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WinRAR (32-bit) review

WinRAR (32-bit) is a convenient utility program that lets you open compressed files or create your own new archives with just a few clicks. This streamlined and efficient program accomplishes everything you'd expect with no hassle through an intuitive and clean interface, making it accessible to users of all skill levels.

Pros

Sleek and speedy: This app does exactly what you want it to do, and it does it very quickly. When accessed through WinRAR, compressed files open just like any other folder would. And when you want to create your own archive, the process is just as streamlined.… Read more

WinRAR (64-bit) review

WinRAR (64-bit) allows you to open, create, and manage various types of compressed files through its intuitive and streamlined interface. This program offers a full set of features for manipulating and managing compressed files, and it works smoothly and efficiently.

Pros

Intuitive interface: When you attempt to open a ZIP or RAR file, this app automatically takes over and presents the contents of the compressed file, so that you can immediately access them. From this main interface window, you can then manage the archive by adding to it, repairing it, or protecting it, all using the tools readily available across … Read more

WinZip Mac review

WinZip gives you the ability to compress any group of files quickly, and then burn them to a disk or email them directly from the app. Through its intuitive interface, WinZip makes these features accessible to users of all skill levels, and it runs quickly and smoothly.

Pros

Excellent interface: Even if you've never used a program like this before, you'll have no problem finding your way around in WinZip. The main screen lays out your options clearly, and to add files to an archive, you can just drag and drop them in. The archive is zipped automatically, … Read more

How to manage RAR and ZIP files with RAR for Android

WinRAR has long been a popular compression utility for Windows, supporting both RAR and ZIP files, among others. One of the most useful features of WinRAR has been its support of multivolumes, which let you chop up large archives into smaller volumes for easier handling. Now, the makers of WinRAR have brought RAR support to Android and with it, a set of powerful features.

If your needs are basic, the ES File Explorer app has built-in compression tools that might be all you need. However, if you're a power user and need things like, multivolume support, archive repair, encryption, … Read more

Free RAR Extractor review

Free RAR Extractor is fine at unpacking compressed files, but it doesn't do anything to help you compress new batches of files. So, if you spend all of your time opening zipped files, you may prefer this widget over a more complex compression option. Otherwise, stick to the big names in zipping like 7zip and PeaZip.

This program unzips compressed files you receive, so you can access all of the individual files inside. Though it name-drops RAR, it supports just about every compression style you can think of, including the popular alternatives to RAR like ZIP. It never took … Read more

RAR Reader review

Whether RAR Reader is too basic or just the right freeware for viewing and extracting RAR archive files depends on the task at hand. Yes -- some free compression tools do everything, and RAR Reader essentially does one thing. But it can do its thing and let you get back to doing yours in less time than it might take to figure out how to set up those "more capable" tools. Even if you already have WinRAR or another RAR-capable tool, it may still be quicker just to download, install, and run RAR Reader.

At some 658 KB, … Read more

RAR to ZIP Converter review

If you need to access RAR files, but don't have WinRAR or a compatible tool, try RAR to ZIP Converter. It converts RAR archive files to ZIP files, which more users have the tools to open. RAR to ZIP Converter is compact, free, and easy to use. It offers different compression levels and password protection.

When you're busy and have all kinds of windows open, RAR to ZIP Converter's super-basic user interface is a welcome sight. Nothing extra clutters up the layout. Fields for RAR File and ZIP File each have an optional password field. Compression level … Read more

The Extractor review

The Extractor brings ZIP and RAR compatibility, extraction of password-protected files, and support for spanned archives to the crowded field of free compression tools. Version 2 of Simply Free Software's tool is easy to use, thanks to drag-and-drop and context menu integration with Windows.

The Extractor's setup wizard let us associate ZIP and RAR files with the program. We declined the ZIP option but chose to make The Extractor our default app for RAR archives since we mostly want to be able to open RAR files without buying more software. The Extractor's user interface sports large, colorful … Read more

Review: Convert zipped files to the RAR format with Free ZIP to RAR Converter

Mediafreeware's Free ZIP to RAR Converter is a great choice for users who want to convert zipped files into the RAR format with minimal fuss. It has few options and no Help file, but this program does one thing only: Convert files compressed in the standard ZIP format into WinRAR's proprietary RAR format. It's not only free but also fast and essentially foolproof.

Free ZIP to RAR's compact user interface is pared down to the essentials, and the program, itself, could hardly be easier to use: Browse to a zipped file you want to convert and … Read more

Review: Take ZIP tools to a new level with WinZip 18

WinZip has long been a go-to ZIP tool, so we were keen to try the all-new WinZip 18. It's much more than a cosmetic upgrade: A new compression engine zips, splits, and joins files faster than legacy versions, though of course WinZip still handles virtually any archive file type. It converts files to PDFs, adds watermarks, resizes photos, manages archives, and protects files with 128/256 bit encryption. Improved cloud navigation smoothly integrates WinZip with many more cloud services, including Box, Dropbox, SugarSync, SkyDrive, and Google Drive. Cloud Links adds links to files via e-mail, IM, and social media. … Read more