It’s no mistake to say that in these cases every byte counts. One solution is file splitting and the other is archiving, but the right way to win the space race is using their powers combined. Best results when solving a problem are obtained using the best tools, so, while file splitting can be done about the same way by all the splitters, it’s a completely different matter when talking about archiving.
These being said, the time has come to present you WinUHA, a potent GUI for UHARC with shell integration. We have to find out three big things about it: compression, decompression and the available options it can offer.
Its interface makes all functions available easily and it could be used as a file browser without any problem.
Compressing a folder requires you to browse for your files and/or folders, select the ones you want to pack, right click and choose Add Selected, change the archiving options if needed, then hit the OK button.
WinUHA does what it’s supposed to do and does it well. It is free for non-commercial use and a huge improvement over UHARC’s native command-line control. It has archive encryption capabilities and a clear interface, maybe a bit Spartan. Shell extensions are extremely useful.
Some functions are not here yet (and I am not talking only about the “Help To Do…”!), when trying to use the Info button I got some error before being able to see the archive information. The Verify and Info options are a bit strange, you have to enter the archive in order to use them, otherwise they won’t work. It only supports the UHA file format, but if you are a compression ratio freak, you won’t need anything else.
If this would have been a 1.0 version, then maybe some of its weak points could be forgiven, but to put the 2.0 label on a literally helpless program it’s no such a good idea.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s very useful and saves a lot of your precious time, but it didn’t reach its gold age yet. I remain faithful to UHARC/GUI when I need to pack something using UHARC, but I know that WinUHA can offer a lot more in the future. It’s not the best one around but deserves your attention, if you have some minutes to spare.
So what are you waiting for??