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  • 2.0 stars

    "Remarkably powerful and flexible, with one fatal flaw"

    August 19, 2013  |   By Orthoducks

    Version: 7-Zip 9.22 beta

    Pros

    Simple intuitive interface. Large variety of compression formats.

    Cons

    Disregard for one basic UI requirement makes it almost impossible to use.

    Summary

    Programs like this make me want to cry. The author clearly expended a lot of effort and ability in an attempt to create the world's best file compression utility, and he came within a hair of succeeding. Then he threw it all away by ignoring one utterly basic requirement for a GUI application -- actually, for any application.

    There's no "File > New" command. So, while the program can add, delete, update, and extract files in an archive, and can perform almost any other exotic operation you could imagine and some you couldn't, it can't create an archive in the first place.

    Depending on what OS you have and how it's configured, you may find this to be a minor quirk or a showstopper. For me it's a showstopper. If I wanted to create a new archive with 7-Zip I would have to find an existing one, copy it, open it, and delete its contents. That's preposterous.

    I have communicated with the author about this omission. He is aware of it, and does not appear to consider it a flaw. Go figure.

    Out of respect for its many strengths, I'm rating 7-Zip "poor" instead of "terrible." Really, though, there is no possible excuse for this type of problem, and no justification. No programmer could overlook this feature without being completely ignorant of the history of GUI design, or (much more likely in this case) exhibiting contempt for it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    May 9, 2013  |   By hrbutt90

    Version: 7-Zip 9.22 beta

    Pros

    Supports all formats!!
    Many people think free is not good but this is great!

    Cons

    Canot mount images like hao zip.
    UI should be easier

    Summary

    Overall , its great!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "7-Zip is so really powerful."

    April 15, 2013  |   By IAmTheFallenOne

    Version: 7-Zip 9.22 beta

    Pros

    Works well and it is free

    Cons

    Bad User Interface.
    But, this is not problem at all

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Completely useless!"

    March 28, 2013  |   By drivesme

    Version: 7-Zip 9.22 beta

    Pros

    None, not a single good thing

    Cons

    Never could get it to unzip a single file, it copied them, archived them, compressed them...sort of, but not one would unzip.
    Free is too much to pay for this garbage.

    Summary

    Don't waste your time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent. Recently won Toms Hardwares "best of"."

    March 21, 2013  |   By Romeemore

    Version: 7-Zip 9.22 beta

    Pros

    Free. Compresses into many formats, decompresses many more.

    Cons

    A lot of folks don't believe that free can be as good or better than for purchase.

    Summary

    Been using this for many years and have never had an issue with it, unlike another free compression program that didn't do rar very well. That one though did the rest well.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No solution yet"

    March 20, 2013  |   By RavenConnect

    Version: 7-Zip 9.22 beta

    Pros

    Free, fast and easy to use, at least at first sight

    Cons

    I tried 7 Zip. Compressed and mailed it, but in bounced. The original size of 29 MB, just over the allowed size of 25 MB, was not reduced. Or perhaps I did something wrong, I 'm a newbie here.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's better"

    March 9, 2013  |   By kbajey19

    Version: 7-Zip 9.22 beta

    Pros

    Simple Ui
    Fast and high level compression.
    Supports most of the formats

    Cons

    None ......

    Summary

    It is one of the gem in the freeware world.It compresses your files to a very small size.Sometimes it beats Winzip in ultra compression mode.Yes it lacks advanced features but for extracting and compressing this seems pretty good and easy :)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Beware of this program."

    March 8, 2013  |   By snowwhitedove

    Version: 7-Zip 9.22 beta

    Pros

    I have nothing good to say about this program. I have Windows Vista and I couldn't get it to work at all on my computer.

    Cons

    It didn't work at all. I couldn't unzip a single file. It also froze up all my other programs including Windows OS. Nothing would work right until I deleted it from my programs. Then my computer started working perfect again. I don't know about other OS programs, but I wouldn't recommend this program for Vista at all!

    Summary

    I'm trying to figure out why everybody had such success with it and I didn't.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very good..an fast wonderfully.."

    March 6, 2013  |   By PastorSylviaHelton

    Version: 7-Zip 9.22 beta

    Pros

    Super fast ..know of none faster or smoother

    Cons

    I could find nothing wrong with this

    Summary

    I tell my fiends to down load it..it will not do them wrong..

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Spyware, Do Not click anything on this page"

    February 28, 2013  |   By Jeff2013

    Version: 7-Zip 9.22 beta

    Pros

    Nothing--- No 7Zip was installed, only Spyware which adjusted IE9 and Chrome with malicious add-ons that were very difficult to remove. Discount Buddy and others. This was a very malicious program and I will NOT download anything from CNET again. And I don't want to hear that there is a fake site giving the malware--- I clicked the download from here and got royally screwed.

    Cons

    Spyware that is difficult to remove.

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