Hiew 8.13

Reviewed by Pete Daniel on - Version tested: 8.13

"View unlimited length files in text/hex modes"

Overview

Hiew aka Hacker's View is a hexadecimal viewer.

The software is capable of making edits and other changes right down to single bytes of code within the hex. The range of this is 0xh to 0EBh which will make sense to programmers but not other people.

The package can open unlimited sized hex files rather than being restricted to how many GB of RAM has been installed in the PC.

There is a Drive View which can display both the physical drive information and logical drive information too. A x86-64 disassembler and the assembler are both provided within the software to form code or disassemble it later to access it. There is also an ArmV6 disassembler which is useful for people who wish to look at mobile app code more closely and learn from it.

Netware Loadable Modules are supported. LX, LE, NE, PE/PE32+, and ELF/ELF64 executables are also fully supported.

View the code in order to look for patterns in the code itself. Pattern-matching searches can also be run within the code to locate patterns that matter to the coder. Run keyboard macros to speed up certain actions.

The package has Unicode support so it can handle international character sets without any difficulty.

Installation

The installation completed without any issues.

There was no adware, toolbars, spyware or malware included with the setup package.

Hiew requires Windows OS.

Interface

The interface is designed to be basic. No points for fancy looks with this application.

The text color doesn't have that much of a contrast to the background color so without altering that it is difficult to make out some of the text at times.

Old fashioned interface, but it still functions reasonably well.

Pros

  • Hex viewer
  • View unlimited size files
  • Includes an assembler and disassembler
  • ArmV6 disassembler included for gaining access to mobile app code
  • Netware Loadable Modules are supported
  • LX, LE, NE, PE/PE32+, and ELF/ELF64 executables are also fully supported.
  • Pattern-matching searches can be run
  • Run keyboard macros to speed up certain actions
  • Unicode is supported
  • 64-bit encrypt and decrypt
  • 64-bit calculator
  • Run search and replace across multiple files

Cons

  • None

Alternatives

WinHex (paid) is a useful alternative Hex viewer with many enviable features included. Other similar software are HxD (free), PE Explorer (paid), wxHexEditor (free),010 Editor (paid), and Hex Workshop (paid).

Conclusion

Hiew is a sturdy, reliable hex viewer and code editor with a long development path. What it lacks in good looks, it makes up for in features for hardy programmers who like to mess with hex.

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested Hiew on 20 Jul 2012 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
Hiew Antivirus Report

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