PowerArchiver 2016 v16.10.24 Fileforum Pick

4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 (1097 votes)


Windows (All) / Shareware; $22.95 / 2,781,373 downloads

PowerArchiver 2016 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

    - [PA-223] – Workaround to support ZIP files with wrong data in size value for 64bit header

    - [PA-224] – Workaround to support ZIP files with bad local directory

    - [PA-226] – Workaround to support ZIP files with bad comments

Reviews of PowerArchiver 2016

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 16.00.61 Final (Feb 5, 2016)

    I pretty much gave up on PowerArchiver because of performance issues but with the release of 2016 that's completely changed This versions features have greatly improved over 2015. Also the Touch Screen Support is NICE and it supports ever format imaginable.

  2. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 16.00.56 RC3 (Jan 22, 2016)

    I tried this, and while it is pretty good, things that I don't like are that in order to create RAR files, you must have WINRAR installed. If that is the case, why not just Use Winrar and 7zip?

    Price seems a little steep... I mean ONE year of updates for $22 (Basic Version) when you can get lifetime updates of WINRAR for $21. I Own WINRAR and while I considered switching to this, I just don't see the point

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 14.06.02 (Oct 11, 2014)

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

Discuss PowerArchiver 2016

  1. Aug 31, 2009 - 6:55 PM

    Is there a change log?