March 27, 2003

JZip and my associations

Why is it that authors of software such as JZip assume that when I first install/run their software I really want them to steal my .zip associations?

Did they ask before doing so? I don't think so - I'm sure I'd have noticed and answered no. This is exceptionally bad practice.

This is even more infurating in Windows XP where there is ZIP folders support - meaning that I rarely use third-party zip tools.

In an effort to actually review the software in question, it looks reasonable and attempts to be a free WinZIP. Unfortunately it seemed to take about 10 seconds to load on my Pentium 4 2.5Ghz computer (whilst consuming more than 60% processor time) and doesn't seem to support the functions of WinZIP that are truly useful - i.e. un-tarring, mime decoding and the rest.

Oh, and don't even get me started on XML Spy stealing ".txt". Grrrrr.

Posted by Simon at March 27, 2003 10:02 AM

Argh! It even changed the name of the file type to "JZip Archive". No it's not, it's a ZIP file. Damnit.

Posted by Simon at Mar 27, 2003 10:24 AM

If you're looking for a Winzip-like archiver that supports many formats and allows you customize the file associations, give IZArc a try. It's listed on
my site:


Posted by Patrick at Mar 27, 2003 11:45 AM