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BitZipper 2013 Review

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PROS / BitZipper lets you open more compressed file formats than any other ZIP program.

CONS / This ZIP software is unable to compress files into the proprietary RAR format, lacks phone support and does not operate on Mac OS.

 VERDICT / This file compression software has great features and tools to let you zip and unzip large files to help you save storage space and for file sharing. It is an excellent product.

BitZipper is a quality ZIP program to compress your files into a host of varied formats to maximize storage space and make them easier to email and share. This file compression software works well for archiving files and photos. You can compress PDF files that may be too large to transfer. Compressing files saves bandwidth when you send and share them and makes them easier to download.

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This ZIP software is easy to use and offers multiple access methods. It includes all the necessary features we look for in file compression software and offers the most extraction formats of any product in our ranking. It supports several compression formats to meet most of your ZIP file needs. BitZipper is a quality product to compress files and unzip them with minimal effort. It earns our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.

  1. The number of compression formats supported by the software.
    Higher is better.
  2. 2 BitZipper
    11
  3. 13
  4. 12
  5. Category Average
    8.00

Supported Compression Files

BitZipper has an impressive selection of 11 archive and file types it can compress. That's the third highest number among the products on our lineup. Among the supported compression formats are BH, BZ2, CAB, GZ, JAR, LHA, LZH, TAR, TBZ, ZIP and ZIPX.

This ZIP software cannot compress files into RAR, ACE or 7Z formats.
 

Supported Extraction Files

In addition to its selection of compression formats, BitZipper can extract 46 archive and file types. Counted among these are 001, 7Z, ACE, ARC, ARJ, BH, BZIP2, BZ2, CAB, CHM, CHW, CPIO, DEB, DMG, DOC, ENC, EXE, GZ, GZIP, HFS, HXS, ISO, JAR, LHA, LZH, LZMA, MSI, PPT, RAR, RPM, TAR, TBZ, TGZ, TXZ, UU, UUE, WAR, WIM, XAR, XXE, XLS, XZ, Z, ZIP, ZIPX and ZOO.

BitZipper will likely open any archived file you receive.

Features

BitZipper offers four ways to interface with its features and tools. It doesn't matter whether you're familiar with file compression software or a novice to ZIP programs. There's a wizard to guide you through the compression process as well as a traditional Windows Explorer-style interface for experts. There's a batch-processing interface for power downloaders and an interface that you can access from Windows Explorer.

The wizard and tabbed browsing increase BitZipper's user friendliness. The wizard will walk you through all the necessary steps you need through easy, pop-up-window progression. You can compress, extract and back up files, and create a backup set.

This ZIP program offers encrypted password protection for your compressed files. You simply add the password when you compress files to keep them from being unzipped by unintended persons. The software uses the Advanced Encryption Standard to safeguard your files. This standard was established by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and has been adopted by the U.S. government.

BitZipper creates self-extracting archives and offers drag-and-drop functionality to let you manually place files into the interface. You can create multi-volume archives to split large files. In addition, this ZIP software repairs damaged archive files.

BitZipper offers a great batch tool that lets you convert, extract, test, self-extract and more. The self-extract feature is easy to use. You can batch compress using Windows Explorer and hotkeys.

You can create backup sets, or archive templates, that hold information about which files and folders you want to add to an archive. These templates can be used repeatedly to let you back up documents, images and other files with a single click.

In addition, BitZipper includes functionality for virus scanning, but you have to configure it to work with your installed antivirus software. It does not come with its own.

Help & Support

BitZipper includes a comprehensive built-in user guide, as well as online and in-application FAQs. You can file a ticket online for customer support.

Representatives are responsive to queries, typically responding within 24 hours. BitZipper includes a direct email address, should you need to contact the company.

It does not offer online user forums, live chat or telephone support.
 

Summary

BitZipper is versatile, easy-to-use file compression software. It supports the most extraction formats of any ZIP program on our lineup and likely can open any format you run across, including proprietary and open-source formats. It offers many quality features and will meet all your file compression needs. However, this ZIP software lacks a few compression formats, including the popular RAR format, though it can unzip RAR files.

This ZIP program lacks live chat and phone support but offers support by email, should you need contact with the company. The software runs on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP, but it does not work on the Mac OS. Nevertheless, it will handle almost all of your compression and extraction needs to zip files for storage and sharing.

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