WinZip arrives on iOS, realizes you won't pay for it

News Sean Fallon 12:35, Feb 17 2012

The WinZip file compression utility arrives on iOS for free

Remember WinZip? Did a chill just run down your spine? Not to worry, you might actually be happy that WinZip is available on iOS. 

For one thing, WinZip realized that the only amount you've been historically willing to pay for the service is $0, so the app is free. No annoying registration fee warnings this time around. 

As TUAW points out, the utility allows users to: 

  • Open Zip files and Zip attachments from email
  • Browse and view Zip files, including multi-file attachments
  • Open encrypted Zip files
  • Copy the contents of Zip files to the clipboard
  • View Zip file attachments from webmail (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc)
  • Zipped file types that can be previewed:
  • .txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .pdf, .key, .numbers, .pages, .htm, .htm, .jsp, .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, .tiff, .png, .gif
Unfortunately, the app appears to be read-only, so you will still need to actually compress files on your computer - a major sticking point. Still, there are other apps in the App Store that handle .zip that are worth checking out if WinZip doesn't meet your needs. 

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