WinZip Comes to the iPad

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WinZip for iPad

WinZip is a new iPad app released this week, and an iPad version of the long-established and leading name in file compression software for many years (more than 20 according to its App Store page). 

Here are some of the capabilities of the app:

– 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

There’s no lack of current iPad and iOS apps that can manage compressed files (including those in the .zip format) – but I think it’s just very cool to see WinZip make it to the App Store. I installed it just a little while ago, as much for nostalgia as anything else I guess. It works as advertised. It’s not going to rival GoodReader and other far more versatile apps, but if you just need a good, old friend of an app to handle compressed files on the iPad then this may be a very good option – being a free app doesn’t hurt either.

Here’s an App Store link for WinZip; it’s a free app and a universal app designed to run on both the iPad and iPhone.


Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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