This file-archive tool is simple to use but offers little new functionality to compress or extract files, and suffers from some occasional stability issues. Alpha ZIP's simple interface offers oversized buttons to open or create ZIP archives, and both processes are easy to follow. The program lets you view folder contents and launch files in an existing zipped folder and supports drag and drop to easily add files to a new archive. You'll also find an AlphaZip folder on the Windows Explorer's context menu. You can easily choose compression options, create a self-extraction tool, and, with the registered version, apply password protection to an archive. Though we liked the simplicity of this application, the only extra feature it offered was the ability to test an archive's validity, and we encountered some errors during testing before the archive process could complete. You'll have 20 days to evaluate the trial version. Despite this archiving utility's ease of use, the issues we encountered make it hard to recommend, and users should look elsewhere for a more stable alternative to manage zipped files.
What's new in version 1.3
Version 1.3 is compatible with Windows Vista.
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedOctober 10, 2007
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Alpha ZIP is the easiest way to handle zip files and other compressed formats, offering a range of new features and a unique level of integration with Windows. Make handling .zip files quick and easy. Alpha ZIP also supports most other compressed formats, including 7-zip. Version 1.3 is compatible with Windows Vista.