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04-20-2007, 01:16 AM
Apologies if this is in the wrong place.

I've been digiscrapping now for 2 months and have been downloading freebies from various places using WINZIP. I've now come across files with a RAR extension. Do I need something else to be able to download them please ?

Thanks:party1: - doesn't really have anything to do with my request but it looked fun !!


04-20-2007, 03:46 AM
Hi - rar is another type of compressed file like zip. You need winrar to unzip them. I did see a free trail out there for 30 or 40 days ( don't remember which).

04-20-2007, 03:47 AM
Thanks so much - I'll go Google for it now - I'm assuming it works the same way and I don't need a degree to work it out !!

04-20-2007, 08:20 AM
I just wanted to add my 2 cents... I download the winrar and find its better and faster the winzip. It zips all files and quickly too. I love it!

04-20-2007, 08:58 AM
Thanks Carol - excuse my ignorance but do I now need both WINZIP and WINRAR ?

04-20-2007, 09:10 AM
You can tell rar to unzip winzip files but......then it will change all zip files to rar files. If you uninstall rar it converts everything to web images instead of your oringinal files. If you reinstall rar it will convert the web images back to rar files. You can also just tell it not to read zip files if you want them left alone.

04-20-2007, 09:13 AM
ok so I'm safer keeping Zip as WinZip and Rar as Rar then - I think !!

04-20-2007, 09:25 AM
My winzip unzips both.
It's the newest version though.

04-20-2007, 09:34 AM
Maisie I love your photo !! I've just tried to down/up (whatever the term is) load today's freebie and it's sent me in the RAR and not given me a choice to chose - any idea how I can keep them separate ? I'm not sure if it's the new version it just says 40 day trial ? thanks

04-20-2007, 09:40 AM
I have Winrar 3.62 if that means anything to anyone ?

04-20-2007, 01:12 PM
Go to your winrar set up page. It will ask you what types of files you want rar to be able to open. If you don't allow it to open zip then it won't convert zip to rar.
Maisie - I'll have to go back and look at zip didn't know it could unzip rar - I must not have set mine up right.

04-20-2007, 01:25 PM
I'm not sure what version I have but it upzips and zips both types and I have not had any problem with either. It automatically unzips both types and gives me a choice of how I want files zipped.

04-20-2007, 02:13 PM
You can find freeware programs that will unzip both types. I use 7-zip and it is great!

04-20-2007, 03:21 PM
ok so I'm safer keeping Zip as WinZip and Rar as Rar then - I think !!

Lilly, I would keep both, only for the fact that if you choose not to buy rarzip you will still have winzip.They are not big files so they dont take up much room on your computer. The rarzip I got downloads both plus a bunch more that I have never heard of. but the winzip i have doesnt do the rar.files.

04-22-2007, 05:28 AM
Thanks all - I need to sit and have a go at changing the settings then by the looks of it and also have a look at 7-zip.

04-22-2007, 08:50 AM
Thanks all - I need to sit and have a go at changing the settings then by the looks of it and also have a look at 7-zip.

With winrar I can unzip all the files at once - just by selecting all of the zipped folders and right clicking on one of them. And I don't notice any change in the files with I use it. I haven't told winrar to do anything special or changed any of its settings - I just right click on a zipped file and tell it to "extract here". It also makes zipping files much easier than winzip.