Zip (or ZIP) is a file number format used for compressing data stored on your computer. The goal of compression is to reduce the size of a file or combine several files into one.
It is possible to do the compression of audio files, video and images. Is a simple way to combine multiple files. The compressed files have the extension “.zip”.
For example, to send various documents by email, the task is simplified if the user creates a file that groups all the documents and send a single file. When the recipient unpack the “.zip” file, each document will be shown separately.
In some operating systems, such as Mac OS X, the Zip compression format is already integrated into the system, said AbbreviationFinder.
Some software that work with the Zip format are: PKZIP, WinZip, 7-Zip, among others.
The Zip format was created in 1989 by Phil Katz, founder of PKWARE, and was implemented initially in software “PKZIP” to replace the previous compression format called “ARC”. The name “Zip” was suggested by a friend of Phil Katz.
Zip is an English word whose meaning in Portuguese is “moving too fast”.
“Zip” is a word derived from “Zip” and a jargon often used in data-processing medium to designate the action to compress files.