PeaZip is a free, open source, cross platform, portable archiving and compression utility, with encryption and volume split features. It has full for support: 7Z, 7Z-sfx, ARC/WRC, BZ2/TBZ2, GZ/TGZ, PAQ/LPAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, split, TAR, UPX, ZIP. You can open, browse, extract, test: ACE, ARJ, CAB, CHM, COMPOUND (MSI, DOC, XLS, PPT), CPIO, ISO, Java (JAR, EAR, WAR), Linux (DEB, PET/PUP, RPM, SLP), LHA/LZH, NSIS, OOo, PAK/PK3/PK4, RAR, WIM, XPI, Z/TZ. Other features include split/join files, wipe files (secure deletion), byte to byte compare files, checksum/hash files, system benchmark, bookmark files and folders.
Windows standalone version, just unpack and run, just delete program's folder to uninstall.
Reviewing 2.2 (Aug 14, 2008)
This is the ideal tool for those with flash and external hard drives. Keep it on each device.
I use it mainly for security purposes. It will archive and encrypt a large folder in .pea format very fast. Try this with other tools and see how long it takes.
Of course, it handles most, if not every other format, well too.
Pea replaced 7zip, Izarc, and Axcrypt on my windows systems.
Reviewing 2.1 (May 21, 2008)
Neat, I keep it on my pen drive for cases that I need to handle archives on a computer that doesn't have WinRAR. WinRAR is still much better of course, hence the 4, but it suffices for on-the-go archives handling.
Reviewing 2.1 (May 19, 2008)
Nice archiver. Hate the GUI. 3rd choice. Winrar > 7Zip > Peazip. At least GUI wise if not compression wise.
Reviewing 1.9.3 (Nov 7, 2007)
Very cool that this useful utility comes also in portable form!
It supports a lot of format usually unsupported from other mainsteam compression programs, so it's good having a single program with you for all tasks with no need of installing it.
Even as portable application it's very rational and simple to use with its powerful and deeply customisable user iterface.
Reviewing 1.9.3 (Nov 3, 2007)
Well, I had to see for myself what all the fuss is about, so I tried out PeaZip. I still don't see what all the fuss is about. Comparing it to 7-Zip, my favorite portable archiver, it doesn't make the cut. Unlike 7-Zip, there is no way to register and unregister filetypes. (using the "SendTo" as suggested is primitive.) Also unlike 7-Zip, there is no way to quickly add it to and remove it from the shell context menu. The program is 3.71 mb, 7-Zip is 2.71 mb. Bottom line, I see no reason to switch from 7-Zip.
Reviewing 1.8 (Jun 14, 2007)
The first and only archiver that can compete with winrar. Interface is beautiful. Works fine from it's initial public release which is more than I can say for a lot of softwares. I don't plan on using quad or pea as they are not very well known. I stick with the 7zip compression.
On startup? wtf? it will open any archive automatically. If you open it by ITSELF it asks if you want to read, or if you want to write. Oh well, I guess more than one choice is too difficult a decision for some. I like it a lot.
Reviewing 1.8 (Jun 11, 2007)
Clumsy (must choose between archive creation/extraction upon startup, removal of compression binaries [e.g. quad.exe] does not remove the compression option from the archive type dropdown menu), yet comprehensive interface. The inclusion of paq8l makes compression of image formats worth performing and that in and of itself earns PeaZip a four out of five. Tighten the UI and you have a five out of five compressor.
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