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V Guided Tour: Hex Mode

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Hex Mode

The screen shot below shows V displaying a file in hex mode.
  • Data can be highlighted and saved to another file, making it easy to extract small (or not so small) sections of a large file (for example, the header of an image file).
  • You can search for a sequence of hex bytes as well as simple text strings.
  • A simple hex converter is provided for those who prefer to think in decimal!
  • The data may be displayed in several different formats - the standard byte format, as 16 bit words or as 32 bit double words. It may also be displayed in decimal and octal.
  • You are not restricted to 16 bytes per line - you may set the line length to whatever you want.
  • In Word and DWord mode, the "ends" of each Word/DWord may be "flipped". This makes it easier to view data that is stored in little-endian format.
  • Hex Mode Screen Shot

    Word Format (16 bit)

    Word Format

    Double Word Format (32 bit)

    DWord Format

    Vertical Hex Mode

    Vertical Hex Mode is a combination of Text and Hex mode. The file is displayed one line at a time (as in text mode), however each line is followed by 2 lines containing the hex code of each corresponding character.

    The 2 lines need to be read vertically. That is, the first line contains the first nibble (4 bits) of the character and the second line contains the second nibble.

    In the example above, the first character in line 1 is ZERO, which is 30 in hex. Therefore, the first character on the line below is 3 and the first character on the next line is 0.

    Vertical Hex Mode

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