WinZip Review

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Anyone who sends large files over cellular-wireless networks really should consider using WinZip, an app that can shrink files and collect them together for easier sending.

WinZip was created for PCs back years ago when hard drives were tiny and the Internet was slow. Those conditions are still true today for tablet users, many of whom have little storage space available and depend on often-slow cellular-data connections.

Our tests showed that WinZip for iOS can reduce the size of documents and images by 10% to 15%; not a huge gain but still useful, especially if one considers that this software is effectively increasing the storage capacity of the tablet while also increasing the speed of file transfers.

WinZip File Manager

WinZip File Manager

This app can access the major cloud-storage services – OneDrive, DropBox, Google Drive, and iCloud – to get files to be compressed. It can also save Zipped files on any of these services.

Another advantage is this app’s ability to group files. A collection of documents and images can be Zipped together and then sent as a single attachment.

An important consideration is that this processes converts everything it compresses into a .zip file, and the receiver must have some way to decompress them. This is simple if the other person uses an iPad, as .zip support is built into the iOS.

Once files have been extracted, they can be sent to other iOS apps via Apple’s “Open in…” function. But they don’t have to be, as this app enables users to view the contents of many types of files.

Usage Scenario

One possible way this can be integrated into a work environment: Someone can pull a collection of .doc files from OneDrive and images from their iPad’s Camera Roll into a single .zip file, and then send them in an email.

A co-worker can then receive the file on their iPad and copy the images to their own Camera Roll without WinZip.

There is free limited trial version, or the full version of WinZip is $5.


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