WinRAR is a compression tool, which have been in existence since a very long time. It is developed to be used on all the version of windows and supports a wide array of compression formats including rar, zip, cab, iso, ace, gzip, etc. It’s quite simple to use and possess much better interface and options as compared to the other apps of the community such as peazip, 7zip, WinZip, etc. You can easily extract and compress certain files and folders using this application.
Algorithms are behind every other process which is performed on a digital system. In case of making archives and compressions, there are several compression algorithms depending on the file type and the format being used. Most common algorithm of archiving is DEFLATE, which is used in ZIP compression. There are many other forms of algo’s which have been used in WinRAR; official the developers haven’t disclosed about the compression algorithm. However, it is worth noticing that the compression algo works fine and decreases the file size by considerable amount.
What Can Be Archived?
You can archive almost all the possible, known and unknown formats using this application. However, if the files formats are unknown compression will not occur; the respective file will only take up space in the disk as it is. You can make an archive of folders containing files, subfolders and archives too.
Main purpose of the application is to compress the files and thereby save space of your drive. Application uses advanced compression algorithms to compress the files and reduce the space by considerable amount. However there are certain types of files such as music, videos, etc. which needs to be compressed specifically by dedicated compression tools to save more space; which WinRAR cannot do. The application integrates itself to the file menu for easier and fast archiving of files and folders. Using this file menu you can even mail you files, by first archiving and then attaching the respective archive to the mail.
It also features the file manager, using which you can browse through the files which you want to archive. The same can also be used to look into the archive. One important feature of the application is that; in case you want to edit certain file in archive you can do so and file will be saved in archive automatically.
Besides the main line-up of features there are some other advanced options which you can get with this application. One such feature includes archive splitting; there are times when there is bulk data to be archived, in such cases archives can be splitted into several small parts to make it quickly movable. This splitting can be done on the basis of archive size or number of parts to be made.
Besides this WinRAR also allows to password protect an archive, this will add an extra security enhancement to the files. There are in all 13 supported compression formats that this application can process and makes archives in. ISO format is also supported by this application, allows to have a glance at the contents of compressed CD/DVD image.