7-zip zipping and archiving utilility for Windows
techAdmin
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Tired of proprietary zipping/archiving programs for Windows? You can use this open source alternative instead, 7-zip

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* High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression
* 7-Zip is free software distributed under the GNU LGPL
* Supported formats: 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB
* For ZIP and GZIP formats 7-Zip provides compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
* Self-extracting capability for 7z format
* Integration with Windows Shell
* Powerful File Manager
* Powerful command line version
* Plugin for FAR Manager
* Localizations for 50 languages


Not only is this free software, but it compresses better than winzip.

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Usually 7-Zip compresses to 7z format 30-70% better than to zip format. And 7-Zip compresses to zip format 2-10% better than other zip compatible programs.


7-zip also runs under Wine on Linux, by the way.
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vkaryl
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I'm using WinRAR right now. It's superlative. It's so good I'm sending them a check....
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