WinZip was on the first file compression and decompression applications for Windows and still remains popular. It's taken years to reach the Mac and although not as effective or as popular as the Windows version, WinZip for Mac offers some interesting features.
The first thing you notice is that WinZip for Mac features a much slicker and user friendly interface than the Windows version. However, you soon realise that it supports far fewer formats namely (ZIP, Zipx, RAR, LHA, 7Z) which offers no major advantages over Stuffit which supports thirty different file types.
WinZip has a preview feature that allows you to search the contents of an archive before you decompress it (useful when working with compressed large files) but this is nothing new for Mac users, nor is the ability to password protect compressed files.
WinZip will never be a favorite with mac users but it's generally stable and effective at dealing with the limited file types it can handle.
- Improved support for Mac application bundles (.app), with the option to view package contents before unzipping. You can also extract individual applications in a Zip file directly into your applications folder.
- Option to include hidden files when zipping, in order to preserve the full content, structure, and presentation of file folders.
- Ability to extract an even wider range of compressed file types, including files without Zip or Zipx extensions(such as .jar and .war files).
- Enhanced interface gives an at a glance breakdown of file sizes before and after compression, showing you exactly how much space was saved by zipping.
- 'Zip and Email' feature now allows you to resize and compress your high-resolution photos before attaching them to your email, reducing their size and optimizing them to fit standard computer screens.
- 'Zip & Burn' compressed files to CD/DVD.