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A Perfect Free Program, More Capable Compared to Paid Alternatives

By Pablo Conde Ferrer

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Have you got a little space left in your hard disk, directory or folder? Well I think you can solve your problem by using 7-Zip. It is a program that will help you to compress your files in a very simple and fast way. At the same time, this application works with 7Z which is a very high compression level that allows all of the users to obtain a compact file without losing its original quality. Not only that, it is capable of encoding and decoding other extensions like GZIP, ZIP, TAR and BZIP2. Also, it has simple interface so you can easily understand its option as well as the other functions of the program. All in all, 7-Zip is a very useful program that is very easy to download and to install. And of course, it is all free, it has no bugs and it works really well! I highly suggest it!

Pros

  • The program is for free
  • Easy to use and install

Cons

  • It doesn’t support RPM files
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A Straightforward Tool That Lets You Compress a File in a Fast and Easy Way

By Daren Garius

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014

If you want an alternative file compressor, then 7-Zip is the perfect one for you. This tool lets you compress various files simultaneously in a very fast and easy way. Also, it decreases the file size to almost 50% of the original size. Installing this program is quite easy. It only needs a few minutes to install since it is a lightweight tool. Aside from that, I find its interface just the same with others compression tool out there. It is simple and very straightforward. You don’t need complicated configuration just to operate it. Plus, it supports different languages. This program also supports well-known archive formats including ZIP, RAR, TAR, LZH, GZ, ARJ and ISO. It also works with 7z, an efficient high compression format that lets you acquire compact file and keeping its original volume. All in all, 7-Zip is a free and excellent compressor tool that allows you to reduce the size of a file and save some space on your computer in just a matter of click. It is truly a fine tool to have.

Pros

  • It is easy to install
  • Reduces files size up to 50% of the original size

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  • It lacks any advanced features
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7-Zip surpasses all other archive systems review by James Meyette

By James Meyette

On Monday, August 4, 2014

If you are in need of making file archives then 7-Zip is the tool for you. 7-Zip offers a variety of different compressions that you can use such as: APM, ARJ, CHM, cpio, DEB, FLV, JAR, LHA/LZH, office open XML, RAR, SWF, XAR, DMG, ISO as well as others. Nativly 7-Zip will store all of your files as Unicode so it is less messy later.

7-Zip also has the ability to open some MSI files which will allow access to all the main content that make the program tick. This is also true for some .EXE. 7-Zip also bolsters the feature to be able to encrypt your data directly or you can encrypt 7-Zip.

As well as all these features you can also open two panels and you make use of it as a file browser if you prefer doing so over the default one of the operating system you use.

7-Zip can be downloaded in a number of languages including but not limited to: Russian, English, German, French, Chinese and others as well.

In conclusion 7-zip is an amazing tool to use for all your archive needs.

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  • Intuitive and easy to use interface
  • Clean and simple, self explanitory use
  • Documentation and tutorials are easy to use

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  • Sometimes the program can behave a bit buggy
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • To decompress receiving zip formatted file from email or others and at the same time compressed file size that are too big to open. With it I am able to read.

7-Zip is a free files compressor available to download for reducing the size of files thanks to an efficient high compression algorithm.

With this software users can compress diverse and multiple files. Size can be reduced almost to the 50% of the initial volume. This is made possible through the use of “7z” format, obtaining compact results without losing quality. This software also works with any OS such as Windows XP and Windows 7.

This program is especially recommended when there is a need of freeing up your computer’s hard disk space. Besides, 7-Zip is compatible with many formats, such as XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR and ZIP when it comes to compress/uncompress or encode/decode files.

A simple interface for reducing the files to "7z" format

7-Zip has a user-friendly and intuitive interface based on a double-panel files explorer. Also, main functions can be identified with colorful icons located at the top. This utility provides basic settings options to customize until it fits users’ needs.

7-Zip 16.00 Features

The features of 7-Zip are the following:

  • High compression ratio in 7z format (LZMA and LZMA2 compression)
  • Different supported formats such as 7z, ZIP, WIM, XZ, BZIP2, TAR or GZIP
  • Strong AES-256 encryption for 7z and ZIP formats
  • Self-extracting capability in 7z format
  • It integrates with Windows Shell
  • Plugin for FAR Manager
  • Advanced File Manager
  • Advanced command line version
  • 79 languages

For further information about this software, visit the developer's site.

Similar software

Recovering zip files that have been corrupted or damaged is an arduous task. Repairing them turns to be essential if we want to read them again. Zip Repair Tool can do that for us just by clicking in the damaged files and repairing them in few seconds no matter their size.

If you want to try a different compressor with a different extension than 7z, Winzip is a good alternative, especially for novice users, as it provides a wizard guiding them in their first compressing experience. While 7-Zip is known for its high compression rate, Winzip stands out for its compression speed. Also, one of Winzip’s weaknesses is its low compatibility with other compression formats.

Conclusion

7-Zip allows users saving space and increasing their files' portability by its high ratio compressing capabilities and great formats support.

Pros
  • Platform is multilingual
  • Great compressing/uncompressing speed
  • Interface is intuitive
Cons
  • Old-fashioned interface