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PKZIP 2.04g for DOS, circa 1993
|Original author(s)||Phil Katz|
|Type||archiving and data compression tool|
PKZIP is a file archiving computer program, notable for introducing the popular ZIP file format. PKZIP was first introduced for MS-DOS on the IBM-PC compatible platform in 1989. Since then versions have been released for a number of other architectures and operating systems. PKZIP was originally written by Phil Katz, and marketed by his company PKWARE, Inc. The "PK" prefix used in both names derives from the author's initials.
By the 1970s, file archiving programs were distributed as standard utilities with operating systems. They include the Unix utilities ar, shar, and tar. These utilities were designed to gather a number of separate files into a single archive file for easier copying and distribution. These archives can optionally be passed though a stream compressor utility, such as compress and others.
The development of PKZIP was first announced in the file SOFTDEV.DOC from within the PKPAK 3.61 package, stating it would develop a new and yet unnamed compression program. The announcement had been made following the ARC lawsuit between System Enhancement Associates (SEA), Inc. and PKWARE, Inc. Although SEA won the suit, it lost the compression war, as the user base migrated to PKZIP as the compressor of choice. Led by BBS sysops who refused to accept or offer files compressed as .ARC files, users began recompressing any old archives that were currently stored in .ARC format into .ZIP files.
- PKZIP 0.8 (1989-01-11) initial version
- PKZIP 0.9 (1989-02-10) supported Reducing algorithm (from SCRNCH by Graeme McRae) with 4 compression settings and shrinking. In addition to PKZIP and PKUNZIP, it also included ZIP2EXE, which required an external self-extracting executable header created by MAKESFX from the PKZIP executable package.
- PKZIP 0.92 (1989-03-06): In addition to bug fixes, PKZIP included an option to automatically choose the best compression method for each file. New tools included with PKZIP include PKZipFix.
- PKZIP 1.01 (1989-07-21) added Implode compression, while Reduced files can only be extracted from ZIP archive. Imploding was chosen based on the characteristics of the file being compressed. New utility included Thomas Atkinson's REZIP conversion utility (part of ZIP-KIT). PKZIP's default compression behavior was changed from fastest (Shrink) to best (Implode). Supported platforms include OS/2, DOS.
- PKZIP 1.02 (1989-10-01) includes new utility BIOSFIX.COM, which preserved the entire 80386 register set during any mode switches via INT 15H. OS/2 version added ZIP2EXE and 2 self-extracting archive headers.
- PKZIP 1.10 (1990-03-15): New features included Authenticity Verification, "mini" PKSFX self-extracting module, integrating self-extracting module into ZIP2EXE, ability to save & restore volume labels. Imploding was up to 5X faster and compression ratio was improved over 1.02. EAX register was always saved on 80386 or above CPU. Removed tools included BIOSFIX, REZIP, MAKESFX.
- In 1993, PKWARE released PKZIP 2.0. This new version dispensed with the miscellaneous compression methods of PKZIP 1.x and replaced them with a single new compression method which Katz called "deflating" (although several compression levels of deflating were provided by the program). The resulting file format has since become ubiquitous on Microsoft Windows and on the Internet - almost all files with the .ZIP (or .zip) extension are in PKZIP 2.x format, and utilities to read and write these files are available on all common platforms. PKZIP 2.x also supported spanning archives to multiple disk, which simply split the files into multiple pieces, and using volume label on each drive to differentiate each other. A new Authenticity Verification (AV) signature format was used. Registered version included PKUNZJR, PK Safe ANSI, PKCFG utilities.
- PKZIP 2.06 was released in 1994. It was a version of PKZIP 2.04g licensed to IBM.
- PKZIP 2.50 (1998-04-15) was the first version released for Windows 3.1, 95, NT platforms. DOS version of PKZIP 2.50 was released on 1999-03-01, as its final MS-DOS product. PKZIP 2.50 supported long file names on all builds, and Deflate64 extraction. DCL Implode extraction was supported on non-DOS ports. A new command-line product was introduced in Windows 95, OS/2, UNIX platforms, called "PKZIP Command Line" (later expanded to "PKZIP Server"), which featured new command line syntax.
- PKZIP 2.6 was the last version to support Windows 3.1 and Windows NT for the Alpha and PowerPC platforms.
- PKZIP 2.70 added Email MAPI (i.e. Send To) Support. Registered version included creation of configurable self-extracted archives, added Authenticity Verification (AV) Information. Distribution Licensed versions included enhanced self-extractors. Professional Distribution Licensed version could create Self-Extracting Patch Files, and includes Self-Extractors for Several New Platforms.
- PKZIP 4.0 was an updated version of PKZIP 2.7. Version 3 was skipped as a result of PKZIP 3.0 trojan. It supported Deflate64 and DCL Implode compression, and the use of X.509 v3 certificate-based authentication., creation of Span or Split large .ZIP archives. Old PKZIP command line conversion tools were introduced.
- On 2001-08-21, PKWARE announced the availability of PKZIP 4.5. PKZIP 4.5 included ZIP64 archives support, which allowed more than 65535 files per ZIP archives, and storing files larger than 4 gigabytes into .ZIP archive. A version called PKZIP Suite 4.5 also included PKZIP Command Line 4.5, PKZIP Explorer 1.5, PKZIP Attachments 1.1, and PKZIP Plug-In 1.0.
- PKZIP 5.0 was announced in 2002, which introduced Strong Encryption Specification (SES) for the Professional version of the product, which initially included DES, 3DES, RC2, RC4 encryption formats, and the use of using X.509 v3 certificate-based encryption.
- PKZIP 6.0 was released in 2003, which supports BZip2 (based on Burrows-Wheeler transform) compression, with Professional Edition supporting 256-bit AES.
- PKZIP 7.0 changed SES to use non-OAEP key wrapping. Support of creating AV authenticity verification archives was dropped. PKZIP could now create archives of the following types: ZIP, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, UUEncoded, XXEncoded.
- PKZIP 8.0 was released on 2004-04-27. In addition, PKWARE renamed its PKZip Professional to SecureZIP. Creation of ZIP archives with encrypted headers was available.
- PKZIP 9.0 was the first version to unofficially support Windows Vista (as administrator). Creation of RC2, DES-encrypted ZIP archives are dropped.
- PKZIP 10 Enterprise Edition and SecureZIP 10 were released on i5/OS. It offered the ability to create ZIP64 archives for the target platform. Desktop PKZIP version was no longer developed beyond version 9.
- On 2007-04-24, PKWARE announced the release of SecureZIP Standard Version 11 as freeware, available on www.securezip.com. SecureZIP comes with SecureZIP Standard (SecureZIP for Windows Desktop), SecureZIP Enterprise, SecureZIP Command Line Interface, SecureZIP for Server, SecureZIP for Server with Directory Integration Module. At this point, only PKZIP for server remained in development. It added UTF-8 file name support, secure exchange of emails and attachments directly from Outlook or Office applications.
- SecureZIP 11.2 added SHA-2 hashing (SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512 supported), FIPS-140 security mode.
- SecureZIP 12 was released on 2008-2.
- SecureZIP 12.1 was released on 2008-06-03 Freeware SecureZIP includes a free digital certificate and inclusion in the SecureZIP Global Directory. The certificate was supplied by Comodo. Registration key was changed so keys from versions 8 or earlier no longer work.
- SecureZIP 12.2 introduced SecureZIP Express, while SecureZIP Standard became shareware. SecureZIP Express did not include the Microsoft Office integration, but the registration cost was reduced to $19.95. Registration key was changed so previous keys no longer work.
- SecureZIP 12.3 added support of PPMd, LZMA compressions. Desktop version added Federal Desktop Core Configuration compatibility, 64-bit OS support, ability to rename a ZIP attachment when sending email, improved support for Windows Vista dialogs. Enterprise version added expanded support for setting policy for 64-bit systems.
- SecureZIP 12.4 was released on 2009-12-14 now supports operation on Windows 7, option to switch to "Office fluent"-style ribbon GUI, 64-bit edition for use with 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.
- SecureZip 12.5 (released on 2010-05-12) added integration with Microsoft Office 2010, custom alternative extensions for mailed .ZIP archives, extracting WavPack files within ZIP archives, extracting files from archives created on IBM z/OS using hardware compression tools, changes in FIPS Mode to support NIST algorithm changes affective end of 2010.
- SecureZip 14 (released on 2011-10) added support to create and extract OpenPGP files, support for digital time stamping of signed archives, support for processors with AES-NI instruction for faster AES encryption, ability to extract 7-Zip files and CD/DVD Data Image files, new Auto Select View, ability to preserve Zone Identifier information in downloaded files, support to add and extract NTFS alternate streams, added file search logic.
.ZIP file format
To help ensure the interoperability of the ZIP format, Phil Katz published the original .ZIP File Format Specification in the APPNOTE.TXT documentation file. PKWARE continued to maintain this document and periodically published updates. Originally only bundled with registered versions of PKZIP, it was later available on the PKWARE site.
The specification has its own version number, which does not necessarily correspond to the PKZIP version numbers, especially with PKZIP 6 or later. At various times, PKWARE adds preliminary features that allows PKZIP products to extract archives using advanced features, but PKZIP products that create such archives won't be available until the next major release.
Although popular at the time, ZIP archives utilizing PKZIP 1.0 compression methods are now rare, and many modern unzip tools are unable to handle "shrinking" and "reducing", although "imploding" is usually supported.
PKWARE also used its PKZIP standards on following products:
- PartnerLink (including SecureZIP/PartnerLink, SecureZIP Partner)
- PKZIP Explorer
- PKZIP 0.90 review (1989-02-21)
- How to Become LZW Free
- comp.compression FAQ: What is the latest PKZIP version?
- Malicious Code 101 Definitions and Background
- A new look for an old friend: PKZip Suite 4.5
- PKWARE Improves Efficiency and Security of Internet and Enterprise Network File Distribution
- PKWARE Announces Security-Enabled PKZIP 5.0
- PKZIP Professional Edition 6.0 with Secure Desktop: Secure and compact
- PKWare PKZip for Windows 8.0
- PKWARE Releases New Version of PKZIP for Windows
- PKWARE Responses to Vista Readiness
- SecureZIP for i5/OS - FAQs
- PKWARE Announces Free-For-Life Simplified Personal Data Security Software
- SecureZIP for Windows Desktop v11
- New version of SecureZip
- New SecureZIP for Windows Desktop Brings Public Key Cryptography to Every Type of User
- SecureZIP Standard Edition for Windows Desktop 12.1
- Product Updates
- 8 What about patents on data compression algorithms?
- PKWARE Homepage
- PKZIP from PKWARE
- PKZIP 2.50 for DOS
- SecureZIP from PKWARE
- SecureZIP Homepage
- Commentary from SEA owner about Phil Katz, the lawsuit, and his death
- CONTROVERSY: LAWSUITS: SEA vs. PKWARE
- How to Use PKZIP From the Command Line