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WinZip version 16 has hit the streets, bringing with it a few features aimed at keeping the venerable archiving tool in the cool crowd. Plus, with its all-new native 64-bit engine, this newest release runs just a bit smoother and faster than before.

But first things first--the guts of the program. WinZip 16 retains its large feature set, including drag-and-drop support and content-sensitive previews. It can compress images by up to 25 percent and has a "Zip from Camera" wizard, 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 Kaspersky Security Scan companion install; it is an opt-out offer.

WinZip 16 also 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. Other security features include built-in AES encryption and customizable password requirements, both of which could prove handy in conjunction with WinZip's shiny new sharing features.

Seamlessly integrated into WinZip 16's interface is ZipSend. With a few clicks, ZipSend can help you to circumvent E-mail attachment restrictions thanks to partner YouSendIt's cloud storage and file transfer powers. Right off the bat, the feature allows you to e-mail up to 50MB of zipped data for free, and up to 2GB if you're a ZipSend Pro user. While ZipSend may seem a bit convoluted, as it's powered by YouSendIt and requires a separate install of an app called WinZip Courier, it is certainly a perfect complement to WinZip's core archiving functions.

The other big addition to version 16 is ZipShare, a convenient and smart feature that lets you upload your ZIP file to the cloud, and post a link on your Facebook Wall for others to download, all with a few clicks. It's impressive, no doubt, but we still feel it could use some tweaking. For one, we'd love to be able to tag people on the Wall post, in case the download is meant for one or more friends in particular. Also, we'd love to see a bit more flexibility in the form of sharing through direct messages or via other social networks. But even without these minor tweaks, ZipShare is still a useful feature that's sure to be exploited by WinZip's millions of users.

Finally, WinZip 16 includes a "Zip to Blu-ray" feature that lets you store up to 50GB of archived data per disc. While this feature likely won't be used as often as the others, it's still nice to have the capability.

Overall, we love the new additions that WinZip has incorporated. While they may not be ground-breaking by any means, they do add another layer of icing to an already delicious WinZip cake.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Supports all compression formats"

    October 3, 2012  |   By andrewedward

    Version: WinZip 16.5.10096

    Pros

    Compresses image and rar files. Don't have to go for other tools.

    Cons

    Requires separate folder for extraction, does not save extracted files in default windows extractor tool folder

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use, tons of useful features"

    October 2, 2012  |   By Bob_Katopolis

    Version: WinZip 16.5.10096

    Pros

    WinZip opens zip files and other archive formats when other file utilities can't. It is fast, reliable, and easy to use. WinZip 16 includes great features like ZipSend, which helps me send large files attachments.

    Cons

    I haven't had any problems with WinZip. It just works.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great for novice user"

    September 21, 2012  |   By khettich

    Version: WinZip 16.5.10096

    Pros

    I don't use many fancy features. I just occasionally need unzip and appreciate the 1-click unzip feature. I also have WinZip Courier. The two work well together with the ZipSend button on WinZip.

    Cons

    None that I can find.

    Summary

    Everyone needs a zip file creator and opener. This does a great job and has more features, if I need them.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Complete and utter rubbish"

    September 21, 2012  |   By thatcharlie

    Version: WinZip 16.5.10096

    Pros

    Absolutely none, unless you want have money you're trying to get rid of. And even in that case, I'd rather burn it than buy this pathetically awful product.

    Cons

    I can only really describe this product as Bloatware. Long gone are the days when WinZip was a useful tool. Now it is just full of unwanted options and "features" which quite frankly are more of a hinderence. Unfortunately, Winzip has fallen from the top of my useful apps list, to the same level as I would rate MalWare. Slow to install, tries to change your IE settings, installs useless and pointless "features" and is basically a complete waste of time.

    Summary

    Avoid at all costs! My advice is use WinRAR. Far superior in EVERY way. Looks better, is faster, has better features, easier to use, doesn't clog up your system with additional processeses and system tray icons, the list goes on an on.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Trustworthy and powerful program"

    September 14, 2012  |   By saravanamuthusamy

    Version: WinZip 16.5.10096

    Pros

    I have been using different versions of Winzip from 1995. Winzip does not need any certificate.

    It has not crashed or given unexpected results a single time in my 15 and odd years of usage. I really wonder, how rigorously they must have tested the software. Thanks to the developers and testers of the software.

    Cons

    I have not seen any.

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