This section of Codefusion Lab contains a list of software which allows you to to text-manipulating operations on files/folders. It might have happened that you wanted to replace a word in a file with another one. Say, you wanted to replace the word 'hello' with the word 'hi', then you will probabely find it a tedious task to run through the entire file just to replace the word. This is the situation where you need these software. Some of them are really powerful, allowing you to specify conditions for the replacement to take place. Say you wanted to replace only those 'hello' which appear before the name John, then you could do it with the software.
Most of the software listed are pretty flexible, you can try them out and see which of the following are the best.
Agent Ransack - Free Text Find/Search and Replace Utility
This software only allows you to find text and not replace them. This software is a very basic one and runs on Windows.
AstroGrep - Free Text Find/Search and Replace Utility
This software is a port of the Grep software from Unix. It only allows you to search for blocks of text using standard expressions. However, unlike Grep, this software has a GUI front-end. AstroGrep allows you to prints your search results. This is an open source software and runs on Windows.
GrepWin - Free Text Find/Search and Replace Utility
This software integrates itself in the Windows shell and allows you to perform find and replace tasks on files existing in the folder you have chosen. You can thus use the Windows Explorer to navigate to your folder containing your files and just right-click on it, specify the string to search and replace with and that's it, you are done. This software works on Windows.
GNU sed - Free Text Find/Search and Replace Utility
This famous command-line utility has been ported to several platforms. It allows you to find and replace blocks of text. It is released under the GNU GPL License and is cross-platform.
InfoRapid - Free Text Find/Search and Replace Utility
This software allows you to to search for strings in HTML, Microsoft Office, ASCII and PDF files. However, to search inside PDF files, you will need a third-party application. This software is free for personal use only. It runs on Windows.
K-free - Free Text Find/Search and Replace Utility
This software allows you to perform search and replace tasks in several files simulataneously. The software has a set of pre-defined criterias for perfoming the search and replace job. It is rather limited since it does not support expressions. K-free automatically creates backup of the files to be modified. This is a Windows software.
ReplaceEm - Free Text Find/Search and Replace Utility
This software is quite powerful as a find and replace software. It allows you to specify filters on the files on which you want the find and replace to take effect. You can specify the filter in the following way: *.txt *.doc to only accept Text files or Microsoft Word files. You can also set the filter to act as a ban. As a result of this option, the file filter you've specified will act as a ban and all files of the Text/Word (.*txt and *.doc) will not be affected by the search and replace task. You can also use regular expressions to conduct your search. Finally, you can make ReplaceEm to place the modified output elsewhere on your computer. ReplaceEm can generate a log of its actions and works under Windows.
Search and Replace - Free Text Find/Search and Replace Utility
This software can find blocks of text and replace them with another piece of text. This software requires you to have the Microsoft .NET framework to be able to run itself. Therefore, it will only works on Windows 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista.
TextRep - Free Text Find/Search and Replace Utility
This software is a basic find and replace software, which allows you to look for certain pieces of text and replace them with another block of text. You select the file and specify the text to find and the text to replace and you are done. This software works on Windows.