RAR is a general purpose archiving and compression program competing with/replacing programs such as PKZip, ARJ, and others. It offers significantly improved compression ratios, easier use and a cheaper price as well as supporting long file names, disk spanning, and self-extracting file creation.
Reviewing 5.00 Beta 5 (Jun 4, 2013)
The new RAR5 format has few technical improvements, but I don't think offers any compelling reason for most people to migrate. Heck, people still primarily use ZIP because it's 'good enough', and RAR5 is only a marginal improvement of RAR, so it stands little to no chance of widespread adoption except for edge cases.
Other than the new RAR5 format, this major version doesn't have that many changes.
Reviewing 5.00 Beta 3 (May 9, 2013)
Apparently you don't understand the concept of beta ... just like this site name happens to be - let alone the application in question!
Reviewing 5.00 Beta 2 (May 4, 2013)
this version is really messed up
Reviewing 4.20 (Aug 16, 2012)
It's very rare that the programmer of WinRAR has made a misstep, but 4.20 is one of them. Reverted to 4.11 and all is well.
Reviewing 4.20 (Jun 16, 2012)
Crashes on closing of the app, went back to 4.11 and everything is working fine.
anyone tested 64bit vs 32bit speeds?