Hex Viewers are very useful in checking out the content
of a file - checking for corrupt or unexpected byte patterns in
both text and binary files.
This review is in work. Until the review is complete, I suggest the following
application for your hex viewer needs:
This PC Mag utilities creates a very convenient Windows Explorer context menu
which allows you to view (but not edit) files in hex or text format.
I use FileSnoop almost daily on my PC. It not only provides hex viewing,
but also provides viewing of many files in their natural format (such as
text files, images, sound, AVI, and HTML files). It also shows the content
of archive files (ZIP, CAB, ARJ). You can even view/save icons/images found within
binary executable files.
FileSnoop is free from PCMag, but you do have to subscribe to their
utility downloads section - $20/year.
Hex Viewer Features
These are the minimum features that I expect from a hex viewer.
Each of the candidate programs will be ranked against how well they implement
the following features. As the review continues, the list of features may change.
Large file size
Open multiple files
These are the programs included in this review.