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PowerArchiver 2006

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This file-archive utility's strong feature set and impressive flexibility make it a reasonable substitute for the ubiquitous WinZip. PowerArchiver supports several compression formats, including the new 7-Zip format, which offers extremely high compression ratios. You also can encrypt your archives using one of five secure algorithms. The configuration menu lets you customize almost every feature, including a password manager for encrypted archives, a self-extracting wizard, and an autobackup tool. The batch ZIP tool compresses hundreds of files in one shot, and the multiextract tool unpacks hundreds of archives at once. The program works swiftly and reliably and now supports unlimited-size ZIP archives and full-program skinning. Anyone who needs to work with archive files will find PowerArchiver a versatile, affordable alternative.

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  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 89 votes

    • 5 star: 56
    • 4 star: 15
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current version:

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    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Terrible program, use 7-Zip or StuffIt instead"

    October 26, 2006  |   By bigbugger

    Version: PowerArchiver 2006 9.63

    Cons

    Unlike 7-Zip or StuffIt Expander, this one costs money.

    It can't handle .tar files, but it won't tell you that. Instead, it will extract some files but skips others !! This alone makes it untrustworthy/unusable for me.

    And, it will completely screw up your file associations. It takes all the ones it knows, w/o asking, and if you happened to be using the built-in Windows Compressed Folders, you'll lose them and have to do some arcane chants to get it back.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Power Archiver Is a great tool...But..."

    October 1, 2006  |   By hero of flame

    Version: PowerArchiver 2006 9.63

    Pros

    Extreamly cheap,winzip's format is crap,and it cost 2 times more than this...

    Cons

    But there is a Free Archiver that this is based off of,WINRAR Winlabs.com,So It really is copying its format off of WINRAR...

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good but sad its only for 30 days"

    September 6, 2006  |   By adnansyed

    Version: PowerArchiver 2006 9.63

    Pros

    If tired of traditional Winzip formats just try it, its good to have it running on your system for zipping.

    Cons

    need few more options like to attach with the emails.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good tool"

    September 5, 2006  |   By Matadira

    Version: PowerArchiver 2006 9.63

    Pros

    More convenient for compressing the file

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great WinZip Alternative"

    August 21, 2006  |   By alexgieg

    Version: PowerArchiver 2006 9.63

    Pros

    Some years ago I came to dislike the fact that WinZip didn't natively support many file formats. You had to had external command-line softwares to handle ARJ, LHA and others I don't remember. So I began searching the Internet for an alternative and ended up finding PowerArchiver, which at the time was a freeware. I've been a user since then. And since its interface mimics WinZip there's almost no learning curve. Highly recommended.

    Cons

    Translations have a tendency to lag behind the official English language release. This was worse in the past, but as of today it's still common for both a new version and its translations to not be released at the same time. That's why I usually have the English version installed, even though my license is the (slightly more expensive) international one.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Tried the rest. This is the best."

    August 18, 2006  |   By MAXIMUS250

    Version: PowerArchiver 2006 9.63

    Pros

    Handles all the major formats. Very intuitive, non-intrusive GUI. Can be minimized to a tray icon.

    Cons

    Sometimes, it seems a little slow on large files. Like most of the competition, it does not handle .tgz files as a single operation.

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