I never thought I’d find a file archiver that I liked better than 7-Zip, but the interface provided by Hamster ZIP Archiver has really won me over. Not only can you compress files as both ZIP and 7Z formats, but it also looks great while it is doing the dirty work. Just look at the screenshot above and tell me that isn’t well designed.
They also boast themselves as the highest-performance archiver due to the fact it uses all available cores of your processor when compressing files. I’ve been using this for a couple months now, and I can say that I’ve definitely seen significant performance improvements over 7-Zip. When you get to large ZIP archives this becomes much more apparent.
That’s not all it offers either. Here are some of the other things they highlight:
- Supports all popular compression formats ZIP, Rar, 7z etc.
- Special functions (preset) for e-mail, RapidShare, CD, DVD, and others
- Easy-to-use! Drag-n-Drop! It does not require special knowledge. There is Wizard for beginners.
- Integrates into Windows
If you haven’t tried Hamster ZIP Archiver yet I definitely recommend taking it for a whirl.
Hamster ZIP Archiver Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)