Big 8 Zip update adds touch of Fluent Design, lots of new features

Hints of Microsoft's new Fluent Design language are showing up in all kinds of third-party apps on the Windows Store, and popular file archiver 8 Zip is the latest to get the treatment. As part of a recent larger feature update for the Creators Update, 8 Zip now sports a new look that leans heavily on the transparent acrylic elements of Fluent Design. The best part is it's only an option, so you can turn it off if you're not a fan of the transparency.

This update has a whole lot more in store, however. Some of the big highlights include a new compact overlay mode for the media viewer, along with a built-in equalizer for audio. Here's a look at all of what's new:

  • Creators Update support.
  • Extended Share contract feature, now you can easily:
    • send files from archive to the clipboard;
    • unpack compressed file simple by sending it to 8 Zip from any other app including Explorer;
    • unpack several archives at once;
    • compress files with Share from another app including Explorer;
  • Implemented auto update if you modified compressed document in external application.
  • Added option to turn on app window transparency (aka NEON).
  • Added compact overlay mode for image/audio/video viewer (aka Picture in picture).
  • Added equalizer to audio player.

Definitely not too shabby, and the new share features are sure to be a welcome change for many. The update has already been rolling out, and you can grab it on the Windows Store now. And if you haven't given 8 Zip a shot, it's currently on sale for just $2.

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