Listing of September 1996 Reviews
By Joel T. Patz
Zipping-the compression of a group of files- can
reduce online time and save money. But to many people, zipping
is a tough new experience, with incomplete or difficult-to-use
utilities. MicroHelp Zip brings drag-and-drop simplicity to the
zip world, and it's a pleasure to use.
MicroHelp builds in many of the most popular zip
tools, such as the ability to create multi-disk zipped files or
self-extracting files that can be expanded by simply double-clicking
on the file itself. The package offers File Manager/Explorer-like
management in the lower half of a resizable window; click on the
folder, and it displays the list of files.
You'll also drag to the Archive pane to view the
contents of a zipped archive. MicroHelp Zip serves up info about
file contents, including name, original size, creation date and
attributes, as well as the usual finished size, ratio of reduction
and path. You can add comments to each file or to the entire archive,
and filter the view to see only files with a particular extension
or attribute. You can search your zipped archives without decompression,
which saves time and hard drive space.
In addition to converting .TAR, G-zipped .TAR and
.LZH files, there's support for UUEncode and UUDecode, all of
which makes files from most any system easily readable. You have
to extract only the files you need, not the entire archive.
After testing the feature-packed MicroHelp Zip, I'm
hooked. This zip utility lets you do everything you'd want to
do with a zipped file-and it has an attractive, easy-to-use interface
Pros: Ease of use
Platforms: Windows 95, 3.1x
Disk Space: 780KB
WinMag Box Score: 4.5