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WinZip has long been a go-to ZIP tool, so we were keen to try the all-new WinZip 18. It's much more than a cosmetic upgrade: A new compression engine zips, splits, and joins files faster than legacy versions, though of course WinZip still handles virtually any archive file type. It converts files to PDFs, adds watermarks, resizes photos, manages archives, and protects files with 128/256 bit encryption. Improved cloud navigation smoothly integrates WinZip with many more cloud services, including Box, Dropbox, SugarSync, SkyDrive, and Google Drive. Cloud Links adds links to files via e-mail, IM, and social media. WinZip Express Add-Ons let you access many WinZip features directly from Outlook and other programs (These cost extra, though WinZip Express for Explorer was free with our download!). The full version of WinZip 18 (64-bit) is free to try for 21 days.

WinZip 18 installed over our existing program, though we had to choose between the new compression standard (better performance) and the default option, legacy compression (wide compatibility with large archives) -- though of course you're not limited to one or the other. Other setup options include themes and file associations. Setup finished with a Quick Start guide covering many of WinZip 18's new features, such as the Office-style Ribbon toolbar that accesses cloud-based resources directly (you can choose the old style interface and menus from WinZip's extensive Settings). We tried WinZip 18's new algorithm, which definitely feels fast and did a good job even with hard-to-squeeze media files. We really wanted to try WinZip 18's cloud features, though. We clicked "Save to Cloud" and then selected Dropbox from the list and then signed in. After that, we could access our Dropbox folders directly from WinZip. WinZip's Photos tool can integrate with your digital camera, too. WinZip Express for Explorer adds a QUICK-ZIP option to WinZip's extensive context menus. Help buttons are everywhere.

WinZip 18's improved engine and enhanced cloud services take a reliable, old favorite to a new level, and 64-bit integration will help keep it there. It's hard to get excited about a ZIP tool, but WinZip 18 just thrills us with its impressive features and ease of use.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of WinZip (64-bit) 18. The trial version is fully functional for 21 days.

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    3.7 stars

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    • 1 star: 194
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  • 1.0 stars

    "This is an absolute RIP OFF. BEWARE: MALWARE. (TRUTH)."

    February 24, 2014  |   By aafreimann

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    This is supposed to be SHARE-WARE, as it's always been. It's malware that takes control of 100% of EVERYTHING on your computer, making it IMPOSSIBLE to un-install, trying to FORCE YOU TO PURCHASE IT (which, to me, means that it is CLEARLY not a good-enough product to merit honest purchases that are not STRONG-ARMED by the extorting creators/marketers. Shameful, disgusting, abhorrent unethical business practices make me SICK. Please do NOT make the mistake of downloading this, it will RUIN YOUR LIFE.

    Cons

    This is supposed to be SHARE-WARE, as it's always been. It's malware that takes control of 100% of EVERYTHING on your computer, making it IMPOSSIBLE to un-install, trying to FORCE YOU TO PURCHASE IT (which, to me, means that it is CLEARLY not a good-enough product to merit honest purchases that are not STRONG-ARMED by the extorting creators/marketers. Shameful, disgusting, abhorrent unethical business practices make me SICK. Please do NOT make the mistake of downloading this, it will RUIN YOUR LIFE.

    Summary

    This is supposed to be SHARE-WARE, as it's always been. It's malware that takes control of 100% of EVERYTHING on your computer, making it IMPOSSIBLE to un-install, trying to FORCE YOU TO PURCHASE IT (which, to me, means that it is CLEARLY not a good-enough product to merit honest purchases that are not STRONG-ARMED by the extorting creators/marketers. Shameful, disgusting, abhorrent unethical business practices make me SICK. Please do NOT make the mistake of downloading this, it will RUIN YOUR LIFE.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "good!good!good!"

    February 15, 2014  |   By ROBBY131313

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    good!good!good!

    Cons

    good!good!good!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Good company gone bad"

    January 31, 2014  |   By fsarver

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    Use to be top of the line company. Now they are just after your money

    Cons

    This was once the top of line company and the goto for anything zip file related. But now it is using shady practices and tricks to try get money out of people. I will never install their products again and Cnet needs to put a warning on page about this stuff it trys to install. To many of the downloads on CNET try to install other useless or shady software on your pc. CNET should put a stop to this practice.

    Summary

    use to be great but it went to their head I guess. All they are after now is your money.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Ripoff - should be free"

    January 30, 2014  |  

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    None none none

    Cons

    $26 to unzip a file? That's more than I paid for the operating system.. Get 7zip, it's free and works better

    Summary

    An overpriced waste of money

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not Install it hijacks browser."

    January 30, 2014  |   By heimdal77

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    There is no pros about this.

    Cons

    DO NOT INSTALL! This installs AVG secure search without giving a obvious means of opting out. Once on it is harder to remove than many spyware programs. Ended up having download a separate program just to get rid of it and removing it deleted all my bookmarks as it reset browsers to default. On top of that every time you start it up it switches around the buy now and try trial version buttons to try and get you to hit buy now.

    Summary

    This was once the top of line company and the goto for anything zip file related. But now it is using shady practices and tricks to try get money out of people. I will never install their products again and Cnet needs to put a warning on page about this stuff it trys to install.

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