WinZip 9.0 Ends File-Size Limits

 
 
By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2004-04-05 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The latest version of the popular compression utility improves on its predecessors by providing enhanced encryption support and losing limits on file sizes.

WinZips latest version of its namesake compression utility improves on its predecessors by providing enhanced encryption support and an end to restrictions on Zip file sizes and contents.

Released in February, WinZip 9.0 costs $29 for new users and is free for current license holders.

This popular Windows compression utility now offers 128- and 256-bit AES encryption in addition to the standard Zip encryption. In tests using the new encryption schemes, I found no discernible lag in compression time and only a slight increase in decompression time and file size.

WinZip 9.0 includes a Command Line Support add-on that enabled me to use WinZip directly from the command prompt and from batch files and script languages. The new version supports the 64-bit extended format, which eliminates the caps on Zip file size.

While many Windows XP users today use the Compress Folders support native to the operating system, WinZip 9.0s speed is one good reason to return to WinZip. I found WinZip to be noticeably more agile at compressing files than Compressed Folders.

However, users who work with SIT or RAR files will need to use a different archival program because WinZip does not support these formats.

More information is available at www.winzip.com.

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As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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