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    WinZip 12.0

    I received an email about the release of WinZip 12.0 and since I use it every day in some way or other, I guess I'll continue my investment with them. The upgrade price isn't bad, but I don't see anything I need in the higher priced Pro version that I don't already have in some other way.

    WinZip® 12.0 Product Information (Upgrade prices are at the bottom of the page.)

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    Re: WinZip 12.0

    Abandoned WinZip back when it was free and then became Shareware. Did my research and a plethora of reading and trials and decided on WinRAR. What I liked most about WinRAR was the ability to create .zip OR .rar files as well as self-extracting files. And, the bonus is that after you purchase WinRAR for a very modest price, ALL future updates are <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> ... that's right... <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>. Can't beat that with a stick! <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/bananas2.gif>
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    Re: WinZip 12.0

    I have been using the "Built in" ones that comes with XP and Vista and they work just fine.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: WinZip 12.0

    Thanks Al,

    I suddenly feel really out of date when I saw vresion 12 <img src=/S/nuts.gif border=0 alt=nuts width=15 height=15> A useful utility but I don't think I have seen it on a PC since it was introduced in XP
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    Re: WinZip 12.0

    I've been meaning to check on this, but you and Dave reminded me. Way, way back when I went from Win98 to XP, it seems to me I remember learning that there was something left out of the MS XP implementation that I needed and I don't remember any more than that. Do you know of something that can't be done natively in XP? For example, can we create a new, self-extracting zip in XP? I can only remember that I stopped using WinZip and for some reason, re-started and have been there all this time.

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    Re: WinZip 12.0

    I don't know about Vista.
    The zip implementation built into Windows XP is fine for most users, since you can drag and drop files, and even create a password-protected zip file, but it has some limitations:
    - It becomes extremely slow if you try to zip or unzip many large files - hundreds of times slower than WinZip and other third-party utilities.
    - You can't create self-extracting archives.

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    Re: WinZip 12.0

    As Hans says about the self-extracting Zip, that is one thing that can be useful at times and so WinZip (as do other software house versions) win over. I suppose it comes down to what you need.

    At work, if a file or set of files is too large for emailing, I tend to zip my files, password protect them and then place them on a share to be picked up by the user
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    Re: WinZip 12.0

    Thanks to you and Hans for replying. I can't remember if it was speed or capabilities or what. And NOW, what with having WinZip as well as other "OS modifying" software on my system, I don't know if the following is native XP behavior or not. The attached screenshot (combo of two clips) shows that I just now selected a group of files in Windows Explorer. Upon right-clicking, I get a context menu that looks like the left side of the screenshot. Note the icons showing WinZip with its usual icon and the other four just above which I don't know if they're native XP or not. So, I chose Add To Archive and a window like the right side opens up. Now I know this isn't a WinZip menu, but is it native XP? Note that it DOES have a selection for self-extracting (SFX), so I tested it on my group of files and it works. But once again, is that built-in to XP or has it been added to my system by some software that I've added? Consequently, I'm usually a bit reluctant to suggest "archive" kinds of stuff to Loungers because I don't know what they have or what they might not be able to do.
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    Re: WinZip 12.0

    It's not the native Windows XP feature. It looks like you have WinRAR archiver installed (the icon is the one for WinRAR)

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    Re: WinZip 12.0

    Absolutely correct, Mon Ami, as always! <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

    Added: According to Revo Uninstaller, I added WinRar in July 2006, which I received as a freebie for participating in some kind of survey, which I also don't remember, but my email file has the serial number in a message back then!
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    Re: WinZip 12.0

    Yep, that's WinRAR alrighty!! And, by clicking on the "Add to archive" it opens the main WinRAR window where you can choose to create either a ".rar" file OR a ".zip" file under "Archive format".... or a self-extracting file. That's one of the great things I like about WinRAR.

    BTW.... current version for WinRAR is 3.80. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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