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GBIC >> Software Reviews >> Search & Replace
Search & Replace      (July 2007)

Search & Replace programs find text in files and replace that text with a user-defined substitute. Additional features include single line or multiline substitutions, wildcard file selection,

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

  • ReplaceEM
    ReplaceEM is a feature-rich freeware search & replace program. It can work on multiple files, can perform multiline replacements, can perform multiple replacement commands at one time, supports regular expression search-replace operations and define the destination of the altered files.

Search & Replace Features
These are the minimum features that I expect from search & replace software. 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. File selection (by type, or individually)
  2. Single/Multi-line search string
  3. Subfolder file inclusion
  4. Confirm each replace option
  5. File backup
  6. Destination of altered files
  7. Renaming of alterd files
  8. Explorer integration
  9. Regular expression support
  10. Undo support
  11. Results summary/log file of changes

Candidate Programs
These are the programs included in this review.

  1. File Substring Replacement Utility
  2. InfoRapid Search and Replace
  3. ReplaceEM
  4. Search and Replace
  5. Search and Replace
  6. Simple Search-Replace
  7. TextCrawler
  1. 12Ghosts Replace
  2. Actual Search & Replace
  3. Advanced Find and Replace
  4. AJC Grep
  5. Alias Find and Replace
  6. CiAN Text Replacer
  7. HandyFile Find and Replace
  8. PowerGREP
  9. Replace and Rename
  10. ReplaceAssistant
  11. Replacer
  12. RQ Search and Replace
  13. Searcy and Replace
  14. TextPipe Pro
  15. WildEdit $33
User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other Search & Replace programs that should be considered, or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.