It's been around for a very long time, but somehow veteran archiving tool WinZip still manages to find new ways to build on its already comprehensive feature set. And this edition is mostly about the cloud.
WinZip makes it much easier to work with cloud files, for example, whether it's grabbing files from your accounts, saving an archive there, saving files between services, or sharing links to your cloud files via email, instant messaging or social media.
The program now supports more cloud services, too: Box, CloudMe, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, SugarSync and ZipSend.
Wherever your files are going, an optimised zip engine means they'll be smaller than ever before.
There are now separate "WinZip Express Add-Ons" which bring common WinZip features to Explorer, Microsoft Outlook, Photos and SharePoint. Right-clicking a file in Explorer, say, opens a WinZip dialog with basic archive, encryption and sharing tools, while the Outlook add-on helps you send large files. As we write the Explorer add-on is free with the purchase of WinZip 18, while the others are $9.95 each.
And of course there are all the features from the previous edition. You can open just about any archive, or create one of your own; there's fast archiving with optional strong encrption; you get JPEG compression of up to 25% with no loss of quality; and there's a built-in "convert to PDF" tool, image conversion and watermarking tools, a direct "zip and email" feature which works with most of the main services, and the list goes on (and on, and on).
Note: the download is an installer stub, which will offer to include additional, potentially unwanted, programs as part of the download.
What's new in WinZip 21 (see 'What's New?' for more info)?
NEW! Replace Zip Files with their Content
NEW! Create a split Zip file from Explorer
NEW! Automatic computer shutdown
NEW! Files Pane tabs
NEW! Folder Trees
NEW! Keep track of the files you share with ZipShare
NEW! Access all your accounts
NEW! Combined Address Book
NEW! Create individual Zip files for streamlined sharing
NEW! Send What feature
NEW! Share Converted file!
NEW! Files Pane Swipe
NEW! Add a Network Location
NEW! See image information in the Preview Pane
ENHANCED! MP3 Compression
ENHANCED! Link sharing from the cloud