Compressing data would not seem to be such a big deal now-a-days with the size of hard drives as they are. But, compressed data means more information in less space. More documents to be stored on a DVD. More information stored on an Internet site, which in turn means less cost to maintain the site. What are the best compression tools out there? Take a look.
IZArc can be in used in conjunction with your anti-viral software. It has an easy-to-use interface and supports a crudload (yeah, I said that) of formats. It also has a portable version available on its website. It boasts the total lack of adware, 256-bit AES encryption and claims to be the most complete archive available. IZArc will only work on Windows operating systems. IZArc is freeware, but accepts donations.
7-Zip is an open source application the archives files with a high compression ratio. There is no registration and the application is free. 7-Cip claims to provide a higher compression ratio than PKZip and WinZip. It can pack and unpack several different formats. It works for all Windows versions since Windows 98 and has a command line version for Linux/Unix users.
PeaZip is another free application that can create and extract several format types. PeaZip can be shared over the network giving multiple users access to the applications features.PeaZip works for Windows and Linux. PeaZip is also an open source application.
The Unarchiver is a compression tool made specifically for the Mac OS X operating system. There are ways to make it work in Windows and Linux, but may not be worth the work involved to do this. PeaZip supports many old and new format types.
WinRAR has been a favorite of many techies for many years. I have seen this program suggested many times while surfing the Internet for computer articles. It is shareware and requires purchasing of some of its products. It has many nag screens for the free version, but they are removed if you purchase the license ($29). The amount of formats that is covers seems minimal to some of the other products on this list.