New WinZip Delivers Photo Compression

Posted by at 8:04 pm on September 14, 2008

New capabilities of WinZip 12.0 include industry-first JPEG Zip compression, a complete photo management and sharing solution, improved performance and compatibility and enhanced security options.WinZip 12.0 makes it easier than ever to work with Zip files and other popular archive formats and adds functionality to improve performance for both home and corporate users.

“WinZip remains the most user-friendly compression tool available, and the new features in version 12.0 allow users to do much more than just compression,” said Shawn Cole, Director of Product Management of WinZip Computing. “WinZip 12.0 includes a complete photo management solution which allows users to download, rotate, zip and send JPEG files – all with WinZip. We like to call it our ‘from camera to grandma’ photo solution.”

Photo Compression and Management

WinZip 12.0 compresses JPEG files by 20 to 25% without any loss of photo quality or data integrity. Smaller file sizes allow users to send photos faster and fit more on hard drives and removable media. With the camera Wizard (available in WinZip 12.0 Pro) makes it easy to transfer photos from a digital camera and compress them in a Zip file. For cameras that support orientation tags, WinZip 12.0 can also “auto-rotate” photos prior to compression so they are correctly oriented in the Zip file.

New features and enhancements in WinZip 12.0 include

  • Photo and image compression–without any loss of quality or integrity–as well as image management and sharing
  • More Compression Methods – The addition of WinZip’s new JPEG and LZMA compression methods to its existing PPMd, BZip2, Enhanced Deflate and WAVPack methods, WinZip offers improved compression performance for most file types.
  • Support for More Archive Formats – WinZip 12.0 adds support for 7Z archives, CD/DVD .ISO and .IMG disk image files to existing support for RAR, BZ2, CAB, LHA, Z, GZ, TAR, UUE, XXE, BinHex, Mime, and ZIP files.
  • Set password complexity preferences – WinZip 12.0 adds a new password policy which allows you to customize encryption password requirements to achieve a desired password complexity.
  • Ability to create smaller Zip files through new compression algorithms and support for additional Archive formats

Pricing and Availability

WinZip 12.0 Standard is US$29.95, and WinZip 12.0 Pro is US$49.95.  Download links and ordering information can be found on the WinZip web site at  http://www.winzip.com.

WinZip is certified for Windows XP and Windows Vista.

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