WinZip has long been a go-to ZIP tool, so we were keen to try the all-new WinZip 18. It's much more than a cosmetic upgrade: A new compression engine zips, splits, and joins files faster than legacy versions, though of course WinZip still handles virtually any archive file type. It converts files to PDFs, adds watermarks, resizes photos, manages archives, and protects files with 128/256 bit encryption. Improved cloud navigation smoothly integrates WinZip with many more cloud services, including Box, Dropbox, SugarSync, SkyDrive, and Google Drive. Cloud Links adds links to files via e-mail, IM, and social media. … Read more
Free RAR to ZIP Converter switches your file's format quickly, but it doesn't do itself any favors with its layout. In addition to looking and feeling incredibly dated, it's bogged down with add-on programs. However, if you can avoid those, it does its job flawlessly.
This program only converts RAR archives to ZIP files, so don't expect to turn them back if you need to. When you're trying to install the program, it sends four different toolbars and add-on programs at you. If you don't opt out, these programs can take over your browser, … Read more
UnZip operates as a powerful compression utility, but it will only work for a small number of users. This isn't an app in the traditional sense, but an add-on for the UCBrowser. If you happen to use this browser, this is a very worthwhile tool to have on hand.
You will need to have UCBrowser already installed before you add UnZip, but it's easy to add once you have the browser set up. UnZip is a great companion to the UCBrowser, fitting in perfectly with that browser's layout. It takes over from the download menu when you … Read more
Remo ZIP for Mac helps users create, extract, or update compressed files and folders on their systems for easier and quicker uploading to the Web, sending as e-mail attachments, or storing. The application features well-designed and easy-to-use menus with good labels and clear graphics.
After starting up, the main menu includes two large and well-designed buttons that allow the user to select from either creating a compressed file or opening and updating an existing one. Users can also click on an icon in the upper right for help or to upgrade the program to the pro version. After selecting the … Read more
WinZip zips and unzips files very quickly and even includes some extra features that make getting to your documents easy. It might be even better than the desktop software you know and love. It won't wow you with its looks, though.
Though you probably might not have any on your phone, this program handles ZIP files really well. It can zip or unzip a folder in seconds, even if the folder is larger in size. It even works on encrypted files. Finding things is easy thanks to WinZip's list menu, but it definitely sacrifices style for substance. Unlike … Read more
The U.S. Postal Service's ZIP code system turns 50 on Monday, harkening back to a time when those five digits were the side effect of the tech behind a quickly evolving communications industry.
The service introduced the ZIP code, or Zone Improvement Plan, in 1963 as "five trailblazing numbers" that "launched every piece of mail with space-age speed and precision," according to a cheesy 1960s public service announcement video that encouraged people to use ZIP codes while addressing mail.
The nearly 15-minute video also featured a singing group called "The Swingin' Six," … Read more
Everyone needs a little zip in their life, but computer users need a little unzip, too; and they can get it from NCH's Express Zip File Compression Free, a compact file compression utility. At just under 1MB, Express Zip is small, but it's big on the features users expect in a zip tool, such as Explorer shell integration and compatibility with many types of archive files, including 7Z, RAR, and ISO. Small means fast, too: Express Zip loads and runs quickly. Express Zip File Compression Free is compatible with Windows versions XP to 8: And, as the name … Read more
PeaZip Portable (64-Bit) presents all the power and speed of most compression software in a neat, tidy package. It's one of the few downloads of its kind that is a downright pleasure to look at. The fact that you can stick it on a USB drive and take it with you just makes it even better.
The app comes as an executable file, so some antivirus software might flag it. Rest assured, it's clean and free of any unwanted extras. However, it is a little big for portable software, checking in at just under 10MB. Once you see … Read more
iZip is at times a mixed bag, with numerous features and responsive performance, but often frustrating navigation. The result is an app that resolves an issue many iOS users have, opening and creating ZIP files; but that will not be a perfect fit for everyone due to the complexities in setting up and using the app.
The core function of iZip works well and is easy to use. This is a very good thing because, for most people, it is the only reason to download iZip. Download a Zip folder to your iPad and you can unzip it with the … Read more
iSkySoft's ZipNow automates file compression tasks with easy-to-make scripts. Even elaborate, multistep processes can be triggered by a single click. For example, you can zip all of your work files at once and save them to your disk, and then move them to an online storage, and share or e-mail them to multiple recipients. No programming skills are required to create scripts in ZipNow: A wizard-based process handles each step. Once you've created scripts, ZipNow does the rest. This free zip tool handles the most popular file compression formats. ZipNow Version 2.1 incorporates various updates, including Windows … Read more