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Useful, functional program but free alternatives are available,
This review is from: WinZip 15 Pro Single User (PC) (DVD-ROM)
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The increasingly crowded market for Zip software is becoming more competitive with WinZip and WinRar having to compete with free alternatives such as PeaZip or built in functionality in operating. With WinZip 15 Pro, your paying less for the core functionality and more for the extra elements that Corel have included, the name and the user interface which combined probably aren't worth the money. The program itself uncompresses formats including Zip, Zipx, 7Z, BZ2, CAB, LHA, JAR, TAR, ISO and the nice addition of RAR reducing the need for having an extra program to deal with these files on your computer. However most operating systems (including Windows XP & 7) can deal with several of these file types and Peazip would do the rest.
So why would you purchase this product? Your not going to buy it for the core compressing and uncompressing functionality however the inclusion of backup tools, the ability to create highly customised multi-part files and encryption functions are essentially what you are paying for. The Pro version also offers little over WinZip 15 Standard with only the adding of some automated backup features. On Windows 7, the program integrates well and runs efficiently on my general use laptop.
Overall, there are some nice extra features in this software but nothing worth the price tag. Operating systems own built-in functionality will be enough for most users with Peazip providing some extra functionality where required. Only individuals or businesses who find themselves needing to compress large files with specific requirements or file formats should purchase this software.