It is developed by ConeXware Inc. and was first released as EasyZip and distributed as a freeware. It is written in Borland Delphi while it was initially coded in Objective Pascal. It was first released in 1999 as a Microsoft Windows only archiving solution with support for all major types of compression standards being used in the industry. This gained it a lot of popularity 15 years back.
A lot of things have been upgraded since its first release. It has been renamed as PowerArchiver and supports all recent compression standards like 7Z and tarballs used by Linux-based platforms. The access permissions include two versions, that is, a read-only access and a dual read-write access to decompressed files.
- Read-only permission allows reading archived files in various major formats including ACE, RAR and even disk images. Disk images usually require mounting programs which can now be accomplished using PowerArchiver.
- In the same way read-write permissions allows complete access to all file formats for both reading and editing.
This is distributed in a limited trial package of 40 days and upon procuring a license it gives lifetime updates for all the future updates, upgrades and releases. This is called the "Personal License". There is, however, something called "Business License" that allows you to upgrade through two major releases only. Their current stable release is 15.02.04, which was publicly made available on 27th May, 2015. It is a shareware, as of now, and is completely compatible with Windows 7.
- Apart from the GUI, it also has a Command Line version and even a Microsoft Outlook Plugin for easy access and increased functionality.
As of now, their RibbonGUI is a proprietary user interface and it comes as a compatible plugin with Microsoft Office 2007. There is also an added flexibility to switch back to the old classic version that had been probably familiar with for decades. In 2011, Softpedia, a software hosting and reviewing website granted five stars for PowerArchiver stating its wide compatibility and powerful functionality as a Windows only program. However, it lacks support for VHD files. Recently, in 2013 Download.com also gave it five stars stating its support for FTP and backup along with decompressions and compression.
In all, PowerArchiver has been backed by over 15 years of expertise and still stands a very promising and useful tool for a Windows PC user.
Changes on the new version:
- FTP improvements - various small improvements in FTP functionality.
- Improved shell extensions - Improved shell extension behaviour when clicking on HDD or Start menu, depending on Windows OS.
- Advanced add Window fixes - Fixed issue with selecting files in Advanced Add window.
- Invalid filename extraction - Improved detection of invalid filenames under Windows, renaming them to proper filename during extraction.
- PAE2 renaming - Improved behaviour of Encrypt window when renaming PAE2 files.
- File selection in Modern/Ribbon ui - improved selection rectangle display when Modern GUI and color coded filelist are used.
- GUI look when Aero disabled - Improved look for background color of PowerArchiver various windows when AERO is disabled - same background color is used now.
- Fix for folder error - Specific issue with folder error displayed fixed.
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