I don't use it myself, but an interesting review here at DonationCoder.com where they seem to rate WinRAR as the best.
I've read that the next version of WinZip will not be included in my free lifetime updates from my current license. Whether that is true or not, I have been looking at alternatives and one of the most full-featured appears to be PowerArchiver 2006 which throws in its Outlook add-in for free (unlike WinZip).
Anyone used PowerArchiver recently and have any comments to share?
Added: I guess the "no free upgrade" rumor for WinZip is true (see attached); there are now "subscription" and "maintenance" options for upgrades...
Check out the two free products mentioned on the Best Archive Tool - DonationCoder.com page. I prefer TUGZip to 7-ZIP but to each his own.
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I'd go with Joe on TUGZIP. It's a great utility and you can do a certain amount of scripting for automation. Try it, it's totally free.
Strangely I get "connection refused" for http://www.tugzip.com/.
Anyway, I asked about PowerArchiver in particular because I have a special requirement: I need a product that can open ZIP archives I encrypted with the AES used in WinZip 9.0. I also would like one that can read PKZip's AES encrypted archives. This limits my choices a bit.
Thanks, but it seems version 9.5 is too new to have been discussed except on "cracks" groups...
See http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=...653&dcaid=17653 if you are interested in a free (after rebate) Stuffit Deluxe 9 for Windows.
Stuffit Deluxe 9 doesn't open WinZip archives encrypted with AES. See http://support.allume.com/techsupport/foru...topic.php?t=707 and <post#=531098>post 531098</post#>. Maybe version 10 (Windows release date unknown)?
Hmmm, I tried posting a response, but it appears to not have made it to the Lounge.
The article you referenced indicates that Stuffit X does support AES.
Also, http://www.stuffit.com/compression/sitxformat.html states that Suffit X is supported on Windows.
Also, I downloaded the Stuffit DEluxe 9 Help which states:
"StuffIt X archives can be created with encryption. There are 4 compression methods supported:
1=RC4 - Supports up to 512bit key lengths.
2=DES - Supports up to 64bit key lengths
3=BlowFish - Supports up to 448bit key lengths
4=AES - Supports up to 256bit key lengths"
Another good zip utility is ZipGenius . I believe it encrypts using AES (among others) and it is also free. I've used it and it's good but the scripting became a little complicated for my needs.
The site seems to be up now. I check in the forums and as of TUGZip 184.108.40.206 AES is claimed to be supported. 3.4 is the current version.
Here's a test file for those with various programs installed. Can you read the phrase of the day? The password on the .txt file inside is Howard.
Note to Howard: as far as I can tell, that is not .zip compression but some kind of proprietary format.
Congratulations! (WinZip 9.0)