What is ZIP? What can ZIP do for me?
ZIP files to save storage space
To put it simply, ZIP allows you to compress files to save storage space. Zipped files take up much less space on hard drives, flash drives, CDs, DVDs, etc.
ZIP files to speed transmission time
If you want to quickly send files, ZIP makes the job much easier. By compressing the file(s), sending information via email, FTP, etc. is that much easier – the smaller the file, the faster it will reach its destination.
How does ZIP work?
When a file is zipped (compressed), all redundant data is replaced by a smaller reference to that data. This allows the file to be reduced in size for easier storage and/or transfer. When that file is unzipped (decompressed), the reference is replaced by the original data so it can once again be read in its original form.
ZIP is lossless
ZIP is a “lossless” form of file compression – this means that none of the original data is ever lost.
.ZIP file format
The ZIP file format is a data compression and archive format. Individual files are compressed to reduce their size and then placed in a ZIP archive. ZIP files are usually labeled with a .zip or .ZIP file extension. ZIP is the most popular file format in the world and is utilized by individual users, businesses, and government agencies to efficiently handle and manage files. The .ZIP Application Note is available here
Founder of ZIP
PKWARE founder, Phil Katz
, invented the .zip file format in 1986. Phil made the .zip file standard an open standard in 1989.
ZIP software from PKWARE
While there are many products available today that will zip a file, PKWARE offers both PKZIP and SecureZIP software. PKZIP and SecureZIP will each compress files up to 95%! In addition to the file compression and management capabilities of PKZIP, SecureZIP offers all of the benefits of PKZIP plus strong encryption to protect sensitive information. To download a free 30-day evaluation of our ZIP products, click here
After a file is zipped, it must be unzipped to access it. PKZIP and SecureZIP will both unzip as well as zip files. For those who need to unzip and/or decrypt files. but do not need to zip them, PKWARE continues to offer its ZIP Reader for free. ZIP Reader will not zip files. To download ZIP Reader, click here
Self-extracting ZIP files
If there is a need for a file that can be unzipped without the use of decompression software, a self-extracting zip file can be created. A self-extracting zip file will have a .exe file extension.