12-08-2008 03:58 PM CET - IT, New Media & Software

TextTransformer 1.6.0: conversion of binary files

Press release from: Dr. Detlef Meyer-Eltz
debugging with the hex-editor
debugging with the hex-editor

With TextTransformer 1.6.0 easy development of programs for the processing of binary files is possible now. This is possible because source files can be shown now not only as normal text, but as a binary text and in hexadecimal form too.

Binary files are frequently used for the compact storage of data and - opposed to text files - contain many characters which aren't shown in a normal editor. These data can be interpreted correctly only if the file format is known. Conversion programs for such file formats can be made now with TextTransformer with the same visual means by which, till now, the analysis of text structures was managed. The specification of a binary file format can be tested step-by-step in the integrated debugger now, as already the syntax of a text could be tested before. When sections corresponding to the specification are recognized, they are highlighted in the viewer. The illegible characters are presented by points in the binary viewer and in the hex-viewer they are represented by their hexadecimal values.

Another visual innovation of TextTransformer 1.6.0 is the improved tree representation of the analyzed file sections. Very big trees are shown in the variable inspector very fast now, because only the part is loaded, which is required for the respective view. In addition, node attributes are highlighted now.

Further there are some other new possibilities in the TextTransformer 1.6.0. The new ANY token offers another possibility for the treatment of not specified text sections besides the already known SKIP token. There are new options for the SKIP token which control the toleration of alternatives. By buffering of look-ahead tokens the speed of parsing can be accelerated.

In addition, the use of a TextTransformer project as a preprocessor is demonstrated in the new example "BinaryCheck" and there are new free TextTransformer projects at


and new demonstration videos at


TextTransformer 1.6.0 can be downloaded at:


TextTransformer is specialized on all kinds of text remodeling: text analysis, text extractions, text replacements and text conversion: e.g. log file analysis, data file conversions, source to source translations etc.

Dr. Detlef Meyer-Eltz
Burggarten 16
20535 Hamburg
Phone: 4940 2513642

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