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Some of our downloads are ‘ZIP archives’.  ZIPs are are files that contain a set or group of resources and are a convenient way of sending large groups of files over the internet.  For example our Year 1/2 Word Rockets product contain 115 separate Rocket images.  If the files were not zipped you would have to download each of the 115 images separately.  Zipping them means you can download them all in one go.

In order to access a ZIP file, an ‘unzipping’ program is required.  Such a program then ‘extracts’ the set of resources from the ZIP and puts them onto your computer for normal use.

As suggested on the site, we recommend using ‘FilZip’ (though other programs such as WinZip and WinRAR should be fine).  The latest version of FilZip can be downloaded free from

Extracting the files using FilZip

If you are using FilZip, you can easily ‘extract’ the individual resources from the ZIP that you downloaded by following these simple steps:

1. Locate the ZIP file on your computer.
2. Right-click on it.
3. From the menu that appears, select ‘FilZip’ and then ‘Extract here’
4. You will then notice that the files are ‘extracted’ and placed alongside the ZIP on your computer.  They are now ready for opening and printing in the normal way.
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