ASCII Key is a utility using unformatted text files (ASCII- or other character sets). It uses the platform "EXCEL(c) 97 / 2000 ". The main focus of the program is "comparing the contents of two text files", "identifying duplicate records" and "filtering".
These features always refer to the "key columns", which can be easily determined by using a special function before starting the program.
By allowing to process multiple files ASCII Key can be used also to combine single text or HTML files into one large file. More features:
Join: Copy selected columns from one file to another in case of identical keys.
Split: Split a file according to its key columns.
Statistics: Counting the occurrences of words in text files (giving the number for each different word).
All functions maybe extended by repetition (input = output, e.g. searching common keys in several files). For an easy start of the program you may save all parameters as well as the paths of all input and output files in a "variant". It is possible to store your variants in a separate Excel file so that when substituting the ASCII Key file (e.g. by a new version) all your saved settings are preserved.
There is no general restriction concerning the number of lines ASCII Key is able to process. This number only depends on the features of your computer, especially on the RAM size. All text elements of the program maybe shown in English or German.
Applications: A major area of application is in the office, especially if you extract data (text files) from a host system and you need a further processing of these extracts (e.g. compare it with other files, filter it).
» version 1.3 - posted on 2000-12-29
For all functions of the program it is now possible to process many files (up to 65 536) during one run.
EULA - End User License Agreement
License agreement for the ASCII Key
By using, copying or distributing ASCII Key, you agree to all of the terms of this License.
If you do not agree to any of the terms of this License, then do not use, copy or distribute
ASCII Key. Subject to the terms below, you are hereby licensed by the author,
Ulrich Muehlenhoff, to use the evaluation version of the software for a 21 day evaluation
period; make as many copies of the evaluation version of this software and documentation
as you wish; give exact
copies of the original evaluation version to anyone; and distribute the evaluation version of
the software and documentation in its unmodified form via electronic means. There is no
charge for any of the above.
You are specifically prohibited from charging, or requesting donations, for any such copies,
however made; and from distributing the software or documentation with other products
(commercial or otherwise) without prior written permission.
Unregistered use of ASCII Key after the 21-day evaluation period is in violation of federal
In addition, in no event does Ulrich Muehlenhoff authorize you to use ASCII Key in
pplications or systems where ASCII Key's failure to perform can reasonably be expected
to result in a significant physical injury, or in loss of life. Any such use by you is entirely
at your own risk.
You may not decode the password used to protect the source code of ASCII Key, modify
the source or create derivative works based on ASCII Key.
2000 by Ulrich Muehlenhoff, Aalen, Germany
All rights reserved.
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