Simplyzip

Simplyzip

Free
Simplyzip is a free and powerful file compression utility
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Simplyzip is a free file compression utility. With this tool, you can compress your romantic and affair pictures, have them packed in a single password protected file and hide them from prying eyes. Almost a dream, isn't it?

With Simplyzip, you will be able to open most popular file compression formats like ZIP, CZIP, ACE, CAB, RAR, TAR, GZIP, LZH, BZ2, SQX, RS, UUE, XXE, BASE64, UCL, ARJ, ZLIB, ALIB, RPM, DEB, 7-ZIP. And, of course, you can create compressed archives in a number of formats like 7z, ZIP, CZIP, Cab, LHA, TAR, TAR GZ TAR BZ2, ACE (optional DLL), Deepfreezer, SQX, UCL, RS, ZIP-SFX/LHA-SFX, RAR-SFX, UUE/XXE, ZLIB and Base64.

It supports ZIP Repair and ACE Repair, two functions that let you fix damaged compressed archives. Furthermore, it can encrypt files with Rijndael AES/Twofish (both 256bit key size) and Blowfish (448bit key size). With these encryption algorithms, nobody will be able to open your files without the right password. So don't worry if your other significant is a hacker, at least it will take some centuries to brake your password.

It can manage span archives, which means that you can split a big archive into several smaller ones. This is useful, for example, if you want to burn an 8 GB DVD image but you only have some 700 MB disks. So you can split your DVD image into several smaller parts to burn them and then, when you need your big file, you just need to extract it to a hard drive.

There are other optional functions available, for instance, the ability to create RAR, ACE, LHA and SFX archives. If you need to create RAR archives and upload them to the web, this is a plus. This program doesn't write registry entries so the author says you can move it anywhere after installation. But there's no HELP and no documentation on line, so it's not clear if you can also run it from an USB memory drive.

It's supposed to work under Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP and Vista, but when running under Vista, there's a nag error dialog appearing all the time and there's no context menu in Windows Explorer.

Simplyzip is translated into English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Thai and Russian. Somehow, this is a beta version and it's not as good as it could be. Hopefully these issues will be solved in the final release. By now, if you need a free powerful and stable file compression utility, you should try ALZip, 7Zip or QuickZip.

And remember, unless you want to make someone jealous, forget about passwords using names, anniversary dates and other easy to guess expressions.

Jose David Garcia
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Review summary

Pros

  • It's FREE, powerful and easy to use.

Cons

  • It's a beta version. There are some bugs under Windows Vista and no shell integration.
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