I use winzip for making zip files and compressing and packaging my own stuff and winrar to usually open zip and rar files. I like winzips self-extractors (esp. size) and the speed of the 'extract to here' shell function for winrar (loads faster). I'd say winrar is the better choice, but they both have their own advantages.
For compression & speed they come out roughly the same. You could have problems uncompressing files using the wrong decompressor. Especially .ace files
WinZip for .zip files
Winrar for .rar files
Winace for .ace files
First post, mmmm.
I use winace for most things, its very flexible and gives better compression than winrar. But if you want the best compression there is, try u-harc, hard to find, been a beta for as long as i can remember, takes ages to compress and decompress, runs in dos, but damn it gives good compression, if anyone has tried it they'll know what i mean.
shouldn't we be able to attach ace files to these posts?