|Original author(s)||WinZip International LLC|
|Initial release||April 3, 1991|
|Operating system||Windows, macOS, iOS and Android|
|Available in||12 languages|
WinZip is a trialware file archiver and compressor for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android. It is developed by WinZip Computing (formerly Nico Mak Computing), which is owned by Corel Corporation. The program can create archives in Zip file format, unpack some other archive file formats and it also has various tools for system integration.
- Pack (create) ZIP and Zipx archive files.
- Unpack BZ2, LHA, LZH, RAR, ZIP, Zipx, 7Z.
- Decode B64, HQX, UUE files.
- Configurable Microsoft Windows Shell integration
- Direct write of archives to CD/DVD
- Automation of backup jobs
- Integrated FTP upload
- Email archives
- Support for ARC and ARJ archives if suitable external programs are installed.
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WinZip 1.0 was released in April 1991 as a Graphical User Interface (GUI) front-end for PKZIP. Earlier in January 1991 Nico Mak Computing had released a GUI front-end for OS/2 Presentation Manager called PMZIP. It used the OS/2 versions of the PKWARE, Inc. PKZIP and PKUNZIP programs. Originally released on CompuServe, availability of WinZip expanded across major online services, including GEnie, Prodigy and other online services. In 1993, WinZip announced the launch of its official support for customers on the Windows Utility Forum, serving over 100,000 members, providing updates and related information. The freely downloadable WinZip soon found itself included in best-selling Windows computing titles as part of companion disks, including the all-time best-selling Windows 3.0 book, Windows Secrets, by Brian Livingston. By 1994, WinZip had become the official and required compression tool used by system operators on CompuServe for forum file libraries.
From version 6.0 until version 9.0, registered users could download the newest versions of the software, enter their original registration information or install over the top of their existing registered version, and thereby obtain a free upgrade. This upgrade scheme was discontinued as of version 10.0. WinZip is available in standard and professional versions. However, the shell in Windows ME and later versions of Microsoft Windows has the ability to open and create .zip files (titled "compressed folders"), which reduces the need for extra compression software.
WinZip 1.0 for Mac OS X was released in November 2010. This version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" and Intel-based v10.5 "Leopard" Macs. WinZip Mac Edition 2 includes support for OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion".
Supported .ZIP archive features
- 128- and 256-bit key AES encryption in addition to the less secure PKZIP 2.0 encryption method used in earlier versions. The AES implementation, using Brian Gladman's code, was FIPS-197 certified, on March 27, 2003. However, Central Directory Encryption feature is not supported.
- Beginning with WinZip 9.0, ZIP64 archives are supported, eliminating both the maximum limit of 65,535 members for single archive and the 4-gigabyte size limit on either the archive and each member file.
- Support of additional compression methods: bzip2 (9.0), PPMd (10.0), WavPack (11.0), LZMA (12.0), JPEG (12.0), Zipx (12.1), xz (18.0), MP3 (21.0).
- Unicode support to ensure international characters are displayed for filenames in a Zip file. (WinZip prior to 11.2 does not support Unicode characters in filenames. Attempting to add these files to an archive results in the error message "Warning: Could not open for reading: ...")
Seeing the need for an archive application with a Graphical User Interface, Nico Mak (then employed by Mansfield Software Group, Inc) developed the WinZip application for Microsoft Windows.
WinZip 1.0 was initial version for Windows.
|Chart: WinZip Windows release timeline|
|Table: History of WinZip Windows releases|
WinZip Android was first released on June 19, 2012. The free English app is designed for Android operating system versions 2.1 (Eclair), 2.2 (Froyo), 2.3 (Gingerbread), 3.x (Honeycomb), 4.x (Ice Cream Sandwich) and higher, it was initially available at Google Play.
- ZIP (file format)
- Comparison of file archivers
- Comparison of archive formats
- List of archive formats
- Table of file formats supported by WinZip, WinZip Computing Knowledge base
- Moran, John (May 4, 2000). "WinZip: A Proven Winner". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut: Tribune Publishing. p. 47. Archived from the original on May 15, 2021. Retrieved May 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Why is my registration code not working in WinZip 12?". October 30, 2013.
- "Corel Corporation Acquires WinZip Computing; World's Leading Aftermarket Compression Utility Joins Award-Winning Software Portfolio". Archived from the original on March 12, 2007.
- "Corel to return to public life merged with WinZip". Tech Monitor. April 4, 2006. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
- "FIPS PUB 197: The Advanced Encryption Standard" (PDF). (272 KB), AES Encryption Information: Encryption Specification AE-1 and AE-2
- See Brian Gladman's AES code page and the official list of validated AES implementations
- No filename encryption in the .ZIP file format
- Computing Encyclopedia - Article about WinZip
- "Download WinZip for Windows". Old Version.com. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
- "Old Version of WinZip Download". OldApps.com. Archived from the original on April 21, 2021. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
- "When does support end for WinZip applications? - WinZip Computing :: Knowledgebase". Kb.winzip.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
- WinZip Compression, Encryption and Email Attachment Optimization Coming to New Platforms - The World's Most Trusted Zip Utility Now Available for the Mac
- New Free WinZip® App for iPhone® and iPad® - Open and Browse Zipped Files on the Go
- "WinZip® Android App Now Available: WinZip Multi-platform Product Line Extends Mobile Support with Free Android App". Corel Coroporation. June 19, 2012.