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  • 3.0 stars

    "As good as WinZip, but not better (3 and a half stars)"

    March 1, 2011  |   By ePHende

    Pros

    - Free
    - faster than winzip for creating archives (about the same for decomp)
    - adds to the windows right-click menu but doesnt use registry or require admin priviledges (except for the "large page size" optional feature) to use OR to install

    Cons

    - In the options, you can pick an "editor", but there is no ability to use multiple programs for different file types.
    - Can only choose compression mode, comp level, encryption, etc when creating archives, not with drag-n-drop to an existing one.

    Summary

    I only downloaded this in the first place because my (paid for) version of WinZip would cost me to upgrade and I need something to handle RAR and Zipx formats -
    I really didn't have any beef with WinZip except that in the right-click menu if you choose "extract to here" after right-clicking on a shortcut to an archive, it extracts to the target's folder and not the shortcut's folder - I hoped this would be fixed in a 3rd party app, but no: 7-zip does the same thing. ...disappointing

    On the whole, it's a good program. Intuitive to use and no nasty surprises (so far - haven't messed with all the features yet).

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