The most commonly used feature in your computers and laptops is the file Zip and Unzip feature. The most common tools that we use to perform file Zip and Unzip operation is WinZip, WinRAR or 7Zip. Many of us would not be knowing it but these tools are not freeware’s. You have to get a license to use these software’s. Today I have got a freeware named Hamster ZIP Archiver.
The tool can be used as an alternative to WinZip, WinRAR, 7Zip. The tools can be used to ZIP and Unzip files. The tool uses its maximum productivity and compression settings and at the same time it will also use its multi-core option for processing. The interface of the tool is very simple and easy and you can simply drag and drop the files you have to process into the tool. Context menu integration is there for Windows. The main advantage of the tool is that it over other counterparts is that it has an improved ZIP algorithm for archiving which will reduce your time to half for creating an archive on a multi-core processor.
This is the first window which will open after you will run the tool for the first time after downloading and installing it. You can simply drag and drop files into the main window that you wish to compress.
This is the window which will open when you will click on the Settings option on the top right hand corner of the main window. The window will have the option to select your suitable language. The window will also give you an option to select a particular theme from various theme’s available. There are various other options also available in the other section which can be checked or unchecked as per your requirement.
There are three file view options that you will get from the three buttons present between the Add files button and Compress button. There are three more options available for your ZIP files. First one is the Compress level. When you will click on Compress level you will get you three compress level options to choose from i.e. Minimum, Optimal and Maximum.
The second option is the Split option which has options to split the files like custom, Mail – 5Mb, SkyDrive – 50Mb, RapidShare – 100Mb, CD – 700Mb, DVD – 4.7GB.
The third option is the Lock option. You will get this option when you will click on the Lock button. The option will allow you to secure your ZIP files with a password.