A time for celebration


25 Responses to “A time for celebration”

  1. Doran says:

    Ha, I’d even forgotten about WinZip, I’ve been using 7-Zip for so long.

  2. Donald Petersen says:

    I’ve been using the sponsored (free) version of PDF995 every work day since the tail end of the Clinton Administration.  I really will send them their $29.95, one of these days.  God knows they’ve earned it.

  3. Aaron Silva says:

    and the balloons and the little cone hats tags for celebration:$29.95

  4. Richard says:

    I actually bought the full version of WinZip 11 back in 2008, when the nag-screen made me feel guilty. Then they changed their payment pages so that they no longer accepted debit cards, and I had a handy excuse to never upgrade.

  5. oasisob1 says:


    (I don’t get it.)

    • howaboutthisdangit says:

      When the time comes to install an archive utility on Windows, many people automatically think of WinZip (it has the perfect name going for it, if nothing else), even though it is nagware and better free alternatives exist.

  6. Corel bought WinZip ages ago.

    Microsoft has a license for WinZip, as many of their downloads use WinZip self extractors.

  7. BBNinja says:

    Altools’ AlZip is where it’s at.  It has a free trial which is fully featured and never expires.

    You can even open ISOs with it.

    • howaboutthisdangit says:

      7Zip opens ISOs, too, though I prefer mounting them using the Pismo File Mount Audit Package. Free, not a trial.

  8. Jorpho says:

    IZArc is my choice.  Looks almost like WinZip, and it’s still free. (It’s wrapped in OpenCandy now, but that’s easy to get around.)

    Now, WinRAR is something I might always need to keep around.  And paying $40 for it can wait.

  9. Love how the commentariat feels the need to share their file decompression tool of choice. 

  10. L_Mariachi says:

    One wonders at what point does a company say “There’s a totally free alternative to our product that works better and everybody knows about now, let’s just cut our losses and write this thing off.” At least Stuffit has the rationale that there are still .sit and .cpt archives floating around, but even there the expander is free. (I don’t think anyone is making any new Stuffit archives.) What’s WinZip’s reason to exist?

  11. hanoverfiste says:

    I remember when Winzip rolled on the scene, I was like what happened to PKWARE.  I did a search, this was a long time ago so it was on Altavista and found an article (before Wikipedia) to read about Phil Katz’s demise.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Katz  So if anything I wish I registered the shareware version of PKZIP back in the 80s.  A school friend and I had our own shareware company and 3 people actually registered in  far away states. We got a request to be featured in a shareware mail catalog but didn’t respond in time.

  12. Dan Morrison says:

    Terribly dated gag, but yes, I really did pay for winzip once back in the day. O_O
    I realized I used it daily and had installed it free on every Windows machine I’d serviced for my family. It just made my life that much better to have the nag screen go away.
    I did have and use PKZip 7Zip and WinRAR for other uses (IIRC for gluing illicit usenet binaries back together) but still the winzip icon was never far away. That was last century however..

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