Posted 08 April 2006 - 10:04 AM
Thanks for the WinRar suggestion jqweed.
I don't know much about Rar compression. It may be superior to Zip compression, I just don't know much about it. I have always used Zip compression simply because it is included in Windows. After trying hundreds, if not thousands, of ad-in and stand alone utility programs I have settled in to using what comes with Windows and MS Office for the most part. The ad-ins and stand alone utility programs often go far beyond what built in utilities do, but to utilize them to there full extent there is usually a learning curve, & if I don't utilize them to there full extent I may as well use the basic utilities that come packaged with Windows. Also my poor computer is so full of programs now that sometimes I think it has old-timers disease.
I would like to make a side comment to the above statement though; I don't understand why everyone wants MS Office. I have to use the MS Office programs for my school work and at the office, but if I didn't have to have MS Office I would use OpenOffice. Aside from being free (though anyone who really makes use of it should make a donation, same principle as PBS) OpenOffice does more than MS Office (take the ability to make PDF documents right in OpenOffice, a saving of more than $500.00 if you have to pay full retail for MS Office [$415 for Microsoft® Office 2003 Professional Edition - Full Version] and Adobe Acrobat [$450 for Adobe Acrobat® 7.0 Professional - Full Version] plus you don't have to wait for Acrobat to open), and it opens, works in, and saves to many more file formats than MS Office (including MS Office native formats).
For that matter, Windows built in WordPad is plenty adequate for most word processing jobs, though I know of no one who makes use of it routinely. For me the one main shortcoming of Windows built-in programs is Paint. It is a handy but an extremely minimal paint (bitmap) program. Also, if I were Microsoft (I'm really dreaming now) I would try to include a basic drawing (vector graphics) program. Actually, if I were Microsoft I'd include a basic drawing program that included minimal 3D capability.
Anyway, Thanks again for the help and suggestion, and sorry for going off on the tangent John.