PeaZip 2.7 beta

PeaZip can extract most of archive formats both from Windows and Unix worlds, ranging from mainstream 7Z, RAR, TAR and ZIP to experimental ones like PAQ/LPAQ family, currently the most powerful compressor available.
For archive creation, PeaZip supports a wide range of compression and encryption standard, from fastes to most powerful ones, and allows to export job definition as scripts to bridge the gap between GUI and console applications, and let the user pick the best of the two worlds.

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Actually I just switched back to this and removed 7zip for 2 simple reasons. One, peazip can create multiple 7zip archives from a single selection which 7zip can't. And two, it has a very convenient secure delete function which again 7zip does not have. Winrar is my default archiver because it handles itself flawlessly for general archive manipulation. But I recently discovered that an email attachment was refused as a rar and accepted as a 7zip using the same exact folder. If it weren't for the fact that peazip opens multiple instances when creating multiple archives I would not even have winrar installed. (I hope that gets fixed soon) Otherwise, if you try to create 300 7zip's from 300 folders, your gui will have a ****fit as it tries to load every instance to the taskbar. Winrar doesn't have this problem as it will happily do this from a single instance of itself.
And as far as context, I keep one, 'add to seperate 7zip' for peazip, and a simple 'add to archive' cascade option for winrar.

I don't like how the context menu does not depend on what file-type you right-click; any file you right-click will show the extract options.

Apart from that, it seems decent.

WinRar has by default non cascaded context menu, and users are happy with its 4 entries in menu's root (3 for archives):


Re tested now with latest WinRar, on Vista and XP, and entries are non cascaded as shown here.
For comparison, by default PeaZip creates 1 entry for folders and 4 for files, not 6 as shown in JaLooNz pic, just to be correct.

Peazip improves on the UI, but the context menu when you right click is a clear downgrade from 7zip. It is both ugly and very messy by not being packed into a cascaded menu.

Non cascaded menu? Just like an archiver known as WinRar?
Usually user does not complains about WinRar context menu...

Cascaded context menu like 7zip, WinRAR, and I believe Winzip. Compare those to the ones Peazip has and you will see why even though it has a UI that is better, the function which you use more often looks worse.

7Zip and WinZip have cascaded menu, and that's bad (one more click to do).
PeaZip and WinRar have not cascaded menu, and that's good: less prone to break up things in frail Windoze registry, and one less click to do.
If you don't believe try installing WinRar with default options, and see THIS context menu:
http://www.ofzenandcomputing.com/wp-conten...t-click-rar.PNG
Or google images for winrar menu to see IT IS NOT CASCADED by default!
BTW, you have selected PZ setup to create 6 entries in context menu, by default it wil create 1 for folders (against 4 of WinRar), 4 for files (as WinRar), 4 for archives (WinRar creates 3).
Please reply only on the basis of real and correct data.

But in this case where I want the functions and thus need the added entries, it just extends the menu by 6 and thus I need to scroll more to get to the same options. With cascaded menus, one just need to briefly rollover and select an option. WinRAR may not be using cascaded menus by default, but it is an option. I am not sure what you mean by "real and correct" data that does not apply in this case.

That is the reason why I am not using it, but if the author or anyone feels that that is a non-issue, that's fine too. In the end I just use the stuff that works the best for me. Think about this, if I keep both WinRAR and 7zip installed and they do it like Peazip, then I guess I will need to scroll from the top of my screen to the bottom just to access properties.

This is not to mention the ugly + and - symbols, while they might be useful for some, is an eyesore for people who can read the group of "Add" or "Extract".

PZ has dozen of functions, you can move all of them in SendTo if your screen resolution does not stands a few more text lines.
Before saying "all those entries are mixed in SendTo", think that a lot of mainstream applications and the system itself gladly uses it... and blame MS to have removed the ability to create sub menus in SendTo with Vista: maybe they too hates cascading menus!

And think a bit why does WinRar, the vastly most popular archiver with larger installed base, does not cascade by default (MOST users uses defaults): because in many years of experience and hundred millions of installed copies of the programit they understood 1) it is better for most users to do less clicks and view available functions, and 2) it is better for the support team to have (in most of the installed copies of the application) to play the less that is possible with the registry, as is needed for cascaded menus, since registry are very frail.

If we are talking about I prefer A and you prefer B, ok, I respect and fully understand you can totally prefer B, but please say: "I prefer B over A", nor "A is worse, B is better"!
WinRar's experience, that is instilled by developers in what they offer as default option, shows in facts - not in terms of words or likes/dislikes - that A, non cascading, is better (for at least the two mentioned reasons) and should be offered as standard instead of B (cascading).

Then, you can continue to prefer B, and I respect it, but please tell it in terms of preference, not as it is an objective truth.

In terms of user-base, 7zip is comparable to WinRAR but also uses a cascading menu by default. Thus, being offered as a "standard" by WinRAR means little if you observe that 7zip also offers the other option by default.

However, the key point here is that Peazip still does not offer such a basic option after long development. I have no idea what "objective truth" you are referring to, but as far as I am concerned Peazip doesn't offer cascading menu that is a supported feature in most of the other archivers for long, and that will be the truth that you have failed to resolve.

And the underlying issue will be product positioning. Is this intend to displace 7zip/WinRAR on windows platforms, or simply offer an alternative is which relatively less heard of? Or is this meant to be cross-platform one-software for archives, with less emphasis on matching platform parity?