WinZip Gets a Facelift

SAN FRANCISCO (03/06/2000) - A new version of Nico Mak Computing Inc.'s popular WinZip compression program promises enhancements in both appearance and convenience. The downloadable beta version of WinZip 8.0 offers an improved alternative wizard interface that will step you through more tasks than previously. The program also behaves more like Windows Explorer: When you right-click files, for example, you get file options like Print or Edit.

Perhaps the best new feature lets you compress and e-mail a file in one easy step--if you're using a MAPI-compliant e-mail program such as Outlook or Outlook Express. Nico Mak Computing warns that some of the beta features may not make it into the final release, due before summer. WinZip 8.0 will cost $29 for new customers; the upgrade is free for registered users. Nico Mak Computing, 877/724-4600,

Product info no. 637.

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