ZipStar 5.63

ZipStar is a FREE and very basic file compression utility for ZIP archives

ZipStar is a FREE file compression utility. You can use it, for instance, to compress your personal pictures into a single package or to unzip them when you want to know what are those compressed archives with mysterious names. By the way, if you have thousands of photos and want to save disk space, file compression won't help you because JPG files are already compressed. The same applies to MP3 songs and DivX movies.

ZipStar looks like an Office 2007 application, with tabs and nice menus. If you like Microsoft applications because they look pretty, then you'll love this utility. Well, as far as you don't need to open any RAR, 7z or ACE archives, because in that case the program will be useless and your love will decrease.

It exclusively supports ZIP, SQX and CAB archives. Anyhow, ZIP archives can be open, extracted and created by default under Windows XP and Vista. So, it's difficult to imagine a real scenario where this program is worth the download.

It has some interesting features like printing and sending the archives by email and integrates perfectly with Windows Explorer. This means that you can perform most common actions right from your context menu. ZipStar is supposed to run under Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista and requires Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher.

It would be a good alternative to other file compression utilities if it supported more archive formats. Unfortunately, it only supports ZIP archives and the world is more than that. So, if you're looking for a powerful and FREE file compression utility to satisfy your daily needs, you should try ALZip, 7zip or QuickZip. And, if you want to buy an even more featured utility, you should consider PowerArchiver, WinRAR or WinZIP.

Jose David Garcia
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Review summary


  • It's FREE and has a nice interface


  • It only supports ZIP, SQX and CAB archives. So it's somehow useless
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