Not just an ordinary text editor, VEDIT is capable of doing many unbelievable things. VEDIT's powerful macro language allows you the flexibility to do the most complicated routines in seconds, without the "bloat" found in so many programs today.
Below you will find a short list of VEDIT applications. The list was compiled solely from our users. Because VEDIT offers them a competitive advantage in their respective industries, we have chosen to withhold both personal and company information.
VEDIT does it all, from simply text editing to running CNC numeric drill presses. Read on, you'll find the list very enlightening. If your still wondering if VEDIT can do that "monster" of a task (quickly and effectively) for you, gives us a call (800-458-3348) we'll gladly consult with you.
I do EDI processing and often have the need to look at and edit ASCII files. Most editors are difficult to use and have file size limits, not to mention lack the ability to display in different modes. (especially where whitespace chars are concerned e.g. CRLF or newlines) I found the Hex, Octal etc viewer very handy for troubleshooting the files that are sent FTP to me.
I downloaded (great idea) your product and found it very powerful indeed as well as intuitive to use. I did not have to read much in help to use it efficiently. I have to work very quickly at times and I really don't need to spend more time learning new things. VEDIT was superior to the others I've used and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who needs to go beyond HexEdit or DOS-Edit (Yuch!).
I think I've been using VEDIT since about '87 or '88 and I don't know what I'd do without it. It's unique! I've edited files of all kinds with it, including graphics, postscript, DOS/Unix/Windows executables, database. I process files with widely varied formats from our customers on a regular basis. I used to write processing programs in C and Pascal for this purpose, but, not anymore! This was the only reason I had a development system on Unix. VEDIT helps me run my business.
VEDIT is primarily used by to make changes to large ASCII data files. The other primary use is making modifications to software files. My primary uses of VEDIT are (in order of use):
- Writing documentation, memos (like this one), etc.
- Editing programs (mostly COBOL, some C, REXX, etc).
- Writing specialized text that is then imported into other products/environments. For example: mainframe JCL; Windows HELP files; text that is then imported into Microsoft WORD; etc.
- Editing EBCDIC files downloaded from mainframe (used in MicroFocus COBOL Workbench)
- We use VEDIT macros to implement a "Help Desk." The macros allow doing text searches against already-reported problems, establishing new problem reports, etc.
Our primary use here is for editing files which have a mix of ASCII and packed BCD in them. The fact that I can get into a HEX mode and examine or modify the file is the most important feature of the program for us. As for myself, I've set the program up in Windows 95 as my primary text editor.
I use VEDIT for text editing of large files (up to 25 MB) of text tagged similarly to SGML files. VEDIT is particularly useful and speedy for search-and-replace operations; I've also written a simple macro to check tagging integrity (e.g., for an opening <se> tag is there a matching </se> closing tag before the next opening tag?). I'm now using VEDIT with Microsoft Word and pasting text between the two--very handy.
I mostly use VEDIT for my C++ programming. But I also use it to compose long emails, and to get a look at a file which lands on my disc to see if I can understand what is in it. (It is helping me to understand what happens behind the scenes with Delphi.) While I was still developing the patch software for my application, I used VEDIT to patch the .EXE file at a marker string. However this must be done with care, and a dedicated patch program is much better, as then you can hand the job to a nonprogrammer. I might point out the frustration of going through a simple change to a (say 100k) file on a computer not my own, only to find that NOTEPAD will not load it. So, if you have fairly big files, it is no good saying NOTEPAD is good enough, because your edits are all simple.
Most text editing I do is C++ code using Microsoft Visual C++ Developer Studio. I sometimes use VEDIT instead because it has better search and macro capability. Well I am using for editing any type of files, mostly Fortran and c-code but also dbf-files and binary files. The features I need most is the ability to paste dozens of text blocks between several files, multiple file replacements (remove all tabs in all files and stop after each replacement in visual mode) some but not excessive macros for special tasks and the possibility to edit large (several hundred megabytes) of test output.
Primary use of VEDIT is to edit files in hex mode and to make global changes to text files via simple macros. I will provide you my last three uses.
- VEDIT is a good file viewer. I now find more and more ASCII files are UNIX files inside a MSDOS machine. VEDIT will view these without effort.
- I had 424 files ,each with useless lines mixed in with good data. I used DOS to combined all of them into one file. I made a VEDIT macro to search for a string found within a useless line. Then repeat a loop to delete that line everywhere in the file. The cleaned file is 66% smaller than the original.
- We make silicon wafers and measure the energy used to grow an ignot. Our commercial software program assumes the measurements will (MUST) be exported to Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The first time we tried measuring ,we saved 149000 readings. This is far too many "rows" for a spreadsheet. A database program can handle 149000 records but would not import the measurement file format.
So I made a VEDIT macro to search the measurement data file (15 MByte) for a string. When found then that line is copied to a new file. The new file has only 3000 readings or "rows" . Microsoft Excel can import a 3000 line file OK.
In addition to heavy duty database editing and the use of EBCDIC conversion capability VEDIT is a wonderful editor to replace the simple editors in (most) all email programs.
I use VEDIT to create and maintain COBOL programs that run on PCs. Some of the files I have to deal with are in the 100-200MB range and it is nice to be able to browse them. Also, since I work with EDI, I get some weird looking files that I can untangle with VEDIT.
Most of the time, C programming. Other uses: text and word processing, binary files checks and patching.
The most common use that I have for VEDIT is columnar operations on data files. This, of course, is nothing fancy, but the columnar block features are invaluable to my work.
I originally started using VEDIT many years ago for jobs that no other editor would handle. Like getting rid of hex 00 in text files which were used as input to a DBMS which barfed on that character. Over the years, your program has 'saved my bacon' many times, allowing me to do things with disks and data that so-called experts said couldn't be done. Many times IBM mainframers would have me download data for manipulation to my little PC to do things with VEDIT that their multi-million dollar systems couldn't do on a bet.
I use a VEDIT + PCTEX combination for all my writing and systems documentation, a great combination I use VEDIT to manage extremely large school and state testing files (as large as 8 megabytes). I'm really spoiled. There is nothing like VEDIT anywhere for column pasting and data file manipulation. I replaced a difficult-to-maintain 40,000 line text conversion program written in C with a 900 line VEDIT macro that I wrote and maintain myself. Best of all, the VEDIT macro is faster." Actually about a 3000 line C program which did extensive text manipulation was reduced to a 300 line VEDIT macro -- a 10-to-1 reduction in source file length. What really worked well for us was the extensive built-in functions especially the regular expression search/replace in VEDIT which would have taken us months to write. And yes, the VEDIT macro actually runs faster, I think because you have much more optimized routines (regular expressions etc) than what we had written in C.
I am a programmer/analyst. My job functions range from programming to analysis to data conversions. I use YOUR product every day at work and at home when I need a quality text editor. The editor has been a real help with the data conversions. I would say indispensable. It would be unpleasant to imaging doing a conversion without having the editor available. It is easy to see if the fields are really where someone else said that they should be and it is so much easier to do ebcdic-ascii conversions. After performing a conversion I sometimes see data that appears inconsistent and it is easy with your editor to go back to the original file and check it out! In the past when DOS was king, I also used your editor to go into executables such as exe2bin to change certain signatures to allow some of the older utilities to run on newer versions of DOS when they stopped including the utilities.