iZip is a practical application for anyone that wants to unzip and compress ZIP, RAR and ZIPX files.
The latter format, ZIPX, is one of the more obscure ones found on OS X, and iZip handles it with ease. In addition, the program treats archives as disks rather than compressed files. This means you can browse archives as if they were a disk using Finder with distinctive viewing options such as using iTunes style cover-flow browsing. This is great if you only need to extract specific files from an archive instead of extracting the whole thing.
Another handy feature is the possibility to share archives via files.com. You can upload them via iZip and receive a link which others can use to access it. Obviously, this is not advisable if you are dealing with an archive which contains particularly sensitive data though. There are few downsides to iZip - its a shame there aren't more configuration and customization options but overall, its an excellent archiver.
If you're looking for a free archiving tool with something a bit different, iZip is excellent.
- Added preference: "[x] Mount archive volumes in read-write mode whenever possible" (disable this to automatically open ZIP archives in read-only mode)
- ZIP, ZIPX and RAR now supported on OS 10.5.x
- Rebuilt an internal component for i386 & x86_64