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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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    It is a great archiver especially for the price when you need to archive a truly large amount of data. For example, if you have lots of files like a several GB software development project. Another good example, is you need to backup a 30-50 GB of virtual machine data files. In large data cases I usually have lots of time and I want to get the best compression ration. FreeARC produces that best compression ratio and that's what I value it for. UI is a bit confusing, but I can not complain for the price. In general UI follows WinRAR design pattern only a bit plainer. On the modern hardware ultimate compression ratio is easy to accomplish, because of abundance of RAM and CPU power. I don't think this application utilizes multiple cores (see beta app note below). There is NO money to be made in archive applications, so this one is still quite good for the money. I doubt you get much support as the author is likely is busy with life and making money in some other ways. All in all it is a great application if you are looking for a way to get the best compression for large amount of data and you don't care how long it takes. That's what I use this app for. WinRAR for mainstream scenarios. On smaller (less than 1 GB data sets) the Ultimate compression does not provide as much benefit when compared to other apps. Beta Note: There is a forum for archive software developers and there you can find that author has made a successor to this version. The successor has even better compression ratios, better compression speed and it uses multiple cores. You cannot get that version from sourceforge and it is still an early beta.

    Posted 07/07/2017
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    即使是aes+twofish也不行, Hope you can add threefish1024

    Posted 08/08/2015
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    This may seem outdated, but you should take another look.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
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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
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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
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