WinRAR is a program of RAR file format evolved over time. It is a data compression utility and works for 32-bit and 64-bit system. It supports RAR and ZIP files completely. The application is able to unpack CAB, ARZ, 7Z, UUE, BZ2, ISO, JAR, GZ, Z, LZH, TAR, ACE files. It has started with the version 5 of WinRAR and later, the optional features are added for further access of users. The application have numerous features such as AES encryption, duplicate detection of files, optional NTFS system, file hashing algorithm, symbolic links and Quick open record to allow large activities to get opened faster. WinRAR comes with a very simple user interface and archives can be created by simple drag and drop options. The more advanced features such as self-extraction of archives, bench marking, auto deletion of temporary files and archive locking are also provided in the application.
The main features of WinRAR consists of unpacking of files and converting them into compressed files. The program also supports multithreaded compression and decompression. The optional features of data redundancy, encryption, record opening, and maximum path length support, optional archive comment, preservation of time stamp and file deduplication are provided within the application. The support of various languages are also expanded for better access of users.
WinRAR is a very useful application to compress the files. The smaller archives can be made and leaving valuable hard disk space free in the systems. The complete support of different file formats is an added advantage of the application in a significant way. It is an ideal application to send data through web in a compressed and organized manner. WinRAR is also utilized for sending multimedia files as it is considered as the best recognized method of compression. The archives can be spitted in separate volumes which makes it easy to get saved in different disks as per the requirement. It also slows user to have multithreaded compression support. The support of Unicode in file names and advanced NTFS file system enhances the utility of application. The data redundancy is also provided with the use of recovery volumes and records allowing the reconstruction of damaged archives in the system.
The only disadvantage of this application is that it is available only for 40 day limited period of time. The user will get a free trial of 40 days and after passing of 40 days, the user have to pay $29 for purchasing the license of application to continue using it.
The updated version of WinRAR have optional menu items for better streamlining and integration of processes. The disable option for archival of WinRAR is also available in the updated version of application. The compatibility of winrar.ini file and WinRAR installer folder has also been made better so that the winrar.ini file gets copied to the WinRAR folder after completion of installation process within the system. The smaller requisites of WinRAR has also been resolved by recent version of application.