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    Free compression utility (97/2000)

    Hi All

    I just learned of the following freeware utility, which might be of interest to this forum. Or maybe some comments from those who have tried it: http://www.angelfire.com/pq/wrd/

    PackWord can compress a Microsoft Word document (.doc) file into a smaller, compressed, .doc file. The compressed .doc file is self-extracting: when loaded into Microsoft Word, the compressed document will automatically expand to the original version.

    What is it good for?

    You could use PackWord to

    Save space on a laptop hard drive by compressing large documents.
    Send smaller files to limited-size e-mails accounts.
    Transport multi-megabyte documents using a 1.44 MB diskette.

    Requirements

    PackWord runs on Windows 95,98,ME,NT,2000. Compressed files can be opened using Microsoft Word 97 or 2000 on Windows only.

    Download and Installation

    Click packword.exe (454KB) and save it. No further installation is required.

    Alan Miller

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    Re: Free compression utility (97/2000)

    Hi Alan:
    Thanks for the info. Took a look at it (although it probably belongs over on the software forum). The only advantage it has over winzip (that I could see) is that the recipient doesn't have to have the application to open the document. I found that winzip compresses more than packword.exe. Also, I found out afterward (because I stupidly believed "no installation was necessary"), that it adds itself to the context menu.& does not have an uninstall.
    Cheers,

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    Re: Free compression utility (97/2000)

    Thanks for that extra info Phil. Perhaps I posted before doing the homework properly. Along with the context menu addition (which I hadn't noticed) I also found that it won't attempt to compact "small" docs (~50KB), or apparently those containing graphics. This deems/dooms it to be of pretty limited use.

    I notice a registry key
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
    Word.Document.8
    shell
    packword

    which appears to be the culprit in the context menu. Not too happy with stuff that does this without an uninstall or similar. I might stick with zipped copies myself.

    Alan

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    Re: Free compression utility (97/2000)

    Hi Alan:
    Thanks for the info regarding the registry key. I have a utility that will remove items from context menus (it's supposed to add also, but I never bothered figuring it out), so I used that.
    Cheers,

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    Re: Free compression utility (97/2000)

    Just out of interest Phil, what prog do you use to fiddle the context menus? I have ContextEdit (freeware) from PC Mag - seems to do the job.

    Alan

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    Re: Free compression utility (97/2000)

    That's exactly what I have, but this is the first time I used it. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Free compression utility (97/2000)

    I knew my post would be of some use... to somebody... somehow. ;-)

    Alan

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