Use ALZip to Manage Compressed Files

When it comes to Zip and other kinds of compressed files, most people have their favorite method of management. Some rely on the shareware classic WinZip, while others use the popular open-source tool 7-Zip. No doubt some folks use nothing more than Windows' built-in Zip capabilities, limited though they are.

Personally, I'm a fan of ALZip, and here's why: It's cute. The program employs cutesy, googly-eyed icons as part of a very novice-friendly interface. Hey, what can I say, I'm a sucker for eye candy.

Thankfully, ALZip packs plenty of power under the hood as well. It supports dozens of compression methods, including ARJ, CAB, RAR, and, of course, Zip. It can split large files, recover lost passwords from zipped files, create self-extracting archives, and even open ISO image files.

In short, it does everything most users could possibly need, and then some. I particularly like its additions to Windows context menus: Right-click a compressed file, for instance, and you get options like Extract to current folder. Simple, right?

I'm not saying ALZip is the best file-compression tool in the world, but it's definitely my favorite. Plus, it's free, unlike WinZip. Give it a try and see if you don't fall in love with its little googly-eyed "mascots."

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