My Mac Adventures, Part 1 and 1/2 (sort of)

Since I am keeping busy with programming on the Mac, I haven’t had much time to update my progress on the blog. Much apologies to those of you who have emailed me asking me for more information.

Anyway, I wanted to write a small update.

On Windows, I use a program called Wnbrowse to view the contents of any file on my hard drive in hex or ascii. This is quite useful, as I design my own data file formats for SwordSearcher and like to look at the raw data in a file I have generated while doing so.

I had to find an equivalent for OS X because Finder (the Mac equivalent of Windows Explorer) doesn’t include a “hex viewer.” After a little searching, I found Separator. It’s not quite as good as Wnbrowse for my use (I like how Wnbrowse lets me show any file as if it were a text file), but is good enough. Until I found this program I was doing things a really awkward way: I would use my Windows machine to browse my Mac hard drive and use Wnbrowse to view the files I wanted to see over the network. Obviously, using a native Mac program is a better solution.

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