It may not hold any surprises, but this well-designed file compression tool covers most archive types and has an easy to follow wizard approach.
ZipX has the user in mind with its clean interface and well-labeled toolbar icons. The prominent step by step Wizard option will help new users jump in quickly. It's easy to select the destination of the archive and grab files or folders to add to a new or existing archive. Extracting files from archives is just as easy, and both creating and opening archives can be quickly accomplished using context menu options. The well-written, easy to follow, and comprehensive Help file covers all aspects of the program.
Each time the program opens or when you select an archive, you're prompted to associate ZipX with compressed files, but a quick tick of a checkbox permanently stops that dialog window. ZipX handles 14 archive types, from the well-known ZIP format to JAR and ZOO archives. Easily set preferences gives you plenty of options to customize the program such as adding desktop icons, changing the view, and setting compression levels. It takes only a few extra seconds to create self-extracting files.
There's a standard 30-day limitation, but otherwise no other trial restrictions. ZipX is a good choice for novices, but more experienced users will find all the flexibility and features expected in a file compression tool.
From WinX Software:
ZipX is a data compression and encryption program for Microsoft Windows. It supports the creation of WinZip/PKZip compatible ZIP files as well as CAB files. It also supports extraction of files from many popular archives types including RAR, ACE, ARJ, and 7ZIP. It supports all compression methods including PPMd, BZip2, JPEG, LZMA and WavPack. It supports strong encryption usage including the use of digital certificates to encrypt and sign. ZipX can backup your audio CDs. You can play your CDs directly from the ZIP file. You can also download your photos from a digital camera directly into a ZIP archive while saving space using the JPEG compression algorithm.
What's new in this version:
Added JPEG compression method
Add signatures to files already in zip archive
Unicode filename support for zip files and other archives
Rip Audio CDs to zip file
Play Audio zip files directly without extracting first
Digital camera interface
Use of MasterKey to encrypt files in zip archive
Added support for RAR5 archives
Fixed problem when extracting WinZip AES encrypted files