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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