is the most trusted way to work with compressed files. No other
compression utility is as easy-to-use or offers the comprehensive and
productivity-enhancing approach that has made WinZip the gold standard for file-compression tools.
With the new WinZip
12, you can quickly and securely zip and unzip files to conserve
storage space, speed up e-mail transmission, and reduce download times.
State-of-the-art file compression, strong AES encryption, compatibility
with more compression formats, and new intuitive photo compression,
make WinZip 12 the complete compression and archiving solution.
Building on the favorite features of a worldwide base of several million users, WinZip
12 adds new features for image compression and management, support for
new compression methods, improved compression performance, support for
additional archive formats, and more. Users can work faster, smarter,
What's New in WinZip 12.0?
WinZip® 12.0 makes
it easier than ever to work with Zip files and other popular archive
formats and adds functionality to improve performance for both home-
and corporate users. Highlights are:
* New features and enhancements for photo and image compression, management, and sharing.
* Ability to create smaller Zip files and support for additional Archive formats.
* Encryption security features to customize password requirements and the types of encryption available.
* An improved user experience with various interface enhancements
and refinements to help you (or your users) work smarter, faster, and
Photo Compression, Management and Sharing
Giant Leap for Photo Compression
WinZip will now
compress your JPEG files (digital photos or graphic images) by 20 to
25% and still without any loss of photo quality or data integrity. Now
you can send photos faster or fit more on your hard drive and removable
media than ever before.
Transfer and compress photos directly from your digital camera*
The new time-saving Zip from Camera Wizard in WinZip
Pro makes it easy to transfer photos from your digital camera and
compress them in a Zip file. New users can walk through the process
step-by-step while experienced users may prefer the streamlined,
one-step approach. When zipping from cameras that support orientation
tags, WinZip even “auto-rotates” your photos before compressing them so they are correctly oriented in the Zip file.
* For cameras that support Windows Image Acquisition Technology.
View and work with photos directly in WinZip
Once your photos are transferred from your camera, use WinZip’s
Explorer view to see thumbnails of each photo. This makes it easy to
give your photos meaningful names or delete those that you don’t want
to keep. You can even create folders in the Zip file and then drag and
drop photos into them to better organize your collection. WinZip Pro offers a full-sized image viewer to view slide shows, rotate, resize, or delete photos all without ever unzipping them.
Share your photos with WinZip
Now with WinZip’s enhanced Send feature, it is simple to share your photos directly from WinZip.
A Zip file is a convenient way to package photos and other files before
sending them. Not only can related files be put in one package, but WinZip’s
compression reduces the space and transfer time they require. When
working in a Zip file, the new Send Selected Files feature makes it
easy to share any selected files (not just photos) as a new Zip file
that can be sent by email or, when using WinZip
Pro, uploaded to FTP. When selecting and sending photos, you can
automatically resize them for faster delivery while leaving your
original photos unchanged.
Improved Performance and Compatibility
New Powerful Compression Technology
In addition to the new JPEG Compression, WinZip 12 adds the powerful LZMA compression method to create smaller Zip files than ever. To see the compression power of WinZip’s state of the art technology, choose the “Best method” compression when adding files to a Zip.
Support for More Archive Formats
WinZip 12 also opens
more archive and disk image formats. The new read and extract support
for 7Z archives and for CD/DVD .ISO and .IMG disk image files combined
with existing support for RAR, BZ2, CAB, LHA, Z, GZ, TAR, UUE, XXE,
BinHex, Mime, and ZIP files makes WinZip one of the most flexible and robust compression utilities.
Encryption Security Features
Set password complexity preferences
The new password policy allows you to customize encryption password
requirements to achieve a desired password complexity. Now you can
optionally specify the minimum password length and also require a
mixture of characters including upper and lower case, numerals, and
symbols. For System Administrators, a password policy for your
organization’s required password complexity can now be specified during
MSI installation of WinZip.
Specify the types of encryption available
With WinZip Pro, System Administrators can also specify which of WinZip’s
encryption methods are available to the user and can disable the
encryption features completely during MSI installation. Decryption
features will always be available.
Improved User Experience
Smart View logically displays the contents of a Zip file
Content sensitive Smart View makes it easier to see the contents of your Zip file. Simply open a Zip file and WinZip will choose a viewing method best suited for the contents of your Zip file.
If your Zip file contains photos or images, WinZip
will display the files in Thumbnail View so you can quickly browse your
images. If your Zip file contains folders, the Explorer-style tree view
is used so you can easily navigate folders and see their contents. The
familiar Classic view is used when there are no folders or images.
See the benefits of WinZip’s compression
Now, with the addition of WinZip’s new Jpeg and LZMA compression methods to the existing PPMd, bzip2, Enhanced Deflate and WAVPack methods, WinZip
offers improved compression performance for most file types. The
enhanced Properties dialog now displays a report that shows graphically
how much space you saved by compressing the files. It also provides you
with other useful information such as the number of files in your
archive, the percentage of compression, and whether your files are
encrypted or not.
More intuitive and informative than ever
A new column gives you more information at a glance when using the
Details View in either Classic or Explorer-style viewing mode. The
Encryption column indicates whether a file is encrypted or not and once
the correct passphrase has been entered, indicates that the encrypted
files are unlocked and accessible.
The new “Save As” feature lets you quickly and easily save the current Zip file into a different folder or to a different name.
New folders can now be created in a Zip file from within WinZip
and the files inside the Zip can be dragged and dropped within them,
making it possible to easily change the Zip folder structure when
The Rename feature lets you change the name of files stored inside
your Zip file. This is especially helpful for giving more descriptive
names to photos than the cryptic names your camera creates like
The Job Wizard (WinZip
Pro’s task-automation tool for zipping) is enhanced to make it easier
to test jobs you create or edit. And the Job File format now supports
Unicode to make administering shared job files easier in multi-language