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WinZip
First of all, what's a .ZIP file? Zip files are "archives" used for distributing and storing files. Zip files contain one or more files. Usually the files "archived" in a Zip are compressed to save space. Zip files make it easy to group files and make transporting and copying these files faster.

Zip files save time and space, and make downloading software and transferring e-mail attachments faster. Typical uses for Zip files include:

  • Most files available on ftp sites, bulletin boards and electronic services like CompuServe are distributed as archives. Two benefits of using archives for electronic file distribution are that only one file transfer operation ("download") is required to obtain all related files, and file transfer time is minimized because the files in an archive are compressed.
  • It is often useful to send a group of related files to an associate. Rather than distributing individual files it is often easier to distribute the files as an archive to benefit from the file grouping and compression.
  • Some files are important but used infrequently. To save disk space simply compress these files into an archive when they are not used, and decompress them only when needed.

WinZip 7.0 Features include:

  • The WinZip Wizard: this optional feature uses the standard and familiar "wizard" interface to simplify the process of unzipping and installing software distributed in Zip files. The WinZip Wizard is not targeted at experienced users, but is ideal for the rapidly growing number of PC users getting started with Zip files. When these users gain confidence or want to use more advanced zipping features, the full WinZip Classic interface is just a click away.
  • Windows 95/98/NT Features: WinZip features tight integration with the Windows 95/98/NT shell. Drag and drop to or from the Explorer, or ZIP and UNZIP without leaving the Explorer. Drop files on a printer to print.
  • Internet File Format Support: WinZip includes built-in support for popular Internet file formats (e.g., TAR, gzip, UUencode, BinHex, and MIME), so you can use WinZip to access almost all the files you download from the Internet.
  • Internet Browser Support Add-on: This freely downloadable add-on lets you download and open Zip files from the Internet with one click via Microsoft's Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.
  • The Install/Try/Uninstall feature makes it easy to install and uninstall software distributed in Zip files. WinZip will run the installation program in an archive, give you a chance to try the program, and optionally offer to restore your system to its original state. The uninstall step can selectively remove files, icons, or program groups created by an install program, and can restore any altered INI files. You have complete control over the uninstall process, and no changes are made without approval.
  • The "Favorite Zip Folders" feature lets you organize Zip files into one convenient list that is sorted by date, making it easier to locate all Zip files, regardless of where they came from or where they are stored. Unlike the standard File->Open Archive dialog box, the Favorite Zip Folders dialog box treats the contents of multiple folders as though they were one folder. A Search facility will find any Zip files lost on your hard disk.
  • WinZip Self-Extractor Personal Edition, included as part of WinZip, creates files that unzip themselves. Self-extracting files are ideal for sending compressed files to others who may not own or know how to use file compression software.
  • And much more ... WinZip supports most virus scanners, including McAfee's Virus Scan 95 and Norton Antivirus 95, so you can easily test your downloads for viruses. Full context sensitive help is available should you need it.

For more information on WinZip, head to http://www.winzip.com