Even over broadband Internet connections, large downloads can take a relatively long time. One way to prepare large files for the Internet is compression. Compression reduces the size of a file without any loss of data.
In the world of Windows PCs, compressed files are typically in the .zip format. The .zip format makes the files unrecognizable to their respective programs. Before they can be used, compressed files must be "unzipped."
BiGZiP is a free program that can create and open compressed files. Unzipping is as simple as one click.
Compressing files is also easy. BiGZiP's main windows lets you browse your hard drive and select files to compress. BiGZiP displays the amount of space taken by the files before and after compression.
BiGZiP is available for Windows 95/98/NT and for Mac OS Classic.