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Zipcreator 1.0

Make zip archives easier to work with thanks to this tiny Java utility 

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Java JRE 1.3 or later required (already installed in Mac OS X) 

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 18 November 2010
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Zipcreator in Windows
Zipcreator is a handy tool for working with zip archives

You might be wondering what the point of any zip utility is these days: after all, both Windows and Mac OS X have built-in support for both creating zip archives and extracting files from them. Admittedly, Windows’ support is superior – you can add files to existing archives as well as browse their contents without extracting the files first – but this functionality is rather basic. It’s adequate for occasional use, but what if you spend a lot of time putting together zip archives and want something a little more user-friendly?

One such tool is the Java-based zipcreator, which is cross-platform, simple to use but remarkably effective. Windows and Linux users will need to install Java JRE first if necessary, but once in place just double-click the downloaded zipcreator.jar file to launch the program. A blank window will appear – click Open to select an existing zip file to explore its contents or add new files to it, or simply start putting together your own compilation of files to zip up for whatever reason.

Files can be added a number of ways: try dragging them from an open window into zipcreator, or click Add to select them via a File Open dialogue box. Accidentally added the wrong file? No problem, just select it and click Remove. When your chosen set of files and folders are in place, click the Save As button to create a new archive, or the Save button to update an existing one.

Although the program is simple to use, it’s worth reading through the online manual at its homepage to get a feel for some its nuances.

Verdict:

A simple and capable tool that makes the creation and updating of zip archives much easier than relying on your computer’s built-in tools. 

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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