While iOS offers a far superior user-experience than mobile operating systems like Android, it does have some pretty annoying limitations. One of these limitations is its issues with handling compressed file-types like .zip, .rar etc. There are plenty of third-party solutions to this, and Zip Browser is one of the best. The app has gone free for a limited period and we’ve discussed its amazing features after the jump!
ZIP files are commonly used as email attachments since they let the sender put multiple files in one compressed folder. This saves space (speeding up uploads) and makes it convenient for the sender.
Developed by Alexander Rudenko, Zip Browser is a simple but useful application that lets you open ZIP files sent in emails.
From the App Store:
This simple application allows view content of .zip files (including password protected files). You also can preview content of files and email individual files from archive.
To add files, you open up an email (using Mail.app) with a .zip attachment > Open In… > Zip Browser. Zip Browser will then open the compressed attachment and lets you view PDF/text/Word/Excel files along with images stored inside these compressed attachments. You can also email files from these archives.
We’ve tested Zip Browser on an iPod touch 4G on iOS 5.0.1 and can confirm that it works as advertised. It If you’re interested in the app, it can be downloaded for free from the link embedded below. It normally costs $0.99 but is free for a limited time (i.e. today). Download it while its hot!
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Download Zip Browser for iPhone and iPad [iTunes Link]
Note: Untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 is out. It provides an easy way to download more powerful apps from Cydia (the app store for jailbreak-only apps) like iFile which is a full-fledged file manager that not only lets you read .zip files, but also create them. You can follow our guide here on how to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 using Redsn0w/Corona.