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Bandizip

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A good zip utility is among the most recommended Windows accessories, even though Windows packs a pretty good one itself. But so many free third-party zip tools outperform the built-in Windows tool that it'd be a shame not to take advantage of them. The best we've tried integrate themselves into Windows and show up in right-click menus, offer fast and powerful compression and encryption, and handle a wide range of file types. We recently tried BandiZip, which does most of what the other free zip tools do as well as offering ultra-fast archiving. Its proprietary compression technology skips those files that don't compress well and sometimes leave larger files when compressed, like many media files, which dramatically speeds archive creation. Also, it doesn't extract files to a Temp folder and then copy them to the destination; it extracts files directly to the destination, although you can designate a temporary folder if you prefer to use that method.

BandiZip's options let us not only integrate the program with right-click menus in Explorer but also choose which elements we wanted to add to menus, enable cascading menus, and other options. We quickly zipped and unzipped a variety of files and folders using several of BandiZip's methods, including automatic extraction and the Preview Archive feature, which lets users see an archive's contents before opening it, both in the context menu and in the program's main interface--a plain dialog that is all business. Next we tried something harder, a mix of documents, media files, and programs. Once again, BandiZip compressed the contents with blazing speed. We tried compressing only media files, which took a bit longer, but not much. We could add files to archives for both BandiZip and 7-Zip, compress files to one archive or separate archives, extract files to various destinations or open them in BandiZip, and other choices. We opened the Settings dialog, which let us configure BandiZip's compression methods, context menu entries, file associations, and more. Under the Miscellaneous tab, we could designate a temporary folder directory or change the interface language. The Help file is illustrated with clear screen shots.

Our unscientific test methodology returned these results about BandiZip: "Gee, that sure seems fast!" We have no complaints about BandiZip's performance and no problem recommending it as a default zip tool for Windows.

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    out of 17 votes

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    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current version:

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Well made. Quick. Efficient UI. Full featured."

    January 3, 2012  |   By blancheirving

    Version: Bandizip 1.0.3

    Pros

    Exactly what this adds to the context menu is user configurable - that's the most attractive aspect of this very nice freeware. I happen to prefer the cascaded option - so uncluttered.

    It does seem to perform its compressions quicker than anything I've used before (other than the open source 7-Zip archiver- which, it appears, is incorporated in entirety into Bandizip).

    Another great feature is the preview panel (showing what the decompressed files will look like) built into the context menu.

    Users also get to choose from various sets icons for the resulting archived files. They get configured into the OS as part of the process of installing Bandizip. The default set is excellent; I really like it.

    Cons

    None I have seen. Certainly none of my malware scans have squawked at Bandizip. And it's exhibited no drawbacks in its features or functioning.

    Summary

    This is hands-down the best archiver I have ever seen. And it's freeware. End of story.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Spyware???"

    December 27, 2011  |   By jlp2011

    Version: Bandizip 1.0.3

    Pros

    none that I know of

    Cons

    none that i know of

    Summary

    Just tried to install this but AVG flagged it as spyware.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So far, so good!"

    October 26, 2011  |   By rsgrignuoli

    Version: Bandizip 1.0.3

    Pros

    It's easy to use and quick to get up a running and you can customise it to fit the way you work.

    Cons

    None that I have found.

    Summary

    I would get this if you don't have it already.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It is now my favorite Zip tool. Love it"

    October 24, 2011  |   By RonMayo2012

    Version: Bandizip 1.0.3

    Pros

    love the Preview of the zips before you open them.
    Never know what is inside before it is too late.
    awesome icons too.

    Cons

    not any that i have seen.

    Summary

    Free tool that works great.
    Has a preview window before you open file.

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