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WinZip is probably the most used and well-known zipping software.
There is a free and paid version, they are the same except the free version has a countdown screen which takes longer the longer you have had it installed, which can get a bit annoying.
WinZip is very fast and reliable in both zipping and unzipping files. It is fast, probably around the same speed or a bit fast than WinRAR. I have only ever encountered one corrupt archive and that was because I had downloaded it and my internet is bugged.
You have a choice between the standard and wizard interface, both are simple and easy to use. It is easy to create and add new files to zip archives.
Unarchiving is simple and easy. You can just use the menu in windows explorer by right clicking the file and clicking unzip and selecting where to.
I would recommend this since it is the best and easiest zip program.
Hello Dooyoo folk,
Winzip is an application that zips up multiple files and makes emailing and filing so much simpler. 'Win' stands for Windows enabled and 'Zip' because it collects your selected files and stores them as one. It is by far the most time saving program available for Windows.
---My Winzip experience----
It all started about 4 years ago for me. I was constantly creating many files mostly MP3, AVI, and loads of codecs types. I was testing video files that were compressed to a maximum, that did not loose any of the original quality. By doing this I found that many files were created on my PC and it was getting harder by the hour to manage them.
I then searched the internet for a solution to resolve this problem. The website www.download.com had the answer and it was free to use and there were loads of applications to choose from. The most downloaded application was Winzip around 400 downloads were registered and it had good reviews. Perfect, this application appeared the best means to solving my over populated desktop.
The Winzip application is a .exe small application of no bigger than 7MB and now will take less than 30 seconds to download to your desktop. Of course this does determine on your internet connection speeds.
When loading up the .exe file.... yes I must note that I only loaded up the .exe file because of the good reviews. I certainly would not load up the application if I found the file to be a computer safety problem. It is important that you know exactly what the .exe file is before you install it on your computer. The application installation is very simple and works straight away without turning off your computer for it to re-load itself.
The evaluation period is set for 30 days, before and money is exchanged. This is $30.00 if you require a full version from www.download.com; though I have found that the evaluation version is effective after the 30 day period. The application is great for extracting Winzip files that have been sent to you and zipping up your own files. A year ago I found that 1000's of ringtones were being Winzipped into 1 file and was compressed adequately, without compromising the audio quality of 56 kbps. You can imagine what my desktop would of been like if the files were sent individually....Helllppp!!
I've advised many people to send multiple files by zipping them all up first. I had a client, only 6 months ago, who sent files to me individually at one point and wasted hours by waiting for a file to be sent and then uploading another. I quickly introduced the client to Winzip. The big plus for me is that Winzip also is the safest way to send data via email; if there is any adware or trojans, by saving the winzip file to your computer, it still does not infect your computer if extracting the files. By checking the winzip file for viruses by using your own security system. Most potentially harmful files would be detected and cleaned. Then files would be safe to be be extracted and stored on your computer without any nasty surprises.
By having files Winzipped in this manner it is a good safeguard for anyone who emails and receives files by attachments.
Going back to the 30 day Evaluation period. It is a great means to test out an application before buying this software package, it is what I like about using this method. What I have found helpful is that by not registering the product online and using the Evaluation package. The software loads up and automatically allows the user to use the evaluation version. Though a pop up window does remind you to register the product. Of course it is up to you whether you feel it is worth $30.00. I believe it is worth every penny. Overall it will save you so much time. It pays for itself with days. The downside is the compression, it could be better and I'm sure that now through compression technology the updated versions will include all the latest compression methods.
Thank you for reading this review, I hope it is helpful.
WinZip is very useful software to compress files and combine many files to a single password protected file and also if you want to copy a single large file which not fit in the floppy disk you can use winzip to compress it and copy it in more than one floppy disk, nowadays nobody is using winzip because of large capacity flash memory and cd writers but in old days when there was not flash memory and cd writers most of the peoples were using winzip as compression and copying tool, I am using it since 1993 when the name was PKZip in MS Dos.
WinZip is for amatures only. It might have been hot stuff many years ago, but nowadays WinZip just doesn't cut it anymore for hardcore advanced computer users like myself. When I first got my computer about two years ago, I bought and used WinZip because I didn't know any better. I had been using WinZip for two years until last week when I got rid of it for good. Last week I downloaded a file over the internet and WinZip could NOT open it. WinZip said that it wasn't a valid file. I soon found out that it was a file made in the RAR format which WinZip can't handle. So I downloaded a program called, WinRAR and WinRAR was able to open the file with no problem. WinRAR is good but it is SLOW and it doesn't handle ALL of the many different file types out there. So now I am trying out a program called, ALZip which is supposed to open every single type of file format out there. So what it comes down to is this: Don't bother with WinZip because one of these days you are going to run into a file that WinZip won't be able to open. Try ALZip instead. Because at least with ALZip you will have an all in one tool that does it all.
What does downloading and zipping have in common? Well, simply that so many downloads are now compressed with winzip. I have download programs that have been so compressed, the file has probably download twice as fast. What does Winzip do? Winzip is a simple compression/archive program that allows you to 'zip up' one or more files into one zip file, compressing them to make the file smaller is size, and easier to manage. About Winzip: Winzip is the most popular compression program. It is used by literaly millions of private users and businesses world-wide. There are many different programs that function in much the same way, however, winzip is the program that tends to come on 'cover discs' on the front of magazines, etc. There are two 'versions' of winzip that come with winzip 7.0: Winzip Classic - This is a classic interface, very easy to use. Supports drag and drop facilites and allows simple additions to outstanding zip files through an astetically pleasing window. Winzip Wizard - This a newish feature that does the same as the above version, although it works through a wizard type interface, similar to the windows wizard you may use to add new hardware, for example. WinZip 7.0 runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2000/Me and supports a wide range of different file extensions, including, but not limited to; TAR, gzip, UUencode, XXencode, BinHex, and MIME. ARJ, LZH, and ARC files, supported via external programs and of course .zip files. The program, as already mentioned, appears on many cover discs on magazines for evaluation use. It is also available to download from the www.winzip.com website. If you get software from either of these methods, it will come with a shareware licence. This means you can use it for 30 days for your evaluation. After this period you will need to register the copy and pay a $29 registration fee (about £20). I pers
onally like this program for simple extracting and compression, but as far as archiving goes, I prefer other programs, e.g. winace (opinion to follow). If you haven't got a zip/compression/archive facilities on your computer, I suggest you download the evaluation copy now. It's wel worth it and if you plan on downloading from the internet, the chances are you're going to need it.
The computing industry revolves around standards. Without them, the whole business collapses around us – standards help us to define what everyone should adhere to – how we should communicate and work, in order to encourage maximum compatibility with all others. If it weren't for these principles, the Net wouldn't work anywhere near as well as it does – there would be many different forms of the code that makes up the web, and everyone would be prepared to read different types. The Zip compression format has become something of a standard – most PC based systems are using it right now – and it's important for us to be ready to read it, especially if you're intending to be downloading things from the Net. For those who don’t know, compression takes the composition of files, and reorganises it in a more efficient way so it can be stored in a smaller space. This is a useful technique if you're short on space, or have a slow internet connection (smaller files download quicker). As well as this, in terms of downloading, it helps to collect all the files together, so you only have to download one file rather than many to get a program or such like. Winzip, now in it's 8th edition, is a popular program for compressing and decompressing (extracting) within the Zip format specification. In fact, it's THE Zip compression program. The demo version is free to download from lots of places, not least the main website (www.winzip.com). It's fairly simple to use – when you load the program up, you get an empty fresh window, or if you double click on a Zip file, you are presented with a window displaying the contents of the Zip file. You can then specify 'Add' and select what files you want to add from a file browser, or simply 'drag and drop' them into the main window. You can remove files from the Zip file by selecting them and clicking 'Delete'. And finally, if you
want to extract your files, you select them within the window, and click 'Extract' and selecting where you want the files to go. Or, again, you can drag and drop the files out of the window. These are the simple functions that you would expect any compression tool to incorporate, but as with many things in life, it's the little things that set Winzip apart from everything else – that's why it's so popular. It's these things that enhance the usability of the program, and make it more pleasant to use. I already mentioned the drag and drop feature, but on top of this there's the right-click menus, the setup options and the file splitting options to consider. The right-click menu options are becoming more and more useful these days. Right click and drag a Zip file to another location, and the popup menu has the option to extract it to that directory, or more importantly, to a directory created inside the current directory with the name of the archive. This is most helpful, and makes extraction processes a lot quicker and less painless. If you simply right click on a Zip file, you're given the extraction options, along with the option to create a Self Extracting Zip file from this file, and to e-mail this file to someone else. The Self Extracting Zip is a simple executable file which you double click on and can then extract to a directory, bypassing Winzip completely, which is handy if you're not sure if your recipient has Winzip or not. The e-mail option simple pops up an Outlook express 'New Mail' window with the file already attached, allowing you to send a message there and then with the file attached – yet another useful shortcut. By setup options, I don't mean the preferences. I mean the way that a Zip recognises if there's a standard setup file inside the Zip. You can then click on the 'Install' button, and the Zip will be extracted to a temporary directory, and the
Setup run, with the temporary files deleted when Setup is complete. This is very handy if you use this kind of Zip often – otherwise you'd have to extract the files, run the setup files, install into a different directory, then delete the setup files after. Winzip shorten this process for you. Finally, the file splitting options. These are getting less important these days, although they can still come in handy. Winzip allows you to span a Zip file across disks. By sets certain options in the 'Add files' browser, you can get the Zip to split across several floppy disks, and then be recombined at the other end. This used to be really helpful, especially in the days of expensive Net connections, and low storage sizes on removable media. Now, it's only occasionally helpful. Well, that's the main features. What experienced users will be saying right now is "I knew all that already. How is this different from my version of Winzip?". Well, Winzip 8.0 has quite a lot of differences to its predecessors. First of all, are the aesthetic changes – it looks prettier, as it seems to with each incarnation. There are nice animations, and pretty buttons. For those who use it, the Winzip Wizard is more complex – this is the program that guides you through the zip creation and extraction process. Personally, I prefer the classic setting, but that's personal choice. You can now right-click on files in the main window, and be presented with most of the options you would be if you had right-clicked on the film in Explorer, which can prove handy. More usefully, you no longer have to select 'Include subfolders' when adding files and folders to a Zip – if you add a folder, Winzip will automatically add the folders inside it. Winzip now supports 'What's This?' usage in major dialog boxes, and finally – it can be minimised during long file operations – which is very useful ind
eed, a long awaited enhancement! Well, that's pretty much everything covered – the basics, the changes. All that remains is to say that Winzip is possibly the best program you could use to manage your file compression, it will come in handy many times, and it's quite likely using it will become like second nature. I know I extract Zips using the right-click menu without even considering what I'm doing! This is a great little piece of software, reaching perfection with these new additions. Recommended.
Winzip self extractor is now an invaluable piece of software for me. By building a multimedia presentation, and zipping it - i now have the ability to create a self extracting .exe file. This has numerous options, such as the ability to use my own icon, put up my own messages on screen to tell the recipient what is going on, and the ability to direct the download to a specific path i have set. Coupling this with a simple autorun.inf file, i am now able to send out a fully featured cd rom that starts itself. Very impressed.
Winzip 8.0 is the latest version in the long line of Winzip products. These products provide you many people with an easy to use file compression tool. To be honest if you have used previous versions of this software you will not notice very many changes (apart from the version number). Usually the main change that you notice is that the interface has been updated nicely with new graphics, which makes a change. This software is shareware and can be used by any one. But if you want to get rid of the annoying messages saying so you can registers, this costs $29, however I have never known anyone to do this (this also allows you to produce self extracting file legally). The set-up of Winzip is nothing but very simple, it is in fact a self-extracting Winzip file, which starts an installation process automatically. The choices that are made at set-up up are few and far between, but this does not mean there are no features. There are two ways to use the software, Classic and Wizard. The Wizard prompts you step by step and shows you how to create a file. The Classic way is for more experienced users, but is also very easy to use. The software adds shortcuts to the right click drop down menu, which can be useful for quick creation of files. Winzip is a very useful utility and I have used it extensively. Firstly before I got my Zip Drive (not related, see my Iomega Opinion), I used Winzip to compress files to put on disk. Winzip also has a feature to span multiple disks, but I have found this doesn't work very well. Most of the time I would get to the last 5% and it would crash saying the file was corrupt (you don't know how annoying that was!). Since then I have used it as a way of making e-mail attachments smaller, the gains here are obvious. It make sit quicker to send the e-mail and quicker to receive the e-mail. There are several different degrees of compression each with greater compression, which takes longer to do. These are fr
om none, super fast, fast to maximum (I'm not sure what the difference is as I have always used the maximum). Winzip also allows you to password protect your Winzip file, which is very good and adds security to the compression function. To find out more about Winzip and to download it visit their website at "www.winzip.com". This is a pretty standard website and in my experience can be very slow, probably partly due to the popularity of Winzip. The website gives you access to all the information you would ever want to know about Winzip, but it's primary function to sell you the software (but it is usable without paying as shareware, but some functionality is taken away). The links off the main page are; Basic Information, What's New, Order Now, Download Evaluation Version, Download Free Upgrade, Other Downloads and Support and FAQs. Under other downloads you can Windows browser support and command line support for Winzip. Winzip has won awards from the following magazines; PC Magazine, PC Computing and PC World. I have been looking for ages for another compression utility and have not found a better one. If there are any compression tool out there that I should look at please leave me a comment.
Winzip is a must for every PC owner. I am not a techie but I can use winzip quickly and efficiently so theres hope for everybody! You have a choice of wizard or classic, with the former requiring you only to drag files you want to compress or decompress into the winzip dialogue box. If you need to email large documents then winzip compresses them into smaller files and then you'll be able to send them faster and to email account that have limited gateway sizes! Compression rates are dependant on the software in which the file was written. Statistical packages such as SPSS can see compression of files by a factor of about 60-70% I can not recommend this product enough. Its is the best thing since sliced bread in the computer world! You can download an evaluation copy of the newset version from winzip.com You won't know how you lived without it
Having read a few good opinions on dooyoo about winzip I was very impressed by it. Since, my husband uses the computer a lot for work we have a lot of files and with my dooyoo files the hard drive space would have soon become full. Thank-fully I read about winzip and since we already had the software on one of my husband’s countless computer CD’s I decided to download it. The software is free for a period of time like a ‘free trial’ I suppose you un-install it and download another free trial. So all I did was zip the files together, a little symbol like a spring came near them and I suppose that will explain the tool really well. Winzip squashed the tools together like when you squash a spring together, therefore it takes less space on your hard drive. And when you want to use the files you unzip them. You can even winzip you’re files on to floppy disc and they can save loads of space for you. Winzip is a god send and anyone who does dooyoo, save your opinions and zip them together. The best thing to do is arrange your work into folders and then zip them Together so it will be easily be found. A tool I recommend to anyone who has lots of files on their hard drive, zip them together and notice how much faster your computer works.
--- Floppy disk file “spanning” using Winzip. O.K. If you already know about this one, it may still be of use. On the other hand, if you don’t know - then read on... Winzip is an excellent utility for compressing large files and saving space, but, it’s a hard fact of life that a floppy disk will only hold 1.44 Megabytes of data, whether in compressed, or uncompressed form. I had been using Winzip for 2 Years, before a 'wise' tutor at college told me about the facility in Winzip to create Zipped files that “span”, or 'go across' multiple floppy disks. This is useful if the files you are working with will not fit on one floppy disk and you need to transfer them on-to another PC. For instance, you may have a document which has many bitmaps or jpegs in it, and the document may be say 18 Mb in size or even - much larger, even when compressed. This is where floppy “spanning” is used. The safe way to do it is to have a number of pre-formatted blank floppy’s which you can trust. If there are any “bad” sectors on any of the floppy’s then it won’t work. You will just get a Bad CRC error message. To make a Zip file that spans multiple disks, simply create a Zip file on the first floppy disk, then add files to the Zip as you normally would. If the disk fills up during the “Add” operation, you will be then be prompted for another disk. Simply insert the next disk and click the OK button. Example: To Zip the files in your c:\bigfiles folder to a zip file called... A:\bigfile.zip: First --- Start WinZip. Next --- Drag and drop the c:\bigfiles folder from My Computer or the Windows Explorer to the WinZip window. Then--- In the Dropdown dialog box, type the filename of the Zip file you want to create. (A:\bigfile.zip). --for exa
mple Finally- Click the "Add" button and the files, or that very large file will be 'spanned' across your multiple floppy’s. If more than one disk is needed, you will be prompted for additional disks as required. You can also select the option to format the additional disks if they have data on them. When you take your ‘spanned’ disks to the ‘remote’ computer - you will be prompted to insert the 'last' disk of the set - and then continue on to the ‘first’ disk. Winzip will then unzip all of the compressed data on your floppys on-to your other PC for you. To download Winzip - go to : http://www.winzip.com Hope this is of use to yoo. auldmac
Winzip really solves a lot of problems which caused by huge files. At least it helped me to zipped all huge files into several floppy disks which are only 1.44 Mega bytes per disk. There are several options available for you to choose for zipping the files - like zip the huge files into several disk, zip the whole directory of files, zip the subdirectories and so forth. Furthermore, the appearance of Winzip is very nice and it is very user-friendly, meaning that you don't have to be a computer expert to use it. Additionally it can be downloaded from lots of free download sites such as download.com. Honestly it is useful and handy to all of us. However sometimes, I am not sure what the reason is (perhaps caused by the really huge files and tons of files) the zip or unzip speed is very slow. And sometimes it costs a lot of RAM memory and CPU usage. I think this cannot be avoid but I hope there will be a way to improve it like make it a background compression and so forth.
I absolutley love this excellent utility. I have always considered it to be a necesary tool for every user no matter what their level of competance. Most people discover winzip when doenloading a file of the internet or as an attachment in their emails, they get this thing they are after only to discover it is a zipped or an archived file. This is easily resolved as you can download this handy utility from many different sources. For the slightly more advanced users there is an excellent add on which creates a 'self extracting' zip file. This means that you can send zipped files to someone who doesn't have winzip and they can still unzip the file. Zipped files are most usefull for transferring or storing files where space is on the skimpy side(hmmm titchy hard drives). Users of the new Microsoft Windows Millenium Edition will probably be aware of the all new built in zip/archive software now included into the operating system (as it should have always been) which happens to be 100% compliant with winzip. it is an excellent addition to windows but I personally feel that winzip is the true utility to use. I wonder what you people think ????