Okay, everyone, listen up! STOP USING THE ZIP FILE FORMAT LIKE NOW!!
If you make .zip or .rar archives at all (and most of you do), stop now. I want you to go download 7zip right now.
7-Zip is open source software. You can use it on Windows, Mac, or Linux. It is free (as in beer). Are you tired of those "Please Register WinZip" screens? 7-Zip can also create and read any of the following formats:
- Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
- Unpacking only: RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS
In general, 7z files are smaller than all other archive formats, including Zip, Rar, and BZip2! The Zip format is many years old. Let it die and use something better.