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Have you ever experienced a time when someone sent you a compressed file (.tar, .rar, .7z, etc) and realized that you don’t have the application to open it? Windows XP and Vista have built in support to handle .zip files but not .rar or other compression formats.
Usually you have 2 choices when a scenario like above happens:
- Ask your friend/client to re-send you the file on a zip format (which you can simply double click on Windows to open it)
- Download the required program (WinRAR, 7-Zip, etc) to open and extract the files
Well, with WobZip around, you have a third choice. If you don’t want to clutter your Windows with unnecessary once-off program, simply go to WobZip.org to get your file extracted.
Currently, WobZip supports 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZHCHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS compressed formats. Do remember that WobZip is still in beta. So expect to find a few bugs. But mostly, it works fine.
Using WobZip is simple. Just browse for the compressed file and enter the hyperlink of the file if it is on the web, and click on the upload or rather the wobzip! button. If the compressed file is password protected, you need to enter the password as well so that it can be opened & extracted.
Afterwards, the list of files inside the compressed archive will be displayed, and you can either download selected files one by one, or download the whole lot of them as a ZIP file which you can easily unzip in windows.