The developer of Easy 7-Zip has created a custom version of 7-Zip that improves the program in several ways. It is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit version that you can install to your system. While not explicitly mentioned, it is suggested to uninstall 7-zip before you install Easy 7-Zip as the application includes all 7-Zip features. After installation you may notice a new context menu that looks familiar but also a bit different. The first change is that the author has added icons to each context menu option. It is a small thing and you will notice that the icon is displayed in the root folder of the context menu and for all items displayed in the subfolder. What is not so good in my opinion is that it uses the same icon for each entry. The second new feature is that the extraction dialog has been improved. Instead of just displaying the output folder and offering to customize it, you can now select additional options: Open output folder - This loads the folder the files are extracted to after the operation completes.
Original article here: http://www.ghacks.net/2014/06/01/easy-7-zip-improves-7-zip-several-ways/
Bandizip is probably the best free file archiver right now | gHacks Technology News
It's available in a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version . With an optional dual-pane interface, 7-Zip can double as a file manager in a pinch. In fact, 7-Zip is the official reference implementation for the 7z format, and since it is open source, the format specification is distributed right within the source code. To test it, I used a folder with 65MB of easily-compressed documents such as DOC, XLS, and BMP files; it also contained a few small ZIP files for good measure. Zipped using Windows Explorer, the folder compressed to 8,881KB. 7-Zip compressed the same exact folder down to 6,036KB, continue reading this.. shaving almost 3MB off the archive. Thats a difference of more than 25%--phenomenal, really, when you consider ZIPs market dominance. Speaking of market dominance, thats another key difference between the 7z and ZIP formats.
Original article here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/237134/free_utility_7_zip_compresses_files_efficiently.html
Free Utility 7-Zip Compresses Files Efficiently | PCWorld
Glad you asked. Format compatibility - The program needs to support all major archive formats including zip, 7z, rar (including rar5), gz, ace, tar and others in terms of extraction, and major formats when it comes to archive creation. Convenience - Options to extract one or multiple archives from Windows Explorer and to open extracted folders after extraction. Other features - Unicode support is a must, as are options to customize the context menu and other program features. Bandizip ticks all those boxes. The program supports 37 different file formats at the time of writing including all major archive file formats but also disc image formats such as ISO or IMG. The application is available as a portable version or setup for Windows as well as a (paid) version for Apple's Macintosh system. If you install the program on Windows, the file association settings page is opened right afterwards. Here you can associate archive file formats to open with the application.
Original article here: http://www.ghacks.net/2014/06/24/bandizip-probably-best-free-file-archiver-right-now/