Hiew

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View and edit files of any length in text, hex, and decode modes

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File explorers come in many shapes and layouts, either sophisticated and feature-packed, or as simplistic as possible, especially created for beginners. The same applies to hex viewers and the users who are nostalgic about the look of DOS applications can give Hiew a try.

It does not need to be installed onto the host computer and does not use a lot of PC resources, therefore it does not affect the overall computer performance.

The interface of Hiew is inspired by the old look of DOS tools, and to keep this old-school feeling it can only be operated using the keyboard. In other words, users who prefer to rely on the mouse in all of their actions might encounter difficulties in working with this software solution.

However, by experimenting with the tool and pressing keys one can get familiarized with the app’s numerous functions, even though they are not very obvious at first glance.

Not only is it possible to preview a HEX file, but it can also be edited or decoded. Similarly, one can preview the included tables, as well as specify its type: Windows-1250, Windows-1251, Koi-8 or Unicode-CP_OEMCP.

Due to Hiew, users are able to preview very large files in text or hex mode, and to perform changes with ease, without worrying that this action might slow down their computer.    

To sum up, despite its simplistic look, Hiew can perform a wide range of actions, and is especially handy for those who need to edit some bytes in their code files. After evaluating the unregistered version, satisfied users can purchase a license.
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