- Bug fixes
- Saving files when HxD is closing effectivly works only for the file in the active window.
- If BytesPerRow is larger than a certain amount, characters in the hex editor overlap.
- Opening "My Network Places" in any open or save file dialog could crash
HxD, depending on the Windows version. This was due to neutral language
identifiers in the VersionInfo which the OS does not generally support.
- Backup files are now created such that all meta-data associated
to a file, like alternate data streams, file attributes or time
stamps, is preserved.
Also instead of replacing the file extension with .bak, now .bak
is appended thus preserving the file extension.
- RAM-Editor detects when a process was terminated and refreshes
the display to show only one folded region that encompasses
the whole range from 0x0 to 0xFFFFFFFF.
This fixes also issues that appeared when a process was still
opened in the RAM-Editor after being terminated.
- The change log displayed in the Update-Checker window is now
formatted with indentations, bullet lists and makes links
- The file-dialog of the file-shredder no longer dereferences links to
prevent you from accidentally shredding the link-target when you
really meant to shredder the link itself.
(Confusing it the other way round is less of a problem, since a link
can be easily recreated). Additionally this change now enables you to
delete links, which wasn't possible before.
- Bug fixes
- When copying to the clipboard two times an error message appeared.
- An access violation error could occur when pasting text and the Windows
clipboard contained special formats.
- The offset edit-box of the Goto-window wasn't always selected when the
Goto-window popped up.
- tweaking of minor details and internal functions
- Bug fixes
- Function for concatenating files produced bogus results.
- Setting byte group size did not always correctly update the bytes per row setting and thus caused drawing errors.
- File change monitoring for drives that don't support file change notifications: after the first external file change the monitoring stopped working.
- Statistics did not paint correctly when Themes were disabled.
- Insert bytes/Fill selection: under certain conditions the fill-pattern wasn't used for the entire section that should have been filled.
- Some functions not supported by Windows 95 prevented HxD from running under Windows 95.
- In uncommon cases the hard disk editor computed the wrong disk size.
- Minor tweaks.
- New features
- Added VB.NET and C# exporters.
- Files stored on a drive that doesn't support file change
notifications (e.g. Novell NetDrive) are now monitored for file
changes using a timer.
- Minor enhancements
- Compare dialog is now resizable.
- New shortcuts: Shift+Insert to Paste, Ctrl+Insert to Copy
and Shift+Delete to Cut
- HTML-exporter now creates a central CSS in the head-section
instead of adding inline styles on each tag. This change
allows to easily adapt the formatting.
- Statistics use user code page to display characters and
doesn't try to display unprintable characters.
- Bug fixes
- Several issues with the open and save dialogs, were files were not found
or the wrong files were opened under certain circumstances.
- Opening a file using the command line didn't work with relative
filenames (relative to the working directory) and multiple instances.
- File-shredder asked to confirm the deletion of only one file, even if
several files were selected.
- When a file was changed externally and HxD was closed and thereby
reactivated, MessageBoxes kept coming up infinitely causing focus
- Under certain conditions two MessageBoxes were displayed when a file was
changed, renamed or deleted.
- Several small fixes/enhancements.
- Minor enhancements
- Java-exporter generates a byte-array instead of char-array.
- WindowState (Maximized/Normal/Minimized) can be set in configuration separately from the window position.
- Opening files is now handled by a thread to allow newly opened instances to pass the command line parameters and close instantly without waiting for the main instance to react.
- Bug fixes
- Saving a newly created file displayed a superfluous error message (the file was saved correctly nevertheless).
- Portable edition: Opening files per command line before HxD.ini was created was rejected.
- For version 220.127.116.11 the language files were not updated correctly which lead to some confusing messages/text to be displayed (sometimes the wrong message/text was used).
- Bug fixes
- An error message was shown when INI-file was not accessible on closing. Now the user can retry/cancel.
- New features
- File sharing has been greatly relaxed but is still safe.
- Great care was taken to lock and open files only as long as absolutely necessary, such that files can be opened simultaneously in HxD and in other applications. Only after the first edit in HxD (after saving the file is unlocked again) or while performing a read operation the file is held open and locked. A caching system is used to handle the case when another application locks the file and prohibits HxD to access it even in read-mode.
That means HxD is safe and will not crash even if the file is deleted and guarantees that any changes can be written to the file correctly.
- Installable edition of HxD.
- Portable edition of HxD.
- It can be used on USB-sticks and similar removable devices and stores its configuration as an INI-file in the application directory instead of using the Registry.
- Entry of numerical values is more flexible.
- The strict validation is only done when exiting the edit field, but while entering the value only invalid characters are filtered. This allows e.g. to temporarily delete all the text as happens when doing a cut/copy & paste.
- The selection of the inactive column is now filled and looks like a translucent veil is put upon the data.
It is less emphasized and thus there is still a clear distinction between the active and the inactive column.
- The sector position is also visible in the hex edit window, similar to the offset-column.
- If a file cannot be opened, a retry/abort-dialog is presented.
This is especially useful if a file cannot be accessed (locked by another program) or it is on a removable media that is not inserted.
- If the user hasn't administrator privileges, he/she is informed
that these are required for the disk-editor.
- Mouse-selection works better with folded rows and doesn't produce flicker anymore.
- Next to the open-icon there is now an arrow to select the recently opened files.
- The handling of inaccessible sections (as appear for example in the RAM-editor) was improved.
Especially regarding the search and in general all operations that have to take special care of such sections.
- Bug fixes
- Matches of a search pattern that overlap the internal search buffer end where not found.
- Accesses to the Registry did not work with restricted user accounts.
- Jumping to a bookmark (ctrl+0..9) correctly set the caret but didn't scroll it in the visible range.
- Issues with folded rows and bytes per row = 1: The mouse cursor only changed into an I-beam (Text mouse cursor) when over a hex or text-column, folded rows however where not correctly recognized.
- Opening non-existent file caused an access violation and drawing errors of the MDI child windows.
- Caret position was not updated immediately after a cut or delete operation.
- If HxD was added to the Explorer context-menu the operating system wasn't informed about the change and therefore not immediately updated.
- Double click in an inaccessible section selected a word even if there was no actual data to select.
- When trying to insert or delete data into/from a fixed size streams, the user was asked to confirm the resize, though such an operation is and was invalid and was aborted anyway.
- When inserting at the end of file an error message appeared (only version 1.7.5 is affected).
- Search didn't give any progress feedback and the whole program became sluggish when used in the RAM-editor (only version 1.7.5 is affected).
| 18.104.22.168 beta
- New command: "Find again (reversed)", shortcut is Shift+F3
- Progress-dialog for file-compare
- Block-selection-dialog: Optionally specify block-length instead of End-offset
- Full path of filename is visible in window caption and shown as tooltips/hints when hovering over tabs
- Shift-Click-selection works again (and a little better)
- "Edit|Insert bytes" now behaves as "Edit|Paste Insert", i.e. it deletes the selected bytes before inserting
- Option to apply settings of View-tab in options-dialog also to existing windows
- Update-search now works also through proxies
- Bug fixes
- Fix: Access violation when using Search/Find-command (if file was opened through command line or Windows context menu)
- Fix: Access violation could happen on file compare
- Fix: Replace-all: Prompt on replace causes progress bar to show when it shouldn't and blocks HxD (cancel does not work and windows below are disabled)
- Fix: Added undo for "Edit|Fill selection"
- Fix: "Edit|Insert bytes" didn't insert at the requested position, but undo saved the correct part => this lead to confusing/wrong results, especially after undoing
- Fix: Using the Windows context menu to open files doesn't open all selected ones
- Fix: Searching in RAM-Editor finds search-pattern in unallocated region
- Fix: FileCompare: Files compared to an empty file are reported as identical
- Fix: Selecting with PageDown and PageUp does not behave like in other apps
- Fix: Many DPI-issues of chopped off text and wrong dimensions when DPI <> 96
- Fix: Selection of hex editor in options dialog changes/disappears sometimes after clicking and trying to select
- Fix: RAM-Editor: selecting inside of inaccessible region can display random characters
- Fix: Double-click selection of words isn't precise
- Fix: Concatenate-dialog: Up and down button images don't show on Windows XP (depends on graphics-drivers)
- Fix: Statistics-window visually merges correctly with TabControl when maximized
- Fix: MDI-background doesn't always refresh when necessary
- many other small fixes/enhancements
| 22.214.171.124 beta
- New features
- File compare (simple)
- Only hex or only text mode
- Grouping of bytes
- New command "write" (similar to paste but overwrites instead of inserting)
- Support for clipboard formats of other hex editors
- Major Enhancement
- Replace/Replace all is very much faster due to a totally redesigned data structure that can handle millions of edits (independent of file size)
- Reduce "disk in drive"-check noise under Windows9x
- Adapt exporter and printer to support byte groups and only hex or only text modes
- Reload readonly files when changed (and don't lock them)
- Better positioning of replace dialog
- Added Windows context menu "Open with HxD (as readonly)"
- Color options are more flexible
- Words can be selected by double click
- Progress bar for undo
- Totally flicker free frame-selection
- Allow editing of NTFS file streams (using special filename syntax)
- Place filename at the top of recent file list after save/save as
- MDI and tab handling (Fixes include: Slightly off window positioning causing scrollbars to appear, suppressed window animation, sometimes flickering)
- Added Mac-charset, EBCDIC charset now depends on system settings
- Click on offset in status bar calls goto-dialog
- Click on block or length in status bar calls selection-dialog
- Made concat-dialog resizable
- Unicode enabled some error messages
- Bookmark symbols are now on the left of the offsets, such that the +/- buttons aren't covered
- Offset-label now indicates with a letter in brackets the offset-base: (h)exadecimal, (d)ecimal, (o)ctal
- Tweaked the Matrix-like animation in the Info-dialog
- More fine tuning (caret positioning, docking, mouse selection, etc.)
- Bug fixes
- Fix: Saving after replacing data with data of different size creates buggy file (not when using save as)
- Fix: Inserting and undo issues (corner cases)
- Fix: Printer bugs (always 16 bytes in last row and bad margin calculation)
- Fix: Control chars of pasted text are converted to 0
- Fix: "Find next" sometimes does not work
- Fix: Continue backward search (F3) doesn't work if last find is selected
- Fix: RAM-Editor: closing an application that was opened in the RAM-Editor and pressing F5 can cause HxD to hang
- Fix: Windows 9x: some buggy BIOSes cause the disk editor to infinitely check for disk drives
- Fix: Display bugs (cut off characters) when resizing window/hexedit
- Fix: Checksums and File compare accept only saved files
- Fix: Progress bar jumps back while saving (not when using save as)
- Fix: Remove file from recent file list after shredding
- Fix: Pressing OK in replace-dialog has no effect
- Fix: InsertBytes and Paste menus should be disabled if Readonly
- Fix: Drawing bugs in offset-row with special fonts
- Fix: Flicker of Offset-label
- Fix: Small docking issues
- Various other small fixes
- Modern icons
- History in the search and replace dialogs
- Recent file list in the file-menu
- Locale charset is used if ANSI is selected (before Windows-1252 was hard coded)
- Tabs can be closed by a middle click
- The text in the information field of the Update-checker is word wrapped and indented for better reading
- Disabled icons are grayed more beautifully if the classic Windows style or a pre Windows XP system is used
- MDI-menu appears/disapperas only after fully maximizing or minimizing a window
- Do not dereference URLs, instead open the .url-file itself
- Fix: Closing the options dialog by OK resets the theme instead of applying it
- Fix: Menu is on the wrong screen on a multi monitor setup
- Fix: BartPE doesn't load HxD because of a missing WOW32.DLL which is only needed on Windows9X
- Fix: Drawing bug of the grayed icons under Windows 98
- Fix: Tabbar scroll bug, order of closing, order of change, drawing bug...
- Fix: Windows error message when writing to a disk under Windows 98
- Fix: Error message "Out of memory" when copying between two instances
- Further small corrections
| 126.96.36.199 beta
- New functions
- Split file
- Concatenate files
- Safely delete files (Shredder)
- Insert bytes
- Fill selection
- Enhancements of existing functions
- Clipboard was largely reworked:
- Unlimited amount of data can be copied (unlimited = free RAM)
- Support for Unicode
- Paste/Copy Hex Dumps
- Progress display
- Additional native clipboard format for HMTL and RTF, allows pasting of formatted text into apps like WordPad or Mozilla Thunderbird (instead of the source code)
- Searching supports true Unicode (not only ANSI subset), allows searching of special characters like those in the DOS-char set
- Progress display when creating backup
- Backup creation can be cancelled
- Warning when there is no place for a backup
- Speed up exporters a lot and added progress display
- Progress display for "Copy as"
- Save/Save as have a progress display
- Reducing memory fragmentation when inserting
- F5 updates the folded sections in the RAM-Editor
- Blinking of the entry "Readonly" in the Status bar when trying to modify a read only file
- When reopening the Search-dialog the old search text is selected
- Scroll search result into the middle of the window for better overview
- Respect offset base in exporters
- Unicode support for printing
- Some corrections to printing
- Overall better Unicode support for all operations where file names are involved
- Generally added progress display for all lengthy operations
- New keys usable with foldable sections:
- + on num block opens a fold
- - on num block closes a fold
- * on num block opens all folds
- / on num block closes all folds
- Drag&Drop of tabs moves the tabs on mouse movements instead of drawing a black insertion line
- Added a cancel button to the dialog with security warning "Opening a disk without write protection"
- After "replacing all" a message box with the count of replaced occurrences is displayed
- Bug fixes
- Fix: Find next doesn't work after opening a new file or changing to another file
- Fix: "Export to" doesn't warn when overwriting existing files
- Fix: Search bug and the DOS-char set was chosen
- Fix: Search bug if a search was previously done in another window
- Fix: Entering invalid hex values in the search dialog generates an AV instead of a good error message
- Fix: Changing of the char set isn't respected when doing "Find next"
- Fix: Exporter for HTML, TeX und RTF didn't use the currently chosen char set but always ANSI
- Fix: Column-offsets >= 100 aren't drawn correctly
- Fix: Cache-bug when reading from disk
- Fix: "Replace all" doesn't replace all occurrences
- Fix: Select all and then delete => Undo doesn't work
- Fix: Deleting the selected bytes => Undo reinserts them but doesn't resize the file
- Fix: Command line isn't correctly processed since Unicode support
- Fix: When having multiple instances the correct instance isn't focused and the file is loaded in the wrong instance
- Fix: Undo of very large files (> 4GB) doesn't work
- Fix: After undo of two hex characters the caret stays inside the hex pair
- Fix: Replace dialog warns of a file resize even if the file size wouldn't change
- Fix: Modal dialogs sometimes hide behind the main window, causing HxD's main window to be disabled
- Fix: After closing a system-dialog (file open, print, ...) the HexEdit isn't focused again
- Fix: Progress display of replace-function doesn't correctly display the remaining time
- Fix: Selecting with Shift+Page Down/Page Up causes flicker
- Fix: After a stream reading error the "Top sector" tool tip stays visible
- Fix: Copying of the editor view doesn't support Unicode
- Fix: On simple graphic card drivers there are no symbols on the toolbar
- Fix: TXmGroupbox leaves artifacts when theming is active
- Fix: Controls in the info dialog don't have the correct dimension/position when "Large fonts" are activated
- Fix: ColorComboBox text and color are grayed when disabled
- Fix: Flickering of toolbar after closing options-dialog
- Fix: Small memory leak after File|Save
- Fix: Small memory leak after File|Print
- Many more small corrections
- HxD now supports Unicode file names under Windows NT+
- Internal optimizations to keep the exe size down (which was increased by the Unicode support)
- Update-search shows changes in the language of the running HxD version
| 188.8.131.52 beta
- Added Internet update checker
- Minor caret movement improvement
- Fix: Wrong caret position after deleting last byte of a row
- Fix: Formatting for modified data isn't loaded/saved correctly
- Fix: Exporting to Pascal, C, Java always uses empty file name
- Fix: Management error of the internal formats list which resulted in some painting bugs
- Fix: Display problems under Asian systems
- Fix: When typing hex digits at the end of a row, caret doesn't move into next row
- Fix: Caret position not always correct after undo
- View options can be set globally in the options dialog (vs. locally in the toolbar)
| 184.108.40.206 beta
- Modified data highlighted red and bold (configurable)
- Major internal optimizations regarding foldable section. This is especially visible when opening large programs with the RAM-Editor and doing mouse selections
- Optimized undo, which uses now far less memory by not saving original data
- New function "Open Disk-Image" (you can specify the sector-size)
- Reworked options dialog
- Optional creation of backup-files
- Offsets can now be displayed additionally as decimal or octal numbers
- More precise detection when progress dialog should show
- Selection-scrolling is more intuitive (also fixed a related bug)
- Mouse selection is smoother and more precise; a selection can begin inside a hex pair
- Tooltip window beside the scrollbar showing the top sector when editing disks or disk images
- Page up and page down preserver the caret position
- Navigating to nibbles when clicking inside hex pairs
- Order of tabs can be changed through drag&drop
- Reworked scrollbar: hides when not needed, correctly handles resizing of window
- Tab control draws its background according to the selected theme
- Tab and hex editor controls are visually united
- Minor visual adaptations
- Fix: After a "replace all"-operation the progress dialog sometimes keeps open
- Fix: Change order of Ctrl+Tab corresponds to the MDI order, not the order as seen in the tab control
- Fix: During a replace-operation the "resized file"-notification pops up several times
- New menu command "Refresh": updates the view and the caches
- Navigating to Nibbles (= half bytes) can now be done with Ctrl+Left respectively Ctrl+Right
- Reactivating of HxD after dragging&dropping a file onto the program
- FIX: Error when reading diskettes under Win9X (error did not appear with all BIOS's)
- FIX: The remaining duration in the progress window is displayed as time (pm/am)
- FIX: Focus-problems of the progress window
- FIX: Rotated caption of the checksum-panel is under Win9x very small
- FIX: Flickering border when changing the window size and Windows-themes are active. I fixed the corresponding bug in the VCL.
- FIX: If hex-editor window is very small an access violation appears
- FIX: Replace-dialog can be shown, even when in readonly-mode, which stops replace-operations anyway
- FIX: Replacing with nothing raises an access violation
- FIX: RAM-Editor tries to show guarded pages
- FIX: Replace all: the progress window disappears often only to quickly reappear again
- FIX: Confirmation dialog is sometimes outside the screen
- FIX: New instance does not take over the multiinstance-settings
- many other corrections
| 220.127.116.11 beta
- FIX: Write error when inserting (due to overwriting of memory)
- FIX: Ctrl+Shift+End raises an access violation
- FIX: Wrong position of caret after insertion
- FIX: A special order of insertion and deletion raises access violations
- FIX: Starting HxD multiple times under Win9x raises an OS-exception (management error with DiskIO.dll)
- smaller optimizations
- correction of caret-movement in corner cases
| 18.104.22.168 beta
- HxD now supports reading/writing onto logical or physical drives also under Windows 9x. All kinds and all sizes are supported (FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, disk with int13 extensions and without). CDROM support will follow.
- Notifications/Warnings can be deactivated (directly in the message window or in the options)
- Ask for user confirmation when deleting or inserting bytes
- VB-Exporter removed: There is no reasonable way to define big arrays
- Clearly less drive noise and no error message (happened on some NT 4.0 systems) when checking for a inserted disk
- Modal dialog boxes flash when clicking outside the dialog box (as usual under Win98/Win2000+)
- FIX: After "Saving as..." the whole filename is showed in the caption, but it should be without path
- FIX: Deleting a selection with DEL does not update the status bar
- FIX: Deleting-function generates new foldable sections, but it should resize the existing ones
- FIX: Delete with backspace was buggy
- FIX: If caret is in a folded line, it doesn't move when scrolling horizontally
- FIX: Changing between hex- and text-sections with TAB does not correctly redraw the selection
- other little things
| 22.214.171.124 beta
- New feature: Data-Folding
- resizing of bookmark-symbol if text smaller than 16x16, else centering
- FIX: Searching of integer numbers in big endian format was incorrect
- FIX: Resizing of the window causes sometimes wrong caret repositioning
- FIX: Although multiple instances are allowed, the first instance is always activated
- FIX: "Save as" and "Export" aborts without showing the save-dialog, when default filename contains illegal characters
- FIX: With some special fonts: After a restart of HxD another font is displayed than was selected the last time
- FIX: Writing into readonly/unassigned memory regions causes drawing errors (however data is left intact).
- Fix a minor caching issue
- HxD is activated when a new instance starts and single instance option enabled
- Information displayed in the status bar is updated when MDIChild changes
- FIX: Trying to open a non-existent file using the command line creates several
access violations and error messages
- FIX: Displaying statistics of logical drives crashes the program
(caused by buggy caching-system)
- FIX: Progress-window sometimes creates floating point division by zero
- FIX: Opening pure Audio CD as logical drive generates access violations
- FIX: In a corner case caret position is not set correctly after undo
- FIX: Detection if a floppy disk is inserted is not always correct and causes
the DriveOpen dialog to display wrong information
(necessary checks make again empty floppy drives emit more noise)
- Buffered reading making navigation more pleasant
- Sector separators and buttons as well as keyboard shortcuts added for
- On WinXP+ the whole drive is viewable/editable even if the driver reports faked
- Filename, StartOffset, EndOffset, Length and Date information was added to
source code exporters
- Minimized floppy disk drive noise when checking if a floppy is inserted
- New function: Select block (From-to-selection)
- Drawing of the offset col and row is synchronous with the drawing of the data
section, even if source is slow (e.g. floppy disk)
- reduced PageControl flicker
- reduced flicker when maximizing windows
- Windows are opened maximized by default
- Single instance option
- Drives are opened write protected by default
- Pasting was extended to work with non-resizable streams, such as drives:
If there is enough place data overwrites old data instead of being inserted
- Theme can be changed in options (default or Tristan 2)
- Checksums/Digests can be copied to clipboard using the context menu or keyboard
- FIX: Entering a character in overwrite mode deleted the selection and then
overwrote the following character, instead of just replacing the character
at the caret
- FIX: Big streams (e.g. drives) didn't correctly work with scrollbars
- more corrections
- Searching supports new data types:
Integer numbers and Floating point numbers
- Exporting supports new formats:
Motorola S19 Records, Motorola S28 Records, Motorola S37 Records,
16 Bit Intel Hex, 20 Bit Intel Hex, 32 Bit Intel Hex
- reduction of EXE-file size of 376 KB through optimized source-code
(not EXE-compression), to make it fit on a 1.4 MB diskette
(for example when you need HxD for recovery work)
- FIX: Searching hex-values did not always return the correct result
- FIX: When horizontal scrollbar jumped back, window content was not updated
- other minor tweaking
| 126.96.36.199 final beta
- Disk-Editor for viewing/editing hard disks, floppies, USB-drives, ... (NT-only)
- RAM-Viewer is now a RAM-Editor
- exporting of data to source code (Pascal, C, Java)
or as formatted output (plain text, HTML, Richtext, TeX)
- calculating checksums and digests:
Checksum-8, Checksum-16, Checksum-24, Checksum-32, CRC-16, CRC-16 CCITT,
CRC-32, Custom CRC, SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512, MD-2, MD-4, MD5
- new layout of search-dialog
- improved searching: added 'backward' and 'all' search directions
- added replace function and matching dialog
- new offset header
- horizontal scrolling
- added ghost caret: a dotted box that surrounds the character/hex value
corresponding to the character/hex value under the active caret
- removed flicker when activating other MDI children
- basic printing
- better error handling
- improved the matrix-like animation in the info-dialog (open menu "?" and click on "Info")
- options are saved to registry
- fixed undo: when deleting a selection undo was a two-step process
- fixed various painting issues
- fixed slow loading/closing of many files
- fixed wrong icons in tabs
- many small fixes
- English version available
- experimental disk editing
- you can set a fixed number of bytes per row
- display offset row
- horizontal scrolling
- some restructuring
- many corrections
- There were too many changes to list here.