"I would never commit suicide. I would kill myself first!"
ST UTILITY REVIEW: ED HAK BY DOUGLAS COMMUNICATIONS
by Richard Karsmakers
"You're supposed to rot!..."
Sorry. Entombed quote bearing no interest to all of this
slipping right into the article. I will try to have no more of
it. Let's do my thing here...
All of you must have felt a desire to be allowed to edit text,
data, binary files, disk sectors and RAM at one time in your ST
career. There are plenty of programs that can do this quite
appropriately. What to think of "1st Word Plus" or "Tempus" for
text, "Mutil" for disk sectors and files, and "Templemon" for
However, if you would want all this stuff to be present within
one program you would have to look further than the
aforementioned programs. You probably wouldn't find anything,
actually, unless your eyes would happen to fall on a small
Douglas Communications utility by the rather unpretentious name
of "Ed-Hak", previously a shareware program by Craig Harvey. And
that's precisely the program I was offered to review, and
precisely that is what I'm going to do here.
"Ed-Hak", an 80 Kb file that can be used either as a stand-alone
program or as a desk accessory, offers everything hinted at
above. I suppose it started off as a text editor (and a rather
fast one at that) and eventually all kinds of other bits got
added - RAM editing, file editing, even disk sector editing.
Especially the fact that "Ed-Hak" may be used as an accessory
makes it a very powerful utility that you might just want to have
loaded in your system all the time. I will assume "Ed-Hak"
working as an accessory for the rest of this article.
Once you've selected "Ed-Hak"'s menu entry, the top half of the
screen gets occupied by a window (which can be enlarged and made
smaller again, whatever you want). This window has its own pull-
down menu, and that's it. Behind its 18 menu entries and a host
of keyboard shortcuts, "Ed-Hak" lays in waiting.
In "Ed-Hak", everything revolves around its buffer, the size of
which can be a minimum of 4 Kb but which is only restrained in
maximum size by the amount of RAM memory you have free. Whenever
you edit a file, disk sectors or a part of RAM it first needs to
be loaded/copied into the buffer, after which it can be be
saved/copied back after editing if you wish. The buffer size,
along with many other relevant settings (such as insert/overwrite
mode, auto-warp on/off, autoload on/off, tab length, date format,
etc.) can be configured and saved to disk.
Once the buffer contains something editable, you can select
specific viewing methods (text/hack and char/hex) that allow you
to eduit text or (binary) data respectively.
Well, what can I say? Once you have your data (file, disk
sectors or RAM bit) in the buffer you can do with it whatever you
want (including cut/paste, search/replace, and use of macros) and
then write it back to wherever it came from. It's quite
"Ed-Hak" is an extremely versatile program annex accessory that
caters for your every editing need. Whereas it may be used for
simple tasks such as text editing or keeping a diary, its more
advanced options allow editing of everything you'd care to
conceive. The ability to communicate with other programs clearly
makes it unique, even though this possibility is more of interest
to application programmers than to the everyday user, I guess.
At its price, "Ed-Hak" is a very interesting, flexible, powerful
and affordable utility that every ST user can no doubt find good
use for. The 60-page manual, though initially perhaps a bit
unclear, tells all you need to know and even includes an index.
"Ed-Hak" works on any ST configuration - any monitor type, all
resolutions and any amount of memory.
When you're interested in obtaining "Ed Hak", it remains to be
said that, at a mere £14.99, it's available from Douglas
P.O. Box 119
Stockport SK2 6HW
* * * FREE PLUG ALERT * * *
Douglas Communications also sell the "Ultimate Virus Killer" at
£9.99 as well as the entire range of software on offer with the
ST Club (which includes titles such as "FastCopy Professional" at
£24.95, "Le Redacteur" (various versions) at prices from £39 to
£99, "Universal Item Selector III" at £14.95, "Warp 9" at £24.95,
"Imagecopy" and "Mouse Tricks 2" at £9.95 and a variety of other
offerings). Send a large SAE (or two IRCs if you're from outside
the UK) for more info.
* * * END OF FREE PLUG * * *
Thanks to Niall McKiernon for sending "Ed-Hak" for review
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