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Depeche View loads all text files from a folder, showing all content in one window. The tool is used to search, analyze and edit huge amounts of text (source code, CSV data, log files or documentation) at high speed with the smallest possible effort. It is designed for industrial use, e.g. to analyze automotive software projects with 50,000 source files.
Depeche View Lite is portable freeware, use it without installation!
- loads all ASCII text files in one window.
- fly over all text by dragging the mouse.
- instant search as you type, without dialogues.
- search a word just by clicking on it.
- copy a line, create bookmarks with one click.
Depeche View Lite
- Load and search up to 100 files, or 30 MB of text.
- Edit the first 30 loaded files instantly.
- Fly over text by dragging the mouse.
- Filter text in realtime, as you type.
- Deluxe soft scrolling by the mouse wheel.
- Highlight words for fastest reading.
- No Installation, Instant Use.
- How to use: read the 3 page introduction PDF here.
The Depeche View Three Dollar Booklet
contains the full documentation,
optimized for convenient
reading on your smartphone.
Read more here.
Depeche View Professional
- Load and search any number of files.
(Up to 10000 files in the 30 Days Trial)
- Instant edit of all loaded files.
Powerful editing features:
- edit same file in multiple views
- block copy/move across views
- one click copy/insert
- repeat edit
- Search .zip, .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 files.
- Scripts on hotkeys and extended mouse buttons.
- Supports portable installation to USB stick.
The current version is 188.8.131.52 (changelist).
You may also download from heise.
Media coverage: read the short introduction article in issue 19/2014 of c't magazine.
Under Windows, run the tool through double-click, then click on Open and select a folder
containing many text files. Alternatively, open a command line and type "dview dirname".
Under Linux or Macintosh (i686): make sure Wine 1.4.1 or higher is installed, then type
"wine dview.exe -linux" to run the tool in Linux compatible mode.
Both ways will run Depeche View. The tool will load all text files from the given directory,
and all subdirectories, and display their contents in a single window:
Ultra High Speed GUI.
Depeche View comes with a clean, minimalistic GUI, completely different to
any other application. This is because window fragmentation, dialogues and menus
are time wasters that make sense only for configuration purposes, but not while
you need to search or edit something quickly. But read on.
Search as you type.
To start searching for a word, just type it. No drop down menus, no filling out
of dialogues, nothing - just type the word. When you stop typing, dview will
search for it, instantly and across all files. In the above example, the word
"description" was typed and searched. The hits are highlighted in red and yellow.
Search as you click.
Another instant way of searching a word is to click on any word within the text.
If you SHIFT+click on a word like EXTMGR_FUNC_INIT, for example,
Example: Browsing a 5000 files Open Source project using Depeche View.
Click here for a fullscreen snapshot in PNG quality.
it is searched instantly, and instantly you get the list of results, again.
Fly over search results.
To fly over all hits for the current search, press F3.
You will step over every occurrence in every file. Again, no dialogue boxes,
you don't have to click or press anything to change between files.
Fly over text by Grab And Drag.
To surf over text, click anywhere into the text, keep the left button pressed,
then pull the mouse down or up. Forget about exact, time-wasting clicks and drags
of scrollbar buttons. DView gives you touchscreen feeling without a touchscreen!
By the way, are you scrolling through this text using a scrollbar? Then I recommend
the Firefox extension grab and drag (not associated with DView or this website)
which provides the same feeling for web surfing. Read here how to configure.
New views by a single click.
As said above, a SHIFT+left button click on any word searches it instantly,
within the same window. But what if you want to stay with one piece of text,
and search another word in a second window? Simple: do a right mouse click.
Click here for a fullscreen snapshot in PNG quality.
This example was a right-click onto "Report". Because no second window existed yet,
it was created, and the word searched therein. No dragging around of window edges,
no long and time-wasting size changes - view two parts of text instantly.
Keys sorted by frequency.
Press F1 anytime to switch between multi-view and maximized mode. It's F1 and not
some other key, because switching between these two view modes is the function used
most frequently within Depeche View - therefore it uses the key easiest to reach.
All results only: the Filtered View.
Click the button at the bottom, or press F4 to view all text lines that contain
your search result. Click into any of those lines to reenter normal text display,
or press F4 again.
SHIFT + Click = Speed!
The Depeche View GUI is a radical, new concept which does require some training.
Instead of selecting text and then using a command on the selection, which is
a two step operation, DView allows to search, copy and bookmark with just one click.
When doing a hundred searches a day, you will feel the difference.
Meditate a moment on the help text provided by pulldown or popup menus,
and learn the DView fundamentals of a SHIFT+click (=search), CONTROL+click (=copy)
and ALT+click (=bookmark) on words or phrases.
Those who master these basics of Depeche View will enter a new dimension
of speed in searching and editing thousands of files.
Fully portable application, instant use from USB stick.
Depeche View Lite requires no installation,
and Depeche View Pro supports portable installation to USB stick.
This way you can run DView from a stick instantly, whereever needed.
To change some default behaviour, you may create a config file
and copy it into the same directory as dview.
Help requests, Bug reports and Open discussion:
Can be submitted in the SFK forum.
You may have to create a free account at sourceforge, or use your OpenID.
Depeche View is based on Swiss File Knife technology for loading file trees
and supports the same options as sfk's snapto command.
For software download sites, PAD files are available here for DView Lite and Pro.
Click here for PNG quality.