Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

WinZip: now for digital cameras!

Many moons ago, I registered WinZip, since it was then the de facto ZIP tool for Windows—there was no competition in the graphical world back then that I was aware of.

So I get email from them every once in a while telling me about new versions and suggesting that I upgrade.

But really, for the past several years, it's been amusing seeing what they come up with to put into new versions.

See, zipping is really not rocket science. After a while, you have the basic operations pretty much down, and the application is essentially feature-complete.

So it's fun to see what they grasp at to justify extracting an upgrade fee from their customers. For example, lossless JPEG (re-?)compression, zipping straight from cameras, image viewing inside archives, new encryption methods... all not really part of their "core competencies" IMO.

It's all rather amusing, really.

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