I am attempting to archive some files, most around 705-708mb. I just need to get them below 700mb to fit on a CD but winzip makes them 700,050kb! I tried StuffIt and it does not do any better despite the web site claims, actually it just takes longer and drains the CPU from all the other progs...
.rar maybe? How about .ace?
You should also try bzip under *nix, I know it compresses quite well.
10-10-2002, 05:53 PM
Some programs downloadable for compressing :) and the like.
10-10-2002, 07:20 PM
Now, surely you can delete 50kb...and don't call me shirley. :D
I went thru this 2 months ago. I installed every program claiming to have a 'secret method' of better compression.
Although it depends what type of file your compressing, I found all of them to be a bunch of hooey.
The difference was so small, it was laughable. Much time was wasted trying them all out but I had to find out for myself. Think about it...Why would just one program know of a 'secret method' of bettter compression? It's a bad joke to get you to use their program.
Just pick one that reads most file types and go with that. Although Winzip has a 'reputation', their new 8.1 reads most all file types and is fine with me. :p
10-11-2002, 01:25 AM
not sure what windows xps zip programs like but you can give it a shot :D
10-11-2002, 01:45 PM
.rar currently offers the highest compression ratio, and there easier to span.
To be honest however the difference isnt that big, say 40kb better for every meg. Thats only a rough guess tho
Zoobie, you are so right! What a hoax!
707mb through Winzip: 700.5
707mb through Winrar 3: 704
707mb through StuffIt as Zip: 701
707mb through StuffIt as Sit: 704 (it is their format for crying out loud and it works worse then the zipping in their own program!)
704mb through bzip2 on Linux: 701.5
THIS IS SUCH A JOKE, SOMEBODY HELP ME PLEASE!!!
10-12-2002, 09:27 PM
have you tried qzip its an old program, not sure if there is a new version.
it works pritty well.
it zipped around 185MB to about 75MB.