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2. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Feb 10, 2013, 14:52 jimnms
 
Panickd wrote on Feb 10, 2013, 13:36:
$8 a year for a program that only handles zip files (a format that can be dealt with by Windows itself, although poorly)? Who is paying for this that keeps that company afloat.
Probably people who don't know better. Zip is a common enough format and name that people know, but don't know that better free and paid alternatives exist and are too lazy to search for something else. Searching for "free zip program" I get 7-zip as the top two result with FreeZip third, and somehow WinZip shows up 6th on the page. To be fair, WinZip can extract most formats, but last time I checked it only compresses in zip format.

If you going to spend $30 on something, WinRAR is a much better choice. I paid for a license a long time ago after using a cracked version for years. It's a light and quick program with no bloat like WinZip that extracts lots of other formats and can compress to RAR and zip.

Then 7-zip came along and I've been using that since. I like that it's simple and gets the job done. If you want something with more bells and whistles that isn't bloated crapware like ZinZip, get PeaZip.
 
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