Winzip is perhaps the most popular software for file compression and decompression in the market.
The need to compress or decompress files is something usual when we makes use of a PC. In many cases we receive compressed files via email, or we downloaded it directly from the Internet. In other situations we need to compress a number of files and folders so they occupy less space. In all these cases it is useful to have a tool that facilitates these tasks.
Winzip was launched on the market for the first time in 1991, and in all these years it has been able to adapt to the new needs of the users and to the new versions of the Operating Systems (Windows and Mac).
Obviously, the main function of the program is the file compression and decompression, but the program is not limited only to this task, but also brings a series of functions that will help a lot to the main task of compressing and decompressing files.
When we create a compressed file we can choose the following options:
A very interesting option is the possibility of compress files and save them in the cloud, or create a zip file with content from the cloud. That is to say, we can create a .zip file that contains the files located in dropbox. The supported cloud storage services are: box, CloudMe, DropBox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, SugarSync and ZipSend.
Once we have created the compressed file, there is the possibility to easily share it on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. So we just need to configure the social networks accounts and the cloud file hosting provider. In this way, when we share a file, the program is responsible to upload it automatically to the cloud and generate the text to post on selected social networks.
There is the option to create backup copies of certain locations of the Operating System. For example, we can select “My Documents” folder, or the Outlook and WinMail e-mails, or the desktop to create a zip file with all desktop files and store it in a safe place.
This software comes with a number of tools that make it really useful:
As we can see the compression and decompression of files is something simple, and thanks to Winzip we will have a multitude of options to automate certain tasks associated with the file compression. At the beginning it is possible the we will not make use of all the options of Winzip, but as we use it, we will be able to understand all of the functionalities and use them to streamline and improve the process of compression and decompression.
Learn how to use the program is simple thanks to the context sensitive help that appear when we hover the cursor over any button or menu of the program.
The extensions supported by this program are: .zip. zipx. tar. gz. z. cab. rar. bz2. lzh. 7z. img. iso. xz.
The program is paid, and provides a 30 days free trial.
Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows Me, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Intel Mac OS X
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