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7-Zip version 9.20 released, still the best tool for compressed files

7-Zip, one of the most active and mature open source projects, has just reached version 9.20. Work on Version 9 only begun last year, in 2009, but it's already far ahead of the old version (4.65) in terms of speed and functionality. If you've never used 7-Zip before, now's the time to start. In one fell swoop it removes any need for other compressed file managers. It's faster and slimmer than...

Google Wave now lets you export waves to Zip files

Google has just announced the availability of a Zip export tool for waves created in the almost defunct Google Wave. This looks like it's just the first step of many that will let you get the data you've created in Wave out of the service before it's eventually shut down forever. Within any wave, there's now an Export menu that lets you save the wave and any attachments that have been added...

Pick&Zip lets you download any Facebook album as a ZIP or PDF

Despite being the largest image sharing service in the world, Facebook still has a depressingly short list of crippled features when it comes to photo albums. You can add a description, tag friends... aaaand... that's about it. When news broke yesterday about Flickr and Facebook teaming up I actually squealed with delight -- this is it! -- and then I realised it was just Flickr importing your new...

BCArchive creates mega-secure encrypted archives

Archives are very easy to snoop into. Heck, Gmail looks into every ZIP archive you get, and won't let it through if it contains any executables. That's fine, and I can see the point of it. While you can get around GMail's rudimentary checking by simply opting for a different compression format (7z, anyone?), sometimes you want a bit of extra privacy for whatever is inside your archive. For those...

Back4Sure makes it easy to backup files to removable disks

One of the more irritating problems in trying to automate backup to a USB drive is that the drive letter may randomly change. There are utilities to keep this from happening, but they can be a bit of a hassle to set up. Back4Sure is a simple backup utility with all of the generic features you would expect, and one nice extra: It lets you specify the destination volume by label (i.e,...

iWork files are really just zip files, and contain PDF previews

Have you ever received an iWork file created in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote on a Mac, and not had any way to deal with it? Next time, try changing the file's extension to .zip, then unzip it with your favorite zip utility. Inside you should find a PDF preview document containing a nicely formatted version of the document in question. It seems strange that Apple doesn't promote this fact more, as...

Wobzip extracts archive files before you download

Upon first reading about Wobzip, I wasn't convinced about the usefulness of a web-based tool to decompress archive files. With my back-breakingly slow 30k/s upload cap, anything over a few megs would be brutal to even submit for processing. In that case, a desktop app like 7zip or Winrar makes infinitely more sense. What I did find handy about the service is its ability to extract files from a...

WinZip 12 supports lossless JPG compression

WinZip is sort of the Xerox/Kleenex of the compression world. While many geeks prefer alternate file compression utilities like 7-zip, TUGZip, or WinRar, you're more likely to find WinZip installed on any given office computer. And with the launch of WinZip 12, the developers have shown that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Probably the biggest changes in WinZip 12 have to do with...

Pismo File Mount turns any ZIP or ISO file into a virtual drive

There are plenty of utilities that will let you mount a disc image as a virtual drive, allowing you to browse the contents without actually burning the image to a disc. But Pismo File Mount is one of the easiest to use that we've seen -- and it has the added benefit of also being able to mount ZIP archives. To install the free Windows utility you just need to download and run the PFM Audit Package...

Preview the contents of ZIP files before downloading with Archview for Firefox

Don't want to download a massive ZIP or RAR file just so you can extract one tiny file contained in the archive? ArchView is a Firefox add-on that will let you preview the contents of ZIP and RAR files posted online before you download them. And you can even download individual files from within the archive. Archview hangs out in your status bar where you can click on it to enable or disable the...

YemuZip: Free zip utility for Mac creates Windows friendly Zip files

YemuZip is a free Mac application for creating zip files for use on a Mac or PC. But wait, doesn't the Finder have its own built-in Archive (zip) function? Yes, it does -- but oftentimes, when you create a zip file on a Mac and unzip the file on a PC, you'll get a lot of gobbledy-gook along with your unzipped files. That's because the PC doesn't know how to read the Mac-specific metadata. YemuZip...

TUGzip: Decompress anything

Have no idea what an ACE file is? Got a few ISO files laying around but you have no idea what they are? Well peek inside using Freeware archival utility TUGZip. TUGZip opens every archive format you could possibly care about, and several more, you probably don't. Archive formats - ZIP, 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, BH, BZ2, CAB, CPIO, DEB, GCA, GZ, IMP, JAR, LHA (LZH), LIB, RAR, RPM, SQX, TAR,...

ZipGenius: File compression utility

As far as compression utilities go, most distinctly fall into either very good or or very bad. ZipGenius, however, manages to somehow make it into the middle. It comes in two flavors: the suite and standard edition. Since the suite is filled with extras like a file-cutter and FTP add-on, we're going to focus on the core compression utility that comes with the standard edition. First, let's start...

Open up almost any file with Universal Extractor

One of the first applications we install on every Windows PC and portable flash drive is 7-Zip. This handy little application has never met a ZIP, RAR, or otherwise archived file that it can't extract. But one thing 7-Zip can't handle is archived files that it doesn't think are archives. That's where Universal Extractor comes in handy. Universal Extractor lets you peek inside the contents of EXE...

Mobile Minute news: Blackberry on Windows Mobile, free ZIP utility and more

In today's mobile Minute, we'll take a look at some of the latest news and software related to Windows Mobile devices. RIM announces BlackBerry software for Windows Mobile BlackBerry makers Research in Motion have announced plans to create a program that brings Blackberry software and services to devices running Windows Mobile 6. The software will include email, phone, calendar, address book,...