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May 10, 2003

Welcome to the latest issue of the Argentum Newsletter, which will bring you up to date on what we have done over the recent weeks to further upgrade our software and services. A more detailed list of events is available at http://www.argentuma.com/news.html. As always we would love to hear your feedback at .


Argentum Corporation,
(206) 337-1724


  1. Important! Please vote for Argentum Backup at SIAF.
  2. MyFiles 2.3 has been released.
  3. Under the hood.

Important! Please vote for Argentum Backup at SIAF.

Shareware Industry Award Foundation (SIAF) has opened its annual voting for People's Choice Award, the most prestigious award in shareware world. We want Argentum Backup to be a winner this year. Please take some time to vote for Argentum Backup.

After submitting your name and e-mail address you'll be sent an email with a link that will allow you to vote. The process takes just a few seconds. Don't be afraid to give your e-mail address to SIAF. SIAF is a renowned organization that has been online since 1996. They guarantee your privacy. Consider SIA an Oscar of the Shareware Industry.

The winners will be announced at the annual Shareware Industry Award conference in July 2003, Rochester, NY. Thank you for your time!

MyFiles 2.3 has been released.

MyFiles 2.3 is now available for download. If you have not yet voted for Argentum Backup, please do vote now and then download the latest release of MyFiles from:


  • A new licensing engine.
  • XML and CSV export facilities are now available.
  • Noticeable speed improvements. 70% speed increase for searching.

Find the complete list of features below:


Under the hood.

We are currently finishing our brand new Zip64 library to work with huge Zip archives. Besides this very useful feature (Zip64) alone, this library is expected to be very fast, faster than any other Zip compression library available on the market, including expensive ones that cost up to $650.00 per license and more. This is because all those libraries have been built on top of the same, old Info-Zip code which was designed to be portable and that is a major slowdown.

We've created our library in pure object-oriented C++ language, bearing in mind Windows platforms only. Nevertheless, please be sure current implementation of Info-Zip library in Argentum Backup is still the fastest available, because it has been tweaked and profiled a lot. You can be sure Argentum Backup is the fastest and easiest way to back up your files.

Well. Now what? We need to know if you're interested in AES-256 strong encryption be added into this library to make your Zip protected backups unbreakable. You know original Zip passwords can be recovered in a few hours on a powerful computer. Contrary, with AES-256 it would take several thousand years to recover your password provided that you rule all computers on planet Earth to make calculations for you. Send us your feedback!

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Best regards,

Argentum Corporation,
(206) 337-1724

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