Novice-friendly but with features for the expert and free archiving tools rarely cover all those bases, but PeaZip hits a home run.
Operating PeaZip is as easy as dragging files. Drop a ZIP file on the interface and PeaZip goes into decompression mode. Drop a regular file and it opens the archiving screen. Well-labeled buttons and simple functions make both processes quick and painless. Adding files and folders is also quickly accomplished using function buttons and traditional file browse tools.
Novice users will be able to use default settings to create well-made archives. Experienced users will like the easily set options. Each well-designed interface includes option tabs that contain simple pull-downs, radio buttons, and text boxes to set compression levels, methods, dictionaries, and even encryption. Most users will find this app one of the most simple to set exactly to their preferences.
Anyone looking for a small and useful archiving tool should give PeaZip a test. Most won't continue their search.
PeaZip is a free cross-platform file archiver that provides an unified portable GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX. It can create 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, PAQ, PEA, QUAD or BALZ, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, ZIP archives. Extract over 130 archive types: ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF, and ZIPX. PeaZip suppors a wide array of advanced file and archive management features (search, bookmarks, thumbnail viewer, hashing, find duplicate files, convert archives), especially focused on security.
The distinctive trait of the program is the innovative and easy to use compression/extraction interface, more similar to CD burners interfaces rather than to a classic file compressor. This design makes extremely simple to check (and update) items set for compression and extraction, integrating a full featured file manager component. Also, tasks created in the GUI can be easily saved as batch scripts, in order to automate backup operations, or for fine tuning, or for learning purpose, bridging the gap between the ease of use of GUI applications and power and flexibility of console.
What's new in this version:
Version 4.5.1 adds support for Open Office 1.x files (SX* or ST*), PCV MozBackup files, BSZ (BS Player), RMSKIN (Rainmeter), WSZ or WAL (Winamp), and WMZ (Windows Media Player) skin files.