Q & A about Winzip 7.0
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note: The following  text  is taken from an email I received from Winzip about their Program, which I feel is one of the most useful utilities available. - John

From the Email announcement
From the enclosed "help" file
Note:  this is a pre-release version for testing purposes.  The latest 
shipping version is WinZip 6.3 SR-1. 

Here are answers to common questions about WinZip 7.0: 

Q: What's new in the WinZip 7.0 beta, and how do I get a copy? 
A: For a list of new features and to download the software, see the web page 


   Note that this is pre-release software, and the feature list is 
   subject to change before the release. 

Q: What will the upgrade cost? 
A: As with all WinZip upgrades for the last seven years, all registered 
   users of earlier English language versions of WinZip will be able to 
   download a FREE upgrade to WinZip 7.0. 

Q: Will you send another message when WinZip 7.0 is released? 
A: Yes, we'll send another message to both the WinZip Beta and the main 
   WinZip mailing lists. 

Q: Will the beta version recognize me as a registered user? 
A: Yes, if you install the beta version on top of a registered version 
   of an earlier version of WinZip, the beta version will not display a 
   "registration reminder" prompt. 

Q: What are the system requirements for the WinZip 7.0 beta release? 
A: This beta version of WinZip 7.0 requires Window 95, Windows 98, or 
   Windows NT 4.0. 

Q: What else should I know? 
A: Please keep in mind that WinZip 7.0 is still a pre-release beta test 
   version, and has not experienced the same level of testing as the 
   current WinZip 6.3 SR-1 release.  If you are not familiar with 
   WinZip, or are not comfortable with beta software, then we recommend 
   that you not download the pre-release version, and instead use the 
   release version. 

--- Hints and Tips for the New WinZip 7.0 --- 

Here are some WinZip 7.0 hints and tips you may find useful: 

* Use the new toolbar buttons to make WinZip work the way you want.  To 
  add, remove, or reorder buttons on the toolbar simply right click on 
  the toolbar and choose "Select Buttons".  For example:  add the 
  History button to your toolbar for quick access to the last 15 Zip 
  files you opened. 

* You can choose which columns are displayed in the main WinZip window 
  using the View tab in the Options->Configuration dialog box.  The 
  Type, Attributes, and CRC columns are not displayed by default.  If 
  you re-size the columns, WinZip will use the new sizes in future 

* The file listing for an archive can be quickly sorted by any of the 
  fields displayed in the file listing.  Just click on any column title 
  to sort on it. 

* WinZip will open and extract files from most self-extracting CAB files 
  (executable files containing CAB files).  Just right-click on the EXE 
  file in My Computer or the Explorer and select "Open with WinZip". 

--- Frequently Asked Questions --- 

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about WinZip are on the web page 


Recently updated FAQs include 

        Is WinZip ready for the Year 2000? 

        How Do I Use WinZip With My E-Mail Program? 

        How Do I Install WinZip Site Licenses In A Networked Environment? 

You can search for information on the WinZip web site using the form 
available at 


Please remember that this is a pre-release beta test version, and that it is possible that some of the new features in this version will not be included in the final release. 
New features in WinZip 7.0 include: 

Support for Microsoft’s CAB (cabinet) format, including most self-extracting CAB files. 

Sizable, sortable, and selectable columns in the main window.  The optional attribute and CRC columns are new.  Columns can be resized with the mouse, and turned off from the Configuration | View dialog box.  Just click on a column header to sort. 

A configurable toolbar with 21 toolbar buttons.  (Note: toolbar configuration requires version 4.71 or later of the Windows Common Control library. This library is part of Windows 98, Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0, and is available as a separate download from Microsoft, as described in the section titled Windows Common Control Library. 

Optional support for the Internet Explorer 4.0-style “one click open” interface.  If this option is enabled in Internet Explorer 4.0 Active Desktop, it will be enabled in WinZip automatically.  Otherwise, you can turn it on using the Configuration | View dialog box. 

Command line support for zipping and unzipping is implemented via wzzip.exe and wzunzip.exe. 

A print facility to print the information listed in the main WinZip window. 

Improved configuration using a tabbed dialog box. 

Zip comment support. 

Improvements to the Install Feature. 

Optional Tip of the Day dialog box. 

WinZip Self-Extractor Personal Edition (included with WinZip) now creates Zip files that span multiple removable disks. 

A list of features introduced in earlier versions of WinZip is available from the WinZip web site at http://www.winzip.com/version.htm. 


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