afterimage.vim: edit binary files by converting them to text equivalents
Vim script
Latest commit 1144731 Jan 19, 2014 @tpope Merge pull request #3 from Grimy/bmp
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Edit ICO, PNG, and GIF icons. No really. They're converted with ImageMagick to XPM, a plain text image format with beautiful syntax highlighting in GUI versions of Vim. Here, it's easier just to show you:

Beautiful syntax highlighting

And yes, I did say edit. Obviously you're not going to be uninstalling Photoshop anytime soon, but for stupid simple tweaks, it gets the job done.

Oh, and it can also handle PDFs (with pdftk), Word Documents (read-only, with Antiword), and Mac OS X plist files.


If you don't have a preferred installation method, I recommend installing pathogen.vim, and then simply copy and paste:

cd ~/.vim/bundle
git clone git://

Once help tags have been generated, you can view the manual with :help afterimage.


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Copyright (c) Tim Pope. Distributed under the same terms as Vim itself. See :help license.