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Supersonic Text File Search - Free Download

How to create, reorder and indent bookmarks with speaking text titles,
to remember the most important locations in thousands of ASCII text files,
with the free Depeche View tool for Windows and Linux/Mac OS X (WINE).
Let's have a look at another example text:

   long FooController::testBar(char *pszCandy)
      // first install the candy in the testBar
      char *p = 0;
      *p = '\0';
      return 1;
Now, pretend that the above text is THE text you were searching for. Naturally, you want to remember it's location, to jump back to this very important text anytime you like.

bookmark creation by phrase selection

To create a bookmark,

(Linux users: use CTRL+RBUTTON instead of ALT+LBUTTON. More in the linux specific help.)

A bookmark is created, and shown at the right top. In a bookmark, Depeche View remembers:
  • the selected phrase, as the bookmark "title".
  • the full line of the selected phrase. i.e. internally, dview also remembers the whole line from "long" until ")", to allow safer bookmark searches later.
  • the filename in which the bookmark was defined.
Now you can jump back to the remembered text location anytime just by clicking on the bookmark.
Let's have another example text:

   void FooController::importantSubFunc()
      printf("foo candy delivery just started\n");

Just as above, bookmark the phrase from "Foo" until "Func".
Now you have two bookmarks:

   FooController::testBar(char *pszCandy

Actually, "importantSubFunc" is a function called by "testBar".
To make this dependency clearer, it would be good if the
second bookmarks would be indented, like:

   FooController::testBar(char *pszCandy
changing bookmark indentation

To achieve this,

  • left click onto the 2nd bookmark, and keep left button pressed.
  • then slowly move the mouse right or left.
  • => the indentation is changed.
rearranging bookmarks

Or even better, click onto a bookmark, then move the mouse UP or DOWN while keeping the left button pressed.

-> the bookmark's position is changed, like:

FooController::importantSubFunc FooController::testBar(char *pszCandy

deleting bookmarks

Click on the little "DEL" button at the right side of a bookmark to delete it.

changing the displayed bookmarks width

Click left near the bookmarks to change their displayed width. Depeche View remembers 2 separate widths, one for fullscreen display, and one for non-fullscreen. By the way,

bookmark display in non-fullscreen mode

When there is few horizontal space, some stuff like the DEL buttons is not displayed. To delete bookmarks then, you have to open the fullscreen mode first, through F1.

saving bookmarks, bookmark filename

When you press CTRL+S, the bookmarks are saved. Alternatively, just try to close dview by pressing ESCAPE - the tool will ask automatically if bookmarks should be saved.

The bookmark filename is based on what you loaded, and how you loaded it. As a general rule,


   -  you OPEN the directory


then the bookmark filename is


so the bookmarks are parallel to that directory.

- after that, you APPEND the directory


but the bookmark filename STILL is


as only OPEN redefines the bookmark path.

- you OPEN the single file C:\mydocs\letters\hello.txt

then the bookmark filename is


so the bookmarks are parallel to exactly that file.

- if you specified multiple directories to load text from, esp. during start from the command line, the first of those directories is taken to build the bookmark filename.

- if you load a single file, the bookmark filename is based on that filename.

overriding the bookmark filename base

There is an option "-book basename" available. For example:

dview -book mybooks thetextdir

will create bookmarks in the files

instead of using the generated names
NOTE: .1.dvbm is always appended automatically, so the -book option only sets the filename base.

using multiple bookmark sets

With Depeche View Pro, you can use up to 9 bookmark sets in parallel on the same directory. To switch between them, click on the bookmark set selectors showing number 1 to 9, just above the actual bookmarks. Alternatively, press CTRL+1 to CTRL+9 for quick switching.

You may also reorder bookmark sets by simply renaming the .dvbm files. e.g. zz-src1-bookmarks.1.dvbm -> zz-src1-bookmarks.5.dvbm.

showing and hiding the bookmarks

If you need to read text hidden behind bookmarks, click on the ShowBM button or press CTRL+Q.

Next chapter: Advanced Search Within Many Text Files.