Today, Amit Agarwal sparked an interesting idea of using Gmail to create zip files online. His trick involves composing a blank email message, uploading all the files and sending it to your own inbox. Now this surely is a cool trick, but its time consuming. In the past, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve come across two online web based file compression tools which lets upload files and download the compressed version. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s compare them:
ZipMyFile.com: ZipMyFile is a free online zip creator. You can upload any file and compress the file in ZIP format. ZipMyFile can only compress one file at a time and support only Zip format.
Krun.ch: Krun.ch is the creation of Kailash Nadh (the man behind Boastology and Pingoat). Krun.ch can be used to both compress and decompress files. It supports multiple compression formats like zip, rar and tar.gz.
Files can either be uploaded from your computer or fetched from a remote URL. Krun.ch can compress upto 10 files at a time and mail it to 2 email addresses. Once the files have been Krunched, the archive remains on their server for 24 hours.
ZimpMyFile vs Krun.ch: ZipMyFile supports only zip format and can compress only one file at a time (no decompressing support), whereas Krun.ch can compress/decompress upto 10 files at a time. Krun.ch can also compress files from remote URLs.
Conclusion: Krun.ch is probably a better tool to compress/decompress files, but it’s not meant to replace traditional desktop based compression tools.