I have been using the popular 7-Zip for close to a decade now and quite happy with it. Unlike most PC users, I use the webmail services to send and receive tens of files every day, and I make sure to compress and password protect my Zip files before sending.
In addition to 7-Zip and WinRAR, there are plenty of free and paid compression utilities out there for Windows. We have reviewed a couple of them (Easy 7-Zip & Bandizip) here on IntoWindows, but most of the free and paid utilities out there offer similar set of features.
While searching for a software to handle RAR files on Windows Phone, I stumbled upon a new compression utility called Zipware. At first, this utility looked like any other free compression utility out there, but after installing and playing around, I realized that it’s one of the best free compression utilities available for Windows operating system.
Since Zipware is a free tool designed to create and extract zip files, let’s first talk about that formats it supports. The current version of Zipware supports all major archive formats, including ZIP, ISO, MSI, GZIP, WIM, RAR, 7Z, DMG, UDF, CBZ, TAR and the new RAR5. It supports creating archives in ZIP, 7-ZIP, and EXE.
The ability to convert popular archives formats to zip, 7z or exe is probably the best feature of Zipware, and the feature makes this free utility one of the must have tools.
Besides that, it allows you create password protected archives using AES-256 encryption, along with options to create self-extracting archives.
Like other file archiving tools out there, Zipware also adds some useful options to file context menu, but doesn’t clutter your file context menu in the process. As you can see, it uses cascading menu style to make sure that your context menu is not cluttered.’
Using Zipware’s entry in the file context menu, you can scan suspicious files using VirusTotal’s service. As you likely know, with VirusTotal, one can scan files against viruses and malware using over 50 anti-virus engines. So if you find that a downloaded file is suspicious, you don’t need to manually upload and scan the file. All you need to do is, right-click on the file, click Zipware, and then click VirusTotal.com search option to automatically upload and scan the file.
Zipware also comes with a password manager to store and manage your credentials, but since there are better tools out there for the job, not everyone might be interested in this.
Lastly, Zipware can calculate MD5, SHA-1 and SHA-256 checksums for files right from the file context menu, meaning that you don’t need to download additional software to check MD5 and SHA checksums.
When it comes to compression ratio and compression time, it’s hard to better the popular 7-Zip in the free category. That said, unless you’re are going to compress large files every date, compression ratio and time don’t play a vital role while choosing a good archiving tool. You will hardly save a couple of seconds while using 7-Zip.
Overall, Zipware is a good archive software with impressive list of features. As said before, if are not looking to save a few seconds during compression, this free software is definitely better than most of the tools out there. Don’t go by our words, give it a try.