TextConverter is a free application for Microsoft Windows devices that can be used to edit multiple documents simultaneously. You can also use it to save them text files in different formats and perform some advanced editing operations.
Tip: ever wanted to edit multiple positions of a single document? Multiple Views Text Editor may be useful for that.
The program interface may look intimidating at first as it features multiple panes. The open folder button at the top is used to select a directory but you may also drag & drop files into the interface. The folder option works well if you need to process a directory of text files. Note that the free version is limited to ten files at a time though.
Text Converter scans the folder for supported files and adds these to the interface.
There are 7 columns in the Files pane which display the name, format, type, coding, size, status and the file path of each document. The Preview section on the bottom left of the interface has two panes. The Old File section displays the contents of the document, while the New File pane shows you a preview of the document that you have edited using TextConverter. The file size of both documents is displayed below the panes.
TextConverter supports TXT, HTML, PHP and LOG file formats. When you try opening an Office document format such as DocX, the program warns you that it doesn't support it yet and that the resultant document could be corrupted. You can still use it to preview the original Office document.
Tip: Click on the "Old File" or "New File" button to view the selected pane and hide the other. You can disable the preview by using the Show file/preview options. To entirely disable the preview, use the View menu.
You can edit the document in either pane (Old File or New File), and a save button will appear that you can use to preserve the changes. I recommend editing the new file and retain the original file.
TextConverter supports a number of actions that you may run on all documents. To use one of the functions, enable the checkbox next to an action and click on options to define the operation.
Here's what the various actions do:
You can set the saving method in the pane in the bottom right corner. It lets you choose whether to overwrite the file. For new files, you can set the naming style, folder, and the format.
There is a built-in renamer tool that you can access from TextConverter's Tools menu.
TextConverter is a portable application. The application is available as a free and premium version but the free Basic version is only missing one or two features when compared to the premium version. The main limitations are that editing is limited to up to 10 documents at a time, three text replacement/insertion/deletion operations, and that text searching in files is not supported. You can check out the feature comparison table on the developer website for detailed information.
Though it is termed as a converter tool, I think its strength lies in its quick editing options. It can be a handy a post-writing tool when you're working with a lot of documents.
The program is very powerful and while the free version is limited, may be useful in lots of operations such as removing HTML characters from documents, replacing text in multiple documents, or editing several documents quickly by hand.
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