Since 7-zip has not been updated recently(last stable:2010), I wanted to change to a new zip/compress tool.
PeaZip is probably the only open-source alternative to 7-zip that is worth using. It claims to support opening 150+ extensions and can compress to all the common type archives, mainly 7-zip, ZIP, ARC, TAR, ISO, but of course not RAR. It also has a variety of tools; splitjoin, secure password, scheduler, ChecksumHash check, CRC check, convert archive, secure delete and more.
The layout is easy to understand and can be changed. The toolbar looks nice with buttons for the common functions. The toolbar can also be changed.
The only downside of PeaZip are that some other tools are missing such as email, uploading and repair archive. I also notice that PeaZip is a bit slow when opening up an archive, about 1-2 seconds slower than 7-zip, but this is just being picky.
Overall PeaZip is enough for the common user who just wants to compress and extract archives, and may have more than enough tools for them. The other advance users who are looking for the tools not offered by PeaZip may have to buy a Pro Zip software. But, I think PeaZip is not meant to be a Pro Archiver, but one for beginners and intermediate users. It is a great upgrade from 7-zip for those who want a change.
PeaZip has been much improved over the past few years. It still has an unusual interface (which can be changed now to a more typical one), but it provides support for nearly all formats, works reliably, offers separate 32-bit and 64-bit versions, and installed and portable versions, and it is regularly updated and improved. I think of zippers as applications that do their jobs in the background, surfacing only when needed. PeaZip has always struck me as wanting more of your attention than I think a zipper deserves. So, although I have no complaints abut PeaZip, I prefer others. My current favorite is Bandizip.
Very fast and powerful compressor, even squeezes ZIPs some more than other software. Good file manager too.
Very fast, extracts practically anything, compresses better than most of similar utilities.
Never had a single problem with self extracting archives (7z sfx).
Nice extra features, like secure deletion, archive files conversion, bookmarks etc.
I have tried Peazip and another portable zip tool that I actually use the installed version of.
I find that Pzip is fine to do a quick zip or unzip of file types that Windows does not support, however I will only use it if for some reason my other portable zip program I found here on Snapfiles does not do the job.
Maybe I am overlooking something but my issue with this program is, if you choose to make your compressed file self extracting it always wants to extract to the current folder the file is located in similar to Windows compressed folder. I have tried several different ways to force this to follow the path that I give it without any success.
The other portable zip program I use I believe supports as many or more file types and when I make an self extracting file with it, it will default to the location I tell it to if I give it a path for the files. It will even extract different files to different paths.
So unless Peazip corrects this issue I will recommend it for basic functions but prefer the other program much better.
I have used PeaZip on and off in the past and it's gotten better.
PeaZip supports creating separate archives for each file, which in the past I don't recall it did and why I had winrar at the time, however, it does now.
Really, PeaZip is awesome for free, if Haozip wasn't so much faster than PeaZip, I would probably switch. Peazip is just a tad slower than others it seems but the interface is decent and easy to use.
It supports many archive types, easy on the eyes and free. For a free compression utility, this is definitely deserving of a 5.
It now tries to install AVG security bar instead of Google. No thank you, I don't like AVG or most tool bars for that matter. Other than that, I can't bring it down below a 5, it's great for free and better than some paid for.
I tried almost every zip/unzip utility but this one
stole my heart. PeaZip offers all the functionality
you need to pack/unpack files and folders. Besides
that there much more. PeaZip does its work fast,
secure and reliable. Also important: it's free.
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