Contents of the FILEVIEW.WRI file
1 File View
by Mark Gamber
Although many programs exist for expanding your desktop and doing some basic file checking, I noticed the lack of a program that lets you look directly into a file. Note, ths keyphrase here is "I noticed". To help remedy this problem, I wrote File View.
File View was written for Windows 3.0 and works best along with a disk cache, such as Smartdrv. Start the program as you would anny other Windows program.
Upon starting the program, you will face an empty window and three menu selections: "File", "Filter" and "Help". To select a file to look into, choose "File" and "Open...". Choose a file from the file list or type in a valid filename. The left file list contains valid filenames which may be viewed. The right box is directory names and other drives, if available. You may switch directories by either typing the name of a directory in the box or clicking on a directory or drive. To narrow down the files listed, you may use wildcards in the filename line ablove the boxes. For example, to check only ".EXE" files, type "C:\*.EXE".
Once a file is chosen, the window displays the current file offset, hexidecimal data and character data from the file. You may choose a filter selection by selecting the "Filter" menu item and choosing one of the three options:
ASCII only - Prints valid ASCII characters.
Printable - Prints characters which may be sent to a printer.
None - Prints all characters, no filters.
You may use the scroll bar on the right to move the file pointer around in the file. The arrows (and up/down arrow keys) move the pointer in 16 byte amounts. The bar itself (and PageUp/PageDown keys) move the pointer in 256 byte amounts. You may also drag the "Thumb" to a new position in the file. Pressing "HOME" moves to the start of the file and "END" moves to the end of the file.
File View only keeps the file open long enough to read 256 bytes of data so there is no need to close a file and thus, no "Close" function. To select another file, simply go back to the "File" and "Open..." option and select another file. The current file in use is displayed on the title bar.
As I'm always looking to improve the product, I need two things from you, the user. First, I need your feedback on this product: what you'd like to see, what you could live without, what doesn't work, etc. Also, to keep up with the system and languages, both of which are expensive, I would like a check or M.O for $5...yup, a measly five bucks. Let's call it "appreciation". That's it for my "whineware" pitch. If, per chance, you really feel the program is worth $5, send it to:
18 Village Dr.
Lancaster, PA 17601
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