WinZip does not need an introductory note. It’s a well-known archive manager that can handle a wide array of compression formats, from ZIP, RAR and 7Z to TAR, GZIP, CAB, IMG and ISO to name the most important ones.
WinZip goes beyond basic archive handling capabilities and bundles features for encryption, backup and sharing. In addition, the ribbon-based interface is extremely user-friendly and offers quick access to the program’s functions.
WinZip’s installation process requires user intervention a few times to configure options for the explorer context menu or to choose where the shortcuts should be placed. You are also offered a desktop gadget, but you can uncheck its deployment.
The purpose of the application is a two-way street. On one hand, it can compress large files into small archives and on the other hand, it is able to extract files from compressed packages. Both operations are performed at impressive speed, to say the least.
Files can be added the old, traditional way, but drag and drop is also supported. WinZip gets your archives ready for file sharing, allowing you to quickly attach them in emails, upload to FTPs or share on Facebook.
Although it gained popularity for compression features, the application also provides the possibility to backup your documents and prevents data loss. What’s more, you can also schedule backups to be performed at a later time.
Other capabilities include archive encryption (via the AES algorithm), diagnostics (checks whether archives are corrupt) and a computer performance scan utility.
All in all, WinZip carries out a very important task: that of getting content ready for operations that require a certain file size. It provides a user-friendly environment and is bundled with a rich pack of features that recommend it. Also, the compression/decompression speed is a huge plus.