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Chop

By ACAPsoft Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Sep 3, 2009

Chop is a fast, lightweight tool for splitting up large files and rejoining them. Its interface is a bit sparse on instruction, but anyone that's not an absolute beginner should be able to start using the application effectively within a few minutes.

The default Chop window lets you split files by target medium or by number of files. You can specify the destination as well, or let Chop create a folder automatically. A wizard option simplifies this process and provides context for some of the fields. If you have additional questions, a clear Help file is a button click away. Chop offers several features that make this program stand out from its file-splitting brethren. The best is the freedom not to use Chop. To rejoin split-up files, you must typically use the splitter program itself, but Chop lets you create a small .BAT file that your Chop-less recipient may use instead. This option does preclude other useful features, however, such as the verification of file integrity using a CRC checksum and the capability to apply a password to prevent "unchopping" by unauthorized users. Although the program performed admirably on files large and small, it is not without problems. When switching back and forth between wizard and expert modes, the program occasionally stopped responding. We had to quit and restart it several times to get it to function again.

Chop (30-day free trial; $8 to buy) is a fast and easy-to-use utility for splitting large files, suitable for most users comfortable with navigating a file system.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.6

General

Date Added February 3, 2009
Version 1.6

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Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

This program is for splitting large files for easier distribution. (Or if you are a spy, you can divide a file up and even semi-encrypt it for security reasons. ) Using either a normal window or a wizard interface, files can be split by either the number of files that you want, the maximum file size, or you can use preset common sizes for EMailing, floppies, Zips, CDs, etc. The program can Chop and UnChop files in Wizard and normal interface, and supports file time and attributes preserving, CRC, command line operation and even simple encryption. In addition, if size is an absolute priority and you do not need any of the more advanced features of Chop, you can instead set Chop to create a very small BAT file which will rebuild the file without Chop. Chop is written in Assembly Language for maximum efficiency and minimum size. Version 1. 6 improves CRC; the new file checker will detect more errors, Enhanced batch file generator; maximum segments used to be limited by the maximum line size of batch files. Now it can go the full 9999.

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