Before building my own... does this software exist? I need to search a collection of PDF & Word files for key phrases, and dump the surrounding lines (x-m to x+n characters/lines, where x is the found phrase) into text files.
I occasionally need to search a few dozen files for a few dozen data items, which usually have some identifying text nearby. This needs to be automated.
Big bonus if it implements OCR, but that's not essential. Freeware, or cheapware, obviously is best. Windows-based is preferable, but I can do Linux.
posted by IAmBroom
on Feb 12, 2014 -
After restarting Windows 7 (SP 1) today, my chosen Small text setting (100% at 100 dpi on a 1920 x 1200 resolution) had been replaced by Medium (125%). Text everywhere looked huge. I switched back to Small, but now a lot of my system text (like title bar text
and context menu text
) is extremely small, much smaller than before, and some other text, like the listing of subject headings in my Thunderbird email client and the tab text in Firefox, is also incredibly small. How to get back to my original Small appearance? [more inside]
posted by maudlin
on Oct 23, 2012 -
I need to go through text files, each containing hundreds of lines, and copy a specific part of each line, and then add all those parts together into one long line, each part separated by a comma. But how? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper
on May 9, 2012 -
I want to have some sort of easily-editable text box floating on the top level of whatever I'm doing in Windows. Think, like, a sticky note or a ticker. [more inside]
posted by threeants
on Mar 26, 2012 -
On a Win7 desktop, how can I open and read a 1.61 GB CSV file containing text (kind of an archive of e-mails) without freezing up the system?
posted by vidur
on Sep 1, 2011 -
Is there a utility for Windows that will take a text file, and let you enter words into a field and remove entries from the list as you type in more words? Something like typing in the address bar of a browser, where as you type, the entries that no longer match are removed. [more inside]
posted by inthe80s
on Dec 4, 2009 -
I really like the idea of text-based programs like WriteRoom (Mac) or DarkRoom (Windows). Are there similar applications for other purposes? [more inside]
posted by jfricke
on Dec 1, 2009 -
Hi AskMeFi. Can someone tell me how to combine 350 text files into one large text file so that the original filenames and dates
are included above (or below) each entry? I'm using Vista Home Premium and they are all generic .txt files. I'm moving all of my notes into Evernote but want to save the names and dates of the individual txt files.
posted by chimrichalds
on Sep 12, 2009 -
Help! Opening any text messages or emails displays a blank white screen on my Cingular 2125 (HTC Faraday) Windows Mobile 5 smartphone. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87
on Mar 14, 2007 -
Script-fu for arbitary text: Across applications (but especially in text editors) I want to be able to (a) right click on a bit of selected text (b) have the usual contextual menu pop up upon doing so, but with options to (c) send said text to an arbitrary script (perl, python, whatever) and (d) potentially have the selected text replaced by script results, if the context is right. What are my best options for both the Mac and Windows? [more inside]
posted by namespan
on Feb 25, 2006 -
How do I make Windows XP search inside TPL files? I know they're text files, but because Windows doesn't recognise the extension, when I try to search for "a word or phrase in the file" it won't search inside the TPL files.
I know I did this once before to get it to search PHP files, but I can't remember how I did it.
posted by RobotHero
on Dec 13, 2005 -
What's an easy way to append to a text file in Windows XP, like Quicksilver does in OS X? I know about the solution for ActiveWords
, but I'd rather not shell out for what seems like basic functionality.
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Dec 12, 2005 -
I'm looking for a Windows tool that will allow you to "Copy as Text" from Windows Explorer. Anybody know of anything? [more inside]
posted by bwilms
on Oct 15, 2005 -
On the Mac, if I need to munge text in extremis, I prefer to use BBEdit. Recently, on the PC, I am finding myself in need of a text editor which is similar to BBEdit. I will use it both for coding and for text-cleaning. I prefer freeware and shareware but that's by no means the deciding factor. Which programs should I check out? Which should I avoid? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark
on Mar 16, 2005 -
Is there an easy and free way to do text-to-mp3 conversion on a Windows system? How about the other way 'round? [more inside]
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Jan 12, 2005 -
I maintain lists of to-dos and other information in a lot of text files. Currently I've been having to shuttle them between work and home via my FTP server, which is about a five step process and rather annoying, espcially when Dreamhost is slow. What is an easier way to synchronize text files between two Windows XP machines that are NOT on the same LAN... with a big emphasis on EASY, preferably two steps or less?
posted by hansbleep
on Dec 31, 2004 -
XMLFilter: I need to format an XML file nicely, with the correct indentation and so forth. Unfortunately the file is all on one line. Any suggestions for a Windows user? [more inside]
posted by John Shaft
on Oct 31, 2004 -