ZipGenius Standard Edition allows you to extract files from compressed files and create your own ZIP files. The software is quite straightforward to use but doesn't appear to have been updated in some time.
Big, colorful icons: ZipGenius Standard Edition features big, colorful icons that are easy to read and which make navigating through the various functions of the software a snap.
Clear operational interface: The software walks you through every step of your operation.
Good help feature: Help is clear and addresses most of the questions that you might have.
2011 date mark: ZipGenius Standard Edition is marked with a 2011 date stamp. If the software is still active, designers should remove that year.
If you've never used ZIP software before, this one is worth trying because of how well it guides you through the process. It's the perfect introduction to extracting and compressing files.
From The ZipGenius Team:
The free file compression utility with lots of features. It can handle more than 20 different types of compressed files. It can help you also to protect your documents by converting ZIP archive to CZIP format, a portable and powerful encryption technique that supports three among the best encryption algorythm: Rijndael (AES), BlowFish and TwoFish. ZipGenius is a perfect companion for every day tasks and activities. It is fast, powerful and free for all in any environment: no matter if you will use it at home or at work because you won't have to pay a coin to download and use ZipGenius. Also, you can install it on an unlimited number of workstations.
So Annoying I never got to the point of trying it. Frankly I don't care WHAT it can do!
Plasters all kinds of Horrible Shortcuts On YOUR desktop that are near IMPOSSIBLE to remove! Permission is to place A, GET THAT? >>>A<<< means a Single shortcut ZIPDUMMIES! Heres a few: Join ZIPGENIUS! what?!! and Follow ZIPGENIUS on Twitter! PWAHAHAHA! also Follow ZIPGENIUS on Google! Arghh... REVO uninstalled it cya
This salesware is so annoying that I joined CNET just to comment. And don't tell me you get what you pay for. This is a "thing" that explodes crap all over your computer without your permission. Just because your not paying someone doesn't give them license to do rude & abusive things. Found it on CNET so I cant trust CNET either goodbye for good.
It is free. Unless you consider your time and efforts and those you work with to be of some value. In that case it is not even free.
Unreliable. Slow, not to encrypt ... after all, the author didn't write that piece ... the GUI is sloowww. I ran this program on several machines with different processors an OSes. It's behavior was unpredictable. Mostly it crashed a lot Windows 7, XP SP3, it didn't matter. It also doesn't seem to uniformly respect the fact that users don't want to be in an administrator account to run it. Sometimes it would simply freeze attempting to open a file it created. Other times, even the errors returned navigating its own menu structure were unpredictable.
During the install one gets to opt out of desktop icons. Forget it. When done not only the desktop but the start menu are littered with half a dozen social networking icons. Gee thanks! I really, really can't wait to get your Tweets!
I'd rather pay a couple bucks to get something that actually works. Possibly this is a student project. Using it is like death by a thousand cuts.
Updated on Feb 6, 2012
@RR1K, while one can do these things with this utility, one must ask: 'So what?' One can do these things with every one of over a dozen other zip utilities. Utilities that actually work reliably, are truly simple to use, and are not a cluttered pile of nonsense.
I used it to unzip some files in .rar format. That worked. It was free. It put a shortcut on the desktop to "like" the product on twitter and facebook. Easily removed. For a free product that works I think that is fair play.
I've no idea why but the two occasions I've downloaded this program I've also triggered an Incredimail download (and if you've had Incredimail on your PC you'll know what a nightmare it is). I can only assume that Incredimail is being bundled with this program. Cannot recommend it for that reason as both times it's been a complete nightmare trying to get Incredimail off of my PC.