File Analyser

File analyser

There is a common misconception in computing that computer files have inherent qualities about them that define them.  For example, image files actually ARE pictures, and that .wav and .mp3 files actually ARE sounds, when in reality they are a series of binary values stored on disk. I have also seen students attempting to convert bitmap files into jpeg format by removing the .bmp extension and replacing it with .jpg (completely ignoring any compression codecs and metadata required)!

The reality is that all files a series of binary 'bytes' that are interpreted by your operating system or associated codecs as needed.  There is nothing inherently 'image-y' about the bytes of an image file - in fact you can load it into any other package - it just wont make much sense to your computer.

The Superdecade Games file analyser program is designed to show how files can be interpreted in different ways, in other words to show the binary nature of all files.

When you load the program you will have 12 options to choose from:  View your file as Binary, ASCII, Hex or denary values; view your file interpreted as colour information; view your file interpreted as sound information, or get a character distribution - ie which ASCII values are most common in your file.

The program is at an early stage of development, however your interest may prompt further development.

Proceed to the Downloads page...
Choose from one of 12 output modes.

View your file as binary data.

View your file as HEX, ASCII or denary.

Convert an image file into 'music' played on one of three musical scales.

Interpret your image as coloured 'pixels'.

Get character distribution data for your graphics package.  Here we are looking at the most common characters in a MS-WORD file (the most common character is an 'e' - by the way).