Product Type: Winzip utilities
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Zip 'em and save time and space in one easy step!
Member Name: ia_young
Date: 13/03/01, updated on 13/03/01 (66 review reads)
Advantages: free, easy to use
Disadvantages: mutliple disk spanning not stable
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.