Softpedia Editor's Review for DAMN NFO Viewer
The BEST utility for viewing text files containing ASCII Art (NFO/DIZ/TXT)
Written by Bogdan Popa on December 17th, 2012
Opening files that contain ASCII art is a task that Windows can do by default, but there are some specialized tools that offer a bit more to anyone who is interested.
DAMN NFO Viewer is a tiny application that can lend you a hand when trying to open documents in formats like NFO, DIZ or TXT files. Many users rely on Notepad to address this problem, but this particular software solution offers some extra features.
The installation process doesn't pose major problems and takes very little of your time. The application has a simple interface and a basic settings menu that enables you to configure a couple of options to make it even easier to use.
Furthermore, DAMN NFO Viewer has a handy copy-on-select function that automatically copies the text you select, just like the feature we've seen in mIRC some years ago. Additionally, it comes with drag and drop support, a separate feature to set background and text colors, as well as word wrap support, similar to Notepad.
The good thing about DAMN NFO Viewer is that it has a customizable appearance, so you can change some visual settings to make it a bit more appealing. In addition, this utility sports shell integration and has Unicode support, as well as three word wrapping modes and smart line breaking.
To cut the long story short, DAMN NFO Viewer is a tiny tool that does exactly what its name suggests: helps you view NFO files that contain ASCII Art and other types of information. The application is definitely worth a try and in case Notepad isn't exactly what you're looking for, be sure to give this little but powerful program a go.
DAMN NFO Viewer description
Here are some key features of "DAMN NFO Viewer":
· Available in multiple languages
· Chinese Simplified, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish. You can choose the languages during installation and switch between them later via Settings dialog.
· Hyperlinks / Email addresses autodetection
· The viewer automatically detects hyperlinks / email addresses and shows them as clickable shortcuts.
· Customizable appearance
· You can set text/background colors, colors for hyperlinks and hovered hyperlinks, whether or not you want hyperlinks to be underlined, and choose between 3 built-in fonts, available in different sizes.
· Word Wrap
· You can switch between word wrap, character wrap and no wrap.
· Shell integration
· The Viewer can be set as the default application to open files with .nfo and .diz extensions. You get fancy file icons as a bonus.
· Smart line breaks handling
· Unix style line breaks are supported (that is, you won't notice any difference). Moreover, the Viewer correctly displays files with doubled/tripled/etc. (e.g. because of improper multiple UnixWindows conversions) line breaks.
· Unicode support
· Unicode version of the program is installed automatically if the operation system supports it. Unicode version provides better support for multilingual user interface.
· When this feature is on, text gets copied to clipboard automatically after you have finished selecting it (released shift key or left mouse button). After the selected text has been copied, the selected area will flash shortly and the text will get deselected (so for those who thought it's a bug: it is not).
· Direct Scroll mode
· In this mode there's no caret so you can't select text with keyboard, but you can navigate through file contents more easily (like in your browser). Turning it off makes it more like viewing a file in a text editor. and more...
· including Most Recently Viewed nfos list (accessible via menu or Alt+R), Drag&Drop support, ... well, check for yourself.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· DAMN NFO Viewer now registers itself as handler for text/nfo MIME type
· Fixed a bug with incorrect language autodetection after first-time install
· Added built-in cyrillic fonts (codepage 866); Russian language dll must be installed if you want to use them.