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Spotlight on File Append and Split Tool

Boxer Software's File Append and Split Tool can be a real time-saver with todays large files. Check it out here in the Shareware Spotlight.
Published: Jun 27, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
Shareware Spotlight

In The Spotlight: File Append and Split Tool

by David Hamel of Boxer Software


"Size Does Matter." It's a movie slogan from Hollywood, but it alsoapplies to today's computing industry. Music files, video files, zip files,main memory, hard drives. Everything keeps getting bigger and bigger. It'snot uncommon now for media and data files to tip the scales at 100megabytes or more. Some files weigh in at more than one gigabyte in size.At the same time, computer users need to store these files on CDs, DVDs,high-capacity floppies, portable flash media, or send them by email. Whilefile sizes are getting bigger and bigger, file transfer and storage methodswill always be finite.

As is so often the case, the best way to handle a large problem is tobreak it into smaller, more manageable pieces. Boxer Software's FileAppend and Split Tool can split massive files into smaller pieces, sothat the pieces can be dealt with individually. It can also be used toappend the smaller files back together, recreating the original fileexactly. F.A.S.T. is easy to use, and can be used to split alltypes of files, binary or text: ZIP, MPG, MP3, WMV, AVI, TXT, etc. F.A.S.T. can be used on files of all sizes: up to 16 exbibytes(that's 16 million terabytes) on Windows NTFS file systems. You can specifythe desired size of the output files, select the output media, or simplyindicate the number of files to be created.

A quick look at the File Append and Split Tool feature set revealsa program that's powerful as well as flexible:

  • Split files of any type: ZIP, MPG, MP3, WMV, AVI, TXT...
  • Split files of any size: up to 16 million terabytes on NTFS systems
  • Split files for sending via email, or to fit on portable or backup media
  • Create a batch file to append files later on, without the need for F.A.S.T.
  • Drag and drop files from Explorer, or other sources
  • Name files on the command line
  • Split files by user-defined size, standard media size, or into 'n' parts
  • Arrange the file append order manually, or sort by name, date or size
  • For text files, optionally split files on a newline boundary
  • Flexible syntax for controlling sequential numbering of split files
  • Option to force timestamp of output files to match that of input file
  • Pause for media swap when writing to removable media

If your computing projects require you to deal with very large files, takea look at the File Append and Split Tool. You might not need it every day,but when you do, it's a lifesaver.


About The Author...

David Hamel created Boxer Software in 1991. The DOS version of Boxer wasreleased in 1991 and quickly gained a loyal following among users aroundthe world. Since then, the Boxer Text Editors have been enthusiasticallyreviewed by numerous computer magazines and journals. Boxer Softwarespecializes in the development of productivity software for PCs, with anemphasis on text editing and text processing. Other products by the companyinclude: Boxer for Windows, Text Monkey PRO, The Permutator, and the FileAppend and Split Tool. Boxer Software products have been licensed tocustomers in more than 70 countries on six continents, and to dozens ofFortune 500 companies.



Here at Tucows we want to continue to feature some of the bestprograms in the Shareware Spotlight. If you're a software author andwould like to find out about having your product considered for theShareware Spotlight, first make sure your current version is on, or hasbeen submitted to, Tucows. Then, you can contact the editorial divisionby sending an inquiry via email by clicking HERE.We'll get back to you as quickly as possible. Thank you. - Editor


About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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