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Some reviews of what the critics have to say about various versions of ARJ, and
what they're saying about JAR.
- ZDNet Deutschland
, January 2002. ARJ 2.75a is awarded Shareware of the Year 2001! ARJ is one of the utilities winners.
ARJ 2.75a is rated with 5 ZDNet "stars" and 5 user stars.
- CNET DOWNLOAD.com, September 2000. ARJ 2.71 is rated with a 97 percent thumbs up rating
by users. ARJ32 3.04 is rated with a 94 percent thumbs up rating.
- ZDNet.com, May 8, 1998. JAR v1.02 was rated a four-star program (out of five).
"JAR offers superior size reduction compared with many popular formats and can process
archives containing up to 50,000 file names. It can create "chapter" archives that can
store dozens of versions of the same backup, allowing individual restores of any one of
the individual chapters. Ample documentation is included to explain proper use of this
- ZDNet.com, April 15, 1998. ARJ v2.60 was rated a five-star program (out of
five). "ARJ is a very stable program that comes with excellent documentation and is
well-supported by the author. In both speed and final compressed file size, it's neck
and neck with the other popular archivers and has a few special options that make it stand
out from the crowd. In addition to the standard features of creating, extracting,
freshening, and viewing contents, ARJ allows you to span archives across floppies,
password-protect archives, create self-extracting archives, recurse directories, merge
two archives, and even have two files with the same name in an archive."
- Shareware.com, October 5, 1997, Most Popular DOS Downloads. ARJ v2.50a
was named 2nd most popular utility for the week ending October 5, 1997 and was the only
file archiver in the top 14. This was ARJ's 13th week on the list.
- PC Magazine, October 12, 1993, ARJ: A Worthy Competitor to PKZIP,
Barry Simon. "We tested ARJ 2.41a against PKZIP 2.04g ... Overall,
PKZIP proved to be faster, but compression results with the two
programs were about equal. Where ARJ comes out ahead is in its many
options ... ARJ's ability to compress data onto multiple floppy
disks is especially good."
- PC Magazine, March 16, 1993, PKZIP Now Faster, More Efficient,
Barry Simon. "One of the more interesting features is the ability to
have a .ZIP file span multiple floppy disks, but this feature is not
nearly as well implemented as in ARJ."
- INFO'PC, October 1992, Compression de donn‚es: 6 utilitaires du
domaine public, Thierry Platon. In this article, the French magazine
awarded ARJ 2.20, the Certificat de Qualification Labo-tests InfoPC.
- BOARDWATCH Magazine, December 1991, ARCHIVE/COMPRESSION UTILITIES.
"This year's analysis rendered a surprise winner. Robert K. Jung's
ARJ Version 2.22 is a relatively new compression utility that offers
surprising performance. The program emerged on the scene within the
past year and the 2.22 version was released in October 1991. It rated
number one on .EXE and database files and number two behind LHarc
Version 2.13 in our directory of 221 short text files."
- SHAREWARE Magazine, Nov-Dec 1991, Fall Releases, Joseph Speaks. "Don't
tell the creators of ARJ that PKZIP is the standard for data
compression. They probably already know. But that hasn't stopped
them from creating a data compression utility that makes everyone -
even the folks at PKWare - sit up and take notice. ... but compression
statistics don't tell the whole story. The case for using ARJ is
strengthened by new features it debuts."
- PC Magazine, October 15, 1991, Squeeze Play, Barry Simon. "Jung has
combined that foundation with academic research to produce an
impressive product. ... If your main criterion is compressed size,
ARJ will be one of your two main contenders, along with LHA."
- Computer Shopper, September 1991, Shells, Bells, and Files:
Compressors for All Cases, Craig Menefee. "ARJ ... is extremely fast
and produces excellent compression; it ... has a rich set of options.
... This is a mature technology, and any of these programs will do a
fine and reliable job."
- PC Sources, July 1991, Forum, Barry Brenesal, "A new challenger, ARJ
2.0, not only offers the speed of PKZIP, but also has the best
compression rate of the bunch."
- Computer Personlich, June 12, 1991, Leader of the Pack, Bernd
Wiebelt and Matthias Fichtner. In this German magazine, ARJ 2.0 was
named Test Sieger (Test Winner) over six other archivers including
PKZIP and LHA. Compression, speed, documentation, and features were
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