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From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
> One man's opinion, etc.
> WinZip is established and ZIP'd files can be opened directly in WinXP and
beyond. That's a big
> argument for. I downloaded some half-baked RAR utility for something that was
only available as an
> RAR archive and it did open that archive just fine but it was primative
interface to say the least.
> Options are usually a good idea but I can't see why there needs to be an
> long-established ZIP. In other words, what's RAR's reason d'etre?
> WinZip software is cheap and the $30 version opens TAR archives also. ZIP is a
> established format, with many programs including the Windows OS itself can
open them. I believe a
> Zip-specific program is needed to make ZIP archives, but perhaps this isn't so
in the non-Windows
> world. That funky zip-like format in the Apple world can be opened by a free
Windows utility. I'm
> sure Apple has either included or built-in utilities to deal with all
> since the vast majority of desktops run other OS's.
As well,(IIRC) WinZip can expand MS .cab files...
Steven C. Barr