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 Post subject: BEST COMPRESSION UTILITY
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 11:23 am 
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To many WinZip stands alone in this category. It is by far the most well known compression utility around. But is it really the best? Could a lesser known compression utility out there outperform winzip. It's time that the truth comes out?

The best compression utility title shouldn't be based on name alone. I think it is important that the utility support a large base of COMPRESSION FORMAT. Also the compression engine should be FAST and provide the highest COMPRESSION RATIO possible.

Based on the above characteristics, I think WINRAR should be crowned as the king of compression utility. But this is just an Opinion? Agree or disagree, what do you think?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 11:47 am 
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Check this out:
http://www.rojakpot.com/default.aspx?lo ... 1=4&var2=0

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 12:43 pm 
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SBC Archiver:
Interface : Console
Average Compression Rate : 41.6 %
Average Compression Speed : 302.5 KB/s
Price : USD 20.00
URL : www.geocities.com/sbcarchiver/

Winzip:
Interface : GUI
Average Compression Rate : 19.6 %
Average Compression Speed : 1879.9 KB/s
Price : USD 29.00
URL : www.winzip.com

Winrar:
Interface : GUI
Average Compression Rate : 33.4 %
Average Compression Speed : 357.3 KB/s
Price : USD 29.00
URL : www.rarlab.com

looks like my vote is with SBC


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 1:44 pm 
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I ahve alwasy used and liked WinRAR, I see no reason to stop using a program I like.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 2:21 pm 
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been using winzip for ages. May be crappy at it's job but i got a full model for free, and it's shell integrations are great.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 2:33 pm 
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He should have had a separate catagory for 'simplicity of use'. The console tools may perform well but they are a pain to use. I'll stick to 7zip - it may not be the top performer but its quick and painless to use with no learning curve. I've tried most of the compression tools and a lot of them are just confusing with more features than they need. I think right-click menu is a must too. Just my two cents worth.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 2:35 pm 
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Once you get used to it though, winzip (and it's better twin) ultimate zip are REALLY easy to use.


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I hate the bloddy 'Wizard" interface that comes with all the compressions, winRAR and winACE both have the "classic" view I fell inlove with back in the winzip day on windows 95.

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Yeah, i love that standard issue GUI too... the wizards are a pain in the ass.


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I remembe the first time one of those bloody wizard poped up, made the damn interface a pain the buttock to use!

But at least they ahd the brains to put in the "classic view only" option.

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