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    Your Favorite compression utility

    hey guys

    let's have a poll on your favorite compression/decompression utility... now there're no restrictions... any price, even a command line utility goes ... just give a reason why you like that particular utility ok?

    my favorite's are a tough fight between these 2:
    Ultimate Zip
    PowerArchiver

    my reasons:
    - ability to compress files to bz2 and gzip formats
    - ability to create split sets easily
    - skins (ok this is an unneccessary extra which could be taken as a bad point)
    - free (UltimatezZip only; PowerArchiver has a free trial version)
    - UltimateZip has a zip repair utility that attempts to recover your corrupted archives
    - UlitmateZip has an archive converter!

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    my favorite is winRAR (price $29.00).

    www.rarlab.com

    -Better than winzip because you can rar and zip files.
    -Has free trial version.
    -lots of documentation that tells you what else it does.
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    WinZip because it does everything I need

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    definitely Winzip...

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    Lightbulb What ?

    WinZip and WinRar are cool, but thereīs nothing better around than WinACE ! Itīs just working with almost any compressed file, and got a nice error correction too...

    You can dl it @ www.winace.com (eval-version)...

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    Windows XP, right click zip .

    I did love pkzip though!

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    i've been off WinZip for compression (not 'decompression'!) for so long so can someone tell me this: can WinZip compress files into tarballs, particularly gzipped tarballs and bz2 tarballs... (this is an honest query, not a jibe )

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    I'm a WinRAR fan. Creating archives (both ZIP and RAR) is nicely done, and there are great right-click menus that make creating archives much faster, using "Templtates". Plus, RAR compression is superior to ZIP, especially when dealing with multimedia files.

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    Not it can't Joel, but it can extract them

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    wow, i'll have to try UltimateZip. it can create .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 files, right? excellent. too bad it can't create ACE/RAR files too.
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    Originally posted by DR_LaRRY_PEpPeR
    wow, i'll have to try UltimateZip. it can create .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 files, right?
    yup it sure can... i just found it recently and was blown away by it's capabilities (some listed above)...

    and thanks sean for that info on WinZip

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    this is not about favorite, but about wehich one compresses more effectively.


    after intensive testing [yes!!!] from pc computing magazine's team, they found out that winrar from www.rarsoft.com works best...better than winzip..which is its closest competitor.

    i use it all the time, and even when the trial period ends, you only get a small popup that you can close and continue working with winrar like during your trial period.

    i highly recommend it.

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    I prefer Win2k/WinXP's NTFS Compression -- lets me use all the compressed media files too without any problem.

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    Otherwise, WinRAR/WinZIP both I enjoy working with.
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    Originally posted by astericks

    after intensive testing [yes!!!] from pc computing magazine's team, they found out that winrar from www.rarsoft.com works best...better than winzip..which is its closest competitor.
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    and i found a comparison between winRAR and WinZip here -> http://www.rarsoft.com/compare.htm

    as for compressing effectively, does anyone know how the .rar format compares with the bz2 one? i believe bz2 should compress smaller than most formats... if anyone knows where to find a comprehensive comparison of any compression formats i'd like to know...

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    I use Winzip... I don't make my own compressed files, I just need to unzip the ones I download.

    For my own compression, I use the built-in compression of XP on secure drives. With 120 gigabytes of drive space it isn't that much of a bother. Since we don't download MP3s or similar space users, it doesn't get used up fast.
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    I generally use WinZip or the XP Compression utility because it's "there".


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