Five Apps: Compress and manage archive files

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Five Apps

1. 7-Zip

Created by Russian programmer Igor Pavlov, 7-Zip has set the gold standard for file archive utilities. Although the user interface is probably not the most intuitive for novices, the settings are quite customizable and the ability to really take full control over 7z output settings really helps you wring out every last bit of savings possible in your archives. The software is licensed under an LGPL 2.1 license, making this suitable for home and commercial use. Credit: Images by Matthew Nawrocki for TechRepublic

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