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I have been using for awhile, but not the associate file format, 7z...but judging by some file available here it's quite capable.

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I still mostly use .zip, sometimes .rar if file size matters more. Using winrar for both these formats.

.7z seems to be comparable to .rar, only more modern. Obviously 7z/rar have better compression ratios, but the old zip format is very responsive/fast if one just want to browse the contents of an archive or extract just a few files from it.

 

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7z is extreme in compressing TGA's try 7z your entire decal folder and what happens. Only use 7z myself :good:

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The other cool this about 7zip is a that it can open ISO CD images. I get a number of software products at work in this format and rather than jumping through hoops to burn a CD just to get the contents I can just open with 7zip and extract the CD contents right to my hard drive. Works slick.

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Doc that's interesting to know about the CD image.

 

Thanks for the input fellas/fellattes. The first I ever heard about 7zip was at C5's place, where everything seemed to be some strange 7-zipped. I thought *oh no* but the downloads required it (and thanks!!!) -- and once I used the 7zip, I have never gone back to Winzip/rar.

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I used to keep WinZip and WinRAR so I could uncompress any download. Now I just use 7zip and it can handle anything. Been using it for years.

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7z is extreme in compressing TGA's try 7z your entire decal folder and what happens.

 

It better be, because tga's are dump uncompressed bitmaps by themselves.

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Years ago, the c5 site had a limited amound of transfer bandwidth so I wanted to optimize the downloads. I tested zip, rar, ace, 7z and some other compression methods and found 7z to be the best overall for the types of files that make up a typical SF download. Plus it is free and constantly updated.

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