WinZip offers powerful new compression technology that creates even smaller Zip files. And the new Explorer-style view makes working with complex, multi-folder Zip files a snap. WinZip Pro includes the WinZip Job Wizard, a powerful tool that offers predefined data backup jobs, the ability to customize and schedule zipping tasks, and FTP-upload functionality. And with WinZip Pro, you can zip and burn directly on CDs/DVDs!

WinZip includes major usability enhancements, improved compression technology and, is now available in a Standard and a Pro version. Both the Standard and Pro versions are made available in one distribution file. Functionality is determined by either a Standard or Pro registration code.

Both the Standard and Pro versions offer new, state-of-the-art compression technology allowing you to make even smaller Zip files, and a new Explorer-style view of your Zip file contents, making them easier to navigate, modify, and extract. Other enhancements include: the ability to create split (multi-volume) Zip files during compression, automatic update checking, and support for the Windows XP SP2 Attachment Manager.

If you’ve ever used WinZip to backup data sets, archive important documents, or distribute information to others on a regular basis, you’ll appreciate the WinZip Job Wizard, included in WinZip Pro. The WinZip Job Wizard provides powerful productivity and automation features that help to simplify your repetitive compression tasks.

Some of the main features of WinZip are:

  • See the structure of your Zip file at a glance, using a tree-structured view of the folders in your Zip file. The tree view lets you quickly drill down to see only the items in folders that you want to work with. This view appears in the left pane of the WinZip Classic window, and is easily switched on or off according to your preference.
  • Display only the files and subfolders in the currently selected folder. These items appear in the separate right pane and can be displayed as tiles, icons, a simple list, or a detailed list.
  • Create new folders in your Zip file.
  • Add files directly to new or existing folders in your Zip file using drag and drop.
  • Quickly extract individual folders and their subfolders by dragging and dropping them to Windows Explorer.
  • Easily delete folders and their subfolders from your Zip files.
  • The new Job Wizard guides you through the process of creating and modifying the WinZip job files by helping you to identify what files and folders you want to compress, where you want to place the Zip file, and how you want the compression performed.
  • You can schedule WinZip jobs to run unattended at YOUR convenience, daily, weekly, or monthly. Alternatively, you can run a WinZip job any time you want, directly from Windows Explorer, from the WinZip Classic menus, or from the WinZip Wizard.

The main requirements of the WinZip program are:

  • Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP
  • At least 6MB of free hard drive space
  • A recommended 32MB of RAM and 500Mhz CPU
Review by Jared Moya

WinZip has an average rating 3.8 out of 5 based on 6 user ratings.