WinImage 9.0 is a shareware tool to help you create, edit and generally work with various image types.

At first glance the program seems a little dated. Click File > New, for instance, and you'll find a lengthy list of options for building floppy disk images. If you ever do need to create a 160KB (for instance) floppy image then this will be extremely useful, but for the majority it's entirely irrelevant.

Fortunately there are also plenty of more up-to-date functions. So you can open ISO, VHD or VMDK images, browse or extract their contents, add new files and more. There's an option to defragment a disk image, or convert into a self-extracting file, while a "Batch Assistant" helps you automate many tasks.

What's more, if you pay to register the program then you can also create a virtual hard drive from a physical drive, and restore that image at a later date.

In our tests, WinImage wasn't always entirely reliable. In particular file and folder names weren't available on every ISO image we opened, a major issue if you're hoping to extract everything.

Other functions did deliver better results, though, and if you need its particular mix of tools then WinImage may appeal.

Verdict

WinImage has a few useful disk image functions, but seems a little expensive. If you just need to work with ISO images, say, there are more powerful free tools around