PeaZip is a powerful but easy to use open source archiving tool. There are many free compression utilities out there, but few are as robust as this one. In many ways, it is more powerful than some paid archive apps.
The program is user friendly. Thanks to its drag and drop support, a user just has to drag a zip file on the interface and it will be decompressed. The archiving screen pops open when you drop a file there. All the basic functions are labeled clearly so new users will have no trouble using the program. File browse tools and function buttons make it a snap to add folders and files.
You can make archives easily because the default settings are designed to make the process simple. But experts can tweak the settings using several options. Every tab is designed consistently; there is encryption, dictionaries, methods, set compression levels, text buttons and radio buttons. Casual users probably won’t tinker with these settings, but the options are there.
Sophisticated users will appreciate its wide range of file format support. PeaZip can extract over 150 archive formats including ZIPX, UDF, RAR, ISO, LHA, DMG, CAB, ARJ and ACE. OpenSource technologies like ZIP, WIM, XZ, TAR and many more are supported.
Numerous tools make it easy to perform archive management tasks such as finding duplicate files, hash calculation, viewing thumbnails and converting archives. PeaZip even has secure deletion, an encrypted password manager, two factor authentication and more. What really sets the software apart is the way it works. The extraction/compression interface has more in common with a traditional file compressor.
PeaZip is designed for Windows NT/98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8. If you want an archiving utility that goes beyond the basics, this is the one.