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WinZip Feature Comparison

The chart below highlights some of the main features of WinZip® and will help you choose which version of WinZip is right for you.

  Key Features   Standard Pro
NEW! Zip and unzip files quickly and easily with WinZip's high-performance zip engine
NEW! Create Zip files as much as 50%-80% faster thanks to brand new compression algorithms with multi-processor support
Compress files to save space and reduce transmission times
  Compress multiple files instantly using WinZip’s handy Zip My Files button*
  Split large Zip files so they fit on removable media
  Zip and unzip very large Zip files (>4GB)
  Create Zip, LHA, and Zipx files – our smallest Zip files ever
  Open and extract from Zip, Zipx, RAR, 7Z, LHA BZ2, CAB, IMG, ISO, and other archive files
NEW! Drag files onto the new WinZip Desktop Gadget to instantly zip/unzip them*
NEW! Use the WinZip Desktop Gadget Folder I Choose option to create or select a target folder for zipping/unzipping files on a case-by-case basis*
  Apply 'Best Compression' method to maximize efficiency automatically based on file type
  Compress JPEG image files by 20 to 25% with no loss of photo quality or data integrity
  Use ‘1-Click Unzip’ to automatically extract the content of an archive into a folder it creates, and then open that folder in Windows Explorer for easy editing access*
  ‘Auto Open’ a zipped document, spreadsheet, or presentation in its associated Microsoft Office application by simply double clicking the Zip file within Windows Explorer or Microsoft Outlook*
  Use 'Open With' to unzip a compressed file using the default Windows file association (or an application you specify), and, if you make changes to the opened file, WinZip will offer to save them back to the Zip file for you
  Use ‘Save As’, ‘Rename’, and ‘New Folder’ commands to easily manage Zip files
NEW! Employ advanced 'Unzip and Try' functionality to review inter-related components contained within a Zip file (such as an HTML page and its associated graphics)
  Temporarily extract Zip files using ‘Unzip and Try’ and have WinZip auto-wipe them when you're done
  Experience faster zipping performance on most files using optional LZMA compression
  View international characters in filenames through Unicode support
Encrypt and decrypt confidential files and email attachments
  Simply check ‘Encrypt’ to password protect your files and keep them completely secure
  Secure sensitive data with strong, FIPS-197 certified AES encryption (128- and 256-bit)
  Auto-wipe (‘shred’) temporarily extracted copies of encrypted files using the U.S. Department of Defense standard (DoD 5220.22-M) to prevent misuse
Take advantage of hardware acceleration available in certain Intel-based computers for even faster AES encryption
Establish your own password policy by defining complexity requirements
  Set or disable available encryption methods
Package and Share
Bundle related files into compact, zipped packages that are perfect for sharing and saving
Zip your email attachments so they are smaller, safer, send more reliably, and don’t bounce
NEW! Compress and send files instantly using Zip and E-Mail
NEW! Apply advanced 'Zip and E-mail' options such as ‘best method’ compression, file encryption, and automatic image resizing*
NEW! Zip and email files using the most popular email and webmail systems (WinZip comes configured to work with Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail by Google, and Microsoft Live Hotmail)
NEW! Configure WinZip to support additional email services beyond the preset selections provided with the software
NEW! Use WinZip's extended enterprise support for IT control over the addition/alteration of e-mail services
View the contents of zipped email attachments directly in the Microsoft Outlook preview pane using WinZip’s 'Zip File Previewer' functionality**
Double click on a file in the Zip File Previewer for Microsoft Outlook to instantly open it for viewing**
Resize images while zipping email attachments so your high-resolution pictures send faster and fit standard computer screens*
Quickly create and send Zip files from within Windows Explorer with direct access to Zip and E-mail functionality
Create self-extracting archives (.exe files) to send to people that may not own WinZip using the built-in ‘Self-Extractor Personal Edition’
Display photos in Zip files without extracting them, using WinZip’s internal image viewer
Use the Photos button to quickly transfer photos from supported cameras and iPhones, then rotate and compress them into picture shows that are ideal for sharing
Backup and Automate
Prevent data loss with WinZip’s automated data backup facility
Backup your documents, email, desktop, favorites, pictures, libraries, etc. with just a click, using one of the predefined backups on the Backup tab*
Create custom backups for selected filed or folders
Backup photos directly from your digital camera*
Burn backups to CD or DVD, and automatically split them over multiple discs if necessary
NEW! Email backups automatically from virtually any of your email addresses
Upload backups to an off-site server using WinZip’s internal FTP client
Define custom WinZip jobs to automate routine zipping tasks
Schedule backups and other WinZip jobs to run automatically and unattended
NEW! Email log files upon completion of backups or other automated jobs from virtually any of your email addresses
Use the ‘WinZip Command Line Support Add-On’ for scripting (free add-on)
NEW! Enjoy quick and easy access to vital functionality with WinZip’s improved Microsoft Office 2010-style user interface*
Choose your preferred interface style: Microsoft Office 2010-style Ribbon*, Classic Legacy Toolbar, or Windows Explorer shell integration
NEW! Customize the look and feel of your WinZip interface with interchangeable themes (two included with the software, more available for download from our website)
Access practical utilities from the ‘Tools’ tab for an option to create a multi-part Zip file, create a self-extracting Zip file, or encrypt an existing Zip file*
Enjoy easy access to recent Zip files, Jobs, and WinZip commands using WinZip’s Windows 7 Jump List support*
Easily locate files, folders, and libraries using WinZip’s Windows 7 dialogs, including Zip, New, Unzip, and Open*
Zip only the files you want using Include and Exclude filters*
Zip your Windows 7 libraries and unzip files into Windows 7 libraries*
View the contents of Zip files directly in Windows Explorer preview pane using WinZip’s 'Zip File Previewer' functionality*
Double click on a file in the 'Zip File Previewer' for Windows Explorer to instantly open it for viewing/editing/saving*
Use WinZip’s content-sensitive 'Smart View' to logically display the contents of a Zip file
Use WinZip’s Explorer View to display image thumbnails for easy browsing
Use Windows 7 Multi-Touch Gestures on your touch screen PC to scroll through and select the contents of Zip files without using your keyboard or mouse*
Pan, Zoom, and Rotate images using Multi-Touch Gestures in WinZip’s Image Viewer on your touch-screen PC*
Rotate, Resize, and View full sized images directly from within a Zip file

*Requires Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista
**Requires Microsoft Office 2010 or 2007