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This software developed by the South Korean software company named ESTsoftis a compression program to create archives. The application is available for free and was released in 1999. Although touted as a freeware, there is a condition to its free usage. The application is free only for personal use. Government or commercial use requires obtaining a software license. For registration a cost of around 20 USD has to be incurred.  Currently, you can get a free key from developer’s site, maybe due to some kind of promotion.

It works with the Windows operating system. The versions of Windows it goes with are 7, 2000, Vista and XP. The package is available in only three languages, namely; Korean, Japanese and English but, support for more than 20 languages has been included with this app. After download, the program will occupy a space of 10 MB on your system.

Installing Alzip is pretty simple and straightforward. You just have to click ‘next’ a few times and it gets installed rather quickly. At its first launch, a dialog box appears to Buy, Register or evaluate the product and trial is valid for 60 days.

The interface is clean and equipped with excellent and funny toolbar graphics. The number of skin options is limited though and as far the interface of the program is concerned, the program will definitely do better when some more new and innovative skins are available in the market.

The program creates an ALZ archive format. One of the most valuable features of this software is that it can compress files of any size. So, there is no size constraint with the program. If the program is unable to compress files then the inability will be due to restriction imposed by the operating system or the storage capacity on your machine.

The program can zip files into 8 different archives including but not limited to TAR and ZIp. Moreover, it can unzip 40 different file archives. Some of the files it can unzip are CAB, ENC, MIM, UUE, GZ and BHX. Alzips flexible and effective EGG format is useful for compressing large files.Ithas useful features like compressing large sized files, compatibility in various formats, support of powerful compressing methods and it also goes with Unicode. This application is unable to open too many archives at once like other competitors like Winzip and Winrar which might hamper the user experience. It cannot compress files in RAR format, which can be a concern as RAR is one of the most used and accepted formats for file compression

The file has a tree view which facilitates faster browsing. Files can be zipped and unzipped in just 3 mouse clicks with the functional in context menu. Right clicking on an archive reveals information about it.While, the drag and drop functionality also comes handy.The search tools and keyword filters help to locate files on basis of their names, size and formats. Comments can be attached to archived files to categorize and identify them.

After updating, upgrading and little tweaking, some of more innovative features of the product can be accessed. The software even has security enhancements such as virus scanner and encryption. The program actually checks for virus using the anti-virus application installed on the computer. Various other use-friendly choices are peek which offers a preview of files in the archive. It also allows archivesto be attached in emails after compressing them. But the encryption algorithm is quite weak and files are not absolutely secure from spam attacks, which is obviously a massive concern for people looking for secure environment. It also has an option to add another ‘New Folder’ option to explorer’s context menu which creates New Folders pretty quickly with random funny names. However, this can be a nuisance of some and can be easily disable in program options.

There are numerous advanced options available with this program. A password can be given using the AES-128bit / AES-256bit encryption. The package can even restore corrupted files and merge spanned files into one. It can also span a file into zip files and check for errors in zip files. A self extracting archive (EXE) can also be generated that lets people open the archive without a file compression software. The command line function is a handy app for those who are adept at computer usage.  

Positive Points:
 -   Nice and easy to use interface and has ability to add skins and themes.
 -   No limit on size of file to be compressed.
 -   Some useful features like ‘New Folder’ and virus scanner.

Negative Points:
 -   Cannot create archives in RAR format.
 -   Unable to open many files simultaneously.
 -   Average encryption algorithm makes it unsuitable for sensitive data.

Conclusion:
Overall, Alzip is powerful software that makes archive management easier. It carries out all compression and extraction functions speedily. Moreover, the loads of convenient functions installed in the package make handling files easier. It is definitely low on features as compared to its competitors and there are some features that are not up to the mark; having said that, it is currently available for free, so there isn’t any harm in giving it a try.

Rating:3.5/5







ALZip Publisher's Description

ALZip is a one-stop archiving and compression program designed for speed and ease of use. With support for more compression and archiving formats than any other major utility, ALZip is the only ZIP utility you'll ever need. The ALZip 8.0 provides its own file format "EGG," which makes better compression ratio and full Unicode support. Also, ALZip converts a broken language file into its original language. Users can open 40 archives and compression file formats, open CD image files (ISO, BIN), open virtual CD files (LCD), create 8 archives and compression file formats. ALZip provides other great functions: create self-extracting files (EXE), split files for easy transfers, file encryption with AES-256, integrate anti-virus software, automate tasks with ALZip command-line functions, and more. The ALTools family of free PC utilities shares the same cute Egghead characters, which are a fun addition to any computer, ideal for children, and powerful enough for IT pros.

Requirements:
- CPU 150 MHz +
- RAM 32 MB +

Free download from Shareware Connection - Extract 40 and save 8 formats, full Unicode support and better compression ratio through new file format "EGG", convert broken language files into original language, make self extractors (SFX, EXE), file encryption with AES-256, command line

Publisher: ESTsoft Corp. | License: Shareware | Price: 29.95
Version: 8.12 | Size: 9795 KB | Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64
Released Date: 13-10-2010 | Rating: 5 | Title: ALZip

Author Url: http://www.altools.com
Program Info Url: http://www.altools.com/ALTools/ALZip.aspx
Download Url: http://www.altools.com/AL/Downloads/ALZip/ALZip812.exe
Screenshot Url: http://www.altools.com/image/ALZip/ALZip80/alzip_screenshot_2.gif

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ALTools Lunar Zodiac Dog Wallpaper - If you were born in 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, or 1994 then your Chinese Zodiac sign is the Dog and this ALTools Egghead Lunar Zodiac Dog wallpaper is for you. See http://www.altools.net for more free desktop wallpapers.

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