If you have been using a computer for more than about 10 minutes, you have encounter a .zip file. Used as a method of compressing large files down to a more manageable size, .zip archives are also a great way to bundle multiple files together for ease of transfer and transport.
And now you can review these file archives directly on your iPad with WinZip, made available by the same experts who have been at this technology for the last 20 years.
Whether you come across a .zip archive in your email or webmail, it only takes a moment to open them and review the contents. Provided the included files are in one of the supported formats (.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .pdf, .key, .numbers, .pages, .htm, .htm, .jsp, .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, .tiff, .png, .gif), you can easily click on each file to preview them using this app. A very handy feature of this app allows you to select content from those contained files and copy it to the clipboard for use elsewhere on your iPad.
Multi-file attachments are not a problem either!
What I liked: With .zip archives being so common, it is nice to have a way to view these files on your iPad easily. Nothing was more frustrating than getting an e-mail with a .zip attached and not being able to do anything with it until I was back at my regular computer.
What I didn’t like: I really wish you could create .zip archives directly on your iPad with this app. More than once I’ve wanted to send a group of pictures to somebody and that could come in very handy.
To buy or not to buy: For the price, it can’t be beat. It’s an elegant way to handle .zip archives on your iPad.
- App Name: WinZip
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Utilities
- Developer: WinZip Computing LLC
- Price: Free