UltimateZip is an advanced archive utility that offers support for a lot of popular file types, including ZIP, JAR, CAB and 7Z. It is loaded with plenty of handy tools and configurable settings to help users control every aspect when creating archives and extracting files.
Modern-looking interface with a familiar setting
The GUI of the app adopts the latest flat look found in other Windows utilities, such as Microsoft Office 2013. The ribbon bar enables users to easily create and open archives, create backups, access extra functions and customize settings.
Alter compression settings and build backups
Compression options can be modified when adding files to a new archive. They revolve around the compression mode, encryption, multi-threading and header compression, among others.
The software application implements a handy feature that can regularly run backups after letting users create scripts and personalize settings (similar to creating backups manually). These properties can be later edited.
Manipulate archives via the Explorer context menu
Since UltimateZip installs a Windows Explorer shell extension by default, users have the possibility to easily build archives, test them for errors, extract files, and perform other operations on them while casually navigating Explorer directories. Context menu commands can be customized or the shell extension can be disabled.
Use extras tools to enhance the app's functionality
Any files can be password-protected, whether they are archives or have different types of formats, by encrypting them in separate containers (UltimateZip is required to decrypt them). In addition, it is possible to calculate checksums, verity the integrity of files, add comments to ZIP archives, create self-extracting archives, as well as to split and convert archives to different formats. A batch mode is available for archive creation and extraction.
Evaluation and conclusion
The application quickly builds archives and extracts file while remaining light on system resources. We have not come across major stability issues in our tests, since it did not hang, crash or pop up error messages.
To sum it up, UltimateZip proves to be a fast, reliable and feature-packed archive program geared toward first-time and advanced users alike.
Also available: Portable UltimateZip