WinZip Computing

WinZip Computing

May 02, 2007 12:41 ET

WinZip® 11.1 Now Available in French

World's Most Popular Compression Utility Expands Data Backup Functionality, Adds Image Viewing and Automatic Compression Selection

MANSFIELD, CONNECTICUT and OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2007) - WinZip Computing, a Corel Company (NASDAQ:CREL)(TSX:CRE), today announced the official release of the French version of WinZip® 11.1.

WinZip 11.1 reinforces the company's commitment to helping its wide range of users work smarter, safer and faster by introducing features that streamline work processes that occur before and after the actual task of zipping and unzipping files. Recently Certified for Windows Vista, WinZip 11.1 has been optimized to take advantage of the new Windows Vista™ Aero™ UI.

WinZip is a powerful and easy-to-use compression utility that quickly zips and unzips files to conserve disk space and greatly reduce email transmission time. It is the data compression choice for thousands of organizations, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies, as well as millions of home users. More than 160 million users have downloaded copies of WinZip from CNET's alone.

Highlights of WinZip 11.1, available in Standard or Pro, include practical image handling through thumbnails and a new internal image viewer, more efficient compression, enhanced data backup functionality, and support for RAR and BZ2 files.

Recognizing the increasing popularity of digital photography, the company takes an important step in supporting image management with WinZip 11.1. When using WinZip's Explorer-style view, users can now view image thumbnails without extracting the images from the Zip file. This makes it quicker to work with images in Zip files. Pro users can also view the full-size image in WinZip's new internal image viewer. This allows users to browse through multiple images within WinZip itself, rather than opening a separate application for each individual image.

WinZip 11.1 Pro includes practical and powerful enhancements to the WinZip Job Wizard. Now, users who regularly depend on the Job Wizard for tasks including backup of data sets, archiving important documents, or distributing information can configure WinZip 11.0 Pro to email a status confirmation and/or the resulting Zip file automatically after completion. Job Wizard users can also use a new "browse" feature to find a specific folder on an FTP server, and select custom jobs directly from the Job Wizard and Quick Pick tray bar menus.

Last year, WinZip introduced PPMd and bzip2 compression methods -- enhanced technology that allows users to create smaller Zip files than ever before. This year, WinZip makes this technology more accessible by introducing a new 'best compression' feature. This allows users to simply select 'best compression' and let WinZip decide what compression method to use, depending on the individual file type.

Other enhancements include the ability to open BZ2 and RAR files, and the addition of a special lossless compression method that compresses WAV music files more efficiently, and doesn't compromise sound quality.

WinZip 11.1 includes new Windows Vista-style toolbar and program icons, as well as an enhanced Explorer-style User Interface for Windows Vista. WinZip 11.1 uses Microsoft Software Installer (MSI) for customizable installation, and users can install WinZip 11.1 on 64-bit Windows Vista and Windows® XP operating systems, as well as 32-bit Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 2000 systems.

"These powerful new features, as well as several additional enhancements, make WinZip 11.1 our most complete compression offering to date," said Edwin Siebesma, president of WinZip. "We are happy that we are again able offer a French version to our loyal users in France, Canada, Belgium and other French speaking countries."

Pricing and Availability

WinZip 11.1 Standard is available at a suggested retail price of $44.95 USD and $64.95 USD for the Pro version. Attractive volume licensing discounts are also available. Download links and ordering information can be found on the WinZip web site at

About WinZip Computing

Founded in 1991, WinZip is located in Mansfield, Conn. and was recently acquired by Corel Corporation. WinZip offers the world's most popular Zip utility for Windows, WinZip, along with WinZip Self-Extractor and WinZip Companion for Outlook®.

About Corel Corporation

Corel is a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software with more than 100 million users worldwide. The Company's product portfolio includes some of the world's most popular and widely recognized software brands including CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, Corel® Paint Shop Pro®, Corel® Painter™, Corel DESIGNER®, Corel® WordPerfect® Office, WinZip and iGrafx®. In 2006, Corel acquired InterVideo, makers of WinDVD® , and Ulead, a leading developer of video, imaging and DVD authoring software. Designed to help people become more productive and express their creative potential, Corel's software strives to set a higher standard for value with full-featured products that are easier to learn and use. The industry has responded with hundreds of awards recognizing Corel's leadership in software innovation, design and value.

Corel's products are sold in more than 75 countries through a well-established network of international resellers, retailers, original equipment manufacturers, online providers and Corel's global websites. The Company's headquarters are located in Ottawa, Canada with major offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China and Japan. Corel's stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol CREL and on the TSX under the symbol CRE.

(C) 2007 Corel Corporation. All rights reserved. Corel, Paint Shop Pro, Painter, Corel DESIGNER, WordPerfect, WinZip, iGrafx, WinDVD, InterVideo, Ulead, and the Corel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Corel Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. Windows, Windows Vista, Aero, and Outlook are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other product names and any registered and unregistered trademarks mentioned are used for identification purposes only and remain the exclusive property of their respective owners.

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