PowerArchiver 2015 15.04.03 Fileforum Pick

4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 (1073 votes)


Windows (All) / Shareware; $22.95 / 2,780,762 downloads

PowerArchiver 2015 is the latest version of the award winning compression utility. Brand new ZIP engine features multicore optimizations that lead up to 4x speed improvement compared to competitors and enable you to use full potential of your PC. New ZIP engine supports ZIPX archives (LZMA, PPMD, WavPacl, BZ2 format support) and makes PowerArchiver the only compression utility fully compatible with WinZip 12. Other ZIP/ZIPX related features include full Unicode support, AES support and unlimited file size/number support. RAR extraction has been optimized and is now up to 30% faster than other software.

PowerArchiver fully supports open source 7zip format which provides up to 50% stronger compression than zip, with some unique features available only in PowerArchiver such as optimized compression mode where best format is selected automatically. PowerArchiver supports following formats: ZIP, RAR, 7-ZIP, CAB, ACE, HA (LZH), TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, BH, XXE, UUE, yENC, and MIME (Base 64), ARJ, ARC, ACE, ZOO plus ISO, BIN, IMG and NRG disc image formats. If you want more formats, PowerArchiver has plugin system which can be used to add more formats support (msi, chm, etc).

Other notable features include fully integrated shell extensions, preview window where you can preview files, pictures, and archives without extracing them first and even, optional, modern ribbon interface. PowerArchiver fully supports Windows 7 with jump lists, taskbar progress and taskbar icon overlays, as well asother Windows operating systems from Win98 to Windows Vista.

Pro version of PowerArchiver adds even more features: Professional level backup utility that lets you backup your files to 3 destinations as well as ftp/email or burn to the disc, FTP client for easy transfer of files via FTP and integrated standalone Burner utility which lets you burn data CD/DVD/Blue-Ray discs, rip your discs to ISO images and even use Virtual DVD tool to mount ISO files.

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  • Latest Changes

    - Improved format support – added support for several reported archives

    - Backup improvements – Improvement for the selection window in the backup

    - Added back support for weak zip encryption – added back support for weak zip encryption pk 2.04g due to user feedback. Added support to disable the option at administrative level

    - Added more enterprise options – Added several new options for advanced/enterprise level users

    - Improved translations in classic view – Updated support for non-latin character sets in classic view

    - Various other fixes and improvements – Over 20 improvements and fixes in total including Encryption Suite and Multi-extract tool

Reviews of PowerArchiver 2015

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 15.00.28 Private Beta (Nov 1, 2014)

    Good archiver. Never had any problems. Support is also fine.
    I guess PowerArchiver is the best archiver money can buy.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 15.00.28 Private Beta (Nov 1, 2014)

    Still the best and AWESOME support, both by email and forum.

    Worth every single penny.

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 14.06.02 (Oct 11, 2014)

    The best there is, PLUS excellent support via the forum.

  4. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 14.05.01 Beta (Apr 8, 2014)

    Up until version 9.2, this was a worthwhile addition to a toolkit. Since then, which coincides with the author's decision to make money the sole motivator [it had previously been utility to the average user] for the project, it is at best a poorly crafted, bloated helper for the seriously weak-minded.

    Not useless, but not really necessary either.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 14.02.03 (Jan 8, 2014)

    Hands down, the best there is.

Discuss PowerArchiver 2015

  1. Aug 31, 2009 - 6:55 PM

    Is there a change log?