If you're looking for one tool that can handle a myriad of compression methods, from RAR and ZIP to TAR and TGZ and nearly 30 other formats, ALZip just might be for you. In fact, archive format support is ALZip's forte. It'll even open ISO and other CD images. All the usual archive application options are here, as well: context menu additions, password protections, virus scanner integration, and assistance in creating self-extracting archives.
The interface looks modern and is well-designed, with archive contents displayed as icons, in a list or in a detailed spreadsheet-style grid. There are 14 criteria by which you can sort files, the program supports 21 languages, there's a test function to make sure the archive works, and you can save in eight formats. We also like the bird-egg icons--a small touch, to be sure, but they show that aesthetics are still important, even in freeware.
This program leaves a slightly larger footprint than WinZip, but since we're talking about a difference of 2MB we think it's worth giving ALZip a chance to fly.
ALZip is a one-stop archiving and compression program designed for speed and ease of use. With support for more compression and archiving formats than any other major utility, ALZip is the only ZIP utility you'll ever need. The ALZip rovides its own file format "EGG", which makes better compression ratio and full Unicode support. Also, users can open 40 archive and compression file formats, open CD image files (ISO, BIN), open virtual CD files (LCD), create 8 archive and compression file formats, create self-extracting files (EXE), split files for easy transfers, file encryption with AES-256, integrate antivirus software, automate tasks with ALZip command-line functions, and get more done faster.
What's new in this version:
Version 8.51 added support for deflate64 and PPMD algorithm, support for 7zip LZMA2 algorithm, and "Open folder after extraction" option added in Extraction window.