BandiZip is a lightweight yet powerful zip archiver that allows you to compress and pack your files and folders very easily. While the program can create archives in several popular formats, namely ZIP, TAR, TGZ, ISO, LZH and 7Z, it can browse and extract archives in practically all known formats including ACE, BIN, BZ2, CAB, JAR, IMG and others, besides all the formats already mentioned. Bandizip can also create and manage self-extracting archives (i.e. EXE archives) without any problems.
Thanks to the program's well-designed user interface, even beginners can use it without any complications. There is a practical toolbar with big and self-explanatory icons that allow you to access all the functions offered by the program: open, extract, new, add, delete, test and columns. Moreover, this interface includes its own archive explorer which allows you to see the contents of an archive and select the file(s) to be extracted or deleted. It even offers you a small preview of the selected file, when this is possible.
Creating a new archive is also an easy task that takes place in another window. There you can select the archive's name, location and format, and add the files you want to compress in a specially designed panel. If you happen to be an expert, you can also enable the advanced options to select the compression level, the split size and provide a password to protect your archive. The program is capable of encrypting your archive using AES-256 and it can also split your archive according to multiple predefined sizes, or your custom one. This is a very useful feature when you need to store or transport a large archive using fixed-size media such as CDs, DVDs or low-capacity pen drives.
In short, BandiZip is a handy archiver that will surely cover most users' compression needs. Besides, it offers several advanced features designed for advanced users. As you can use BandiZip free of charge for both home and commercial purposes, I would recommend giving the program a try in case you often need to create or manage archive files.
- User-friendly and attractive interface.
- Opens and extracts archives in almost all known formats.
- Can be easily used by beginners.
- Includes several advanced features for experts
- Creates archives in just a few formats