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With WinZip dominating this particular genre, it is easy to forget that there are other file compression tools available, like 7-Zip. Overlooking this application would be a grave mistake however, as 7-Zip performs as well, if not better, than its better known counterpart. 7-Zip unpacks files in a wide range of different archive formats as well as its own 7z format. Anyone with basic computer know-how will be able to use 7-Zip with ease as the design is in the standard Windows style, making it straightforward to operate. As an additional attraction, 7-Zip can also create TAR and GZ archives, which are commonly used on Linux systems. This is a feature sorely lacking in current WinZip versions. 7-Zip significantly reduces file sizes when archived, and although the process is rather lengthy, it is worth the wait as the compressed files are a fraction of their original size. Some advance options include password protection, the ability to create self-extracting archives and the setting of compression levels. While average users will find 7-Zip useful, it really comes into its own when used to move files between Windows and Linux, something developers should take note of. It is an excellent archiving tool, and is sure to rival the mighty WinZip in future.

7-Zip - Info

The main features of 7-Zip:

* High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression
* 7-Zip is free software distributed under the GNU LGPL
* Supported formats: 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB
* For ZIP and GZIP formats 7-Zip provides compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
* Self-extracting capability for 7z format
* Integration with Windows Shell
* Powerful File Manager
* Powerful command line version
* Plugin for FAR Manager
* Localizations for 50 languages


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