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Giveaway of the day — BulkZip File Compressor 7.4

BulkZip helps to compress text, multimedia and raw data.
$20.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 125 (45%) 151 (55%) 52 comments

BulkZip File Compressor 7.4 was available as a giveaway on September 11, 2015!

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BulkZip helps to compress text, multimedia and raw data. BulkZip features high performance compression algorithms that allow you to create packed archives. The file compressor ranks first in multiple benchmarks regarding compression strength and speed.

Additional features include the ability to open +30 different file formats and military strength encryption.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; 1GB RAM; 500MHz; 30MB HDD; .NET Framework

Publisher:

Northstone

Homepage:

http://www.bulkzip.com

File Size:

10.8 MB

Price:

$20.00

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#17

I installed and activated on a Windows 10 64 bit machine and everything was fine. Immediately after I registered the program, I tried to access the drop and drag screen to unrar a large file. However the cursor turned into an 'X' and nothing happened. I emailed the developer, and he responded in about 10 minutes asking for more information. However in that time, I'd closed the program and re-opened it and discovered that now the drop and drag screen was working fine. It seems helpful to close the program after activation and registration on some systems. I found the unraring process and compression very fast and efficient. Plus, I appreciated the opportunity to right click any compressed file and choose the option of de-compressing to a certain place or just to the place where the original file was.

I know some people have cited there favourite prgrams, but I really appreciate discovering this one - without further trial and error with others - as it does everything I want well. Getting fed up with nag and threat messages from WinRar.

Thanks Developer and GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Wendy  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#16

Installed on a Win 10 64 bit machine works fine like it should except the right click start menu would not work in letting me select the control panel or many other services, uninstalled and was able to right click again. Found the problem it is in the setup script, I do not want to give details here because I would need to email what I found. if you would allow me to contact you I will with what I found out. it has to do with the RegAsm command in the setup script for the 64 bit system. Please reply here if you would allow me to contact you at above mentioned emaill address, philipp.elhaus@gmx.net.

Reply   |   Comment by Samkeymaster  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Hi,
yes, received your email and forwarded it to the respective dev, thanks a lot for this hint :) !

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#15

Philipp Elhaus, I appreciate your willing to take criticism,views,ideas, etc., like an educated professional in his field. I also believe your trying to improve from the viewers ideas and your own team. I installed this just to have if I needed it whether or not it is indeed fast or slow to others or if your black,white, foreign, American, or whatever. If it ain't now(FASTEST), I am sure it will be in time. Through understanding each person comments and your responses, I am supporting your product based on your dedication to keep responding to mostly everybody's comments , your professional demeanor among other things. This site not only evaluates products from companies but also to see if we can get feedback,answers to questions and consider other people's ideas to improve the product, from the owner,tech, maker or anyone from the company the product comes from, and the responses to ultimately decide if this company is honest in their product/s, good customer support etc. Whether or not your honest in your reply's or not, you convinced me, thank you.

Time will tell if you do indeed take some ideas to your company's product's benefit.

Reply   |   Comment by A Christian  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Hi,
thank you for your uplifting words. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#14

Interest product for year range 1985 to 2000. The question that comes to my mind is why spend the time and processing power to compress better that standard zip (which works fine and has worked for years and will not all of a sudden need some proprietary unzip formula if not used for a few years)? Disk space (and now the "wonderful" cloud space) is abundant and much cheaper that the time and processing power wasted on a special zip for a fractional increase in space and a possible big downside if suddenly it no longer works?

Reply   |   Comment by freecat  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#13

Sounded promising to me ...

... But the reality proved:
1. inefficient interface... opening an explorer interface in the end ? omg - FREE software does better
2. same with compression ratio
3. finally the same with speed

So what is this good for...?

beside all this: My personal biggest drawback: I miss the possibility to integrate into TotalCommander

Reply   |   Comment by wosa  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Hi,
Can you advise a Vetter Solution for 1) ?

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#12

I will not be downloading and installing BulkZip File Compressor 7.4 from Northstone.
The reason is not because BulkZip File Compressor 7.4 is lousy or crashes my PC - cannot comment on that since I never tried it.
***
The reason is: Tyranny of the established user base of other compression software.
***
The competition (most of them free and portable) is simply terrific.
They are too good. Tried and tested. Proven over many years. They are 100% reliable.
With such wonderful free and portable alternatives, there really is no need for me to try BulkZip File Compressor 7.4.
Claims of high compression by BulkZip File Compressor 7.4 may be dubious; but even if true - the point users want to say is : "Who cares?". Nowadays 2TB (or bigger) hard discs are so cheap.

Some examples of the sterling competition are:
7Zip-portable
Bandizip-portable
IZArc2Go-portable
Pea-Extractor-portable
PeaZip (by GiorgioTani)-portable
WinRAR-portable
ZipGenius (not portable)

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Must you be so negative? Developers are trying to bring out new products and appreciate constructive feedback to improve these products not just a 'I'm not trying this because the competition is too good' kind of attitude. Give them a break and be a bit more thoughtful in your attitude and communication. Frankly, I appreciate the opportunity to try a variety of free products to see if they have any value for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Wendy  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Hi,
yes its not easy to enter into an over-saturated market.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#11

I have had this before. I have Windows 10 64 bit and had problems after installing BulkZip 7.4. Maybe it is exclusive to my computer only, but I thought I would mention it to those of you who may have the same problem or possibly might not be aware of it.

BTW: I noticed this issue when I was using Windows 8.1 64 bit also.

After installing this software and restarting my computer I noticed that using Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 64 bit that when I right click over the START MENU button that most of the commands would not work like selecting CONTROL PANEL, COMMAND PROMPT and a few others. While those selections would load and work from other menu's it would not work from the right click start menu selection. After uninstalling this software and rebooting the issue went away right away.

Also, another irritating issue I had with this software, there seems to be no way that I could find to turn off the introduction screen. And yes I tried checking and unchecking that show introduction at start selection several times even running as ADMINISTRATOR. That's very irritating having to look at that screen and make an extra CLOSE selection every time you want to zip or unzip software.

Also, I have a quick question for the developer, if you look at the license registration I believe it says the license is valid for like 27 days or something like that. Does this mean the software stops working after that date? Or does this mean that you can no longer get updates after that date? Or is this just a 30 day trial? Or even worse, does this mean the program will auto check for an update and once updated will only function as a trial? How can you turn off auto updating?

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Hi Jack,

the Bug you mentioned was encountered by many more users today and we try to fix it - currently we are still investigating how this happens, it seems to be due to some specific setting or environment. If you can mail me a screenshot to philipp.elhaus@gmx.net i would be very thankful.

This introduction issue should not have happened. It's meant to appear at the first start ever, then never again and only on request via the menu. We will look into this. We had this before, but it should not happen.

Regarding the license, you can test it for 21 days and then there is an additional 7 days (=28 in total) until you need to register or the program will be unusable. We think thats fair, as when you like something you should pay for it. Todays giveaway is different: The Giveaway gives you full and unlimited access to a particular version but without updates of any kind.

Regarding Auto-Update de-activation, i have added that to the list. Thanks for the input. If you provide me with your email address i will mail you a free key that is not restricted to the terms of todays giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#10

Sounds like the company wanting us the "customer" to become the beta tester (something like Microsoft does!).

Think I'll be giving this one a miss.

Reply   |   Comment by Garry Fraser  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Not really, but no matter how hard we try, it's impossible for us to find all bugs on our own.

We can easily track and eliminate the big and obvious 80% ; but for the smaller 20% that depend e.g. on individual system configuration (or special usage cases), we are dependent on user feedback as we are simply not having the capacity/personell.

As one also tends to "get blind" on a topic once you're too long into it, we really appreciate any constructive input from users to further improve the product for you people.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Exactly my sentiment Garry. Nobody asks you to find all bugs, but what is reported here are rather fundamental shortcomings that should be addressed before going public - even free. End customer is NOT your tester!

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

Requires NET Framework 4.0 on Windows XP. I went to the official MS website to install it but I don't trust any third party links that's not MS to link to MS Components to install. Maybe your installer should point to the official MS site to download the component. Otherwise it's a great file compression utility with so many features.

Reply   |   Comment by Jason Carver  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Thanks a lot, we will address this in the next update.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

This is buggy .Net4 applicationa that is just GUI for few commandline tools from different vendors. Even you just DL .NET4 from M$ site and install it, that `tool` crashes violently on each menu icon press or just by shell integration event.

Reply   |   Comment by Dark Raver  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

I will give this a go latter on and report back with my findings
I will use the compession profiles suggested above (thanks Phillip), but I shall use my personal favourite compession program, none other that WinRaR. I hope it goes well. Does this software make self extracting archives also? As I could'nt justify a compression/decompression program without one

(I'm quietly impessed by GOTD this week, I've already made some purchases because of it this week. Keep up the good work GOTD)

Reply   |   Comment by Richard Sebire  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Hi Richard,
thanks for your input. SFX is able via a simple checkbox at the compression dialog. Yes, please let me know your review, test results and suggestions so we can further refine the software.
Thanks a lot,
Philipp

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#7

http://www.bulkzip.com/de/imprint/ shows registration NORTHSTONE CONSULTING LTD (Registered In: England and Wales) but no address and phone number. In the European Union there is a very strict impressum duty (name, address, phone). This could become costly. Chosing "Philipp Elhaus" as a pseudo doesn't prove anything.

http://www.bulkzip.com/de/main/comp_compar_2/ shows a list of compression factors dependant of parameters used by hbulkzip and results of "competitors" but no telling whehter derived from a single file or mean value of different files were used neither which file formats.

For me the only relevant criterium is compression factor as there are fast processors nowadays and for slower ones with bulk compression you can do what you like in between. And compression factor is dependant especially on several criteria like file type, e.g. it's useless to work on a lossy file format any further.

But I don't trust to any comparisons using only a single file. Statistics mean results derived from quite a number of experiments.

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Hello,
Thanks for your feedback. Address Data and points mentioned is all available on the company homepage (http://www.nsc-stuttgart.com) . If you have a business related enquiry you can contact me directly via Phone: + 49 1523 6743 64 2. Statistics/benchmarks with cross-reference can be accessed at http://www.bulkzip.com/en/benchmarks
Philipp Elhaus is my real name, not a pseudo. Hope that helped, please let me know about any bugs or improvement ideas.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

According to wikipedia this is their website http://www.northstone.us/. Mailadress shows Stuttgart (Germany). Bulkzip is under projects.

Reply   |   Comment by Rasta  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Philipp you must publish the required information required under German law and EU wide directive on Electronic Commerce on The actual sites where you are conducting said commerce, only placing them on an umbrella company site is not sufficient. You must also place the detailed contact information on the bulkzip.com site itself, The "Legal" subsection would lend itself to the role of disclosing the legally required information!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#6

hi I didn't find bandizip in ur benchmark ive used it for 3 years and its great way better than ur program and its free
http://www.bandisoft.com/bandizip/

Reply   |   Comment by bassam  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hi,
BandiZip is a common Zipper without own format. Its not referenced/tested as its equal to default windows compression ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip_(file_format) ).

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

The extra value of a few percentages better compression and speed is not very high on my wishllist. The website of Bulkzip (Northstone is a German company it seems) stood out however, in a negative way. A clickable (visitors)tracking icon, a forum based op phpbb, plus a big "support intel core" icon?

Reply   |   Comment by Rasta  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Please elaborate your suggestions in detail that we can improve the website.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Aside from the things I mentioned (trackericon, intelcoresupport, phpbb) there are a some things like a uniform lettertype, uniform size buttons, uniform colors, a navigation bar that is visible without scrolling, clear division into sections of information that belong together (e.g. grouping of navigationlinks under parentlinks (the first navigationlinks in the left vertical bar are "benchmarks, software screenshots listings and awards"). Would not be a navigationbar like Home, Download, Purchase, Features, How to, and support be more logical and easier?).
Big meaningless logo´s, like from softonic "tested virus free", or "Premium quality, the best choice" or "100% secure" do not work anymore, they only generate an averse effect. These are just a few points, making it tablet proof would be the next step perhaps.

In stead of a seperate phpbb you could use a cms like wordpress, a cms can integrate a forum beautifully in a distinctive company design.

Reply   |   Comment by Rasta  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Thank you for the points raised, i have noted them down.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#4

I gave this two quick tests. An easy one, first: Moby-Dick (1195K). I tried it against 7Zip, using the maximum compression of both programs. 7Zip got it down to 385K, Bulk to 495K, both very quickly. Then I tried something much more difficult, a 920Mb video file. 7Zip took about six minutes to "compress" it to 895Mb - Bulk crashed immediately. I shall not be keeping BulkZip.

Reply   |   Comment by David J Wilson  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)

Thanks for your feedback, we will investigate this.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Update: Results depend on the method of compression selected, e.g. BulkZip Average Compression cannot be compared with 7Zip Strong. Compression underlies a time/space tradeoff and for a reliable results you need to focus on one. BulkZip has a default which gives a good balance between strength and speed that is not emphasized on one of the ends (Speed or Strength)

Depending on the crash, we need more details from your end. If feasible please reproduce and send screenshot as well as CrashLog directly to my Email philipp.elhaus@gmx.net . Thanks in advance :) !

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Update: If you want to perform a direct comparison, you need to select either "Best Speed" or "Extreme Compression" in BulkZip Compression Options next to the file format selector; this will than output the fastest possible compression at a decent default rate or the strongest possible rate.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

'7Zip got it down to 385K, Bulk to 495K' Correct me if I'm wrong but I was certain less 'K' means a smaller size... if so isn't David's test clearly indicating Bulk was unable to compress the 1st item more than 7zip - and if that's the case then how does this company possibly claim their 'file compressor ranks first in multiple benchmarks'? Am I missing something, or is this product not even as good as 7zip? Thanks. :)

Reply   |   Comment by maddy  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Hi Maddy,
You need to set the proper parameters for a direct comparison.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

We need to look deeper into this. Usually it achieves at least equal with 7Z. We may need to adjust max dictionary size, block size and ram usage allowed for the extreme mode in an update to correct this. I'am sorry that this first test dissapointed you. We will try our best to get that fixed.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Looking forward to trying this program, information on their website is really interesting regarding compression methods.
Installed and registered without any problems, opened up to the simplest of interfaces that also contained useful information in the introduction.

Decided to try it on today's download zip file; unfortunately it crashed with an unhandled exception message, tested it on another zip file with exactly the same result.

Decided to test it compressing some files but had problems with the selection process.

AverZip had no problems working on the same files; it also has a much better interface and will remain my preferred compression file program.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Please Report Encountered Bugs @ http://www.bulkzip.com/en/report-a-bug/ with the most detail as possible. We will fix them as soon as possible.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Tried to send a report but after pasting the information in and submitting got the following message.
Error establishing a database connection

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

Please directly mail to philipp.elhaus@gmx.net ; the server might be challenged due to the promotion today.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Have sent the information to your e-mail address, hope this helps you to solve problems.

Your feedback is much appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Hello XP-Man, we are on to this

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#2

Sadly to say, but it screwed up my customized Start Menu in Windows 10. Don't ask me how or why... just facts.
It was a nightmare to get it running, never mind.... I keep using 7Zip; solid as rock and never let me down, not once.

Reply   |   Comment by xenox  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+37)

Please email screenshot and small description to me at philipp.elhaus@gmx.net
We will try to track that down and fix it asap.

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Hi, we are still trying to reproduce this; the more error reports/screenshots we receive on this problem
the better. Please mail directly to philipp.elhaus@gmx.net so we can fix this as soon as possible for you. Thanks a lot for helping out and reporting this issue!

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#1

I couldn't find any (link) proof of "ranks first in multiple benchmarks regarding compression strength and speed". Not even on their homepage. Figure out the rest...

Reply   |   Comment by Robert C.  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Benchmarks @ http://www.bulkzip.com/en/benchmarks

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

@ Philipp Elhaus

I read your "benchmark", but you fail to give details; all you say is in comparison to the "three best alternatives". That's hardly convincing info. May I ask you here directly which alternative compression tools you have tested?

Reply   |   Comment by xenox  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

Philipp, is your benchmarking independently verified, there's noting to validate these results on the site.

Also, your award link on the award page just goes to a download site with no mention of an award there?

There also seem to be no contact details or info on where you are based (so who's laws you come under)

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

Hello,
Please check the menu on the left, there are Contact Data listed ("Imprint") as well as detailed benchmarks. We will update the teaser picture to link to the detailed benchmarks as soon as possible. Thanks for all your feedback, its valuable for us to improve the product and experience !

Reply   |   Comment by Philipp Elhaus  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)
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