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Bandizip Is Probably The Best Free File Archiver Right Now | Ghacks Technology News

bandizip If you install the program on Windows, the file association settings page is opened right afterwards. Here you can associate archive file formats to open with the application. Doing so will twitter replace the icon of associated archives with the Bandizip icon. It also allows you to double-click the archive to run an action configured in Bandizip on it. One interesting feature of the application is the ability to change what happens when you double-click archives. The default action is to open Bandizip to display the contents of the archive. You can change that however so that the archive gets extracted automatically for instance instead. As far as customizations go, there are quite a few that make life easier for you.

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

Unix tip: 7-Zip to the rescue | ITworld

Zipped using Windows Explorer, the folder compressed to 8,881KB. 7-Zip compressed the same exact folder down to 6,036KB, shaving almost 3MB off the archive. Thats a difference of more than 25%--phenomenal, really, when you consider ZIPs market dominance. Speaking of market dominance, thats another key difference between the 7z and ZIP formats. Windows Explorer has been handling ZIP files like folders for years, and most people recognize them instantly and work with them all the time. But send someone a .7Z file, and they may not know what to do with it--in fact, they may not even realize its a compressed file. Note that I call it a difference rather than a disadvantage: These days, many email providers (including Gmail) snoop into any ZIP file you send, and if it contains executable files, simply dont let you send it. Compress your executables using 7-Zip, and you can email them to anyone you like. 7-Zip doesnt always offer a superior compression ratio: When I tested it with a folder full of JPG files (which are already well-compressed), the resulting 7z archive was actually 78KB larger than a ZIP of the same folder produced by Windows Explorer. However, the archive was nearly 34MB in size, so a 78KB difference is negligible.

Original article here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/232451/7zip_64bit_version.html

7-Zip (64-bit version) | PCWorld

7-Zip works in Windows 98, ME, NT, 200, XP (I use XP Professional) and Vista. It was a 2007 winner in the SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards for both Best Project and Best Technical Design. I found it to be both quick and reliable. It also has localizations for 74 languages. 7-Zip also works on the command line. If you like working in a DOS Command Prompt, you can get a list of the tool's options by simply typing its name. That output is shown below. C:\Program Files\7-Zip>7z 7-Zip 4.57 Copyright (c) 1999-2007 Igor Pavlov 2007-12-06 Usage: 7z [...] [...] [] a: Add files to archive b: Benchmark d: Delete files from archive e: Extract files from archive (without using directory names) l: List contents of archive t: Test integrity of archive u: Update files to archive x: eXtract files with full paths -ai[r[-|0]]{@listfile|!wildcard}: Include archives -ax[r[-|0]]{@listfile|!wildcard}: eXclude archives -bd: Disable percentage indicator -i[r[-|0]]{@listfile|!wildcard}: Include filenames -m{Parameters}: set compression Method -o{Directory}: set Output directory -p{Password}: set Password -r[-|0]: Recurse subdirectories -scs{UTF-8 | WIN | DOS}: set charset for list files -sfx[{name}]: Create SFX archive -si[{name}]: read data from stdin -slt: show technical information for l (List) command -so: write data to stdout -ssc[-]: set sensitive case mode -ssw: compress shared files -t{Type}: Set type of archive -v{Size}[b|k|m|g]: Create volumes -u[-][p#][q#][r#][x#][y#][z#][!newArchiveName]: Update options -w[{path}]: assign Work directory.

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

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