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The 7-zip format enables a higher level of compression
than standard zip files and most other file compression
How much more 7-zip is able to compress an archive, than
a standard zip file, depends on the content of the
archive and what program creates the zip file, but you
can expect at least a 5-10% reduction in file size when
In addition to its own format, 7-zip can create and
unpack zip, gzip, bzip2 and tar formats.
It can also unpack rar, cab, arj, lzh, chm, z, cpio, rpm
7-zip can create, very easy to use self extracting
archives in its own format and can password protect both
7-zip and zip files.
The program is very simple to use
and the help file is adequate. It is possible to choose
higher levels of 7-zip compression than the normal
setting, but this does increase the time needed to
compress the file and the difference in finished size can
be very small, the "ultra" setting increases
packing time enormously.
While 7-zip provides possibly the best level of archive
compression currently available, distributing your
compressed file can cause some problems, as less
experienced computer users may not know what to do with
the 7-zip file.
In addition, I have noticed that other archiving programs
can have trouble unpacking 7-zip files that have been
created using compression levels higher than "normal".
For this reason it is a good idea to create self
extracting 7-zip files, if you intend to distribute them
to other users.
Freeware -- Download size 820k -- Win 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
A very well featured compression program, that allows you
to create and unpack 7-zip, bh, bz2, cab, jar, lha (lzh),
sqx, tar, tgz, yz1 and zip archives.
It also has unpacking support for: a, ace, arc, arj, cpio,
deb, gca, gz, imp, lib, rar, rpm, tbz, taz and zoo
It also supports bin, c2d, img, iso and nrg disc-images.
TUGZip can create self-extracting archives and encrypted
archives, it can repair damaged archives and convert an
archive to a different format.
Despite being very well featured and configurable, TUGZip
is also very easy to use, with an excellent help file and
good mouse over descriptions for buttons etc, this makes
it suitable for both beginners and more experienced users.
The program seems very stable and reliable and I keep it
on my hard drive for the occasional archiving job, that
needs more than the standard XP zipping facility.
Freeware -- Download size 3.82Mb
ExtractNow is a simple solution for those times when you
download a file and it has been compressed in a format
other than zip.
ExtractNow will open all the popular formats (zip, rar,
iso, bin, img, ima, imz, 7-zip, ace, jar, gz, lzh, lha,
sit), with the exception of cab and sqx files.
The program is much simpler to use
than most compression programs, you can either drag and
drop the file onto the program window and press "Extract",
or from the program settings you can associate the file
type with ExtractNow and open it from your right click
There is no help file provided with the program, but it
is very simple to use and the settings are fairly obvious,
there is a fuller explanation of the various settings on
the web site, so you may want to save the page.
The current version works with XP, but I'm not sure if it
works with 98/ME, but there is an older version available
on the site that does work with 98/ME.
Freeware -- Download size 1Mb.
Note: While the program opened standard formats
with no problems, it did have problems with files saved
with more exotic settings, such as "ultra"
Zip by Phillipp Engel.
This is a very good zipping program, it has support for
most common compression types and has repair, encryption
and disk spanning features, it is very easy to configure
and can be operated using just the right click menu if
Personally I like it because I can set the right click
menu exactly how I want it, and also set the default zip
folders, it will also handle the odd .lzh etc file I come
across and it can convert some archive types to others.
Download size 1.4Mb
ZipInstaller enables you to easily install a zip file
that hasn't got an installer, to your hard drive.
You just point it at the zip file, choose your install
location and what shortcuts you would like and the
program is installed, along with an uninstaller for easy
Program information (if available) will be listed in
Windows add/remove section.
Shortcuts are automatically added for a variety of common
help and read me files.
I find this very useful for installing Game Maker games
that I decide to keep, as they almost always come as zip
files. It is much easier than manually creating folders
Freeware -- Download size 68k -- Win 9x , NT, 2000, XP
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