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Socoder -> Off Topic -> Rar vs Zip

Thu, 26 Jul 2012, 16:15
dna
Which compression standard IS actually better these days? (Zip or Rar)

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Thu, 26 Jul 2012, 16:15
dna
I've never really compared the two.
Fri, 27 Jul 2012, 00:00
9572AD
It depends what you're compressing, but rar is generally better.
Is 7zip a branch of zip or something completely separate?

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Fri, 27 Jul 2012, 02:34
HoboBen
The big advantage of .zip files is that they can be opened in windows without any extra software. If this is important, then 7zip does some of the best .zip compression.

WinRar has specialized routines that can outperform 7zip for some multimedia files. Historically it was used because it could split archives, but other software can do that too now.

For everything else, 7zip .7z archives are better. 7zip is free as well.

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Fri, 27 Jul 2012, 04:21
JL235
Zip is also slightly faster, which is essentially why rar compresses to a higher standard (it does more work to get there).

Personally I just use zip, because I don't really care about the extra few kb's. However it's worth it for large files if you are archiving. If your going to email this to someone, definitely use zip!
Fri, 27 Jul 2012, 08:38
Andy_A
7zip is a new variation of zip which out performs and usually compresses better than zip or rar. As mentioned 7zip is free, and it also decompresses .rar's, bzips, tars, zips as well.
Fri, 27 Jul 2012, 10:42
dna
Thanks Andy.

You post that had the information about 7Zip answered the other question that I was going to post.

I'll try 7Zip then.

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Fri, 27 Jul 2012, 14:20
9572AD
Most email servers I encounter refuse zip attachments, actually. For email I'm generally forced to use rar.

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Sat, 28 Jul 2012, 14:47
dna
I never knew that either.

thanks 9572AD
Sat, 28 Jul 2012, 15:57
Dabz
I use 7zip too on Windows, though, when it comes to the format of choice, mine is zip too (Because of the built in Windows zip software)

Dabz

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Sat, 28 Jul 2012, 16:24
dna
I completely removed winZip.

I'm taking the advice of Andy and the others that posted.
It seems to be able to cover, or open, most of the rest which should be enough.

Winzip kept opening with a dialog that kept asking for the upgrade.
Then it kept switching the order of the continue box.
That's an odd thing to do and can get on a persons nerves.


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