WinZip is a file compressor and archiver program created by WinZip Computing. The program was initially released in April 1991. It is known for its archiving and compressing related functions. It also offers file encryption, file extraction, file sharing, and data backup. The compression function of the WinZip application creates LHA, Zip and Zipx files. Zipx files are the smallest type of file from WinZip. Aside from archiving and compressing, the WinZip program also extracts Zip and Zipx files. It also supports BZ2, 7Z, IMG, LHA, ISO, CAB, and RAR formats for file extraction.
The WinZip application does not only work for documents. It can also compress photos or images using its advanced photo/image compression feature. The program compresses graphic and photographic image files to up to 20-25% without losing its original quality. The application also offers AES encryption to safeguard important and sensitive data. Its AES encryption feature provides an option to add a password after the zipping process.
This file compressor and archiving program also features ZipSend, which is a file delivery service that can be used to zip and share files. The ZipSend feature provides a way to compress and email files up to 2GB in size. The WinZip application also offers access to ZipShare. This feature is a Facebook application that allows users to zip files and post the zipped files directly to Facebook.