Product Type: Winzip utilities
Newest Review: ... longer the longer you have had it installed, which can get a bit annoying. WinZip is very fast and reliable in both zipping and unzipp... more
Member Name: wampyrii
Date: 15/11/00, updated on 15/11/00 (41 review reads)
Advantages: save space, download faster, upload faster....etc.
Winzip is quite simply a must have utility for every computer owner.
Winzip is one of those programs which allows you to save space and time by compressing a file so that it is smaller. How much these files is compressed by depends upon the physical arrangement of bits etc(all that boring tecky stuff which no one needs to know about) within the file, but can be over 25%! If you download files off the internet then you are likely to find that they have been 'zipped' to make them smaller and therefore download faster and will need to be 'un-zipped' in order for you to use them.
Winzip is probably the best program for both compressing and decompressing files of all types. It has an easy to use interface which even the novice can use without even reading the instructions (I never have) although you will probably miss some of its better points if you do not (I know for a fact that I have, but then I only require the basic zip/unzip features). There are others of course such as PKZIP although this is somewhat dated now and as Winzip is provided free from most download sites(although it needs registering at some stage!) it is worth giving a try.
You can allocate an area (or several areas) on your hard disk which will contained 'zipped' files for extraction at a later date thus saving you storage space which is valuable when you are getting near to your maximum limit. Furthermore, when sending files across the net, or saving to floppy etc, Winzip speeds things up in transfer and allows you o get more onto a floppy disk - or even make a program fit when it wouldn't before.
I can not stress how valuable this program is to a computer user and stress that all should get a copy now!