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Released: 2008-10-06

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WinZip 12 Standard (Single User) by Corel

Software Details

Brand: CorelMedia: CD-ROMHardware Platform: PCOperating System: Windows Vista
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Description

WinZip is the most popular and trusted way to work with compressed files. No other compression utility offers the easy, comprehensive and productive approach that makes WinZip the gold standard for file compression tools. With WinZip 12, PC users can quickly and securely zip and unzip files to conserve storage space, speed up email transmission and reduce download times. State-of-the-art file compression, strong AES encryption, compatibility with more compression formats, and comprehensive solutions for photo compression, management and sharing make WinZip 12 the complete solution for the compression and archiving needs of any home and business user. The WinZip 12 Standard Edition provides all the tools you need to quickly and easily compress files and open the most common archive files. Strong AES encryption also allows you to password-protect files to secure confidential information. Designed with digital photo enthusiasts in mind, WinZip 12 now offers easier photo compression, sharing and management. Transfer, manage, share and back up digital photos more easily than ever. With WinZip 12 you can compress more file types and create smaller Zip files than Windows and many other archiving utilities. Powerful compression methods like LZMA, PPMd, bzip2 and WAVPACK make it possible for WinZip 12 to create smaller Zip files than ever. With so many compression methods to choose from, you can let WinZip automatically choose the ┬┐Best┬┐ method for each individual file you are archiving. And most importantly, protect confidential files with AES encryption that is FIPS-197 certified. When combined with a secure password or passphrase, it gives your Zip files a level of privacy protection that is not available in Windows XP, Windows Vista or other archive utilities. Work faster, smarter, safer!

Platforms

Windows Vista, Windows XP

Product Features

  • Read-and-extract support for 7Z archives, along with ISO and IMG disk image files, plus existing read-and-extract support for RAR, LHA, BZ2, CAB, Z, GZ, TAR, UUE, XXE, BinHex, Mime and Zip files
  • New features and enhancements for photo and image compression, management, and sharing
  • Ability to create smaller Zip files and support for additional Archive formats
  • Encryption security features to customize password requirements and the types of encryption available
  • An improved user experience with various interface enhancements and refinements to help you (or your users) work smarter, faster, and safer

Editorial Review

WinZip is the most popular and trusted way to work with compressed files. No other compression utility offers the easy, comprehensive and productive approach that makes WinZip the gold standard for file compression tools.

Choose from variety of interfaces--Wizard, Classic, or Windows Shell Integration.

Use the split Zip feature to break large files into smaller pieces that can be downloaded separately.

Supports 128- and 256-bit key AES encryption, which provides much greater cryptographic security than the traditional Zip 2.0 encryption method used in earlier versions of WinZip.

With WinZip 12, PC users can quickly and securely zip and unzip files to conserve storage space, speed up email transmission and reduce download times. State-of-the-art file compression, strong AES encryption, compatibility with more compression formats, and comprehensive solutions for photo compression, management and sharing make WinZip 12 the complete solution for the compression and archiving needs of any home and business user.

WinZip 12 is available in Standard and Pro Editions so you can choose the level that is best for you. The Standard Edition provides all the tools you need to quickly and easily compress files and open the most common archive files. Strong AES encryption also allows you to password-protect files to secure confidential information.

The Pro Edition delivers all the features of the Standard, plus it is packed with powerful tools to automate routine tasks like transferring photos, backing up data and archiving files, burning Zip files to CD/DVD, uploading Zip files to online FTP sites, and configuring WinZip in a business or enterprise environment.

WinZip 12.1 Update

WinZip 12.1 introduces the new Zipx format that creates WinZip's most efficient archives ever. Also new for WinZip 12.1 is the ability to resize images before sending them via "Zip and E-Mail." As a result, users can share pictures in more manageable e-mail attachments quickly and easily.

Over the years, WinZip has significantly improved the compression and encryption capabilities of Zip files, and the new .zipx file extension is the next step in this evolution. By using the most recent and advanced compression methods to create Zipx files, WinZip 12.1 creates WinZip's smallest, most efficient Zip files ever.

WinZip 12.1 also features enhanced Zip and E-mail functionality that makes e-mailing digital images (like photos) easier than ever by resizing .jpg files and bundling them in one attachment. With a few simple clicks the user can e-mail one compressed file that contains all digital images, rather than sending several separate e-mails with large attachments that can clog up the recipient's inbox. The recipient can simply extract the images from the compressed file and view them like any other attached image. And if the recipient has WinZip Pro, he can view the photos with the internal image viewer without extracting them first.

WinZip 12.1 is a free upgrade for registered users of WinZip 12.0.

Photo Compression, Management and Sharing

Giant Leap for Photo Compression
WinZip will now compress your JPEG files (digital photos or graphic images) by 20 to 25% and still without any loss of photo quality or data integrity. Now you can send photos faster or fit more on your hard drive and removable media than ever before.

View and work with photos directly in WinZip
Once your photos are transferred from your camera, use WinZip's Explorer view to see thumbnails of each photo. This makes it easy to give your photos meaningful names or delete those that you don't want to keep. You can even create folders in the Zip file and then drag and drop photos into them to better organize your collection.

Share your photos with WinZip
Now with WinZip's enhanced Send feature, it is simple to share your photos directly from WinZip. A Zip file is a convenient way to package photos and other files before sending them. Not only can related files be put in one package, but WinZip's compression reduces the space and transfer time they require. When working in a Zip file, the new Send Selected Files feature makes it easy to share any selected files (not just photos) as a new Zip file that can be sent by email or, when using WinZip Pro, uploaded to FTP. When selecting and sending photos, you can automatically resize them for faster delivery while leaving your original photos unchanged.

Improved Performance and Compatibility

New Powerful Compression Technology
In addition to the new JPEG Compression, WinZip 12 adds the powerful LZMA compression method to create smaller Zip files than ever. To see the compression power of WinZip's state of the art technology, choose the "Best method" compression when adding files to a Zip.

Support for More Archive Formats
WinZip 12 also opens more archive and disk image formats. The new read and extract support for 7Z archives and for CD/DVD .ISO and .IMG disk image files combined with existing support for RAR, BZ2, CAB, LHA, Z, GZ, TAR, UUE, XXE, BinHex, Mime, and ZIP files makes WinZip one of the most flexible and robust compression utilities.

WinZip 12 is available in Standard and Pro Editions so you can choose the level that is best for you. Click to enlarge comparison chart.

Encryption Security Features

Set password complexity preferences
The new password policy allows you to customize encryption password requirements to achieve a desired password complexity. Now you can optionally specify the minimum password length and also require a mixture of characters including upper and lower case, numerals, and symbols. For System Administrators, a password policy for your organization's required password complexity can now be specified during MSI installation of WinZip.

Specify the types of encryption available
With WinZip Pro, System Administrators can also specify which of WinZip's encryption methods are available to the user and can disable the encryption features completely during MSI installation. Decryption features will always be available.

Improved User Experience

Smart View logically displays the contents of a Zip file
Content sensitive Smart View makes it easier to see the contents of your Zip file. Simply open a Zip file and WinZip will choose a viewing method best suited for the contents of your Zip file.

If your Zip file contains photos or images, WinZip will display the files in Thumbnail View so you can quickly browse your images. If your Zip file contains folders, the Explorer-style tree view is used so you can easily navigate folders and see their contents. The familiar Classic view is used when there are no folders or images.

See the benefits of WinZip's compression
Now, with the addition of WinZip's new Jpeg and LZMA compression methods to the existing PPMd, bzip2, Enhanced Deflate and WAVPack methods, WinZip offers improved compression performance for most file types. The enhanced Properties dialog now displays a report that shows graphically how much space you saved by compressing the files. It also provides you with other useful information such as the number of files in your archive, the percentage of compression, and whether your files are encrypted or not.

More intuitive and informative than ever
A new column gives you more information at a glance when using the Details View in either Classic or Explorer-style viewing mode. The Encryption column indicates whether a file is encrypted or not and once the correct passphrase has been entered, indicates that the encrypted files are unlocked and accessible.

The new "Save As" feature lets you quickly and easily save the current Zip file into a different folder or to a different name.

New folders can now be created in a Zip file from within WinZip and the files inside the Zip can be dragged and dropped within them, making it possible to easily change the Zip folder structure when needed.

The Rename feature lets you change the name of files stored inside your Zip file. This is especially helpful for giving more descriptive names to photos than the cryptic names your camera creates like "100_0185.jpg".

The Job Wizard (WinZip Pro's task-automation tool for zipping) is enhanced to make it easier to test jobs you create or edit. And the Job File format now supports Unicode to make administering shared job files easier in multi-language environments.

More Details

Publisher: CorelCategory: File CompressionBinding: CD-ROMLanguage: English


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