compression and data security in an easy to use package.
PowerZip is an award-winning compression program for Windows. You
can use PowerZip to unzip Internet downloads & compressed files
sent as e-mail attachments. PowerZip lets you communicate more effectively
by allowing you to Zip files you wish to send by e-mail. You can
also use PowerZip to backup important files and encrypt (password-protect)
What can I use PowerZip for?
- Unzip Internet Downloads
If you download files from the Internet, you have undoubtedly
came across Zip files. Documents, pictures, themes, wallpapers,
programs are all commonly distributed as Zip files to reduce
the download time. When you download PowerZip, you will be able
to access these files quickly and easily. Of course, Zip files
are not the only type of compressed files supported by PowerZip.
PowerZip also has built-in support for Cab, Rar, Tar, Gz, Bz2,
Z, Ace and Jar files so you'll never run into a file which PowerZip
- Unzip E-mail Attachments
When files and documents are sent via e-mail, they are often
placed inside a Zip file to reduce the number and the size of
the attachments. You can use PowerZip to open these Zip attachments.
Of course, PowerZip will unzip any Zip file, it doesn't have
to be an attachment.
- Communicate more effectively
If you send files or documents by e-mail, you will benefit from
using PowerZip to package them in a Zip file; you can then send
the Zip file as an attachment. Compression will reduce the size
of the attachment, so the e-mail will take less time to send
and to receive. You can also password-protect the Zip file for
privacy. You can Zip & E-mail files with a single click. Your
e-mail recipient will be able to use any Zip program ¡ì
to unzip it.
- Encrypt / password-protect files
You can use PowerZip 7.0 to create encrypted (password-protected) Zip files in order to prevent unauthorized access to confidential documents. You can use password-protected Zip files to store private documents and files or to send them through insecure channels such as e-mail. PowerZip can also unzip password-protected archives created by other programs. You have the option of either using the standard Zip encryption or, for extra protection, using 256-bit AES ¡ì which offers a high level of data security. To quickly encrypt a file, just right-click on it (in Windows Explorer / My Computer) and select "Encrypt".
- Create & maintain backup
Everyone knows how important it is to regularly backup important
files and documents. Unfortunately, all too often backups are
either not done or are not kept up to date. PowerZip makes it
easier to create & maintain backups. You can use PowerZip to zip
the files and folders you wish to backup into a single compressed
archive. Not only is the single archive easier to handle but it
is also smaller than the original files. And if you are storing
the backup on floppy disks, PowerZip can split it across multiple
disks if necessary.
PowerZip also allows you to create PowerZip Macro Files. A PowerZip
Macro File stores all compression settings in a file so that
a compression (or extraction) operation can be re-played later.
This means that you can select the files / folders you wish
to store in the backup once and then compress the same files
/ folders again later (to make a new backup) with a simple double-click.
Restoring the backup is equally easy. You can just right-click
on your Zip file and choose Unzip or double-click on it to open
the archive in PowerZip. Doing the latter will allow you to
selectively view and unzip individual files in the archive.
- Store away infrequently used files
Do you have large files sitting on your hard drive that you
need to keep but only use infrequently? You can use PowerZip
to compress these files, saving valuable disk space. And when
you need to access the files again, you can unzip them with
PowerZip in seconds. If the files you are compressing are of
confidential nature, you can also choose to password-protect
the Zip file when compressing the files.
- Automate compression tasks
You can quickly create PowerZip Macro Files to automate common compression tasks such as routine backup. A PowerZip Macro File stores all compression settings in a file so that a compression (or extraction) operation can be re-played later with a single double-click. PowerZip Macro Files can also be executed as part of an automatic script such as a BAT file.
- Create self-extracting archives
A self-extracting archive is an executable program file (i.e.
an EXE file) that includes both an archive and the software
to unzip it. Users can extract the contents of a self-extracting
archive by simply double-clicking on it. This is convenient
when sending files to other people, because the recipient won't
need a compression program (like PowerZip) to unzip your files.
You can use PowerZip to create flexible self-extracting archives
to suit your needs. You are able to include a start-up message,
specify a command to be executed after extraction, specify the
default extraction folder and select from several other options.
- Easy to use Wizards
PowerZip makes creating and unzipping Zip files (and other types
of archives) surprisingly easy. PowerZip's intuitive Compression
& Extraction Wizards will guide you through every step required
to Zip & Unzip files. And since PowerZip is integrated with
Windows, you can Zip and Unzip files directly from My Computer's
right-click menu. Of course, if you ever get stuck, PowerZip's
extensive context-sensitive help is sure to answer your questions.
Or you can just contact our technical support and we will be
happy to assist you.
- Compatibility with other programs
PowerZip is fully compatible with the Zip specification ¡ì.
This means that you can use PowerZip to unzip Zip files created
by other programs and other programs can unzip Zip files created
by PowerZip. This also applies to other compression formats
supported by PowerZip such as Cab, Arj or Tar/Gz.
- Support for 12 types of archives
While Zip might be the most popular type of archive / compressed file, many other archive formats exist. PowerZip supports 12 types of archives. PowerZip can create & unzip Zip, Cab, Tar, Gz, Bz2, Arj and Ha archives. In addition, PowerZip can also unzip Rar, Ace, Jar, Z and LZH archives.
- Integration with Windows
PowerZip is tightly integrated with Windows allowing you to Zip & Unzip files directly from Windows without having to open the main program. You can right-click on or more files or folders in Windows Explorer / My Computer and select Zip to compress the files. You can also select Zip & E-mail to zip the files and create a new e-mail message with the Zip attached all in one click. Similarly, you can also right-click on one or more Zip files or other archives and choose Unzip to extract the files.
- Interoperability with Unix
PowerZip can create & unzip archives types common under Unix (Tar, Gzip, Bzip2), making sharing files with Unix / Linux systems quick and easy. PowerZip lets you create a .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 file in one go - perfect for when you need to transfer multiple files to a Unix machine.
- Multi-disk / multi-part archive support
PowerZip can create Zip files that span over several floppy disks. PowerZip can also create multi-part (split) Zip and Cab files, i.e. archives that are broken down into several files (e.g. myfile_1.cab, myfile_2.cab etc) instead of being a single large file. Split files are handy if you need to overcome attachment size limitations when sending large files via e-mail or if you wish to create an archive that is split over several CDs (when zipping very large files).
- Comprehensive online documentation
PowerZip comes with extensive documentation - PowerZip User Guide - which covers all aspects of using PowerZip. However, nobody likes having to read documentation so PowerZip is designed to make the interface completely intuitive and keep the need to refer to the User Guide to an absolute minimum. The screens and dialogs are laid out and structured in such a way as to make them self-explanatory and where required, explanations of non-trivial options are built directly into the applicable screen. In addition, PowerZip's Wizards have pop-up tooltips which explain the purpose of each button or control.
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