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What zip program are you all using?

fmuellerfmueller Kent, OH Member
edited Mar 2009 in Technology
I have been using 7-zip for some time now, and was pretty happy with it, until the other day I came across an .fzip file that it could not open. It might be time to update my zip program, and I was wondering what you people are all using these days?

As an aside, the .fzip file in question is the Firefox plugin for the Foxit PDF reader. Foxit, BTW, is a freeware PDF reader that I can not recommend highly enough, since it makes opening PDF files sooo much faster than the resource hogging Adobe PDF reader!

Many thanks in advance!

Frank

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  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    I use WinRAR.
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
  • ColgereColgere Cincinnati, OH Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
  • shwaipshwaip bluffin' with my muffin Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    tar, winrar
  • kryystkryyst Ontario, Canada
    edited Jan 2009
    windows built in for zips and winrar for most other things.

    but the pluggin you should be installing directly through firefox or foxit and not as a stand alone application.
  • mas0nmas0n dallas Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    7-zip for a few years
  • CycloniteCyclonite Tampa, Florida Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
    Thrax said:
    I use WinRAR.
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
  • LINLIN Tri_State Area
    edited Jan 2009
  • AnnesAnnes Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Jan 2009
  • edited Feb 2009
    Winrar and Total Commander
  • ZuntarZuntar North Carolina Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    kryyst said:
    windows built in for zips and winrar for most other things.
    ...........
    ;)
  • GargoyleGargoyle Illinois Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    7-Zip.

    God I hate WinRAR.
  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    Gargoyle said:
    God I hate WinRAR.
    Really? I like the fact that I can just say "unzip here" with a right click or choose the exact location to unpack it.

    I use Winrar.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    I can't imagine ever not using WinRAR. It's exceptionally convenient.
  • KhaosKhaos New Hampshire
    edited Feb 2009
  • ZuntarZuntar North Carolina Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    Other then "unzipping" I NEVER zip anything anymore.
  • chrisWhitechrisWhite Littleton, CO
    edited Feb 2009
    I was using WinRAR but have tried running 7-Zip instead for a while, either one seems decent but neither get out of my way the way I'd like. What I really want is something like Unarchiver on Windows where you just click on any compressed file and it unzips everything right to the same place as the archive without ever showing me a GUI or giving me options beyond a progress bar.
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    WinRAR:

    Right click -> Extract Here.

    Done.
  • chrisWhitechrisWhite Littleton, CO
    edited Feb 2009
    Yep, do that, good, but one step too many ;-)
  • KhaosKhaos New Hampshire
    edited Feb 2009
    chrisWhite said:
    Yep, do that, good, but one step too many ;-)
    Might I suggest memorizing the keystrokes to execute the menu option if you do it often enough that the extra clicking annoys you? It's a lot faster than moving the mouse through the menu, even though it's probably 3+ keystrokes (Less if you don't put your unpack commands in a sub-menu).
  • GargoyleGargoyle Illinois Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    7-Zip has context menu options that allow "extract here," too. Isn't WinRAR nagware?

    What I really hate is when people host or send .rar files, as if it's some kind of standard. Thankfully 7-Zip opens those too.
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    RAR is better compression than ZIP. It's probably just that they want it smaller.

    It's nagware if you open and browse the archive. If you extract here, no muss, no fuss.
  • chrisWhitechrisWhite Littleton, CO
    edited Feb 2009
    RAR seems almost as standard as ZIP these days and they do some really cool things that ZIP doesn't do, I like to use the feature that lets you write out multiple files as pieces of the RAR at any size, so splitting up large 4+ GB files for a Fat-32 drive is doable (though insanely slow if you get into a bind.
  • KhaosKhaos New Hampshire
    edited Feb 2009
    Here is another idea for people who want auto-unpacking:

    Modify your file associations so that .zip, .rar, etc. are set to shell (Default execution) to a command script which uses the file name as the first parameter and then shells the unpack utility using the command line to extract the files to the current directory.

    This should make it so that double-clicking on an archive causes it to automatically extract to the current directory (Or a sub-directory, depending on the settings).

    You could take this one step further by shelling Windows Explorer to the unpack directory after running the unpack command.

    Just a thought.
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    It should be illegal to archive anything in a format other than ZIP.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    I've always felt that ACE was better than RAR, and WinACE is the most convenient unarchiving program I've ever used, but alas... The pirates made RARRRRR the most popular format....
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    ACE and RAR offer similar levels of compression. It comes down to client preference at that point. I got into RAR early on because WinACE had a horribly clunky UI, and I never returned to ACE.

    There was a time when pirate would actually ACE and then RAR their files. Double compression for negligible gain was extremely common back in the August days of the BBS and the formative years of the internet.

    As ACE and ARJ are both dead formats I use WinRAR because it handles ZIP, RAR, CAB, and TAR.GZ as the lone remaining formats.

    Either way, the RAR installer gives you the option to right click and hit "Extract here..." or "Extract to folder..." Combine that with broad format support, a robust client, SFX packaging and a light footprint, I'm sold.
  • GrayFoxGrayFox /dev/urandom
    edited Feb 2009
    Winrar and universal extractor (some self-extracting archives/installers winrar has trouble with)
  • airbornflghtairbornflght Houston, TX
    edited Feb 2009
    WinRar. love it.
  • GargoyleGargoyle Illinois Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    Thrax said:
    I got into RAR early on because WinACE had a horribly clunky UI, and I never returned to ACE.
    I never liked WinRAR's UI, but 7-Zip's isn't very good, either. I suppose it doesn't matter much either way if you're using context menus to extract, or if all you need to do is open the archive and drag a file somewhere.
    Thrax said:
    As ACE and ARJ are both dead formats I use WinRAR because it handles ZIP, RAR, CAB, and TAR.GZ as the lone remaining formats.

    Either way, the RAR installer gives you the option to right click and hit "Extract here..." or "Extract to folder..." Combine that with broad format support, a robust client, SFX packaging and a light footprint, I'm sold.
    I think 7-Zip does everything WinRAR does, but it's freeware. For compression, it looks like a plugin might be necessary for SFX, and by default it looks like only certain sizes are available for file splitting. I mainly use 7-Zip for extraction, so I don't worry about it.
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
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  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Feb 2009
    Winrar. I have WinAce installed too for some reason.
  • windie44windie44 Burbank IL
    edited Mar 2009
    Win Rar and 7-Zip
  • MiracleManSMiracleManS Chambersburg, PA Icrontian
    edited Mar 2009
    I've used WinRAR in the past, but I'm not particularly fond of it for whatever reason. It feels like so many clicks.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Mar 2009
    Select files, right click, "add to archive." That's too many clicks?
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Icrontian
    edited Mar 2009
    Or select archive, right click, "Extract here."
  • MiracleManSMiracleManS Chambersburg, PA Icrontian
    edited Mar 2009
    I rarely if EVER save an archive where I want it to be unpacked. I have a folder for downloads and then I extract from there. So, yes, I end up having to do too many clicks.
  • HawkHawk Fl. Icrontian
    edited Mar 2009
    jzip is a free compression utility for Windows.
    jZip supports multiple popular archive formats such as Zip, RAR, 7z, ISO, TAR and GZip.
    It is fully compatible with archives created by other utilities such as WinZip, WinRar & 7-Zip.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Mar 2009
    MiracleManS said:
    I rarely if EVER save an archive where I want it to be unpacked. I have a folder for downloads and then I extract from there. So, yes, I end up having to do too many clicks.
    Right click -> "Extract to..." is too many clicks?
  • floppybootstompfloppybootstomp Greenwich
    edited Mar 2009
    A freebie named Quick Zip, can't remember where the hell I got it from :confused:

    It works well.

    Also use Foxit, much better than the huge Adobe thingie.
  • MiracleManSMiracleManS Chambersburg, PA Icrontian
    edited Mar 2009
    Thrax said:
    Right click -> "Extract to..." is too many clicks?
    Yes, because then I have to go and find the damned place I want to extract to through a GUI or remember the damned path. I want to double click and have a sort of "OH Here's where you unpack things most times!" (DAMN YOU CHROME!) window and can select and VOILA! it does it...

    Pipe dreams though...
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Mar 2009
    Psst, the extract window in WinRAR does have that.
  • MiracleManSMiracleManS Chambersburg, PA Icrontian
    edited Mar 2009
    Maybe I'm behind the times and using an old version then...or something.
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