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WinZip Mac

By WinZip ComputingTrial versionUser Rating

Key Details of WinZip Mac

  • Available on multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS
  • Creates archives in various formats, including ZIPX, ZIP, LHA/LZH, and supports extracting from many other common formats
  • Uses 256-bit AES encryption to protect users’ files
  • Has an integrated PDF converter that can convert Word files to PDFs or vice versa
  • Sends large attachments via email by zipping and transferring them with ZipSend

Editors' Review

Download.com staff

WinZip gives you the ability to compress any group of files quickly, and then burn them to a disk or email them directly from the app. Through its intuitive interface, WinZip makes these features accessible to users of all skill levels, and it runs quickly and smoothly.


Excellent interface: Even if you've never used a program like this before, you'll have no problem finding your way around in WinZip. The main screen lays out your options clearly, and to add files to an archive, you can just drag and drop them in. The archive is zipped automatically, and a little bar graph at the top shows you how much space the files take up zipped versus unzipped.

Password protection: If you opt to ZIP and email all at once, you can also choose the Encrypt option and include password protection on one or all of your files. This is a handy addition, and a nice way to safeguard important documents and sensitive communications.


Not free: While you can use WinZip for free during the 45-day trial period, you will eventually have to purchase a license for $29.95 if you want to continue using it indefinitely.

Bottom Line

WinZip delivers exactly what it promises. It's not packed with features, but the features it does have are exactly the ones you're looking for in an app of this type. And since it's free to try for an extended period, there's no reason not to check it out to see if it will work for you.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of WinZip Mac 3.0

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Users can now easily navigate to favorite topics with the new home screen, which can be accessed from the ribbon. Options include:

  • Find information on newly added product features.
  • Explore a range of productivity tools that go beyond compression.
  • Access our ideas portal to submit and vote on product ideas.
  • Gain access to an online self-serve knowledge base.

WinZip users now gain access to WinZip Courier, which seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Office, Outlook, and webmail, such as Gmail. Detailed information about WinZip Courier can be conveniently found on the home screen under the Highlights and All Apps sections.

Users can now scan zipped files for viruses or malware before unzipping them.

Users can now schedule backups of folders directly from Windows with a simple right-click.

File-sharing emails sent from SafeShare have been redesigned for a modern look and feel. The following information is displayed within the emails:

  • Expiry date of shared file links.
  • If the file is encrypted, recipients will be prompted to use WinZip to open the file.
  • A download link for WinZip is provided to users who wish to open encrypted file(s) received via SafeShare.

New in PDF Express:

  • Commenting – now users can comment on a new or existing PDF.
  • Annotation – now users can annotate a new or existing PDF.
  • Forms – now users can easily fill out interactive forms and manually add their signature and comments to non-interactive ones.

Now users enable/disable the display of WinZip PDF Express and/or WinZip SafeShare items on the Windows context menu from File -> WinZip Settings -> Explorer.

Now users can enable/disable Update Notifier from File à WinZip Settings à Updates.

Now users can provide insights on how to improve WinZip with optional in-app ratings and surveys. WinZip Enterprise users can enable , disable or configure in-app ratings and surveys.

WinZip now only supports 64-bit systems, ending the support for 32-bit systems.


  • Support for Window Charms is removed from WinZip for Windows 10 and above users.
  • A warning message is now displayed before exiting SafeShare.
  • In Duplicate File Finder, a confirmation message will appear when clicking on "File Cleaning Actions."
  • In Duplicate File Finder, clearer explanations have been added for "File Cleaning Actions: Delete" and "File Cleaning Actions: Wipe".
  • Duplicate File Finder now displays space savings in “KB”, “MB”, and “GB”.
  • Space savings in Duplicate File Finder have been moved from the bottom left to the top right for better visibility
  • In SafeShare, users can now set an expiration date for all cloud service providers.
  • WinZip Shell menu is simplified by reducing the number of options for Windows 10 users. More options can be added by clicking on “Customize WinZip Menu” in the shell menu.
  • A new simplified way to select duplicate files for deletion in Duplicate File Finder.
  • Show ‘Last Modified Date’ to help select duplicated files.
  • Simplified and modernized trial flow for new users.
  • Redesigned software activation flow.
  • Improved, less intrusive flow for new users – we want you to try the whole WinZip experience before joining the family.
  • A new banner to keep trial users informed during their test period.
  • Modernized and more informative registration screens.
August 20, 2020
Latest update
February 9, 2024
Operating System
Mac OS X
Additional Requirements
macOS Mojave | macOS High Sierra | macOS Sierra | OS X El Capitan | OS X Yosemite | OS X Mavericks | OS X Mountain Lion | OS X Lion|
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Developer's Description

Compress, share, encrypt, and back up your files.
WinZip is a powerful compression and encryption tool that offers a range of features to help users manage their files more efficiently. With support for multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, WinZip is a versatile tool that can be used across different devices.One of the standout features of WinZip is its ability to simultaneously run multiple compression tasks, making it ideal for heavy users. The software creates archives in various formats, including ZIPX, ZIP, LHA/LZH, and supports extracting from many other common formats, such as RAR and TAR.In addition to compression, WinZip also offers robust encryption capabilities, using 256-bit AES encryption to protect users' files. The software also allows users to burn files directly to CDs or DVDs, with support for multiple simultaneous burns.Another key feature of WinZip is its integrated PDF converter, which enables users to convert Word files to PDFs or vice versa before compression. This can be a significant time-saver for users who frequently work with PDFs.The software also offers a useful feature called ZipSend, which allows users to send large attachments via email by zipping and transferring them. The compression ratio for compressing or archiving emails is also quite good.WinZip is available in various versions, including three different suites: Standard, Pro, and Ultimate. Pricing starts from $29.95, and users can download and use the software for a short evaluation period to test its features before committing to a purchase.Overall, WinZip is a great utility for compressing and encrypting files, offering impressive compression ratios and speeds. Its range of features, including integration with Microsoft Windows and a separate plug-in for Microsoft Outlook, make it a valuable tool for users who work with large files. While it may not be the cheapest compression utility, its performance and features make it well worth the investment.