Get better file compression with 7-zip

File compression is even better with the open source and free software 7-Zip. This free file compression utility works on windows vista/XP and in earlier versions of windows too.There is also a command line version for Linux/Unix.

7-Zip supports a new high 7Z format that provides very high file compression ratio.Some of the features of 7Z format include:

  • Open architecture
  • High file compression ratio
  • Strong AES-256 encryption
  • Ability of using any compression, conversion or encryption method
  • Supporting files with sizes up to 16000000000 GB
  • Unicode file names
  • Solid compressing
  • Archive headers compressing

However for ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip only provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than that of the more popular file compression utilities, WinZip and PKZip.

I tried compression a word document into 7Z format and zip format with 7-Zip.The zip format generated by 7-zip definitely had a size lesser than that produced by winzip.However the 7Z format achieved a very high file compression ratio.It is definitely a very good format to share files. Being free, it should definitely find more usage by windows users.Spread the word about 7-Zip.

Other 7-Zip features:

  • Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
  • Self-extracting capability for 7z format
  • Integration with Windows Shell
  • Powerful File Manager
  • Powerful command line version
  • Plugin for FAR Manager
  • Localizations for 69 languages

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Free download 7-Zip for windows 32-bit and 64-bit and enjoy better file compression.

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