With version 14 of this venerable archiving tool, WinZip aims specifically at Windows 7 compliance and enhancements, and adds a few other new features, too. WinZip in Windows 7 gets extensive support for libraries, tools, and recent archives in the jumplist, previews in Windows Explorer for certain file types, and basic touch-screen support. Multitouch support is limited to rotating pictures previewed from WinZip archives.
WinZip 14 also includes minor security enhancements. New automatic wiping keeps confidential data secret by "shredding" the temporary file that WinZip creates by default whenever it opens an archive. The shredding uses U.S. Department of Defense standard DoD 5220.22-M. WinZip 14 now also supports the built-in AES encryption in Intel-based computers, speeding up the time it takes to encrypt an archive. This builds on the encryption overhaul from last year's version, which included customizable password requirements and enhancements for determining how, if at all, encryption would be enforced.
WinZip 14 retains its large feature set, including drag-and-drop support, content-sensitive previews. It has better JPEG compression that can see JPEG-only archives up to 20 percent smaller, Zip from Camera, and deep context menu support enables you to perform most of WinZip's functions on the fly. However, while installing you should keep an eye out for the Google Toolbar and the "WinZip Computing" that collects anonymous usage data; both are opt-out. Still, WinZip is among the best compression programs available, providing all the features necessary to create easy backups, compress e-mail files, and manage downloaded files from the Internet.
WinZip is the world's most popular Zip utility for file compression, encryption, packaging, and data backup. Now supporting Windows 7, WinZip 14 makes it easy to zip and unzip files for quick, efficient, and secure file transfer, email transmission, and data storage. Compress files with WinZip 14 to save space and reduce transmission times. Create Zip files and new Zipx files--the smallest Zip files ever. Reduce JPEG image files by 20-25% without losing photo quality. Let WinZip select the best compression method to maximize efficiency. Create self-extracting Zip files, ideal for distribution to recipients that may not own WinZip. Open Zip, Zipx, RAR, 7Z, BZ2, CAB, JAR, IMG, and other compressed file types.
Use WinZip 14 to secure confidential files with password-based AES encryption. It auto-wipes (shreds) temporary copies of encrypted files after viewing to prevent misuse. Define your own password policy for the utmost security. Bundle files into packages with WinZip 14, creating logical groups of related files. Zipped packages are perfect for organizing and securing email attachments, which also email faster thanks to smaller file sizes. View photos in Zip files--without extracting--using WinZip 14's internal image viewer, and easily resize all images when emailing. Be prepared with WinZip 14's automated data back-up facility. The Job Wizard will automatically back-up your important data files to prevent loss. Upload your back-ups to an off-site server using the internal FTP client, or burn back-ups to DVD and automatically split them over multiple discs, if necessary. Even receive automated email notifications upon job completion. WinZip integrates seamlessly with Windows. Use the award-winning, Explorer-style Classic view to navigate archives, or use the intuitive WinZip Wizard to make everyday zipping and unzipping tasks a snap. WinZip is available in Standard edition or the full-featured Pro edition.
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WinZip 14 takes full advantage of new Windows 7 enhancements, further simplifying your work through its support of Windows 7 libraries, jump lists or gesture support on your touch screen PC. For better security, WinZip 14 introduces automatic wiping, which helps you to keep your confidential information confidential.