PROS / System Navigator has the best file compression ratio of any product in our ranking. It offers the most compression formats and has a modern interface.
CONS / There is no live chat for customer support, though there are plenty of other options.
VERDICT / System Navigator is the best ZIP software because of its functionality, efficiency and utility in compressing large files and unzipping almost any file type. It's a great product.
System Navigator is comprehensive file compression software billed as a versatile file manager for Windows. It's the best ZIP software because it offers the most formats to let you compress files and the second-highest number of extraction formats to let you open most compressed files.
This software offers a host of features and had the highest compression ratio in our tests. It did the best job compressing files. It gives you the tools to compress large files so that you can email them, send them via FTP or SFTP, and share them on social media sites such as Facebook, Flickr and YouTube. System Navigator earns our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.
Supported Compression Files
No ZIP software in our ranking lets you compress files into as many different formats as System Navigator. You can compress PDF files and other formats into 13 compressed file types. These include ZIP, 7z, TAR, BH, Bzip2, CAB, GZip, JAR, LHA, TarBz, TarGz, WIM and XZ.
This file compression software does not let you compress files into the RAR format, a proprietary and popular compression format developed by WinRAR.
Supported Extraction Files
System Navigator allows you to open 38 compressed formats. That's the second highest number of all the products we reviewed. This software lets you extract every format on our lineup except IMG.
Supported extraction formats include ZIP, 7z, CAB, LHA, TAR, GZip, BZip2, WIM, TarGZ, TarBZ, XZ, BH, JAR, RAR, ARJ, ACE, ARC, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, XAR, Z and ZOO. You should be able to open almost any compressed file with this file compression software.
System Navigator offers a host of features and has the best compression ratio of all the ZIP programs on our lineup. It compresses files quickly and efficiently.
This file compression software has drag-and-drop functionality to let you drop files directly into the user interface with your mouse. You can create self-extracting archives and multiple-volume archives that can split a large file into multiple archives.
You can open and view compressed archives as if they were in standard local folders. There are built-in photo and text editors that let you edit archive files without extracting them, and the keyboard command Ctrl+Q lets you see a quick preview of files without extracting them.
You can upload archive photos and images directly to Facebook albums and to Flickr. You can browse albums in Facebook and create new albums through System Navigator's interface without accessing your browser. This software automatically resizes images you upload to Facebook to the maximum allowed size. It makes uploading much faster.
This compression software gives you access to YouTube to upload videos. You simply let the software access your YouTube account to post videos through System Navigator.
You can burn CDs and DVDs and share files via email directly from System Navigator. The account setup wizard helps you integrate the software with your email account, which could include Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and others. This file compression software automatically compresses files that you share via email.
System Navigator offers a built-in Picture Viewer to let you easily access, view and edit your photos and images directly within the software. You can crop, rotate and resize images, convert them to various file types such as BMP, Tiff, GIF and others, and adjust colors within your photos and images. It even lets you set an image as your desktop wallpaper.
The System Navigator user interface is modern and is easy to use. It's intuitive and organized. You can create multiple tabs and access functions through large icons in the top toolbar. You can adjust your view to have multiple panels or just one. There also are helpful keyboard commands for certain functions.
Help & Support
System Navigator offers a helpful built-in guide to explain all the features and functions available in the software. Along with using the tools in the interface, it's the best way to learn the full functionality of this file compression software.
You can contact customer support via email or through an email form listed on the company's website. System Navigator offers telephone support for those who purchase the product, but does not list a general contact number on its website. It has online FAQs and a growing user forum, but no live chat.
System Navigator is quality file compression software. It supports the most compression formats and had the best compression ratio in our tests. This ZIP program lets you share your compressed files directly via email, FTP, SFTP and on social media sites such as Facebook and Flickr. You can post directly to YouTube from the user interface. Support for the software excludes live chat, but that shouldn't be a problem because you can contact the company via email and telephone. This software is packed full of useful features and tools to meet all your compression and file management needs.