ALZip is a powerful and user-friendly compression and archiving utility. It opens 36 file formats. ISO and BIN CD image formats can be opened as well as LCD virtual CD image files. Self-extracting files (SFX) can also be created with 1 of 4 cute icons, so anyone can open them without a ZIP utility. The password recovery tools lets you get back lost passwords for ZIP files. Powerful sorting lets you organize and manage large archives. Anti-virus integration and unknown file association defaults let you safely open any file inside of an archive.
- Added: Support for deflate64 and PPMD algorithm
- Added: Support for 7zip LZMA2 algorithm
- Added: "Open folder after extraction" option added in Extraction window
- Added: Drag & Drop function on left explorer
- Changed: "Open folder after extraction" and "Create filename folder under selected folder" options to be set as default
- Changed: CD Image formats (iso, lcd, bin, nrg, img) not to be associated when ALZip is installed
- Changed: Span Archive size and species
- Changed: File not to be opened when adding by dragging open XML type files (docx and xlsx)
- Changed: Default path in Extract window has changed to "My Documents" when extracting file on temporary path
- Fixed: "Open Folder" option in Compression Complete window after adding files by dragging to an existing archive
- Fixed: "Task to Run After Extraction" option in ALZip Self-Extractor
- Fixed: Security issues in certain compressed archives
- Fixed: File not opening when "part" is used as a split RAR archive name
- Fixed: File not extracting to the path entered in Extract window
- Fixed: "Delete Extracted Files after Running" option in Create ALZip Self-Extractor window not activating
- Fixed: "Task to Run After Extraction" option in Create ALZip Self-Extractor window not working
- Fixed: Error when Set ALZip as Default Program window is moved
- Fixed: Error when opening split .ALZ SFX file
- Improved: Open up speed for file archive
- Updated: bzip2 library (1.0.6)
- EGG Format: Fixed errors and improved performance of EGG format
Reviewing 7.52 (Dec 26, 2009)
ridiculously easy to setup a self-extracting exe, that auto-runs a setup. unfortunatly, a very slow archiver/dearchiver.
Reviewing 7.0 Beta 1 (Feb 13, 2008)
Great archiver but with some quirks/peculiarities:
- not able to utilise more than one core. I have tested several archive formats and only one core was used. My poor Quad was lazing all the time...
- pity that it cannot create 7-Zip files
- still in v. 7.0 beta, however, there is Korean ALZip 7.13 final. Translations are soooo hard? In general, the Korean versions of the program are far ahead
- the webpage of ALTools is often dead
Reviewing 7.0 Beta 1 (Aug 12, 2007)
Nice software, but I get the same error that Todd13 did on every spanned RAR file I've tried so far. That's just not going to cut it. But I didn't really subtract any points from the score for that because it seems to be a problem that many or all freeware extractors share.
The animated character cavorting whenever the program is active is really annoying, though, and something the other free alternatives don't force on you. I did take off for this.
Reviewing 7.0 Beta 1 (Aug 2, 2007)
This _was_ a great free program. I like the fact that when you extract files you can tell it to only overwrite existings ones if those from the archive are newer, this makes updating really easy.
However it has now become adware, as of 28th Feb it began downloading banner ads to display in all different places within the program. As I, like many people, have a fixed bandwidth allocation per month I am not going to share it with advertisers!
I've taken this app of my system now but will miss it dearly!
Reviewing 7.0 Beta 1 (Aug 1, 2007)
Yes, yet another extract utility--BUT: it's interesting enough to try-- i recommend everyone visit the homepage... don't worry about the huge login box-- access is not restricted.
The pages do load a wee bit slower than normal, though.
For instance, i like what they did re Speed Extraction... fits my needs to a tee.
I'm giving it a shot.....
Reviewing 6.32 (Aug 22, 2006)
Hmm, I've used this for about a week now, and I was about to give it 5 stars...but yesterday I encountered a rar file that kept giving me CRC errors. I downloaded the file twice, deleting the first one, but still had the same problem. I decided to try using Winrar to extract it, and it worked. No CRC error. This may be an isolated case, but for now I am going back to Winrar. Just FYI. 3/5 for possible unreliability.
Reviewing 6.32 (May 23, 2006)
I am using this little proggie a long time now and i am very happy with it. Sleek user interface,nice icons, fast reliable and free. Maybe the compression rating is not the highest out there, but for every day use i recomend it. 5 Stars from me!!
Reviewing 6.03 Beta (Jul 2, 2005)
ALZip is my new Favorite Zip software! It works great , Its Fast And can open lots of archives including BIN and ISO.
Looking forward to the new beta which should be out anytime now.
Reviewing 6.03 Beta (Jun 13, 2005)
This is a very fast reliable program and I would use it anyday over WinZIP, WinRAR, and etc. I am thinking about using more of this companies software . The UI could use some help but it runs fast and supports many formats without killing the computer. Thats what counts!!
Reviewing 6.03 Beta (Jun 12, 2005)
*From the authors*
One of the points to ALZip is that there is no "great new interface". The program works as Windows Explorer works, so there's no real learning curve.
The modest toolbar sports some entertaining Egghead characters, but isn't cluttered with every function available, which makes it easier on the eyes and simpler to use.
It also fully integrates with Windows Explorer, and is customizable by you. i.e. You can have more or less integration and more or fewer features in that integration.
If you need command-line functionality, that is also in there so that you can integrate ALZip with any scripts you may use.
So do have a look. You may just like what you find :)
The ALZ format isn't just another compression format for the sake of having a compression format, there is a real purpose :)
ALZ can handle archives of literally unlimited sizes. The only limit for the ALZ format is the amount of storage you have available to you, be that local hard disk drives or storage area networks.
That being said, the advantages of the ALZ archive format are lost on small archives that you would send by email. It is better suited for large backups. e.g. If you do video editing, you've likely got several Gig of video that you can't shoehorn into a zip file. ALZ is a great alternative because it can handle big jobs like that where other archive formats fail.
Of course, that doesn't prevent people from using the wrong tool (or format) for the job. After all, people still create documents in Excel, do layout for print in Word, and save photos as GIFs, but that doesn't invalidate Excel or Word, or make GIF a bad image format. Each performs well where it is designed to do so.
It's likely that your client is comfortable with ALZip, but doesn't know the underlying purpose behind the ALZ format.
Reviewing 6.03 Beta (Jun 11, 2005)
How strange. We JUST today got send one of these proprietary .alz format comrpessed files from a client and now have to install this crap just to open it. enough, there is winrar, winzip, and 7-zip, not to mention MS and *nix's already build in compression support. No more silly compression formats trying to outdo one another please.
Reviewing 6.03 Beta (Jun 10, 2005)
Pretty Cool Zip Tool Reminds me of 7-Zip :D
Reviewing 6.03 Beta (Jun 10, 2005)
Oh no, one more of these archiver/unarchivers which has his own "fantastic" user interface.
Integrate it in Windows-Explorer instead of giving it your own proprietary interface and I will have a look at it.
Reviewing 5.51 (Nov 13, 2004)
Not Bad. Fast, Friendly, Simple - not cluttered - except for their own moving ad in the corner. Not much in the way of advanced features, but still handles 98% of anything people wish to do.
Freeware only to home users.
TUGZip is better for power users, and it's free too.
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