RAR File Open Knife 7.00

Great piece of freeware for decompressing RAR files

  • Category:

    File Compression

  • Version:

    7.00

  • Works under:

    Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 8

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    6.1 (57)

Rar File Open Knife is a software program that allows the user to compress large files into much smaller data files, and also provides a way to open those large files. This program works much like a zip file, however Rar File Open Knife is free to download and free to use.

To open a Rar file, the user would double click on the Rar file, and the utility should automatically begin to decompress and open the file. The other alternative would be for the user to drag and drop the Rar file into the Open Knife interface.

The differences between Rar File Open Knife and Zip files are not major. However, there are slight differences, which may cause a user to favor one over another. Rar's compression ratio seems to be better than Zip files leaving the user with a much smaller file. Although the use of Rar File Open Knife is becoming more prevalent, Zip files still seem to be the mainstay. This could be due to the fact that Zip files are more well known among novice users. In addition, Zip files work with almost any format.

A great advantage of using Rar files is that they seem to preserve the creation date throughout the entire process of compression and extraction. For many users, this is an important quality that Zip files do not offer.

For those who want to give Rar File Open Knife a try, there is a great help file that answers many questions a new user would have about the program. There are even video tutorials for those who prefer visual instruction.

Pros and Cons of Rar File Open Knife

Pros

  • Rar files compress to a smaller file than Zip
  • Rar File Open Knife is a free download
  • User instruction is good
  • Preservation of the creation date of the file

Cons

  • Some interfaces that are Rar files do not work well with
  • Decompression of a file can be much slower on when using Windows
  • Not the best choice for Windows users

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