Fixed Width Data Visualizer plugin for Notepad++
- Visualizes fields within fixed-width data files with distinct colors and font styles.
- Displays record, field and byte information at cursor position.
- Feature to jump to a specific field of the current record.
- Data Extraction feature to extract a handful data fields into an easily readable, quick report.
- File Type Metadata Editor to define and customize file, record and field types.
- Visualizer Theme Editor to define and customize themes and colors for data visualization.
- Easily share customized File Type Metadata and Visualizer Theme definitions.
- Sample Data files in the plugin package demonstrating:
Toolbar Plugin Icons
The Framed Current Line feature preserves the color highlights of data fields on the caret line, while still indicating its current line status. This feature is functional even when the fixed-width data visualization is not active.
Fixed-Width Data Visualizer Panel:
Click on the View Sample Files icon: , and choose from the menu options to view the various sample files.
Click on the File Type Metadata Editor icon: , to view, modify or create your custom File Type definitions. For more information, see: File Type Metadata Editor
Click on the Visualizer Theme Editor icon: , to view, modify or create your custom Visualizer Theme definitions. For more information, see: Visualizer Theme Editor
Check the Auto-detect File Type box to automatically visualize files with matching file type from the defined list. For more information on this feature, see: Auto-Detect File Type Configuration
Check the Framed Current Line box to preserve the color highlights of data fields on the caret line, while still indicating its current line status.
Jump to Field popup:
Useful for navigating between fields on long records with dozens of fields.
Sample data files
Homogenous Record-type Fixed-width Data Files
Files with data in the same record format.
Mixed Record-type Fixed-width Data Files
Files with data in multiple record formats.
In the above clip, the Transaction Header records are being visualized with a different theme. For more information on this, see: Record Type Theme
Multi-Line Record-type Fixed-width Data Files
Files with data records that span multiple lines. End of record is indicated by a marker. For example: <END_REC>
Owing to such a marker, records for these files can be of varying width.
- Install Notepad++ version 7.9.3 or higher.
- Open Notepad++.
- In Notepad++, go to menu Plugins » Plugins Admin....
- In the Available tab, check the box for Fixed-width Data Visualizer.
- Click the Install button.