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 PKZIP® for Windows

Type of Program: Software Compression (Format: ZIP & EXE)
Supported Platforms: Windows 3.1x, Windows`95, Windows NT
Company Name: PKWARE® Inc.
Version: 2.50
Price: US$49.00
Installed Size: 980 Kbytes


THE SOFTWARE - PKWARE® Inc. have finally released a Windows version of the infamous PKZIP/PKUNZIP for DOS. The interface is very straight forward and easy to use. Among the many features available is Spanning large programs across multiple diskettes and the ability to create program groups and icons during the installation of your homemade self-extracting EXE files. During the extraction process statistics verify the authenticity of the zipped archive and each file is checked for errors. PKZIP is claimed to have the fastest and greatest compression ratio of any of the compression algorithms available today.

FUNCTIONALITY - After installation PKZIP registers itself in the Windows '95 `Registry' which allows you to right-click on any file/files in `File Explorer' to ADD or CREATE new ZIP archives. Or you can drag'n'drop ZIP or EXE files for super fast extraction or management of ZIP files. Registering ZIP file extensions in Windows `95 also provides automatic future management of ZIP files - for example, you can double-click on any ZIP or EXE file in _any_ directory and PKZIP will open and display the contents for you to examine. In the case of self-extracting EXE files the built-in SETUP file will run and all you need do is follow the onscreen prompts and you are ready to run that new game or business package! You may register online while running your version by clicking the HELP menu then \GO ONLINE.

CONCLUSION - This release has improved PKWARE's chances of not only bringing in new customers - but it also bring back those of you who were completely turned off or baffled by the old PKZIP command line instructions. Which were just too damn tiresome and boring to remember. But now, PKZIP for Windows couldn't be easier to use! Get your copy by clicking on the Download link at the top of this review - and try it out. You will be pleasantly surprised. And if you are not impressed PKWARE have conveniently incorporated an Uninstall feature for easy removal.

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Reviewed by Brent Stuart

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