Three new Zip programs compared

Zip is a fairly universal format for Windows users, but three issues still affect zip software: people don't want to pay for the software; many zip programs can't be used across platforms such as the Macintosh or Linux operating systems; and privacy concerns - even password protected files have very weak security and encryption. These packages all tackle at least one of the above issuesTo give an indication of speed, all were timed to see how long it took to zip and then unzip a 40MB wav file on a Celeron 400 with 64MB RAM (as a benchmark, WinZip takes 45 seconds to zip and 15 seconds to unzip using "normal mode").

CuteZIP 1.0

PowerZip 2000 Lite

Aladdin DropZip

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Scott Mendham

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