Files with a ZIP file extension are commonly and primarily linked with compressed archived files and therefore a ZIP files is an archive file or a compressed file created by various ZIP utilities. ZIP files could contain a single file or multiple files stored in various directories or folders. Usually for ZIP files, contents of which can be properly extracted using the same ZIP utility that compressed the file or files. Normally though, ZIP files can be decompressed using any archiving utility that supports the ZIP file format.
The ZIP file format is the native file extension used by the WinZip archiving utility which is the original and probably the most popular compression and decompression utility for the Windows platform. WinZip is a powerful, user-friendly and easy-to-use archiving tool that quickly zips and unzips files to save disk space and reduce file transfer time especially for networks with bandwidth issues.
Now, the latest version of WinZip offers a more powerful compression technology that creates even smaller ZIP files which means more disk space and file transfer time savings. WinZip also has this new explorer-style view or interface that makes working with numerous files or folders easier and more conveniently. The ZIP file format is supported by most archiving or compression/decompression tools. Some of these tools are as follows:
|Mac OS||Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2011
Corel WinZip Mac Edition
Apple Archive Utility
Dare to be Creative Archiver
|Windows||Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2010
Corel WinZip 15 Pro
Microsoft Windows zip utility