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GBIC >> Software Reviews >> Hex Viewers
Hex Viewers      (July 2007)

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.

Review Results
This review is in work. Until the review is complete, I suggest the following application for your hex viewer needs:

  • FileSnoop
    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.

  1. Large file size
  2. Open multiple files
  3. Search
  4. Explorer integration

Candidate Programs
These are the programs included in this review.

  1. Alpha Systems Viewer
  2. BIEW
  3. BinViewer
  4. FileAlyzer
  1. FileSnoop
User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other hex viewer programs that should be considered, or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.