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Last post Author Topic: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006  (Read 27437 times)

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WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« on: July 29, 2006, 01:13:12 AM »
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WinRAR Voted Overall Best Utility for SIAF People's Choice Award

The people have spoken and voted WinRAR as Best Overall Utility. Each year the
Shareware Industry Awards Foundation (SIAF) asks computer users from all over
to vote for their favorite software.

Thanks for all your support and for voting for WinRAR. It was a great honor for
us to receive such an award.

More information about the SIAF People's Choice Awards and all the winners can
be found at ┬╗www.sic.org/peopleschoice.asp.

To Say Thanks and to Celebrate: Get the Winner WinRAR 3.51 for FREE on Sunday

In order to thank everyone who voted for us and made it possible for us to
win this prestigious award, we are offering the WinRAR 3.51 single user license
non upgradeable version this Sunday the 30th of July 2006 from 00:00 until
24:00 CET for absolutely FREE. Please click the following link which will become
active on Sunday.
Fill out the form on that page in order to receive further
information via e-mail about how to get your FREE version of WinRAR.

http://www.win-rar.c...m/bestoverallutility

If you find a good solution and become attached to it, the solution may become your next problem.
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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2006, 01:19:50 AM »
Wow super nice find!!!! Thanks!!! :Thmbsup:

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2006, 01:24:42 AM »
Yow! I'm all over this!

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2006, 03:40:02 AM »
That sounds Great!...Many thanks!... :Thmbsup:
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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2006, 04:38:40 AM »
This is cool! 8)
WinRar is my favourite compression tool. I hope i don't forget to download it tomorrow.
Thanks!  :Thmbsup:

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2006, 05:17:37 AM »
Thanks for the info, kimmchii  :Thmbsup:

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2006, 10:41:51 AM »
Hoo boy, I bet that's gonna be a dificult link to actually get to...  it's not Sunday yet, and I'm getting:

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Warning: mysql_pconnect() [function.mysql-pconnect]: #08004Too many connections in /opt/www/wwwroot/www.win-rar.com/html/t3lib/class.t3lib_db.php on line 813

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2006, 02:11:23 PM »
Wow, this is pretty cool even though it is locked to a single version.  I doubt it will be a problem for most people though as nothing significant has been added to WinRAR for years (LZMA please!).

On the other hand, from a security perspective this potentially undermines Authenticity Verification bigtime as with a bit of effort you can no doubt get multiple licenses masquerading as whoever.  Well, if the site is up in the first place.  :P
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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2006, 06:17:19 PM »
The offer is for Sunday, Central European Time - so it's open now!


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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2006, 06:28:29 PM »
I have been using 7-Zip which has always been free and Open Source.   And I was under the impression it has greater compression ratio than WinRAR, especially with multiple files .  Can someone set me straight?

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The main features of 7-Zip:

    * High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression
    * 7-Zip is free software distributed under the GNU LGPL
    * Supported formats:
          o Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
          o Unpacking only: RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS
    * For ZIP and GZIP formats 7-Zip provides compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
    * Self-extracting capability for 7z format
    * Integration with Windows Shell
    * Powerful File Manager
    * Powerful command line version
    * Plugin for FAR Manager
    * Localizations for 63 languages

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2006, 06:40:08 PM »
read the massive review zaine wrote:
http://www.donationc...hiveTools/index.html

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2006, 08:35:36 PM »
Compression of every format, including RAR and 7Z, very much depends on the type of file being compressed. For example 3D OBJ models tend to be compressed extremely well by 7-Zip - better than RAR even. Whereas Terragen .ter terrain files tend to compress better with RAR. There is no clear winner as far as I know. Hopefully 7-Zip's format will continue to gain support and it can be more safely used as a general compression format in the future but for now RAR is a safer bet from a compatibility standpoint.

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2006, 08:52:40 PM »
The only problem with rar is that winrar is the only one that can compress it. rarlabs uncooly charges people to utilize its format. You can decompress it all you want, but try and compress to it, and you will get charged royalties. So, I tend to find it unfair when people compare winrar to other archivers when the makers of winrar make it so that only winrar can compress rar.

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2006, 01:43:46 AM »
Sure it's "fair", it's just that the licensing terms and availability of compatible applications should be taken into account. :D

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2006, 01:48:38 AM »
For those of you that have taken advantage of this offer, you can't use the instructions in the email they sent you, once you have that key.

It says to double click the key file but that will result in this error:

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/6870/rarkeyxj4.jpg
WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006


What you have to do is make sure you have version 3.51 installed and open it. then drag that key file into it and you are done.

The email gave bad installing info.

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2006, 01:52:35 AM »
Is anyone else having problems with the registration page?...After filling it out it just sits there and does not change...
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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2006, 02:53:20 AM »
The site is more than a bit overloaded.  If you keep refreshing after it times out you'll get there eventually.  It must have taken me 20-30 attempts at 02:00 CET.  I dunno why I bothered though, I already have a license.  :D
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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2006, 03:18:35 AM »
Thanks...  I'll just have to keep trying
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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2006, 04:18:11 AM »
Does this free version of WinRar support 7Zip?
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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2006, 05:00:05 AM »
I've been trying for 5 hours now still no sign, I get as far as reg page and that's about it... : 8) The page just keeps trying to load...Should I leave it to do it's own thing?...Advice please...
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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2006, 10:20:38 AM »
Whew! After soo long, Finally got it...

Can I post the link on another forum?

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #21 on: July 30, 2006, 10:38:32 AM »
Yes, its posted all over the internet. Its not a DC exclusive thing

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2006, 10:41:35 AM »
OK...Many thanks for the Info Josh...
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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2006, 11:06:32 AM »
7-zip vs WinRAR

One of the advancements of 7-zip is that it utilizes some preprocessors to improve the compressibility of certain types of data (i.e. x86 code - BCJ/BCJ2). In theory, an algorithm targetted towards a particular type of data can perform better than general purpose algorithms, provided sufficient effort is put into the targeted algorithm of course. This is the future of compression algorithms, targetting them towards common data types.

One of the reasons WinRAR is still #1 is that the GUI of 7-zip still has a long way to go to catch up to WinRAR. The console version of 7-zip is also less intuitive to use than WinRAR.

7-zip being Open Source isn't such a big deal. It's code is a mess from hell and the comments seem stripped or non-existant to start with. This attitude of many open source developers that documenting the code is less important than releasing the code I disagree with. The code can always be re-created, but the rationale for certain decisions and design takes longer to infer. Documentation should always be the #1 priority in any project where maintainence and extension by others is desirable. LZMA is a bit cleaner than 7-zip and, being a compression algorith, it is important it's open source, though I'd like to see improved documentation with it too.

Compatibility with existing decompression tools.

RAR has been around for many, many years and still people prefer not to distribute their software with it because it causes end users headaches since RAR is less common than ZIP and not natively supported by XP+.

This is why any algorithm that prevents people from using its decomprssion code freely will NEVER catch on (there are a couple good examples of this -- excellent compression software that things it's a good idea to charge for decompression support, preventing wide adoption of their code from ever happening). But, even algorithms with decoders that are free for anyone to use are still slow to catch on.

Of course, there's always self-extracting archives. These are nice, but there is unfortunately a growing trend to avoid distributing executables due to misconceptions by end users about any download or attachment ending with an executable extension.

The answer? There isn't an easy one. But then maybe there's no problem... this brings us to:

People have an attitude that ZIP (or gzip) is 'good enough'.

Bandwidth and storage are constantly increasing and people often feel even an unrealistically high 30% gain in compression is not worth it, much less more marginal gains. This attitude I don't approve of because it's mostly laziness and when everyone thinks this way you end up with A LOT OF WASTED BANDWIDTH AND STORAGE SPACE. I'm not a fan of waste just because 'we can'. I could now rant about this trend with software developers, and the beauty of uTorrent winning people's hearts based on its minimal resource use, but I'll save that for another rant.

So, WinRAR is king. It may be for some time. 7-zip stands a chance, but it'd stand a bigger chance if the code wasn't so damn messy and the project so unfriendly to new developers.

Disclaimer: These are my opinions and I may be wrong in this or that. If I am, please correct me.
« Last Edit: July 30, 2006, 03:59:27 PM by db90h »

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Re: WINRAR free this sunday 30th July 2006
« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2006, 11:09:48 AM »
I got the reg page & got a mail with as app says confusing directions\lack of same
and a link for the download which doesnt work today sofar,
AND it doesnt say if the download-link is good after today...

(says i get two attempts at downloading, be lucky if i get any at this rate :P )
Tom