Thursday, December 26, 2013

Top 5 Free Compression Tools for Zipping Files 2013

Top 5 Compression Tools 2013
Cloud storage is a revolution in the internet where we can pile up large amounts of our data with no trouble. But when sending and receiving large file through email, the cloud storage giants Dropbox and Google Drive can pose issues sometimes. And when we want to send files to someone quickly, email is a far better option compared to Google Drive and other services. Moreover, we can’t mail large files as ISPs enforces with strict file upload limit. That’s why we have compression tools for reducing file size without losing your significant data.

The compression softwares will include strong techniques for shrinking the file size effectively regardless of their size. Besides, the risk of losing your important data is zero. So, from any perspective these tools will get your job done without difficulty.

The popular compression applications such as WinRAR or WinZip are commercial, but worth buying them. If not, you can dig up free alternatives out in the market which are free and open source that perform almost the same task as WinRAR or WinZip, but with different compression techniques. I’ve listed some free alternatives for the paid compression applications. Let’s see them briefly.

7-Zip (Windows, Linux)

7-Zip is an open-source application with GNU LGPL license featuring a high compression ratio with LZMA and LZMA2 compression. It is regarded as the best free alternative to WinRAR and other commercial applications despite its not-so-attractive interface. 7-Zip includes its own compression format 7z along with other formats such as .ZIP, .TAR, .XZ, .BZIP2, GZIP2, WIM, CAB, FAT, and many more. The compression ratio is 2-10% better than WinZip and PKZip.

Top 5 Compression Tools for Zipping Files - 7-Zip

A strong AES-256 encryption is followed in 7z and ZIP formats with self-extracting capability for 7z format. It integrates with Windows Shell together with a powerful file manager and a command line version.

IZArc (Windows)

IZArc is a free file compression utility supporting huge list of archive formats compared to other free compression tools. The interface is easy-to-use and fresh with drag-and-drop facility from Windows Explorer. You can create multiple archives spanning disks, self-extracting archives, repair damaged zip archives, convert one archive type to another, view and write comments and many more. With IZArc, you can open CD image files like ISO, BIN, CDI and NRG.

Top 5 Compression Tools for Zipping Files - IZArc

When you open archives, it checks for viruses using Anti-Virus scanner. Your files are archived using 256-bit AES encryption which can also be performed faster using the Windows Explorer menu integrated into Windows.

PeaZip (Windows, Linux/BSD, ReactOS and Wine)

PeaZip is a free zip files utility and free Rar files extractor to perform file compression, conversion, split, encryption, secure data deletion. Over 150+ formats are supported. The user interface is modern with drag & drop facility, context menu integration, and high compression ratio. PeaZip includes features strong encryption, two factor authentication, encrypted password manager and secure deletion to safeguard the privacy of your data. It can also find duplicates, backup saved scripts, split and join files and much more. It is free and open-source application. You can download 32-bit, 64-bit, portable and Linux versions for free from its official site.

Top 5 Compression Tools for Zipping Files - PeaZip

Hamster Free Zip Archiver (Windows)

This is a very powerful Zip Archiver from Hamster which supports ZIP, WinZip, 7zip, WinRAR and other compression formats. Hamster Free Zip Archiver gets fewer points over other archivers with its new enhanced zip algorithm for compression, which cuts down the time required to create an archive with more than 2-fold. It has full multi-core processor support with full integration with Windows operating system.

Top 5 Compression Tools for Zipping Files - Hamster Free Zip Archiver

The multi-core processor has high speed with optimum compression and productivity settings over others. It has the most comfortable settings for users to use email, Rapidshare, CD, DVD, etc.

ZipItFree (Windows)

A free WinZip alternative with new 2013 Black Hole 10X compression technology, ZipItFree archives your files with higher compression ratio. You can create, open and extract zip, rar, Gzip, BZip, Cab, Jar, Lha, Tar, Tar Bzip, Tar Gzip, and other formats. You can zip your files and e-mail it with just a single click. It can protect your important files with a password. It has ZIP2.0 high secure AES encryption along with multiple archive integrity verification. The user interface is flexible where you can even comment your ZIP archives. You can even split large zip files through “Split Archive” feature.

Top 5 Compression Tools for Zipping Files - ZipItFree

Apart from the above free compression tools, there are some utilities like Universal Extractor which can extract any archive that can be useful sometimes when you don’t know what type of archive format is received through email. Finally, the free compression tools holds strong when you consider excellent features such as secure deletion, strong encryption, and splitting archives which are present only in paid compression tools.