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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.