ZIP Reader

Peek inside SecureZIP or PKZip files with this free Windows utility.

ZR-01Some times, even though your archives are named appropriately, you forget what you’ve stored in them. I know that’s happened to me more than once, especially with archives that have a bit of age on them. This is one of the reasons why I like Zip Reader. It’s a nifty archive utility for Windows, and its something everyone should have.

ZIP Reader is a free Windows utility that allows users to open files that have been compressed using a archiving utility like SecureZIP or PKZIP. ZIP Reader decrypts Secure ZIP files created by any PKWARE product, regardless of hardware platform. That means Windows users can access files encrypted and compressed on any supported platform. It doesn’t matter where you made it. If its in ZIP format, Zip Reader can peek inside and see what’s there.

The application is simple to use and has a cool auto launch feature. All you have to do is double click on any ZIP file or simply drag-and-drop the ZIP file on to the ZIP Reader icon. The file will unzip automatically, showing its contents.

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Zip Reader is a must have application. The app is easy to use and it makes sense to have a tool that can read and decompress archives zipped on other machines with other operating systems. The face of computing is changing. Having a cross platform tool of this type is going to be important during this transitional time. If you don’t have Zip Reader, you should give it a serious look.

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Compress and secure your data with PKZip

566705Putting it in the cloud is all the rage today.  Hundreds of thousands of people are storing data remotely so that they can access their data However, not everyone has a lot of or wants to pay for cloud storage. This is one of the reasons why I like apps like PKZip. It’s a file compression tool for Windows.

PKZip is a file compression tool that can compress files by up to 98%, saving valuable storage space and making file transfer easier.  You can compress and encrypt files directly from Microsoft Office using SecureZIP. Its really very easy. When using Microsoft Office, simply select “Save Copy as ZIP File” or “Save Copy as Secure ZIP File” to compress or encrypt directly from Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

Protecting your data is easy with PKZip.  It has support of AES or 3DES strong encryption. Files encrypted with PKZIP may be decrypted and extracted on all major computing platforms, including Windows, Mac OS, Unix and Linux.  You can rest assured that important data can be sent to and used by those that need it, regardless of where they are and what computing platform they use.

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Getting your information where you need it is easy with PKZip, too.  PKZip also integrates with Microsoft Outlook, allowing automatic encryption of any email and/or attachment. Encrypted emails can be forwarded without the need to download and resave files. PKZIP can compress files that are over 9 exabytes in size (1EB = 1,000,000 terabytes); and allows users to combine up to two billion files into a single archive.

PKZip is pretty decent software, and its comparably priced to other, popular file compression tools. While its compression ratios are good, its been my experience that other tools may be able to provide better compression algorithms and rates, but your mileage may vary. If you’re looking for a decent file compression, archiving and compression tool, PKZip is a great choice and one that you should give serious consideration to.

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Manage the contents of local and remote hard drives with PowerDesk Pro

Keeping a handle on your files and data can be a chore, especially if you’ve got data going to multiple places.  Its not as easy as it sounds. This is one of the biggest reasons why I like PowerDesk Pro. It’s a file management tool for Windows.

PowerDesk Professional is an easy, fast and smart way to organize and manage your files – digital photos, MP3s, web images, etc. on your PC. PowerDesk Pro gives you more features and functions than the standard Windows file manager with tools to search, edit, delete, copy, move, sort, zip, label, view, and convert your files and data.  In just a few clicks, you can use PowerDesk Pro to completely customize your PC.

PowerDesk 8 Professional completely replaces Windows Explorer with a wide array of File and File Management tools that let you perform many of the functions found on digital cameras or MP3 music players as well as your PC. You can use PowerDesk FTP to view and manage FTP sites as though they were ordinary folders on a local or networked drive. Once you’ve set up your favorite FTP sites, you can connect with them in a single click; and PowerDesk now supports Secure FTP.

Keeping files synchronized between shares is also easier with PowerDesk’s Sync Manager.  You can compare and synchronize the contents of any two folders. This is especially useful for work on files that are shared between two computers, it’s also useful for backing up and making archived versions of your files.

You can use its Size Manager to show you where and how the space on each of your drives is being used. PowerDesk also enhances the standard Windows Open and Save dialog boxes by adding a selection list for previously opened files and folders. It also provides a file viewer pane that supports over 150 file formats.  Its Archive Manager easily compresses and expands files from over 30 popular compression formats. You can use it to view archive contents and extract selected files with a simple drag and drop operation. Its File Finder quickly locates forgotten files. You can search by keyword, file type, size, or date range and see the results displayed in a single-line reference.

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WinZip Mac Edition updated

Corel updated WinZip Mac Edition to version 1.5. From the functionality point of view, the application features:

Improved support for Mac application bundles (.app), with the option to view package contents before unzipping. You can also extract individual applications in a Zip file directly into your applications folder

Option to include hidden files when zipping, in order to preserve the full content, structure, and presentation of file folders.

Ability to extract an even wider range of compressed file types, including files without Zip or Zipx extensions (such as .jar and .war files).

With WinZip Mac Edition you can also share archiving data or burn Zip files to CD/DVD. The enhanced interface gives an at a glance breakdown of file sizes before and after compression, showing you exactly how much space was saved by zipping.

Zip and Email’ feature now allows you to resize and compress your high-resolution photos before attaching them to your email, reducing their size and optimizing them to fit standard computer screens.

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Configure Yahoo Messenger to save a history of all your conversations

By default, Yahoo Messenger doesn’t save your messages, alerts and conferences but you can enable this feature manually. Click the ‘Preferences’ option in the Yahoo Messenger menu, select ‘Archive’, select ‘Save all my messages’ and after that just hit the ‘OK’ button. That’s all, from now on, a history of all your conversations will be saved.

To view your conversations, just click the ‘Contacts’ menu in Messenger and select ‘Message Archive’. A new window will appear where you can select the desired archive folder that you wish to review.

You can also do this if you double-click the name of the contact you would like to view history from. Then, in the window where you usually see your IM conversations, click Show Recent Messages. If you want to view an earlier conversation, scroll to the top and click View Full Archive.

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WinArchiver Virtual Drive – A Free Virtual CD/DVD ROM Utility for Windows

WinArchiver Virtual Drive is a free Virtual CD/DVD ROM utility. It can mount not only all popular CD/DVD image files, but also all popular archives. WinArchiver Virtual Drive supports the following file types: .zip (WinZip Files), .rar (WinRAR Files), .7z (7z Files), .mzp (Mountable Archive), .iso (CD/DVD Image File), .001 (7z Sub Volume), .arj, .bz2, .bzip2, .gz, .gzip, .tar, .taz, .tbz, .tbz2, .tgz, .tpz, .cab, .cpio, .deb, .lha, .lzh, .rpm, .split, .swm, .wim (Windows Imaging File), .z, .daa (PowerISO File), .bin, .cue, .mdf, .mds, .ashdisc, .bwi, .b5i, .lcd, .img, .cdi, .cif, .p01, .pdi, .nrg (Nero Disc Image), .ncd, .pxi, .gi, .fcd, .vcd, .c2d, .dmg (Apple Disc Image), .bif, .ima, .flp, .uif (MagicISO File).

WinArchiver Virtual Drive can mount ZIP, RAR, 7Z, and other archives as virtual drive instantly. It provides a more convenient and faster way to access files in archives. You can mount an archive as a virtual drive, then access files in the archive through the virtual drive. With this feature, you don’t need unpack archives before open files in archive, which can help you save lots of time.

You can download WinArchiver Virtual Drive from here.

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