WinRAR 3.3.0 Beta 1
WinRAR is a 32-bit version of RAR, the powerful archive manager. RAR files can normally compress files up to 10 percent more than ZIP or ARJ files.
Features include strong compression, processing of non-RAR archives (such as ZIP, ARJ, and LZH), long filename support, programmable self-extracting archives (SFX), volumes, damaged archive repair, authenticity verification, embedded file comments, and encryption.
New features include added extraction only support of BZIP2, JAR (Java ARchive) and ACE 2.0 formats, the possibility to use full file paths such as d:pathname in the exclude lists and -x switch when archiving, option "Append archive name to path" in the "Settings/Compression" dialog, new 'E' parameter for -ag switch denotes a day of year and processing of more archive formats (TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, CAB, ARJ, and LZH archives).
What's New in This Release:
1. New "Scan archive for viruses" command unpacks an archive to
temporary folder and checks its contents with antivirus software
installed on a user's computer.
2. New "Generate report" command creates a report containing
the list of usual or archived files. You may optionally include
a file size, date and CRC to report, choose the sort order,
save report to file, send it to printer or copy to clipboard.
3. New "Benchmark and hardware test" command allows to compare
performance of RAR compression algorithm on different computers
and detect possible errors caused by hardware failures.
4. New "Print file" command is able to print both archived
and usual files.
5. New "Tools" menu contains "Wizard", "Show information",
"Convert archives", "Find files", "Repair", "Convert to SFX"
commands previously available in "Commands" menu and new
"Scan archive for viruses", "Generate report", "Benchmark
and archive test" commands.
6. WinRAR supports decompression of ZIP archives created using
"Enhanced deflate" method.
7. WinRAR pre-allocates disk space for files unpacked
from ZIP archives. It helps to reduce disk fragmentation,
especially on NTFS disks. Previous versions did it only
for RAR archives.
8. Now it is possible to decompress TAR, GZIP and ISO9660
archives of any size. Previous versions could not handle
files of these formats, if they exceeded 2 GB.
9. Status bar displays the current operation progress,
when reading contents of large tar.gz and tar.bz2 archives.
10. "Next volume" dialog allows to modify not only a name,
but also a size of next volume, so you may create volumes
of different size. This dialog is displayed if you create
volumes on removable disks or set "Pause after each volume"
option in "Advanced" aprt of archiving dialog.
11. Several -v switches can be specified in the command
line mode to set different sizes for different volumes.
For example, 'rar a -v100k -v200k -v300k arcname' command
sets 100 KB size for first volume, 200KB for second
and 300KB for all following volumes.
12. More WinRAR commands support Unicode in archive names.
If your Windows is NT based (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, 2003),
you may modify archives with non-English names regardless
of Regional Settings.
13. Small and some of large icons have been updated by
14. "Diagnostic message" window can be resized. It preserves
new dimensions and restores them when activated the next time.
15. "Mode..." button in the archiving progress window allows to
change the compression method and "Turn PC off when done"
option on the fly.
16. WinRAR supports -cfg- switch in the command line mode.
It forces WinRAR to ignore options saved in the default
compression profile and RAR environment variable.
17. WinRAR opens .qpr and .qpk files (QNX packages) in one step,
like it already does for .tar.gz archives.
18. Extraction command proposes to browse for missing CAB file
in multivolume CAB sequence instead of "Cannot open" error.
19. "Rename" command displays a window with information about
20. "Convert" command checks the lowest allowed ratio before
starting the archive test, so if resulting archive is too large,
WinRAR does not waste time to test it.
21. "Files to exclude" field in the archiving dialog has "Append"
button now, so you may browse for excluded files instead of
entering their names manually.
22. WinRAR understands quotes inside of parameters in the command
line mode. For example, "-pmy password" and -p"my password"
will set the same password. Eariler WinRAR understood only
the first syntax ("-pmy password") and only the console RAR
23. Data analyzing module is tuned to detect executable and audio
data more accurately. Erroneous selecting of executable
and audio algorithms could reduce the compression ratio
in some situations.
24. WinRAR understands the command line switch -hp without
a parameter and requests to enter a password when processing it.
25. WinRAR preserves NTFS streams of updated archives, if archive
and temporary files are resided on NTFS partition. For example,
if you entered some comments in "Summary" section of archive
properties, they will not be lost when updating an archive
using WinRAR. Do not confuse NTFS streams of archive itself
and streams of archived files, latter can be preserved
by previous versions as well.
26. It is possible to prohibit change of archiving password
with "WinRARPolicyPassword" Registry value. This feature
may help to avoid encrypting of important data in multi-user
environment. Read "Configuration settings/Registry variables"
help topic for details.
27. "Select toolbar buttons" dialog allows to specify separators
after any toolbar button.
28. New console RAR -st[name] switch to compress data from stdin
29. Console RAR 'vt' and 'lt' commands display symlink target names,
when listing RAR/Unix archives contained symbolic links.
These commands also display NTFS stream names, when listing
WinRAR archives contained streams.