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7-zip (64-bit Version) | Pcworld

Speaking of market dominance, thats another key difference between the 7z and ZIP formats. Windows Explorer has been handling ZIP files like folders for years, and most people recognize them instantly and work with them all the time. But send someone a .7Z file, and they may not know what to do with it--in fact, they may not even realize its a compressed file. Note that I call it a difference rather than a disadvantage: These days, many email providers (including Gmail) snoop into any ZIP file you send, and if it contains executable files, simply dont let you send it. Compress your executables using 7-Zip, and you can email them to anyone you like. 7-Zip doesnt always offer a superior compression ratio: When I tested it with a folder full of JPG files (which are already well-compressed), the resulting 7z archive was actually 78KB larger than a ZIP of the same folder produced by Windows Explorer. However, the archive was nearly 34MB in size, so a 78KB difference is negligible. When you first launch 7-Zip, its interface is simple and sparse: Just a list of files, along with six large toolbar buttons and a menu. No Wizards, welcome dialogs or any other pesky interruptions between you and your files. If youd like to give the interface a bit more oomph, hit F9 and 7-Zip will be transformed into a basic dual-pane file manager.

Original article here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/232451/7zip_64bit_version.html

Bandizip is probably the best free file archiver right now | gHacks Technology News

bandizip Most of the source code is under the GNU LGPL license. The unRAR code is under a mixed license: GNU LGPL + unRAR restrictions. Check license information here: 7-Zip license . You can use 7-Zip on any computer, including a computer in a commercial organization. You don't need to register or pay for 7-Zip. The main features of 7-Zip are: High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression Compression ratio for ZIP and GZIP formats: 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats Self-extracting capability for 7z format Integration with Windows Shell What's http://7-zipdownload.us new after 7-Zip 9.32 Alpha: 7-Zip now can show icons for 7-Zip items in Explorer's context menu. "Add to archive" dialog box: new options in "Path Mode" new option "Delete files after compression" new "NTFS" options for WIM and TAR formats: Store symbolic links new optional field to set output folder name new option "Eliminate duplication of root folder" new option "Absolute pathnames" in "Path Mode". new option "Restore file security" (that works for WIM archives only) 7-Zip File Manager: new "File / Link" dialog box in to create symbolic links and hard links. Command line version: new -spd switch to Disable wildcard matching for file names new -spe switch to Eliminate duplication of root folder for extract archive command new -snh switch to store hard links as links (WIM and TAR formats only) new -snl switch to store symbolic links as links (WIM and TAR formats only) NSIS support was improved. The problem was fixed: The command "extract to *" with multiple archives could use same output folder, if archives are placed inside PE (EXE) file.

Original article here: http://www.neowin.net/news/7-zip-933-alpha

7-Zip 9.33 Alpha - Neowin

Other features - Unicode support is a must, as are options to customize the context menu and other program features. Bandizip ticks all those boxes. The program supports 37 different file formats at the time of writing including all major archive file formats but also disc image formats such as ISO or IMG. The application is available as a portable version or setup for Windows as well as a (paid) version for Apple's Macintosh system. If you install the program on Windows, the file association settings page is opened right afterwards. Here you can associate archive file formats to open with the application. Doing so will replace the icon of associated archives with the Bandizip icon. It also allows you to double-click the archive to run an action configured in Bandizip on it. One interesting feature of the application is the ability to change what happens when you double-click archives.

Original article here: http://www.ghacks.net/2014/06/24/bandizip-probably-best-free-file-archiver-right-now/

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