PeaZip 8.8.0 is a new version of the cross-platform open source file archiver. The new release introduces archive testing features, support for Zone.Identifier stream data propagation on Windows, and more UI customization options.
When Bandizip 7.0 introduced advertising and commercial versions, many users of the file archiver looked for alternatives. PeaZip was one of the apps users turned to. First reviewed in 2010 here on Ghacks, the developers of PeaZip have released frequent updates over the years. The latest major version, PeaZip 8.0, was released in mid-2021.
PeaZip 8.8.0 is already available for all supported operating systems. Existing users can select Help > Check for Updates to find the new version; the project home page also lists downloads for all supported operating systems.
The new version of File Archiver brings a handful of significant changes to the app. One of the main improvements concerns the themes of the application. PeaZip users can go to Options > Settings, then Themes, to view old and new theme-related options.
Here it’s easy to switch between one of the five built-in themes or select custom to load a theme that was previously created or downloaded. The minimal theme has been replaced in the release with the new Tuxedo theme.
PeaZip users have the following new options:
- Set the small icon size to 16px or 32px.
- Select one of three tab bar styles: left-aligned, centered, links.
- Display the address bar as a solid or embedded bar.
- Align toolbar buttons center or left.
- Assign colors individually to address bar, toolbar and tab bar.
The Application Style button has also been improved. New switches for switching between large, medium, and small toolbar sizes are now available, along with other improvements.
Improvements have also been made to the basic functionality of the program, extracting and archiving files. PeaZip users can run tests now after creating archives to ensure they are error free.
The feature must be enabled in Options > Settings > Archive Manager > After Check In/Check Out. Check the “Test archives after creation, if supported by format” box to enable it application-wide.
On Windows, PeaZip supports Zone.identifier stream propagation for 7z files. The stream is used by several applications to determine if additional protections should be enabled when viewing files. Microsoft Office uses the stream to determine whether macros should be blocked automatically.
Other improvements include saving owner, group IDs, and names when using Tar archives on Linux, a new timestamp precision option for ZIP and TAR/pax files, and an option to define a TAR standard (between GNU and PAX, with GNU the default).
You can consult the full changelog here in case you want to take a closer look.
Now you: what file archiver are you currently using?