WinZip Computing WinZip 8.1 (beta): test and review

WinZip 8.1 (beta) is a complete compression utility fort with a rich heritage. It is indispensable for all who use compressed files even if Windows Me and Windows XP include a basic function of data compression, which quickly finds its limits.

WinZip 8.1 is still better integrated than previous versions in Windows Explorer and allows especially to customize the context menu that appears when you click with the right mouse button on a compressed file (identified by a ) to select multiple files to decompress the same time and to specify which directories decompress.

Among the most remarkable features, Zip and Email More used to attach selected attachment using your regular email software. You can additionally rename the file and add a password. This protection is a simple and effective way to protect your computer and that of your contacts viruses that piggyback attachments, as SirCam. Simply agree a password with all your contacts and send only protected files.

split archive

Recent versions of WinZip already incorporated an auto-install feature programs from the opening of the zip archive, which avoids having to unpack all the files one by one and throw in a second time, the installation. This convenient option is now integrated into the WinZip Wizard. A new feature also split into several files of smaller sizes. The dialog box offers the same menu that gives you a choice of formats, including 1.2 MB, 1.44 MB and 2.88 MB floppy disk for archiving, and 100MB and 650MB for archiving Iomega Floppy Zip and CD. You can always, if you want to specify a specific size (read our tip: how to split a Zip archive on several diskettes with WinZip 8.x).

WinZip 8.1 was also designed as a native application for Windows XP and therefore optimized for this operating system. Other changes include dialog boxes that are now resizable.

All owners of a registered version of WinZip can update for free. Of course you can download it and use it as shareware. Anyway, with major enhancements, WinZip 8.1 is full of more upgrades than its simple version of subnumber not suggests.

Neil Randall, ZDNet Reviews – Translation Evocati

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