The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 3.0
WinArchiver lets you manage archive files. It can also mount archives to a virtual drive without the need for extraction. Moreover, it allows you to copy discs or, reversely, burn image files.
The tool’s graphic interface is rather intuitive. However, it is certainly more difficult to use than other similar applications because it includes multiple extra features. Apart from the most general archive operations, like creating and opening an archive or extracting its contents, the application allows encrypting files and securing them with a password. It is good to know that it supports a wide range of archive formats, including ZIP, RAR, 7Z, ISO and MZP. In addition, it integrates with the system and allows you to run commands right from the File Explorer’s contextual menu.
Fortunately, WinArchiver can also be used to burn discs from practically every disc image format. Moreover, not only CDs and DVDs are supported as output, but Blu-ray discs as well. If you intend to do the reverse operation, making a copy of a disc to an archive is also supported. In addition to the popular ISO format, the discs can be copied as BIN, CUE and XDI. Finally, this application can create a great number of virtual drives. Unlike other applications supporting this feature, WinArchiver can mount standard archives and not just image files.
In my opinion, the real advantage of WinArchiver is not derived from its main function of managing archives because that is something many other applications can do quite well. Instead, it is the application’s extra features, like supporting virtual drives and disc burning, what gives it additional value.