Find & Replace It
Find & Replace It
2.3.5

3.7

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Find & Replace It

2.3.5
10 November 2018

Find and replace text strings in multiple files, with or without regex.

Overview

Find & Replace It! is a high-end solution to find files and execute search-and-replace operations across directories. It allows performing very complex batch replacements inside text files of any size. It supports regular expression syntax and dozens of encodings. It has scripting capabilities which allow transforming on the fly the replacement text for every found string. It even handles batch processing of the encoding of files, as well as of types of end-of-lines.

Here are five key points of Find & Replace It! that make the difference with its competitors:

  • Handles more than 50 different kinds of text encodings. If your are stucked with some UTF-8 encoding, some Chinese contents or any others non ASCII encodings, Find & Replace It! is the solution for you. It also handles the different kinds of end-of-line.
  • Handles huge files. If you want to process any kind of dump files containing tons of text, like a log of 10 GB, Find & Replace It! will do it for you.
  • Provides a regular expression editor. This editor offers tools to easily build regular expressions even if you are a newby.
  • Provides a find & replace preview. The preview window gives you an immediate feed-back that makes easy to check the impact of your replacement within any file without modifying its content. This is especially usefull whenever you are searching for a complex expression and you don't want to replace it blindly in many files.
  • Makes it possible to dynamically adjust the replacement text. It provides three ways of dynamically adjust the replacement text according to the text found. For instance, it is possible to reuse a fragment of the found expression into the replacement text, do arithmetic operations on found text, insert the path or filename of replaced files, apply conditional operations on the replacement string (JavaScript interface), manipulate dates, etc.

The GUI of Find & Replace It! consists of seven panes that you can arrange in any way you want. You can dock panes side by side, arrange them in tabs, or make them float. Adjust the windows layout to the way you like to work. Find & Replace It! comes with four pre-arrange layouts that can be customized the way you want depending on the size of your screen. You can switch from one layout to another in a simple click.

What's new in Find & Replace It

Version 2.3.5:

Application

  • Restore ability to obtain a trial key from the server.
  • Fixed expiration date not synchronized after the first activation.
  • Activation from the command line is available again. An option has changed, and the documentation was updated accordingly.

Documentation

  • Minor fixes and updates in the user guide.

Miscellaneous

  • Improved license management: no more password and username required, the activation process is more flexible, and it can handle update of hardware or OS.
  • Adjust all URLs to point to the new home of Find & Replace It!

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12 Find & Replace It Reviews

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Frank-z
16 January 2010

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I finally found a search and replace software, which supports UTF-8 and that can display the result of replacement before processing it. It is exactly what I was looking for the maintainance of my websites. The regexp editor is also very nice for a newby like me. I must say that it is very very useful. Thanks a lot for this nice piece of software.
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Version 0.7.0
rcrooks1969
05 January 2015
Just an update to the review I left last year. I've tried every search & replace app for Mac I can find (because I'm like that) and this one is *by far* the best. Aside from many options and ease of use, what sets it apart from others is that you can see what files are going to be affected by an operation before you run it, and then you also get the list of affected files after the operation is complete. If you frequently do search and replace operations across hundreds or thousands of files, this is invaluable. It's also worth mentioning that the developer is very responsive if you have questions or issues, and extremely helpful in working them out. I'm a web developer managing multiple sites with thousands of pages, and Find & Replace It, along with a good code editor and Github client, is one of the 3 essentials tools in my box -- I couldn't get my job done without it.
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Version 2.3
dcondrey
03 February 2014
I really hate when I download and install something, and the first thing that I'm prompted with when I open the app, is the need to buy/register it. This should be mentioned in the description so I don't waste my time and install crap on my computer.
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Version 2.2.0
1 answer(s)
Dprog - Philippe Docourt
Dprog - Philippe Docourt
18 April 2014
This app is announced as a shareware, which usually implies that it is for sale and may require some kind of activation. On our website it is well mentionned that there is a free 30-day trial. From our perspective, this information has nothing to do in the software description. Rating is meant to be a appreciation based on your experience using the software... It's sad to put such a bad grade based on the fact that you actually did not used the software. We spend countless hours on our free time to develop tools for anyone who may need them, and the only thing you can do is telling that our work is crap without even having looked at it? Hopefully, we usually have better testers, with a more constructive criticisms.
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michael-sebban
22 October 2013
is this app work with .rtf, .doc, or better pdf files. I'm searching for such a app…
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Version 2.1.2
1 answer(s)
Dprog-Support
Dprog-Support
14 December 2013
Hi Michael, According to the user's manual, Find & Replace It! (FRI) doesn't support binary formats (like PDF, MS Word, MS Excel, .odt or whatever format that is not a plain text format). The RTF format is a descriptive text format for representing rich text. Hence a RTF file can be viewed as a plain text file, and thus can be processed with FRI. However, it can be realy tricky to setup a regexp that replaces exactly what you want with all the escape chars encountered in a RTF document. In order to try to process a RTF document, you should start with the following links: - http://www.dprog.ch/home/products/find_and_replace_it/documentation/user_manual/#title-two-minute-guide-to-replacing-text-in-files => just a brief overview of the process of selecting files to process, find text within these files, preview the result and get the replacement done! - http://www.dprog.ch/home/products/find_and_replace_it/documentation/user_manual/#title-selecting-files-to-process => select files with names ending in .rtf - http://www.dprog.ch/home/products/find_and_replace_it/documentation/user_manual/#title-searching-for-an-expression-in-files => setup your regexp and test it with the preview (see last link below) - http://www.dprog.ch/home/products/find_and_replace_it/documentation/user_manual/#title-replacing-a-given-expression-in-files => setup the replacement text and test it with the preview (see last link below) - http://www.dprog.ch/home/products/find_and_replace_it/documentation/user_manual/#title-previewing-as-plain-text => set the preview mode to "Found expressions" or "Found and replaced expressions" For instance, in case you'd like to put a specific text into italic, I guess that what you're looking for might look like this: Find: some text Replace: \i some text\i0 I suggest that you turn off the option "Interpret ASCII sequences" on the replacement field if you want to use literal backslashes in your replacement text (see end of http://www.dprog.ch/home/products/find_and_replace_it/documentation/user_manual/#title-replacing-a-given-expression-in-files). One other thing that you might need is reuse of the matched text found in the replacement text. Please read this for more information about that: http://www.dprog.ch/home/products/find_and_replace_it/documentation/user_manual/#title-using-of-captured-texts-within-replaced-texts Hope this helps! Philippe
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rcrooks1969
27 July 2013
As others have mentioned, the activation process is a little cumbersome -- really, all I wish for there is that Find and Replace It would detect that I already have an activated copy when I install an update, and not make me go track down the right activation key again :) But that said, everything else about this utility is great -- easy to use, remembers where you were and what you were doing last time when you relaunch it, allows simple, wildcard, and regex searches, gives you plenty of options in filtering which files are searched. One enhancement that would be nice: there is already a good file previewer/editor, but it would be great if it automatically highlighted instances of what I'm searching for -- that would be especially helpful on wildcard and regex searches, to ensure that I'm finding what I think I am. But the bottom line is that this is by far the best mass search and replace tool that I have been able to find for Mac (and I look really hard for these things).
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Version 2.0.9
4 answer(s)
Dprog-Support
Dprog-Support
29 July 2013
Hi, Did you try to play with the combobox named "Display mode", right below the document preview tabs? The modes "Found expressions" and "Replaced expressions" should do what you're looking for if I correctly understood what you ask for. Philippe
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rcrooks1969
rcrooks1969
29 July 2013
Thanks, Philippe! I missed that.
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Dprog-Support
Dprog-Support
30 July 2013
One tip that could help many people: when migrating to a new minor version (e.g.: 2.0 -> 2.1) you'll be asked to activate again your copy of Find & Replace It! (FRI) as mentioned above. It's a little annoyance, but a simple click on the button named "Get an activation key" will retrieve your activation key if there is one valid (i.e.: you've already activated the software with another version of FRI on the same machine). That's it! Then you should be ready to click on "Activate"! No need to search into your emails to find out what is your activation key.
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rcrooks1969
rcrooks1969
05 January 2015
Just an update to the review I left last year. I've tried every search & replace app for Mac I can find (because I'm like that) and this one is *by far* the best. Aside from many options and ease of use, what sets it apart from others is that you can see what files are going to be affected by an operation before you run it, and then you also get the list of affected files after the operation is complete. If you frequently do search and replace operations across hundreds or thousands of files, this is invaluable. It's also worth mentioning that the developer is very responsive if you have questions or issues, and extremely helpful in working them out. I'm a web developer managing multiple sites with thousands of pages, and Find & Replace It, along with a good code editor and Github client, is one of the 3 essentials tools in my box -- I couldn't get my job done without it.
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Sgginc
14 February 2012
This is a great utility except for some really irritating things: When you update none of your settings (windows open and placement) including the registration are remembered. Registration is convoluted: Copying and pasting are not implemented. Drag and drop does not work. The program is not intuitive enough to easily recreate the working environment I prefer. The file selection window is not very long, like about 2-3 files are shown at one time. Scrolling in it is problamatic. Of the hundreds of programs I have none of them trash the preferences every time there is an update. The developer has a way to copy the old Pref file, but why is this needed? Come on and fix it!!! Thanks ... Ken
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Version 2.0.2
2 answer(s)
Sgginc
Sgginc
05 March 2012
Upgrading to 204 fixed it. The windows are restored!!! The registration SEEMS to still be valid (I’m afraid to click on Activate). The file selection window was OK in 203 and still OK in 204. Good work!!!
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Dprog - Philippe Docourt
Dprog - Philippe Docourt
05 March 2012
Here you go! Since version 2.0.2 your settings as well of your activation data are shared for all service packs of the same minor revision (e.g. for all the 2.0.x). However, we'll still have distinct settings for differrent minor versions in order to allow several versions installed onto a computer without messing up the settings. The activation only requires that you click one button to get back your previous key, type your login, and then press Activate. We agree that's a bit cumbersome for a $15 shareware... For the next minor or major version we'll consider adopting a mechanism for automatically activate the product if it has already be done in the past with a another version of the product. The activation dialog supports drag&drop and copy&paste for entering your activation key.
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Big Johnson
21 January 2012
After looking at the screenshots on the dev's website, it looks like I'd need a degree in Computer Science and a full week or more to learn how to use this app. Although I'm not completely happy with Renamer, it's a helluva lot simpler and does most of what I need for simple batch renaming.
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Version 2.0.1
Nick-Lo
15 September 2011
I should say before I write this that I'm currently pretty frustrated with this app as I need to use it now and it has let me down. It could be that the error is mine but I do think it's worth describing my issue for other users and potential users. On the same MacBook recently upgraded to Lion I opened up Find and Replace It and it told me a new version is available online. I download that, install and open. It has forgotten my product activation information. This is an excruciating combination of username and password (which have to be registered online). An activation key and a "valid through" field (I have no idea what that means). After a few attempts I managed to find all the correct info and submit only to be greeted by: "Unable to activate your copy of Find & Replace It!: This activation key has already been activated with another hardware identification or a different version of the product. If you have just upgraded to a new version, you might need to pay an upgrade to get a new key. If your hardware or software configuration has changed, we kindly request you to contact our support at support@dprog.ch to get a free update of your activation key." Now it could be that it's not recognising that I'm now on Lion or it could be that this version was not a free upgrade. Either way I'm now left frustrated that I have to go through all this just to use a $30 find and replace app! I should also mention that in previous attempts at using it I've always found the interface to be so unintuitive that I just gave up and used other means. I was hoping a new version may have improved. Despite the above issue and because I've not actually had the chance to use the application I've decided not to rate the application as that wouldn't be fair to the developer.
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Version 2.0.0
3 answer(s)
Dprog - Philippe Docourt
Dprog - Philippe Docourt
25 September 2011
Dear Nick Lo, We'd like to avoid confusion for readers that might be using Mac OS X Lion. Hence here are some comments related to your post. As mentionned at many places on our website, the upgrade to version 2.0 is a paid upgrade. The "trouble" you have for activating the version 2.0 has nothing to do with the fact you migrate to Lion. You simply need a new activation key for the release 2.0. If you don't want to pay for an upgrade you can download a 1.4 version and install it. The activation key you bought for the 1.x versions is still valid, no matter you tried the version 2.0. One note about the "valid through" field for activation key. This is the expiry date of your license if you get a temporary license (e.g. the one you get for the 30-day free trial). See our online manual for more details: http://www.dprog.ch/home/products/find_and_replace_it/documentation/user_manual/#title-full-version We're sorry you didn't like the UI which is somehow complex. We try to make it as flexible as possible with the default of being more complex than the one of some competitors. However a little reading of the user guide should put the user on the right track to exploit the power of that flexibility. Anyway we cannot deny that using Find & Replace It! requires a small learning curve. We think that's the price to pay for having a solution that does more than blindly replace one string by another in a given folder...
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Nick-Lo
Nick-Lo
25 September 2011
Thank you for the reply Philippe and thank you for clarifying those points for other users. Just a few notes further to your comments: You say "mentionned at many places on our website", however, perhaps it should be made clearer on the route I was sent through, which is from the upgrade notice when starting up the application to a download page on your website. The Omni Group are a good example of this: Their software will warn you if an upgrade is free or not on the application's upgrade notification. I do agree with the hint in your comment suggesting that I probably did not pay enough attention to your website, nor did I spend enough time with your user manual. As I said before, that is really why I've not rated, nor am I judging this app on its find and replace functionality. There are plenty of positive reviews on that here and I've clearly not had much chance to work with them. My main point is this: In comparison to others, your software makes it more difficult than seems necessary to register and update and that doesn't make your software a better experience than others. p.s. In case readers are wondering. I did email Dprog directly (subject: "Problem activating Find and Replace It! 2.0") but have not yet had a reply (not that I'm suggesting they intentionally failed to reply, emails do get lost etc).
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Nick-Lo
Nick-Lo
28 September 2011
I'm just updating this post to thank Philippe (the developer) for the time taken to respond to this post and via email. Turns out he had sent an email reply quickly to my original support question but it had been filtered badly. His support was polite and patient despite my obvious grumping and complaining so if I was rating this application, it would get a good score for support. Thanks again Philippe!
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Sgginc
07 March 2011
Fantastic app!!! Allows you to use part (or all) of the replacement text in the replacement text. Handles almost any text encoding. Extremely responsive developer answers questions very quickly. Requires a learning curve but is well worth it. Highly recommended!!!
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Version 1.4.1
1 answer(s)
Sgginc
Sgginc
07 March 2011
Allows you to use part (or all) of the replacement text in the replacement text. Should be: Allows you to use part (or all) of the search text in the replacement text.
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MacBunny
07 March 2011
Great find & replace app, me like!
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Version 1.4.1
Dprog-Support
21 October 2010
We do apologize if you are not the author of regexxer. However, the fact that this software editor critics one of the main components of our product is an amazing coincidence! Anyway... For sure if three crashes happen while doing almost nothing, this is just unacceptable. Nevertheless, thinking that native Mac applications are exempt of any bug is a myth. Otherwise, why would Apple's developpers providing users with regular bug fixes? This is not only related to developper's skills, it's a fact in software development. I've been working on Mac OS X for a few years now and therefore experienced a few problems like yours (pretty rare to be honnest) . You're right on that point, using crossplatform development tools doesn't allow us to achieve a seamless integration with all the platform-specific tricks, even if Qt is doing a great job. Further, the usage of crossplatform tools can also lead to unexpected bugs and even crashes in some rare circumstances (here is an example we recently faced: http://bugreports.qt.nokia.com/browse/QTBUG-6843). But, these drawbacks are the price to pay for providing users with a unique, consistent tool over many platforms. We are working hard to support several version of several kinds of operating systems, but nobody is perfect and problems arise. Hence, developping good softwares without the user's feedbacks is not possible. That's why we ask you for your feedback on the circumstances where these crashes occur, even though your experience was disapointing.
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Version 1.3.2
$20.00

3.7

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  • OS X 10.8.0 or later
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