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GBIC >> Software Reviews >> Screen Recorders
Hex Editors      (July 2007)

Hex Editors are used by programmers to make minor edits in the content of binary files. Hex editors are not used frequently by most programmers, but when they're needed nothing else will do.

Be sure to check all source code editors your already own for any hex editing features they might already provide.

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

  • XVI32
    This freeware hex editor has basic editing capabilities and is very easy to use.

Hex Editor Features
These are the minimum features that I expect from a hex editor 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. Side-by-side hex/ASCII views
  2. Large file size
  3. Open multiple files
  4. Search/replace in hex or ASCII
  5. Backup
  6. Display adjustments (fonts/colors)
  7. Bookmarks
  8. Reload (cancel all changes)

Candidate Programs
These are the programs included in this review.

FreewareCommercial
  1. 1Fh
  2. AXARScan
  3. DataWorkshop
  4. febooti
  5. FileRay
  6. Frhed
  7. Hack
  8. HexEdit
  9. Hexplorer
  10. HexStar
  11. HxD Freeware Hex Editor
  12. tiny hexer
  13. XVI32
  1. 010 Editor $50
  2. Abalone Hex Editor $25
  3. AptEdit
  4. Axoio HexStudio 2006 $20
  5. Cygnus Hex Editor $39
  6. Filedoyen $25
  7. Groovy Hex Editor $15
  8. Hex Editor II $13
  9. Hex Toolbox $50
  10. Hex Workshop $50
  11. HexCmp
  12. Hexdataedit $50
  13. HexEdit $40
  14. Hexprobe Hex Editor $40
  15. V
  16. V $39
User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other hex editor programs that should be considered, or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.