RARLAB released a new version of the company’s popular file archiver WinRAR. WinRAR 5.80 is available for all supported operating systems including Windows, Linux, Mac Os X and Android.
Existing and new users may download the latest version of the file archiver from the official company website.
WinRAR 5.80 includes numerous changes. The changelog list a total of 20 changes/improvements, and several bug fixes as well.
RAR is the default archive format but WinRAR supports other formats such as zip or 7z as well. The latter benefits from a oath increase to 2048 characters from the previous 260 characters.
Another useful change is that the file extension remains visible if archive or file names are too long to be displayed in the archiving or extraction progress window. Previously, WinRAR cut the name at the end which often meant that the file extension was not displayed.
This version truncates them removing the path component and symbols in the middle, but preserving beginning of file name and file extension.
WinRAR users who create an archive from multiple files that are named the same (but differ when it comes to the file extension) may notice that WinRAR proposes the filename as the archive name by default. If readme.text and readme.css are added, WinRAR proposes to use readme.rar as the archive filename. The software suggested the name based on the parent folder name for several selected files previously.
Another change allows WinRAR to read default values for command line switches from rar.ini files.
- Archiving speed has been improved for large NTFS alternate data streams on multi-core CPU systems.
- Password prompt is displayed only once for encrypted search results if the files are found in the same archive. CTRL-A selects all files of the search results now.
- Copy and paste operations from large archives no longer fails under certain circumstances.
- RAR4 format recovery volumes use “the same width of volume number field as corresponding RAR volumes” in the new version.
- File and progress bar is displayed when unpacking tar.bz2, tar.gz, tar.lz, tar.xz, tar.z archives (only total progress was displayed previously).
- Lots of command line changes.
- Several bug fixes, e.g. fix for extraction errors when valid .gz archives are extracted.
You can check out the entire changelog here.
Now You: which file archiver do you use, and why?