ALZip

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ALZip
Developer(s) ESTsoft
Initial release 1999
Stable release 8.51.0.0 (September 9, 2011; 2 years ago (2011-09-09)) [±]
Written in Delphi[citation needed]
Operating system Windows 2000 or later
Available in English, Korean, Japanese
Type File archiver
License Freeware
Website www.altools.net

ALZip is an archive and compression utility from ESTsoft for Microsoft Windows. ALZip is a file compression program that can unzip 40 different zip file archives. ALZip can zip files into 8 different archives such as ZIP, EGG, TAR and others. In ALZip version 8, ALZip’s own EGG format, that Unicode and other powerful function supported, can be used.

History[edit]

Originally ALZip was developed in 1999 as an internal application at the South Korean software company ESTsoft in response to employee frustration with using the English interface in WinZip.

The Korean interface was immediately well received[1] and later that year ALZip was publicly released[2][3][4] as freeware.[5] In just over a year ALZip became the most popular zip program in Korea[6] and by December 2001 was the top downloaded software[7][8] in the country. By 2004 it had reached a 70% market share in South Korea.[9] The popularity of the software and the ALZ archive format played a large role in earning ESTsoft a place in the Digital Innovation Awards Top 100 Companies in South Korea[10] with the software taking special mention.

Early in its development ALZip introduced the ALZ file format to deal with file size limitations of the ZIP file format. ALZ compression has no theoretical upper limit for file sizes, as they are only limited by operating system limits or the amount of available storage. The file format has become common in Korea.

The first English version was released in 2002. Since then, support for over 20 languages has been added.

Licensing changes[edit]

Originally ALZip was released as pure freeware, however in October 2001 changed to free for home use, with government usage requiring a software license. In April 2002, business license was also introduced,[4] commercial usage.[11] Licensing was based on the honor system, and there were no nag screens.

With the version 7 release, the license was changed from freeware to adware, displaying downloaded banner ads, and finally beginning 1 December 2008, all new releases are shareware requiring a paid license[12] except in its original Korean language, which requires no licensing fee.

With the version 8.51, from 22 August 2012 ALZip has changed the license the product that was paid is licensed free of charge. On the download page of ALZip is a serial number to copy and paste when you start AlZip, in order to have the license of the software free of charge.the news is available in this site http://www.altools.com/Home/News.aspx?&articleIdx=59&m=3

Naming and mascots[edit]

The name “ALZip” was chosen, as the “AL” part is a transliteration from the Korean “aljip” (Hangul: 알집), literally EggZip. Other ALTools feature similar egghead cartoon characters as mascots for each program.

Additionally, ALZip integrates into the “New Folder” function of Windows Explorer, where new folders are created with the option of using custom icons and names.[4]

Issues on file format[edit]

In 2003, there was a controversy over ALZip's own compression file format ALZ, when a developer of another Korean compression utility, "빵집" insisted that ALZip users were forced to use the ALZip archiver when decompressing ALZ files. He also insisted that ESTsoft does not offer decompression libraries, and third-party archiver developers have used reverse engineering to develop their own algorithms.[13]

The current version of "빵집" supports ALZ format.[14] and, in ALZip 8.0 beta version, ESTsoft made some format. *.EGG

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeong, Jong Oh (November 1999). "HOW: 한글 지원 국산 압축 유틸리티 3종". HowPC (in Korean): 308–311. 
  2. ^ Lee, J. N. (23 August 1999). "모든 압축파일 자유자재로 풀어줍니다". Yonhap News (in Korean) (Yonhap). 
  3. ^ Yoon, H. J. (30 August 1999). "압축유틸리티 '알집' 발표". 전자신문 (in Korean) (Chunjashinmun). 
  4. ^ a b c Wi, Yoonhee; Ji, Hyunjung (February 2003). "PC 유틸리티는 쉽고 편하게, 알집에서 알툴즈까지". Microsoftware (in Korean) (Microsoftware) (2): 152–155. 
  5. ^ Han, Sujin (November 2002). "CEO of the Month: 국산 소프트웨어의 자존심". Popular Science (in Korean) (11): 90. 
  6. ^ "Most used compression program poll". 9 February 2001. Archived from the original on 26 February 2001. Retrieved 27 February 2001. 
  7. ^ Maeilkyungjae IT Internet (2001-12-03)
  8. ^ Choi, Yeonjin (19 December 2001). "2001 디지탈 이노베이션 大賞 수상업체". Hankooki (in Korean) (Hankook Ilbo). 
  9. ^ "Korea Software Industry Association" (in Korean). 2004. 
  10. ^ "디지탈 이노베이션 大賞". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean) (Hankook Ilbo). 28 November 2001. p. 2. 
  11. ^ "Program Deliberation and Mediation Committee" (in Korean). June 2003. [dead link][dead link]
  12. ^ http://www.altools.com/Default.aspx
  13. ^ http://caukorean.net/new_site/bbs/board.php?bo_table=column&wr_id=167&page=5
  14. ^ ť§Áý

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