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Download 7-zip: 5 Reasons Why It Surpasses The Windows Zipper-upper | News | Techradar

Unix tip: 7-Zip to the rescue | ITworld

1. A dedicated file compression program gives you more control over how you archive your files, the compression ratio, the container format, and whether you apply layers of security. (7-Zip, for example, supports bank-level 256-bit AES encryption). 2. The popular ZIP format isn't as efficient as newer formats. While 7-Zip provides support for ZIP files, you get better results using the software's own 7z format, which uses advanced LZMA and LZMA2 compression algorithms for superior file-squashing. The brains behind 7-Zip suggest that 7z is typically between 30% and 70% more efficient than the old ZIP format. 3. That's not to say that 7-Zip is restricted to the 7z and external link ZIP formats. It can also archive files into XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR and WIM containers.

Original article here: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/download-7-zip-5-reasons-why-it-surpasses-the-windows-zipper-upper-1254698

Bandizip is probably the best free file archiver right now | gHacks Technology News

bandizip I reviewed Bandizip in 2011 for the first time and liked it a lot back then. The developing company has improved the application over the years so that it is not supporting all the features that I require from a file archiver. What those are? Glad you asked. Format compatibility - The program needs to support all major archive formats including zip, 7z, rar (including rar5), gz, ace, tar and others in terms of extraction, and major formats when it comes to archive creation. Convenience - Options to extract one or multiple archives from Windows Explorer and to open extracted folders after extraction. Other features - Unicode support is a must, as are options to customize the context menu and other program features. Bandizip ticks all those boxes. The program supports 37 different file formats at the time of writing including all major archive file formats but also disc image formats such as ISO or IMG. The application is available as a portable version or setup for Windows as well as a (paid) version for Apple's Macintosh system.

Original article here: http://www.ghacks.net/2014/06/24/bandizip-probably-best-free-file-archiver-right-now/

What did I do? I googled my way to the answer to the question "Isn't there some way I can extract just the package I need from one of the Solaris iso.tar files using my Windows XP laptop?" The answer was "Yes, there is! It's called 7-Zip." 7-Zip is open source, GNU LGPL-licensed software that supports a extremely wide range of file formats. You can pack and unpack 7z, zip, gzip, bzip2 and tar files. You can unpack (i.e., unpack only) arj, cab, chm, cpio, deb, dmg, hfs, iso, lzh, lzma, msi, nsis, rar, rpm, udf, wim, xar and z files. What I needed was, of course, to download the iso.zip files from Sun's web site, unzip each of them (using 7-zip or WinZIP) and then find and extract the particular package that I needed using 7-zip. No CD burning needed. I found out that I could unzip and extract from the iso file with one running of 7-Zip. Here's how it worked: With 7-Zip installed on my laptop, I right clicked on the first of the Solaris iso.zip files.

Original article here: http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/59945/7-zip-rescue

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