ZipItFast! is a compression tool capable of creating new archives with ZIP, TAR, Black Hole (BH), CAB, LHA, LHZ or JAR formats, as well as extracting files from archives with additional file extensions, like EXE, ACE, ARC, RAR, UUE and PACK. It comes loaded with a few advanced options, such as the ability to verify the integrity of archives and to create self-extracting files.
Rapid installation that requires your attention
The setup is a smooth operation. The only part of it which needs your attention is toward the end, when ZipItFast! offers to make some changes to your browsers. However, this offer can be easily declined to leave the original configuration intact.
Create new archives and extract files
At startup, the application offers to make archive file associations. Its interface looks a bit unusual but it is simple to figure out.
In order to create a new archive, you can specify its name and saving directory, pick the files and folders to include, choose the output format as well as tinker with settings in regard to file attributes (archive, compressed, hidden, zero attribute, read only, system file), deflate type (super fast, fast, normal, extra), directory storing mode (relative, absolute no drive, absolute, none), along with password.
An opened archive shows all contents in the main frame, together with details about the name, date and time, size, ratio, packed, folder, type and comment for each file. You can select one or more files and extract them to any location on the disk.
Other archive operations and program settings
It is possible to add or edit file comments, view and run files by setting console commands, test archives, rename or move archives to other locations, send them via the default desktop email client, and create EXE files. The main window can be set to stay on top of other frames, while file history can be cleared. You can change the view style and UI skin, customize file associations, integrate ZipItFast! into the Windows Explorer shell extension, and more.
Evaluation and conclusion
The tool compresses archives and extracts files rapidly while remaining light on the system resources. However, it popped up a couple of errors and crashed during our evaluation while we were tinkering with its settings. On top of that, the interface needs some major improvements. But we must also take into account that ZipItFast! has not been updated for a long time and it is likely to have compatibility issues with later operating systems. It can be best used on older Windows versions.