Peep is a file-viewing and text-encoding utility which is useful when programming, when experiencing text encoding problems, or when you need to extract information from a file that you can't open otherwise. Its data-extraction functionality allows you to view files in a 'hexeditor' style; it's not intended to be an editor, but rather to inspect, access, or sort out encoding problems. It lets you:
There are many different text encoding systems (ways of representing characters within a file) and a file doesn't necessarily carry information about the encoding that was used when it was saved. This can lead to frustrating problems when the file is opened.
Updated on Feb 18 2022