Express Zip File Compression can help you manage archives. In this regard, it allows both extracting and compressing data. The program can open a very long list of archive formats, which includes but is not limited to ZIP, CAB, TAR, 7Z, RAR, and ISO. It is shame that only a few formats can be created, though.
There are various ways by which you can open an archive with this tool. One of them is by dragging and dropping the desired file on its interface. Likewise, you can use the Open file dialog. However, it is perhaps easier if you simply associate the specific file type with the software or use the Explorer’s contextual menu. Once the file is opened, you can explore the zipped contents quite similarly to what you do in Windows built-in file manager. The open files can be converted to other formats, like ZIP, 7Z, TAR, TGZ, and WIM.
If you create a new archive, you can add contents quite easily and even organize them in folders. Depending on your needs, you can set an appropriate compression level. And of course, higher compression rates are processed more slowly. It is also possible to set a file size limit and create multiple volumes according to the available storage capacity. For distribution purposes, it is always a good idea to create self-extracting archives, which do not require any decompressing software on the destination computer. Moreover, the program supports encrypting contents, which makes them unavailable unless the user has the correct password.
To conclude, Express Zip File Compression does not offer anything you cannot find in other similar programs. There is a free version you can use with some limitations, which you can avoid by purchasing the Pro version. Something that bothers me from this program as well as from others by the same vendor is their insistence on making the users buy other products. For example, you need to pay attention during their setup or some unwanted applications may be installed. This is also true for various operations that require downloading additional software.
- Opens multiple archive formats
- Encrypts archives and protect them with passwords
- Converts archives to other formats
- Creates multi-volume archives
- Adjustable compression level
- Creates self-extracting archives
- Runs from the command line
- Does not support creating archives in many formats
- Needs downloading additional software