Have you ever thought to yourself that it would be nice to extract ZIP files online so that you can only download the parts that you need? I can’t say that thought ever popped into my head, but Wobzip is showing me just how useful that can be.
So why is an online file extractor so convenient? For starters it can handle quite a few different types of files: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, TAR, BZIP2, RAR, CAB, ARJ, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB, LZH, SPLIT, CHM, ISO.
Wobzip also offers two different modes for specifying a file to extract: from a file on your computer or from an URL. Of course if the file is on your computer it will have to be uploaded first, which seems a bit pointless to me. That’s a lot of extra waiting you’ll have to do depending on the size of the file. The true piece of gold lies within the extraction via URL.
Imagine finding a compressed file on the Internet that only has one file you need. With Wobzip you could give it the URL and have it extract all of the files it contains. It will pump out a listing of every file that has been compressed in it, and gives you the option to download each file individually. For high-speed broadband users there may be little point to this, but anyone still on dial-up will surely appreciate a feature like this. There is no way, for obvious reasons, to download every file at once.
I’ve known about this site for a few days now, and I was going to write about it yesterday except it appeared to be down a majority of the time. I’m not sure if the site being down was a onetime deal, but that may be a good sign that it’s not extremely stable yet. Either way it could come in handy, and has earned a spot in my bookmarks.