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FreeArc combines best 7-zip and RAR features: auto-selected LZMA/PPMD/Multimedia compression, 1gb dictionary, exe/dict/delta data filters, updatable solid archives, SFXes, recovery record, AES+Twofish+Serpent encryption, Linux support and much more...

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  • brendthess
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    This may seem outdated, but you should take another look. For absolute compression size vs speed, this remains the best option. We are migrating a very large amount of data across the 'net to an Amazon cloud setup. When it came time to migrate large files, we tested 7z, WinRar, ZHuff, and FreeArc, because we needed command line versions of the applications. When running at comparable compression speeds (in KBpS compressed), FreeArc was significantly better than any of the other options, and when run at maximum compression, blew away all of the other tested compressors at their maximums in terms of size vs time. It is old, and minimalist, and has some issues that need to be fixed (i.e. clicking the 'Background' button on the GUI does not reduce the process priority on Windows - it just hides the interface). But for file compression in a reasonable time, it is well worth it.

    Posted 06/30/2015
  • tommycake50
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    Simply can't fault it. It hasn't been updated since 2010 and it's still better than WinRAR. If only it was updated again.

    Posted 04/18/2015
  • jj2007
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    FreeArc is an outstanding archiver. To understand just how much it leaves the competition behind, go to the maximumcompression site and sort by "efficiency". FreeArc's only real problem is that it treats files under Windows as case-sensitive, which leads to duplicates when synchronising two machines, where one uses (for example) C:\Temp, the other C:\temp.

    Posted 03/09/2015
  • mark286
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    Outdated and lacks a lot of features, also the newly released RAR5 codec from WinRar is better then FreeArc in almost every area. Interface has this clumsy GUI, very inconvenient to use. Not recommended.

    Posted 02/24/2015
  • j7nj7n
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    User interface based on GTK, which means it is unresponsive and ugly, especially under Windows classic theme. Much larger, *bloated* binaries than competing products. The GUI does not clearly expose all possible compression options. I did not find a way, through the GUI, to set a reasonable dictionary size between very extreme values. It is easy to create archives that require too much memory even when this is not warranted because the data set does not contain too much similarity. The unpopular format, with a generic name "arc", which has nothing in common with older DOS-era compressors of the same name, means that archives created with this tool may be difficult to extract on obsolete OS, by other people, or in the future. Compact self-extractor modules are provided to avert this issue. It is probably safer to make all archives as EXE files for now. Large installers produced in Russia are sometimes in this "arc" format. FreeArc might prove useful in extracting them, should they fail to unpack themselves. One such download was the reason I found this tool. I have got an impression that this "arc" is a rather "loose" standard, similar to what ZIP has become. It is possible to install a number of "preprocessors" in FreeArc for recompressing different already compressed data formats. They may or may not be present in another installation of FreeArc, and what seems like a perfectly solid archive may suddenly fail to extract. This archiver's basic advantage over better known formats like RAR, ZIP or ACE is its support for extremely large dictionaries (with corresponding memory consumption). But it has come too late. 7-Zip and now also WinRAR (less effectively) already provide them.

    Posted 11/24/2014
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