A lot of time we get files that are in the ZIP format, which means they are several files compressed into one file to make sending or moving a lot easier. Usually we can extract them using the built in Windows tool to do this. Other times we want to create a ZIP file to send to someone. The built in Windows tool is not so great at this part. I used to use Winzip for these kinds of operations a long time ago, but they soon began charging money and it was no longer worth spending the money to keep up with it. So one tool I have found, that is free, is jZip. jZip handles many different kinds of ZIP formats, such as the standard windows ZIP and the 7-ZIP formats. It is very intuitive and has a great GUI to make extracting ZIP files a breeze. One will notice a very nice similarity to the Winzip GUI if you have worked with Winzip before. Extracting a ZIP file is pretty straight forward, you click on Extract and select the desirect location and extract it. Creating a ZIP file is also very easy with this utility, just select New Archive and follow the process. So if you are looking for a tool to do a better job, or handle a different kind of ZIP format, and don’t want to spend a lot of money, I would go with jZip.

2 Responses

  1. Bruzer says:

    It looks like jZip uses 7-zip and puts up a pretty font end. Do you need pretty front ends on all your programs?


    If you were a real techie you would use a hex editor and move the bits by hand!

  2. Beaker says:

    Well Bruzer, most normal people prefer a GUI interface, especially with ZIP files. But for the die hard techies you can use a hex editor if you want to.