Corel has released a new version of WinZip for iOS which adds support for Dropbox, letting users create encrypted Zip files and share them in the cloud.
In contrast, WinZip for Android does not include any cloud support, whereas Corel’s WinZip app in the Windows Store supports not just Dropbox but also SkyDrive, Google Drive, and European CloudMe, said Jacques Lamontagne, director of product management at Corel.
The new paid app for iOS follows on the heels of a free edition for iOS, which Corel will continue to offer, according to Lamontagne. “Since opening Zip files is often the user’s most pressing need, this capability is offered with both our free Android and free iOS app,” he told TabletPCReview. Both versions for iOS support AirDrop, too.
Beyond that functionality, though, the paid app for iOS and the Windows 8 app — which is also paid — each add the ability to create Zip files.
‘We Know That Many iPhone and iPad Users Have High Expectations’
“While all three of our mobile apps [iOS, Android and Windows 8] are based on WinZip technology, the applications are all quite different and have been designed to meet the specific user needs we’ve seen on each platform,” according to Lamontagne.
“We know that many iPhone and iPad users have high expectations with regards to overall feature sets and interoperability. By offering two versions on iOS, we’re giving users the choice of which app best meets their needs,” he illustrated.
“On Windows 8, we’ve taken a different approach by offering an application that includes more of the features found in the full WinZip, including the ability to zip, unzip, and connect to more cloud services. Since Windows RT users are all using tablets and hybrid devices, rather than phones, they are often looking for more robust applications that offer more of the power of their desktop counterparts,” TabletPCReview was told.
In October, Corel unveiled WinZip 18, a new edition of the “full WinZip’ with new features that include Cloud Links, Cloud Backup, SugarSync integration, and Express Add-Ons.
A paid subscription to the lighter-weight Windows Store app is priced at $7.99, with a free 15-day trial available.
The new paid edition of the iOS app is now downloadable from Apple’s App Store for $4.99.