WinZip 17 Now Shipping with Cloud Storage Support

If you're reading Tom's Hardware, you're no doubt familiar with WinZip. The popular file compressing software has been a staple application for PC users for years and it still is, with over a billion downloads and 100 million active users. WinZip celebrated its best year ever in 2011, and 2012 brought WinZip for iOS and Android, as well as WinZip Mac 2. WinZip for Windows 8 will launch later on this year, and Corel is this week celebrating the launch of WinZip 17. 

Featuring integration with the likes of Dropbox, Google Drive, and Sky Drive, WinZip 17 features 128- or 256-bit AES encryption along with support for OpenCL acceleration on AMD's Fusion, Trinity, and Radeon graphics, as well as Nvidia's GeForce graphics, and Intel's Ivy Bridge. It also allows you to prepare files as you share them (convert to PDF, resize images, add watermarks), send up to 2 GB via email (thanks to ZipSend, a delivery service designed to bypass limits on attachment sizes), securely share through the cloud, or share files on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

On a more personal note, our own Chris Angelini tells me that WinZip 17 will be making its debut in the Tom's Hardware testing suite next week. Chris highlighted the importance of support for OpenCL acceleration in particular.

"I have OpenCL enabled on an Nvidia GeForce GTX 680, which is a first for WinZip, and I’m getting full utilization across all cores on the chips that I’m testing, which is also something new for testing WinZip," he said. "Good news for us guys in the lab."

The Standard Edition of WinZip will set you back $30, while the Pro Edition is priced at $50. Registered users of previous versions of WinZip (WinZip 15.5 or earlier) are eligible to upgrade to WinZip 17 at 50 percent off new license prices.

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  • lahawzel
    Oh man I remember last century when WinZip was the bomb.
  • osamabinrobot
    hey im interested in seeing benchmarks on this with gpu utilization but ill continue to use 7zip most likely
  • Cryio
    hydac7Nice, but for me, I' ll keep using 7zip
    While the interface is way too cluttered if you just want to zip/unzip something, the OpenCL implementation cuts the time needed dramatically compared to Winrar and 7zip.
  • antemon
    lahawzelOh man I remember last century when WinZip was the bomb.for a second i thought you were exaggerating, but holy shit you're right.

    90s/early 2000 winzip all the way for me. then XP came along with it's own compression program and although it wasn't stellar it worked... using 7-zip now of course, but damn you are so right.

    come to think of it, i have never needed to zip anything for the longest time... file extraction from an ISO but 30 bucks for a compression program isn't worth it for a regular home user...
  • jhansonxi
    Seems like everything has a cloud component nowadays. I'll have to look for that the next time I buy a chainsaw or wrench.
  • RipperjackAU
    Anybody see a keygen for this yet? All the usual sites don't seam to have anything posted at the moment. :(
  • jhansonxi
    hydac7Nice, but for me, I' ll keep using 7ziposamabinrobothey im interested in seeing benchmarks on this with gpu utilization but ill continue to use 7zip most likelyUnfortunately Igor doesn't seemed convinced of the benefits of OpenCL to add it to 7Zip:

    He suggests benchmarking with WinZip to determine the performance difference.
  • Zingam_Duo
    Who TF pays for that?
  • echondo
    Sorry, but I'm a winrar fan and always will be
  • cookoy
    For a while i thought corel was letting winzip die a slow death with its lack of improvements for years. Switched to 7zip too. But lately winzip is starting to fire up its engines again.