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Hamster Free ZIP Archiver is a free, multi-format, lightning fast archiver for Windows

17 June 2011, Software Publisher

File compression tools are funny things. For beginners, they can be confusing affairs with a bewildering number of file formats, many of which are only supported by specific programs. For more advanced users, finding a compression tool that means more demanding requirements can be tricky. In many homes, a computer is used by several people which means that there are likely to be multiple skill levels to cater for. This is where Hamster Free ZIP Archiver can help.

The program has a lovingly designed interface that immediately makes the software inviting. Beginners wanting to compress files can do so using a simple wizard-led system, while decompressing files is reduced to little more than drag and drop. Hamster Free ZIP Archiver is ideally suited for use as a backup tool as it includes a number of presets that can be used to ensure your archive fit on your chosen media.

If you are using CDs or DVDs to backup files, you can use Hamster Free ZIP Archiver context menus in Explorer to select the files you want to include in an archive and select the option to automatically size it ready to fit on the disc of your choice. Additional options include shrinking ready for email attachment or for uploading to Rapidshare. Existing archives can be divided up into smaller chunks by using the Split option.

Despite the program’s ease of use and delightful approachability, more advanced users need not feel that they are missing out. There is support for a range of popular compressed formats including ZIP, 7z and RAR. Hamster Free ZIP Archiver blend of power and accessibility makes it an ideal too for mixed ability environments – no ability level should feel as though they have to make too many compromises. One thing to watch out for during the installation of the program is the Ask Toolbar which will be automatically installed unless you select the Custom option.

To find out more and to download a free copy of the program, pay a visit to the Hamster Free ZIP Archiver review page.

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