WinZip Self-Extractor review

WinZip Self-Extractor is a program that guides you through the process of creating both regular self-extracting Zip files and specialized ones for software distribution. With this program, you won't have to worry about the person you're sharing files with having the appropriate software to open them.


Clear walkthrough: This app makes it possible for even inexperienced users to complete what is a pretty complicated process by walking you through it step by step. Each screen contains clear instructions about what you need to do and why you're doing it, and tips help new users make the … Read more

Review: With fast unzipping and a document viewer, WinZip is for smartphones

WinZip zips and unzips files very quickly and even includes some extra features that make getting to your documents easy. It might be even better than the desktop software you know and love. It won't wow you with its looks, though.

Though you probably might not have any on your phone, this program handles ZIP files really well. It can zip or unzip a folder in seconds, even if the folder is larger in size. It even works on encrypted files. Finding things is easy thanks to WinZip's list menu, but it definitely sacrifices style for substance. Unlike … Read more

WinZip simply works

With mobile computing becoming the norm, more and more utilities are being made available for phone and tablet use. WinZip has now introduced its zip file tool to the mobile world, and simply put: It works.

WinZip smartly opens with a two-page, quick tutorial for opening zip files on your iPhone or iPad. To open an e-mail zip attachment, just tap and hold the attachment and then tap Open in WinZip when the menu pops up. To open files from a Web page, the steps are the same. It's as easy as that. Using a zip attachment in our … Read more

Social archiving and zipping in the cloud

WinZip continues to push off last year's momentum with version 17 to persuade users that it remains significant in today's world of computing.

Much of what's under the hood remains solid and hasn't aged. The latest entry builds upon the 64-bit ZIP engine from 2011 by adding additional OpenCL support for multicore CPUs like Ivy Bridge and AMD Fusion. But in version 17, WinZip's redesigned ribbon interface and workflow takes the spotlight.

WinZip has opted to simplify the way users manage their archives with a redesigned ribbon. The language is easier to understand and bears … Read more

Work faster, smarter, safer with WinZip Pro, save 40 percent

As one of the most popular compression tools, WinZip is widely known for its ability to shrink the size of large files and create a single zip file that is easily sharable with friends and family.

WinZip Pro takes it a step further to make it easier to use and provide feature sets that are sure to impress. For three days only, we bring you a special offer from WinZip, in which you can get WinZip Pro for the price of WinZip Standard and save 40 percent off MSRP price. You can grab a copy for just $29.95 (originally $… Read more

Improve system performance

WinZip System Utilities Suite offers a one-stop shop for optimizing, defragging, and generally cleaning out your system--and it does a pretty great job, adding extras that will come in handy whenever you need to perform routine maintenance. The interface smartly mimics many of the utilities in this genre--with various tools on the left, and the main window showing the options for each tool--making it easy to clean each area of your system quickly.

Like many modern system utilities, WinZip offers the option to be as involved with the process as you want to be. From the Home screen, you can … Read more

WinZip 14 preps for Windows 7

One of the best-known Windows utilities, archive creator and manager WinZip updates to version 14 with the future in mind--the future of Windows. The new features in WinZip 14 are aimed squarely at Windows 7 users, with extensive support for Windows 7 libraries, recent archives in the jumplist, and tool tweaks to bring them more in line with the new operating system. Certain file types can be previewed from within an archive in Windows Explorer, and basic touch screen support.

With archive previews, you can click on an archive and the files it contains will appear in list form in … Read more

Solid WinZip alternative

A reliable compression tool for folks wanting an alternative to WinZip, TurboZip is user friendly and easy to master. In previous versions, you needed to provide some minimal personal information to register the tool before it would install, but this requirement has been removed. The TurboZip interface has a familiar three-paned appearance similar to that of e-mail programs like Microsoft Outlook.

One pane lists the archives you've created; the second pane reveals a list of the files in the archive you select; and the third pane displays the contents of the file you choose, much like a preview pane. … Read more

WinZip 12 adds lossless JPEG compression

Although it's ancient in Internet years, WinZip is still up and kicking. Among the various improvements and tweaks, the latest upgrade to Version 12 includes one massive reinvigorating feature: the WinZip folks have figured out how to compress JPEGs without sacrificing image quality.

The details on exactly how this is done remain a secret for now, although WinZip has promised to open up its compression algorithms as they've done in the past. On the user end of things, this means that ZIP files containing JPEGs will be more than just bundles of your photos--the archives will actually be … Read more

Featured Freeware: 7-Zip

It's easy for Windows users to forget that WinZip isn't the only file-compression utility in the world, nor is WinRAR its only replacement. Like its better-known competitors, the free 7-Zip unpacks a host of archive formats, including ZIP, TAR, GZ, and its own 7Z format. Unlike the competition, though, it can create TAR and GZ archives, which are commonly used on Unix and Linux systems. Even though it's small, there's an even smaller portable version, too.

The program's ability to shrink files was stunning. 7Z archives tested up to 40 percent smaller then their ZIP … Read more