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WinZip 20.5.12118.0

WinZip Editor's Review

Even in these days of high-speed broadband, it can be handy to squeeze file sizes down to save transfer time or fit onto removable media such as USB sticks. WinZip makes this complex process beautifully simple.

Zip files work in a surprisingly basic manner. All computer data is made up of strings of 0s and 1s. Zipping simply restates those strings in a shorter fashion. For example "00000011111" is effectively restated as "0x6/1x5." Apply that across a whole file and it saves a lot of space, particularly in image or video files where a lot of information is repeated (blue sky, blue sky, blue sky etc.)

With WinZip though, you don't even need to worry about how this works. The application supports a wide range of Zip file formats and has a simple drag-and-drop interface for choosing and manipulating both the zipped and unzipped file.

Even better, it does a tremendous job of integrating with Windows Explorer. That means that if you get a zip file, you can just right-click on it in Explorer and choose the unzip option. Alternatively, you can right-click on any ordinary file and quickly zip it without having to open WinZip first.

Of course, this comes at a price, and casual users may find it too much to pay considering other zipping utilities -- albeit not as good in many fashions -- are available without charge.

Pros: Oustanding speed; lots of options but a simple interface.

Cons: 32-bit edition can struggle with extremely large files (as in multiple gigabytes); zipped files larger than some rival applications.

Conclusion: Number one in the market for a reason, but it comes at a price. Ideal for regular zip-file users.

What's New in Version 20.5.12118.0 of WinZip

- Frequent Folders -Easily find your most-used files and folders on your PC, network and cloud storage locations in Frequent Folders, which updates dynamically.
- More sharing options - You can now share directly to YouTube, along with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Expanded instant message support means you can share via Twitter IM, and Office 365 groups, in addition to Google Talk/Google+ Hangouts, Yahoo! Messenger and Jabber. Combining WinZip's legendary compression and encryption with the ease of instant messaging gives you high-speed sharing without compromising security.
- Scan and Share - Quickly turn a photo or document into a share-ready image or PDF with the new WinZip Scan and Share feature. Start your scan right from WinZip, apply watermarking or encryption when you wish to protect your scanned information. Then WinZip can zip it and save it locally, on the network or on a cloud service. Or share it by email, social media or instant message.
- Snap and Share - Streamline photo sharing by quickly getting photos directly from your camera to share via WinZip (Pro and Enterprise only)
- More robust file management - WinZip 20 takes file management further with several new features available via the new WinZip File Management ribbon: Create new folders on your PC, network or cloud service; securely delete files and folders with the new Wipe feature; restore accidentally deleted, copied, moved or renamed files; open, modify and update cloud-based files in their associated application; view property information; map a folder or network location to a drive; and much more.
- File Previewer - The Actions pane now displays thumbnail previews of a selected file in your Zip, on the computer, network, or cloud storage location. Click on the expand icon in the thumbnail to see a larger image in the new Preview Pane. Preview the contents of images and documents, rotate and reduce the size of images, save images as your computer background, and share the previewed file by email, IM or social media. (Requires Windows File Explorer Preview technology and a Pro or Enterprise license).
- Job Wizard Super Picker - Now your backups can include files from almost anywhere. Combines files from your computer folders, the network and cloud services in one backup. Save the resulting Zip to the cloud if you wish. Automate back up and distribution by creating a job that gathers files from various cloud services, zips them and distributes the Zip via email according to your schedule. (Pro and Enterprise only).

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