and even repair files, WinRar is a lot more flexible than WinZip and so more useful in the long term.
It can also create and extract from other archives, including zips. The program is easy to use and the interface is clean and uncluttered.
WinRar is also multi-format so Rars can be extracted on other operating systems, including Beos, Linux, MacOs, Amiga.
It's all round usability is far greater than WinZip and it has received many awards including CNET Downloads Pick, ZDNet Editor's Choice and received 5 stars from Super Shareware.
The program is available as a 40 day trial, after which you have to pay to use all the functions, although it will still create and extract files after this time, certain features are disabled (notably the multi-span archive).