WinZip is a trial version (it’s free to download) of a program designed to create and unpack archives in the ZIP format as well as those prepared in other formats. The application can also send files to an FTP server, and even change the size and orientation of photos and display their preview. The program was created in the early 90s (as a GUI for the PKZIP archiver). It was not until 1996 that the program became an independent application.
This program is chosen by its user users due to the speed of operation and the ease of use. WinZip supports such formats as ZIP, ZIPX, RAR, LHA / LZH, Cabinet, Disc Image, BinHex, TAR, GZIP, XXencode, MIME, Compress, and UUencode. Its features also include the ability to integrate with Windows Explorer and decompress multiple files simultaneously. WinZip also easily divides archives into parts and can protect compressed files with AES encryption. The program requires Windows Vista or newer, with which it integrates seamlessly. There is also a version for Apple computers.
WinZip has many advantages such as:
- help in recovering free space on a computer disk,
- speed in creating archives,
- the simplicity of use,
- intelligent image compression,
- the possibility of dividing files into smaller archives,
- encrypting the archive with a password,
- selection of the type of compression,
- a built-in file converter to PDF format,
- ability to insert a watermark,
- reducing the size of e-mails.
WinZip’s Advanced Capabilities
WinZip allows you to synchronize files with cloud servers (Google Drive or SkyDrive). It also allows for quick sending of files via messengers, social networks or e-mail. The program is appreciated for its easy-to-use user interface, instant packing and unpacking of archives and for the support for many popular formats. The interface view can be adapted to the user’s requirements. The program also offers the ability to view graphic and text files.
It is worth to note that WinZip undergoes constant evolution. In Version 21.0, the possibility of integration with the address book has been added, which allows quick access to the archives by specific people. Another welcome change is the option of handling digital photos in the preview panel. Moreover, the changes introduced in the program in this version allow for network domains support and improve the compression algorithm of MP3 audio files. The earlier version 20.0 could boast of:
- extended sharing capabilities,
- capability to add the most frequently opened files and folders,
- introduction of a backup wizard,
- and the ability to preview the file in a thumbnail.
The program is distributed under a trial license, which in the case of this application means the possibility of free use for a period of 21 days. WinZip is available in two versions: Standard and Pro, which can be chosen during the installation (license selection).