WinZip is a historic name in the software world, one of the longest-running ever; just think that its very first version dates back to 1991 and that still today it is used by millions of people around the world to create, open, manage and share compressed archives of all kinds.
Currently the software is owned by Corel, a Canadian company already known for programs such as CorelDRAW and PaintShop Pro, and offers functions increasingly focused on IT security and data sharing through cloud storage services. There are many different versions available, from the "historical" ones for Windows and Mac OS X to the most recent ones for smartphones and tablets. Would you like to know more? Well, then I'll settle you immediately.
Below you will find explained how to download WinZip for free on all major software platforms and how to take your first steps in this famous software. Please note that after the first 45 days of use, WinZip stops working and requires the purchase of a license which costs 29,95 euros. If you like the program, to continue using it you have to reach into your wallet and buy your license ... otherwise you have to turn to free alternative solutions, which we will discuss together in the final part of the tutorial. Enjoy the reading!
WinZip Per Windows
If you use a Windows PC you can scaricare WinZip for free by connecting to the program's website and clicking on the button TRY IT FOR FREE. When the download is complete, open the file winzipxx.exe that you have just downloaded to your computer and first click on Yes and then forward.
Wait, therefore, for all the files necessary for WinZip to work from the Internet - it is over 75MB of data, so it may take a few minutes - and complete the program installation process by first clicking on forward and then end. At the end of the operation, choose to activate the trial version of WinZip (by clicking on the button Use the evaluation version) e cheap with Close to access the main software window.
The WinZip interface is extremely intuitive: there's one at the top tabbed toolbar (similar to that of Office) through which you can access all the main functions of the program; on the left there is a navigation menu with the most used folders and links to cloud storage services supported by WinZip (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive etc.), while on the right there is the action panel through which it is possible to encrypt and share the archives opened in WinZip.
Once installed on your PC, WinZip automatically sets itself as the default program for managing compressed archives. To select the file types to automatically open with it, select the tab Settings in the toolbar and click on the button WinZip options. In the window that opens, then presses the button Associations, put the check mark next to the types of files you want to open with WinZip and click on the button OK per salvare i Cambiomenti.
To extract the files contained in a zip archive (or any other type of compressed archive), simply select them with the mouse and drag them to a folder of your choice. Alternatively, select the tab Unzip / Share located at the top left and click on the button Decomprimi 1-click. All data contained in the archive (or those you have selected with the mouse) will be automatically extracted in the path of the source file.
To create an archive with WinZip, select the files you want to include in it, right-click on any of them and select the item WinZip> Add to zip archive from the menu that opens. Alternatively, open WinZip, use the left sidebar to select the files you want to "zip" and click on the button Add to zip which appears at the bottom left.
WinZip Per Mac
Do you use a Mac? No problem. WinZip is also available on OS X and to download it to your computer, all you have to do is connect to its official website and click on the button Download trial for two consecutive times. Once the download is complete, open the package dmg which contains WinZip and drag the program icon to the folder Applications in OS X.
Done! You have just installed WinZip on your Mac. To start using the program, select its icon from the OS X Launchpad and click on the button Use Evaluation Version (to activate your free trial version).
Once you have set your preferences, double click on the icon of the archive you want to open with WinZip and extract the files contained within it by dragging them to a folder of your choice.
To create a new archive, instead, open WinZip, click on the button + present in the main window of the program (top left) and choose whether to compress files from your computer (From this Mac) or from a cloud storage service (iCloud Drive, dropbox, Google Drive etc.). Then select all the files you want to include in your zip file and save the final result by going to the menu File > Save which is located at the top left. You can choose to save the archive locally on your Mac or on a cloud storage service.
WinZip Per Smartphone E Tablet
If you need to work with zip files from smartphones and tablets as well, you might want to consider the mobile version of WinZip which is available on both Android and iPhone and iPad.
The application is available in two versions: one free and one paid which offers support for cloud storage services, the ability to create encrypted archives and removes the advertising banners present in the free version of the application. On iOS even the creation of simple zip archives requires the purchase of the full version of WinZip.
The app interface is extremely intuitive: on the side there is the classic menu to navigate between the device folders and the user's cloud accounts (Dropbox, Google Drive etc.), while at the bottom there is the toolbar with the commands to "zip", delete, copy and manage the selected files in various ways.
Alternative a WinZip for Free
As noted above, scaricare WinZip for free it does not mean that you can use the program for free for life. There is a deadline after which, if you intend to continue using the software, you must open your wallet and purchase a regular license.
If you do not intend to take this step, you can uninstall WinZip and turn to very valid free alternatives that allow you to create zip files in a very simple way. The first two names that come to mind are 7-Zip for Windows and The Unarchiver for Mac, both of which are very easy to use and extremely reliable. I told you about it in more detail in my tutorials on how to create ZIP files and how to open RAR with Mac: try them and I'm sure you won't regret it!