PKZIP for Windows 9x/NT is a compression program. The average compression
of a file is 50-80% depending on the type of file. The usual options such as new, open,
extract, compress and so on are included. Also supported are long file names, multiple
disk spanning, 5 levels of compression, adding files from multiple directories, the
ability to open multiple .ZIP files simultaneously, create shortcuts for an archive on the
desktop, delete .ZIP files to the Recycle Bin, and sort files 13 different ways. There is
also a wizard. PKZIP is compatible with .zip files created on other platforms. Formats
supported include ZIP, TAR, GZIP, BinHex, MIME, UUencoded, XXencoded, and self extracting
(.exe) zip files.
PKWARE is the company who "got the ball rolling" so to speak. I remember when I first encountered a .zip I used PKUNZIP to unzip it and likewise the first time I made a .zip I used PKZIP to compress it. You can say they have years of experience since that was in the 1980's. For years people used PKWARE programs for their compression needs until WinZip came along and made things easier than the dos command lines needed for the PKWARE programs. Well now PKWARE has made there own easy to use windows interface. Take advantage of the free trial and if you are like me you will be saying hello to "an old friend".
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