MacItBetter has released BetterZip 1.2, the latest version of its archiving tool for Macs.

BetterZip lets users quickly inspect compressed archives without first extracting their contents. Users can add or extract files using drag-and-drop or delete files from archives. It also has a function to facilitate making archives compatible with Windows and Linux systems.

The new version brings increased speed when opening and extracting archives and support for CPIO-, RAR-, and 7-Zip archives. This allows splitting archives into multiple volumes and using strong password encryption. ZIP files can also be password encrypted. To let users inspect the raw output of various external helper programs a transcript drawer has been added.

BetterZip currently handles archives with these formats: zip, tar, gzip, bzip2, cpio, rar, 7-zip. It can open Java jar, war, and ear files and various compressed tar formats. More archive formats will be added in the near future.

The software is a universal binary and requires Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or later. A 30-day trial version is available for download. The software costs $19.95.