If Windows Explorer is a bit clunky or slow for what you need to do each day, this lite-featured widget may help speed your productivity with its built-in file compression options and ease of use.
MiniFM launches a nicely designed interface similar to a three-paned e-mail client and resembling older versions of Windows Explorer. A few command buttons along its top toolbar offer handy features, but most of this free file manager's functionality is accessed through mouse clicks.
This utility performed very well in our tests. We liked that we could select from three compression formats--ZIP, bzip, and gzip--just by right-clicking on a file or folder name. Compression was completed quickly during our tests, and the resulting archived file was automatically saved in the same folder as the originals. It's worth noting that MiniFM doesn't support ZIP archives bigger than 4GB, but the gzip format allows creation of archives up to 8GB. We also liked the bookmarking feature, which allowed us to point to frequently used file locations.
Overall, any user looking for a streamlined file manager will want to test drive MiniFM. If you don't need all Explorer's bells and whistles, and can use the only-the-fly compression features, check out this little freeware.