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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by owenb1, Oct 21, 2003.

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  1. owenb1

    owenb1 Thread Starter

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    Has anybody used WinRar?

    If somebody has downloaded a file compressed using this is it best to use it when unzipping the file again?
     
  2. buddhafabio

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    i like it. only down fall is

    that it is not free.
    alomost worth the money though and if you play games you need it to install mods
     
  3. mobo

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    Its all I use and it works greeeeeat.
     
  4. JohnWill

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    If you don't need the fancy features, there's a free ZIP/RAR tool available, IZArc, second one on the page.
     
  5. MysticEyes

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    I use ZipGenius , also free. A nice complete suite of handy tools.

    Also creates 7-zip's, a very nice new compression.
     
  6. JohnWill

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    I have to wonder why you'd want to create files with a new incompatible compression scheme, unless there's some real benefit offered. :rolleyes: RAR offers recovery records which make transmission of large files more practical, what does 7-ZIP do for you?
     
  7. MysticEyes

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    Hey John,

    For archiving my own personal stuff. 7-zip compresses considerably more than standard Zip and slightly more than RAR.

    And ZipGenius (which I use) will decompress anything but cannot create RAR's (seems most freeware zippers won't).

    Plus 7-zip is free software distributed under the GNU LGPL. I think you will see 7-zip support added to most zipper apps soon. So I now have maximum compression in a free format.
     
  8. JohnWill

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    I guess I don't see the point, but then that's not necessary. :)
     
  9. bozz

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    I gotta agree with MysticEyes on this one. 7z is pretty nice. I picked up on this one in the Firebird forums. A nightly build as .zip, for example, is 6.08 MB. The same file created with 7z, as an auto extracting file, is 4.47MB. I would be even smaller as a standard .7z file.

    Your not just limited to 7z types only. It also has support for eleven other formats, zip and rar included.

    I would really recommend checking it out. Now....don't 'can' it after three minutes like I did the first time. After seeing it mentioned in other forums, I installed it again, but took my time to get used to it and to see what it can do.

    BTW....I'm not spamming it, but it is a good program. :)

    http://www.7-zip.org/7z.html
     
  10. JohnWill

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    It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks. :D
     
  11. bozz

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    LOL....Here Spot....Go Get It Boy.....hahahaha


    :p
     
  12. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Well, I did a test with 7-Z, now I know what I don't like about it! I compressed a 642mb file with WinZip and 7-Z, using the maximum compression. It took 22 minutes with 7-Z and two minutes with WinZip! The difference in size? 606mb vs 610mb.

    OK you say, that wasn't a fair test, it probably wasn't compressible, maybe true since it was an ISO file.

    I compressed a much smaller directory, and the 10:1 time ratio was still there, and I threw in RAR as well. The uncompressed directory was 25.6mb.

    7-Z - 1:13 - 4.14mb
    ZIP - 0:05 - 6.46mb
    RAR - 0:22 - 4.68mb

    It certainly beat out ZIP in compression, but I think I'll stick with RAR giving up 10% storage for 3x improvement in compression speed. After all, my last 160gig Maxtor cost me $79 after rebate... :D
     
  13. bozz

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    Okay....call me 'flip flop'. I tried 7z with a 28MB file and I actually canceled the process because it was was taking so long....about five minutes.

    I thought I had done a fair comparison, but I guess not....considering the time compressing and difference in the file size results.

    Thanks "old dog". Looks like RAR beats 'em cold.

    <Bows head to the Master here>
     
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