FreeArc 0.67 Alpha / 0.666
Ease of access and various archiving options
The application adds its very own entries in the Context Menu, so you'll be able to either create a new archive or extract files from one with just two clicks.
FreeArc shows tons of options when trying to create an archive, including compression, encryption and protection, store file paths, update mode and comments.
Quickly gets you up and running
The interface is quite plain and simple, so you won't spend much time getting along with it. It is similar to the ones of other compression tools on the market, which means you just have to install it and you're all set.
Great speed at the cost of many resources
As for the way it works, FreeArc is pretty fast and efficient. We've tested it with both small and large archives and every time it worked like a charm.
Nonetheless, even if it remains fast when extracting files from a large archive, during our tests FreeArc seriously slowed down the computer, eating up most of the CPU and RAM.
Compatible with most archivers out there
Some users might think that creating archives in the .arc format could be a drawback, but that's not at all a problem since most of the other compression tools in the market already work with this filetype too.
The utility can convert archives to its proprietary format or to SFX and it can also lock compressed files to prevent any further changes.
To end with
So, all things considered, FreeArc is a pretty nice alternative to the well-known file archivers out there. With a decent feature pack and quiet easy to use, this application is certainly one of the top choices in its category, offering compatibility through its large variety of supported formats.
Reviewed by Bogdan Popa on July 31st, 2014
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- Encryption support in sfx/unarc.exe/unarc.dll
- Don't open cmd instance for external compressors
- Option 'Do not show hidden files and folders' (like in Explorer) Usability
- Extraction: answers no/skip/update are not handled properly
Application descriptionFreeArc is a designed like a modern general-purpose archiver. The main advantage of FreeArc is fast but...