here is a quick overview of 7zip after using it for 5 minutes:
7zip launches quickly enough compared to initial versions and keyboard shortcuts for file browsing are in place which is nice. Wanted to do a quick usability test. Right click on a zip file and extract the contents without opening the zip.
Upon right clicking on the file, I noticed that winrar gave me better options right off the bat while 7zip relegates everything to a submenu. I’m sure this can be changed in the settings, but from first impressions, 7zip seems like yet another app I have to fiddle around with for standard usability features.
Wanting to see 7zip’s file options, I opened the zip file and looked for a preview button. Apparently “open” is 7zip’s equivalent of a preview.
That is obviously not the case, as you can see from the result. A blank screen:
winrar has a pretty good internal utf text viewer and also managed to “open” the file correctly using the associated program:
overall? 7zip is not the kind of app you can expect to use without paying attention to proper configuration i.e. you can’t use it “blindfolded” or “out of the box”. Definitely has some kinks that are not present in winrar. It’s free though which is nice.
Note that I tested winrar on a separate machine using a trial version to keep things equal (don’t need excuses about the full version having pro features etc.). Also note that I installed the 64 bit versions of both winrar and 7zip.