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This review applies to version 5.2.
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PeaZip is a free alternative to archive files management tools such as WinZip or WinRAR. The program allows you to create and extract archive files in more than 170 formats including ZIP, RAR, TAR, 7Z, ARJ, UDF, ISO, and many more.
However, PeaZip also offers you several complementary tools such as a password manager, a duplicate finder, and a file renamer, among others.
PeaZip offers a very simple and intuitive user interface that behaves like a standard file explorer. By using it you can navigate through your file system and browse the contents of your archive files as if they were standard folders. This interface also includes a practical command ribbon with three layouts for you to choose from – Archive manager, File manager, and Image manager. Archive manager provides you with all the necessary tools to work with your archive files, such as the extraction options, secure file deletion, and archive file testing. PeaZip also allows you to convert archive files among the supported formats and to add new files to an existing archive file.
If you select the File manager ribbon, you can use the program just as a general file explorer. For example, this ribbon allows you to copy/cut/paste files, to create folders, to find duplicate files, and to rename files, among other actions. Finally, the Image manager ribbon provides you with special tools to work with your image files and photos. In this section you can rotate, crop, resize, and convert your images into other formats. Of course, this is a novel feature, rarely found in this kind of applications.
A very important feature offered by PeaZip is its ability to protect your archive files. The program allows you to set passwords for you archive files, which – optionally – can be associated to key files for an even stronger protection. This helps you prevent any unauthorized person from browsing or extracting the contents of your protected archive files. Another security-related feature of PeaZip allows you to secure-delete any file, so that it cannot be recovered later by using any third-party tools or methods.
In short, PeaZip is a free yet powerful software tool that allows you to manage your archive files, regardless of their format, in an easy and fast way. Besides, the program offers you a number of extra tools that make it a full-featured file manager as well.
- Easy to use.
- Capable of handling more than 170 compression formats.
- Offers several complementary tools.
- Can act as a standard file explorer.
- Provides you with special tools for your photos.
- Allows you to protect and secure-delete your archive files.
- It tries to install unnecessary third-party tools.
What's new in version 5.2
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(Windows Vista and newer) Improved UAC integration for archiving and extraction functions
- Improved file deletion modes
- Added very_fast mode (single pass random data) to Secure delete
- Fast mode (two pass random data) is now default mode for secure delete
- Added Zero delete, deletion mode overwriting existing file with all 0
(Windows) Introduced free space deletion modes
- Added Secure delete free space, overwriting with random data multiple times (same as secure file delete)
- Added Zero delete free space, overwriting with all 0 to improve compressibility of filesystem (i.e. disk image backup, virtual machine optimization)
Re-introduced local help file for offline support
Various fixes and improvements
- (Linux) fixed using output path as working directory
EXTRACTION and ARCHIVING
- "Extract all to" starts from input folder (or default extraction path, if set)
- Implemented extract/archive to original input folder: multiple input files from different paths can be extracted/archived each in its own path in a single pass
177 file extensions supported
- Added support for .msu (Microsoft update) and .mpp (Microsoft Project file)
What's new in version 5.1
- Package naming convention changed to fixed mayor.minor.revision format in order to always have 5 byte size for version string
2. FILE MANAGER
- Added Schedule tab integrated with system Task Scheduler for ease of creating scheduled archiving/extraction (i.e. backup/restore) scripts from a single place
- Improved bookmarks: when all bookmarks are deleted from application, bookmark list stays empty;
when bookmarks are deleted by application reset or deleting bookmarks file, default bookmarks are listed
- Various fixes
3. EXTRACTION and ARCHIVING
- Added support for .ipsw iOS devices firmware packages, 175 file extensions are now supported
4. WINDOWS INSTALLER
- Added "Check for updates link" in installer and system integration wizard
What's new in version 5.0
- Backend: PEA 0.44, UPX 3.09
- Code cleanup
- Bookmarks branch in navigation tree moved on first position, starts by default maximized and containing common useful locations
- Improved breadcrumb context menu, unified with refresh menu (features history menu, features entries to open in specified path the system's file explorer, command prompt, new instance of PeaZip, properties, and web search, features quick access to relevant filesystem paths (same as "Filesystem" menu top level)))
- Improved tasks wrapper (gwrap) for readability and clarity, explore input and output paths is now featured
- Improved Settings: reorganized and simplified
- Improved speed of adding items to archiving operations: by default directories' content is enumerated only on request (in layout's context menu)
- Improved tool bars, added New folder button in file manager bar and Rename in image manager
- Improved web search function for quick access to most relevant web resources
- New history menu containing recently visited pats and archives, session history and breadcrumb of current path (also in archive/extraction interface)
- System tools deduplicated and moved to context menu, always accessible, more tools available (Windows Vista and more recent) Added "Open PowerShell here" function)
- (Windows) Added quick links to user's music, pictures, and videos folders in browsing, and archiving/extraction interfaces
- (Windows) Free disk space and % displayed in standard status bar and in archiveing/axtraction interfaces
- (Windows) Improved adding multiple items from context menu functions
- Added support for displaying thumbnails of xpm, and pgm images
- Improved accessibility to various functions like bookmarks, web search, show thumbnails, open new instance, explore path
- Uniformed various menus and submenus so same groups of functions are easier to find at first sight
- Fixed: extract to new folder now ignored in drag and drop operations consistently to how most file archivers work
- Sizes of single input itmes in readable form
- 174 file extensions supported - added support to .crx Google Chrome extension, .maff Mozilla archive format, .mdf Alcohol 120 image files, and OPC files .cddx and .appv (Microsoft Application Virtualization).
What's new in version 4.8
Image manager, handles BMP, JPEG, PNG and TIFF images
rotate, flip, mirror, crop, transform: resize/fit to, and convert in a single passage
Functions side bar: quick acess to alphabetically sorted most commonly used functions of the program.
Presets in Organize menu collects most common browser's settings, featured also in Organize group in context menu and in status bar
Browser's presets can be toggled with Alt 6, Sorting is now toggled with Alt 5
Updated themes and PeaLauncher icon
Various minor fixes and enhancements
EXTRACTION and ARCHIVING
Improved mail integration
Send by mail option featured in main archive creation/conversion tab
Send by mail by default now does not keep a copy of the sent archive on the filesystem
Added Keep archive switch to optionally save on the filesystem archives sent by mail
Added -add2multi7zmail and -add2multizipmail switches (for context menu entries) to copress and mail
Added "Zip and mail" context menu entry, enabled by default, in context menu install screen
Added WIM to quick format selection menus
Fixed Convert quick format selection popup menu when browsing archives, only formats suitable for conversion procedure are presented
Fixed opening with custom application inside ARC format
PeaLauncher minimized status is inherited by following instances, in order to not steal focus when multiple instances are operating in background
Previewing archived files with PeaZip sets the temporary copy read only, so the user is presented "save as" dialog if files are changed
New installation option "No system integration", avoids menu entries and file associations
Default, Custom and No system integration options are now available in the Options > System integration wizard
What's new in version 4.4
PeaZip 4.4 improves extraction and archiving interfaces, with a new, simpler to read and use layout, clearly divided in input and output area, removing all redundant information and graphic, and featuring all most significant options in the first tab.
Alongside various other fixes and improvements, it is now possible to use only keyfiles, only passwords, or both, to encrypt files.
A total of 136 file extensions are supported (added support for opening OXT files as archives).
What's new in version 4.3
- Added support to open as archive EPUB ebook file format, a total of 135 file extensions are supported - formats usually not handled as archives can be opened from PeaZip's context menu "Open as archive" rather being associated with the application directly, which would be inconvenient for most users.
- Address field can now be set to be viewed as breadcrumb (default) or string, with "Show address as breadcrumb" flag in address bar navigation dropdown menu
- Improved password management
- Improved search
- Fixed: create ARC with relative paths fails if path contains space
- Open as archive moved to root level of file browser context menu for better visibility
What's new in version 4.2
Immersive mode for file browser (full screen, no window border), toggle with Ctrl F11 (option is volatile, not saved in configuration, it is just meant for enhancing browsing space on request)
Improved custom applications menus
allows 8 more applications, links or scripts
automatically detects recent AVG versions, Microsoft Security Essentials, Google Chrome
Improved thumbnail viewer
does not rebuild thumbnails when sorting
free memory changing small/large icon size
Fixed: (Windows) browsing computer's root may fail at application startup
Fixed: (Windows) loading list of objects from system context menu may not work under some conditions, only the first time application runs in a session
Fixed: descending sorting is now remembered
Fixed: correct size is now reported in status bar for selected items over 2GB
Various minor fixes and improvements
EXTRACTION and ARCHIVING
ARC format, now archiving relative paths by default, optionally absolute paths can be stored (advanced options tab in archive creation interface)
More information dispayed in report tab during operation: completed strings are displayed
Reduce packages size
some superseeded formats (lpaq1/5, paq8f/jd/l) moved to external plugin
uses uncompressed Winodws icons (package compression is more efficient)
What's new in version 3.9
PeaZip 3.9.1 updates application's look and feel, with new Windows icons and 48 px application's icons for "Icon" mode.
The new release adds support for ZIPX archives, and features contextual menus for toolbar buttons, i.e. to directly archive (or convert) selected items in the specified format, and for address bar (history, latest searches).
Packages were optimized in order to feature less files and 20% smaller installer, and now uses non compressed main executables to reduce memory usage of the application.
What's new in version 1.8
Updated frontend to use 7z 4.47 beta, adding support for archiving open for writing files, fast Deflate and Deflate64, read/write AES encrypted ZIP files (WinZip AE standard);
Added read support for ACE archives;
Added read support for SLP (Stampede Linux package);
Added suggest password function
PeaZip is a free cross-platform file archiver that provides an unified portable GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX...
Create 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, ZIP files
Open and extract over 150 archive types: ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF, ZIPX files and more...
Features of PeaZip includes extract, create and convert multiple archives at once, create self-extracting archives, split/join files, strong encryption with two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure deletion, find duplicate files, calculate hashes, export job definition as script.
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