WinZip Review

WinZip is one of the most popular file compression software available on the internet today. WinZip is a product of WinZip Computing, S.L. It allows user to quickly zip and unzip files to conserve storage space, speed up e-mail transmission, and reduce download times.

WinZip is available for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Trial version is available to download at this file compression software website.

There are three versions of WinZip: Standard, Backup and Pro edition. WinZip Standard is designed for most users’ needs. Backup version is for users who need data backup facility. WinZip Pro edition has the most features and higher price. WinZip has four main features: Compress, Encrypt, Package and Share, and Backup / Automate feature.

Compress Highlight Features:

  • User can compress files to save space and reduce transmission times
  • Allows user to create Zip, LHA, and new Zipx files — the smallest Zip files ever
  • It can select the “best” compression method based on file type to maximize efficiency.
  • Can compress JPEG image files by 20 to 25% with no loss of photo quality or data integrity
  • Lets user to open and extract from Zip, Zipx, RAR, 7Z, LHA BZ2, CAB, IMG, ISO, and more file formats
  • User can view international characters in file names through Unicode support
  • WinZip can create and read Zip files larger than 4GB.

Encrypt Highlight Features:

  • Lets user to secure sensitive data with FIPS-197 certified AES encryption (128- and 256-bit)
  • User can encrypt and decrypt confidential files and email attachments
  • Allows user to auto-wipe (”shred”) temporarily extracted copies of encrypted files (using the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M) standard)
  • This feature allows user to set password policy by controlling complexity requirements
  • There is an option for setting or disable available encryption methods

Package and Share Highlight Features:

  • The software can bundle files into zipped packages, creating convenient, logical groups of related files
  • User can organize and secure email attachments, which transmit faster with smaller sizes
  • Lets user see the content of Zip file attachments in Outlook 2007 using the Zip file previewer
  • Allows user to double click on a file in the Zip file previewer for Outlook 2007 to open it for viewing
  • User can view photos in Zip files without extracting, using WinZip’s internal image viewer
  • Lets user to resize Photos when using Zip & E-Mail function
  • Allows user to use “Send To” to send new and existing Zip files as e-mail attachments
  • User can create Self-Extracting Archives with Self-Extractor Personal Edition
  • Allows user to split Zip files to make large Zip files fit on removable media
  • Uses Zip from Camera Wizard to quickly transfer, rotate, and compress photos from supported cameras

Backup / Automate Highlight Features:

  • User can prevent data loss with WinZip’s automated data backup facility
  • Allows user to burn back-ups to CD or DVD and automatically split them over multiple discs
  • User can upload their back-ups to an off-site server using WinZip’s internal FTP client
  • Lets user to create custom WinZip jobs to automate routine zip tasks
  • User can schedule WinZip jobs to run automatically and unattended
  • User can also email, FTP upload, or burn Zip files to disc using WinZip Job Wizard

Supported File Formats:

WinZip is able to unpack the following popular file format and extension.

  • Zip (.zip)
  • Zipx (.zipx)
  • RAR (.rar)
  • 7Z (.7z)
  • BZ2 (.bz, .bz2, .tbz, .tbz2)
  • LHA/LZH (.lha, .lzh)
  • Cabinet (.cab)
  • Disc Image (.img, .iso)
  • TAR (.tar)
  • GZIP (.gz, .taz, .tgz)
  • Compress (.tz, .z)
  • UUencode (.uu, .uue)
  • XXencode (.xxe)
  • MIME (.b64, .mim)
  • BinHex (.bhx, .hqx)