Top critical review
Redundant for most users but has some specific uses
on March 11, 2011
I tested Corel WinZip Mac Edition on an i7 iMac running System 10.6.6 .
*The installation process is convoluted. You first have to run an Installer to get WinZip onto your computer. Next, when you run WinZip for the first time there is a bizarre activation sequence.
*Activation requires you to first agree to an Evaluation License agreement, then input an activation code and email address to disable the evaluation time limit, and finally agree to a SECOND licensing agreement that covers the registered version.
*This process is non-intuitive and inconvenient.
*WinZip's interface is simple and easy to use.
*A convenient feature is the ability to look inside zipped archives made up of multiple files and see each constituent without decompressing the archive.
*Another convenient feature is WinZip provides a quick way to encrypt individual documents. FileVault, of course, does not work on single files and Disk Utility is not very user friendly.
*People who email a lot of attachments to Windows users may find a "compress and email" function that is linked to the default OS X Mail program useful.
*WinZip writes a cookie to Safari without asking permission. Bad!
* Most of the functionality of WinZip is already baked into OS X. Files can be zipped in the Finder, both by right-clicking and from the File menu. Encrypted archives can be created in Disk Utility. And unzipping is automatically accomplished by simply doubleclicking on a compressed file. Even so, people who work extensively with zipped archives, are looking for a way to encrypt specific files easily, or just want a GUI for a specific task may find WinZp Mac Edition worthwhile.