7-Zip is a utility application to compress and extract files to the folders in different formats. This tool is very useful for sending large amount of files and information in compressed manner. 7-Zip is an easy application for archiving the files with high ratio of compression. And it allows the user to create their own compressed files in various formats.
- The ration of file compression is very high in the updated 7z format as it supports LZMA compression.
- The application supports formats such as ZIP, 7z, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, DEB, CAB, HFS, RAR, MSI, UDF, XAR, ISO, LZH, RPM, LZMA, WIM, ARJ, CHM, DMG etc. for unpacking the files.
- The capability of self-extraction is very strong in 7z format.
- The application has powerful file manager.
- It also has very powerful command line version.
- The plugin for FAR manager adds up to the features of 7-Zip.
- It has the capability of extracting the files automatically in the selected format.
- 7-Zip has strong encryption of AES-256 in ZIP and 7z formats.
- Windows shell is well integrated with the application.
- 7-Zip is localized in over 74 languages for better convenience and usability of users.
Options for multiple formats – The main advantage of 7-Zip application is that it handle various formats of compression. It can unpack all the formats in an easy manner.
Advanced Options – This application has user friendly interface and can be used by naïve users without any access issues. The application can also be used by advanced users with advanced options to make it even better. It includes the options of self-extraction and protection of compressed file in advanced options section.
Process of Compression – The process of compression is more time consuming as compared to other alternative applications of file compression and extraction. The 7-Zip also requires so many system resources while in progress.
7-Zip is a freeware and has many advantages to outweigh some minor drawbacks in the application. The alternative option for WinZip and similar programs, then it is the best option to be considered because of exceptional features and ease of use. The protection factor is also very high in the application.
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The 7-Zip has exceptional compression and extraction options with multiple formats and provides approximately 5-10 % better ration of compression. The graphical interface of 7-Zip is very easy and convenient for users. The usability of application is very high and allows managing dynamic variable file sizes in an efficient manner. The toolbar option allows the user to create archives, extract the files and detect errors, copy, delete and move the files and also, open the properties of file which is an exclusive option of 7-Zip. Moreover, the encryption option allows protection of files for security purpose within the application.
- 7-Zip can now extract single file VMDK, VDI, QCOW2 images and also, GPT images.
- The solid archives such as WIM with LZMS can also be compressed in updated version.
- Minor bug fixes are also fixed.