At a Glance
- Excellent Outlook integration; Includes encryption capabilities; Lets you set compression and encryption levels
- You can zip files within Outlook without having to pay for the program.
Zip your email attachments automatically and ensure their confidentiality!
In these days of large file sizes, sending an e-mail with an
attachment can become a gripping drama. Will the e-mail with the
attached file get through, or will your e-mail service–or the
receiving e-mail service–reject the file as too big? And will
either of them deign to tell you? Can a program like WinZip Courier
save the day?
WinZip Courier can’t guarantee you’ll be spared this soap opera,
but it can go a long way toward helping. It integrates into
Microsoft Outlook and lets you compress attachments using the
WinZip standard with a single click of a button. In fact, once you
install the program, every attachment will be zipped unless you
click the button each time to tell WinZip Courier not to zip it.
After you do that, just send your e-mail as you would normally. The
recipient will get the files zipped together, and can unzip them
either using Windows built-in unzipping capabilities, or add-on
software like WinZip.
This Outlook plug-in does more as well. WinZip Courier also can
encrypt your zipped attachments so that only someone who has the
encryption key can open it and read it. You will have to let the
recipient know the encryption key–and each time you zip a file,
it’s a different key. So you’ll have to find some way to arrange
letting recipients know the keys if you’re going to use encryption.
In addition, it integrates into Microsoft
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint so that you can zip any file you’re
working on right in the program, and send them via e-mail as
WinZip Courier offers plenty of options, including setting the
compression level of zipped files, and the encryption level for
encrypted files. You can also either have it either encrypt every
file by default, or else only encrypt those you specifically
All that is useful, but is it worth the $25 registration fee?
There’s a workaround in Outlook for compressing a group of
attachments in the Zip format without having to use WinZip Courier:
When you click the Attach File button, select the files you want to
send, right-click them, select Send To…Compressed (zipped)
Folder, and then select that zipped file instead of the highlighted
files as an attachments. That’s a kludge, but it does the job. On
the other hand, this Outlook trick doesn’t offer encryption, nor
does it integrate into Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. The upshot? If
you send a lot files you want to compress, and would like extra
options for doing so, WinZip Courier might well be worth paying
Note: The software will install a demo version
of the Uniblue RegistryBooster 2 program on your PC by default. If
you don’t want it installed, during the installation process select
“No thanks, just install WinZip.”