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BitZipper Frequently Asked Questions

What is an archive?

An archive is simply a collection of files stored in a single file. Nothing more, nothing less. There are different types of archives. Basically the functionality is exactly the same: You store several files in a single archive file. The difference is in the way the files are compressed. Different compression algorithms are used to create the different archive types. You can recognize the different archive types on the filename extension (the letters after the last dot in the filename).

What is a self-extracting (SFX) archive?

A self-extracting archive is an archive created as an executable file. This means that the receiver of the archive does not have to have a zip utility to extract files from it, he simply runs the archive file and is asked to select which files to extract.

What are the benefits of using archives?

When you store documents and other types of files on your hard drive they are not optimized for size. Usually software vendors store them in a format that is fast to read, but on the other hand takes up a lot of space on your hard drive. Storing files in archives has several benefits:

  1. If you have files you rarely use, you may save a lot of space on your hard drive by compressing them into an archive. BitZipper lets you view the files within the archive with a single click, so it does not involve a lot of extra work for you.
  2. Easier file maintenance as you have a single archive file instead of maybe hundreds of small files.
  3. Faster transmission of files over the Internet. Send the files faster, especially relevant if you or the recipient pays for online time when dialling the Internet to send or receive files.

Which archive formats are supported?

BitZipper can create these archive formats:

  1. .bh - BlakHole archive
  2. .bz2 - BZIP2 archive
  3. .cab - Microsoft Cabinet
  4. .gz - Unix GZ (gz/tar)
  5. .jar - JavaSoft archive
  6. .lha - Lha archive
  7. .lzh - Lzh archive
  8. .tar - Unix tape archive
  9. .tbz - Tar BZIP2 archive
  10. .zip - Zip archive, the most common format used today.
and that's not counting the 7 different self-extracting archive formats!

Further, BitZipper can extract these archive formats:
  1. .ace - Ace archive
  2. .arc - Alexa archive
  3. .arj - Arj archive
  4. .bh - BlakHole archive
  5. .bz2 - BZIP2 archive
  6. .cab - Microsoft Cabinet
  7. .gz - Unix GZip (gz/tar)
  8. .jar - JavaSoft archive
  9. .lha - Lha archive
  10. .lzh - Lzh archive
  11. .rar - Rar archive
  12. .tar - Unix tape archive
  13. .tbz - BZIP2'ed Unix tape archive
  14. .tgz - GZipped Unix tape archive
  15. .uue - UUEncoded file
  16. .war - Web archive
  17. .xxe - XXEncoded file
  18. .Z - Unix Compressed file
  19. .zip - Zip archive
  20. .zoo - Zoo archive
+ the 7 different self-extracting archive formats of course...