WinZip, a well-known name in software compression, recently unveiled the latest version of its long-standing utility. Available in either Standard or Pro editions, WinZip 10 provides something for everyone needing an all-encompassing compression tool.
WinZip 10 installs in just minutes. Just download the file from the company's Web site, click a few buttons, and you're ready to go.
The application's interface has not changed that much over earlier versions of the software. You have the option of selecting classic or wizard formats, along with a new Internet Explorer interface for those who feel more comfortable working in a browser-style environment.
Using WinZip is a walk in the park. Regardless of the interface you use, you simply select the files you want and the application does the rest. Advanced features are available, but these only take a few moments to learn. Altogether, WinZip has done an excellent job of making this program user-friendly.
While most people probably will use WinZip only to decompress or compress large files, others might appreciate a few new features designed to make the program more functional.
In addition to including two new zip file formats, the company added a new automated-compression feature. If you need files zipped at regular intervals, you can schedule the tasks and have WinZip do all the work without you in the room.
Those who work with a lot of multimedia content also will have something to smile about with the new zip-to-disk feature. WinZip cuts the middleman out of the picture and now lets you zip and burn at the same time.
This zip-and-burn feature and the automation function come only with the Pro version. The Standard version, for the most part, offers the same features as WinZip 9.0, with the exception of improved compression efficiency and new interface options.
WinZip 10 is a great utility regardless of which version you buy. If you need to get the absolute most out of a zipping utility, though, the WinZip Pro is the way to go.
Pros: New Internet Explorer-style interface; excellent scheduling feature; zip-and-burn capability.
Cons: Best features are available only in the Pro version.
Verdict: WinZip 10 is a great utility regardless of which version you buy. If you need to get the absolute most out of a zipping utility, though, the WinZip Pro is the way to go. For those who like to keep their compression utilities up to date, WinZip 10 is a great choice.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Price: $29.95 for the Standard version, $49.95 for the Pro version.