Basic Introduction: a zip file is simply a single file with the ability to hold many files inside in a specific and often compressed format. There are several types of zip files, many based on the format or compression algorithm (method) used in combining multiple files into one. The reason for this type of technology is to more easily use the internet bandwith to pass data more efficiently. Instead of passing 200 files over email, you can zip all 200 and pass that one file containing the 200 files, in a compressed and much often smaller payload.
Archive - a term used to describe all types of formatted files (zip, tar, gz, jar, ear, war, 7z, etc...)
Introduction: Archive Buddy was created to fill a gap in the technology and usability of zip files. The technology is great and often impressive. With the newer zip compression it is possible to take several text-based files (images are already compressed) and reduce their size by over 80%. This enables you to send the file via email or website much easier and it takes up much less disk space. (Note: today, disk space is less thought about, but this technology is still current)
Purpose: Archive Buddy is intended for all levels of technicality and to provide a forever-free product to every platform (Windows, Unix, Linux, Mac, etc..) and be easy to create your own zip files and extract files from zip files you receive. There is also an intent for advanced users of compressed archive formats to verify your formats (ear, war, jar) for accepted industry standards and allow a simple solution for creating and extracting required application files.
v1.0 Released 30 Dec 2012! [Release Notes]