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Viewer for Navision Object Text Files

ta5ta5 Member Posts: 1,164
Hello
We often use "Navision Object Text Explorer" 0.2.1.16 from Jan Hoek to analyse Navision Object Text files, downloaded the tool from Mibuso.
Unfortunately this program does neither support menu suites nor pages.
Does somebody know a similar freeware tool with this feature?

I have tested NavObjectViewer from Gerd Hübner, it can cope with menu suites but not with pages.

Thanks in advance
Thomas

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    ta5ta5 Member Posts: 1,164
    Nobody? I'm sure, there is a tool out there...
    Thanks in advance
    Thomas
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    einsTeIn.NETeinsTeIn.NET Member Posts: 1,050
    What do you expect from your Text Explorer?
    "Money is likewise the greatest chance and the greatest scourge of mankind."
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    ta5ta5 Member Posts: 1,164
    What do you expect from your Text Explorer?

    It should work with MenuSuites and Pages.
    Thanks in advance.
    Thomas
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    einsTeIn.NETeinsTeIn.NET Member Posts: 1,050
    I don't know what you mean by "work". I guess every text explorer can handle MenuSuites and Pages. Maybe it isn't displayed in a way you can deal with?
    "Money is likewise the greatest chance and the greatest scourge of mankind."
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    ta5ta5 Member Posts: 1,164
    Hi
    Yes, it is displayed as Unknown Object in Navision Object Text Explorer. The other ObjectViever as mentioned in the starting post stops working if pages are in the file.
    Regards
    Thomas
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    JedrzejTJedrzejT Member Posts: 267
    I usually exlplore text object in the most world powerfull tool by Microsoft - Notepad 8)
    For merging purpose I prefer Araxis.
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    Luc_VanDyckLuc_VanDyck Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 3,633
    ta5 wrote:
    Hello
    We often use "Navision Object Text Explorer" 0.2.1.16 from Jan Hoek to analyse Navision Object Text files, downloaded the tool from Mibuso.
    Unfortunately this program does neither support menu suites nor pages.
    I have contacted the author, if he can update his tool. I'm also an avid user ;-)
    No support using PM or e-mail - Please use this forum. BC TechDays 2024: 13 & 14 June 2024, Antwerp (Belgium)
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    ta5ta5 Member Posts: 1,164
    Cool! Thanks a lot
    Thomas
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    jhoekjhoek Member Posts: 216
    Hi all,

    First of all, thanks for using my Object Text Explorer and apologies for not responding sooner.

    I created Object Text Explorer ages ago, primarily because I needed a viewer myself that would handle large object text files a bit more elegantly than Notepad does. It was written in Delphi, and, these days, I have neither the "bits" nor the knowledge to maintain Delphi code, I'm afraid.

    Several times, I have considered a rewrite in .NET, with a proper design that separates parsing from presentation etc., but I wasn't sure if anyone but me would be interested. Also, I'm certain that - with a big of digging - I could find the source code for the original tool somewhere.

    Please let me know what I can do to help my (small but apparently very loyal :-)) user base in the best way possible?! :)
    Kind regards,

    Jan Hoek
    Product Developer
    Mprise Products B.V.
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    ta5ta5 Member Posts: 1,164
    jhoek wrote:
    Please let me know what I can do to help my (small but apparently very loyal :-)) user base in the best way possible?! :)

    Hi Jan
    I like your tool because it can be used for quick analysis of text objects, including renaming/renumbering/refactoring taksk. The main reason for me is the navigation within the file. Other tools don't have this and navigating becomes quite a headache if the text file contains many objects.

    From my point of view I shall be happy if the navigation also worked with the newer object types like pages and menu suites.

    Thanks in advance
    Thomas
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    jhoekjhoek Member Posts: 216
    Hi Thomas,

    Thanks for your kind words!

    As I mentioned before, I won't be able to adapt or extend the existing tool, but I have taken some steps towards a similar tool in C#.
    As soon as I have something worth showing, I'll post it in the downloads section of this site!

    Thank you for your understanding and patience!
    Kind regards,

    Jan Hoek
    Product Developer
    Mprise Products B.V.
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    ta5ta5 Member Posts: 1,164
    Hi Jan
    Thx for information. I know, things like this need some time, no problem.
    Looking forward for the new tool :)

    Thomas
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    jhoekjhoek Member Posts: 216
    FYI: Currently working on the basis for a new viewer - a parser library for NAV-related file types, lovingly codenamed Sevilla.
    If you want, you can read more about it here: http://sevilla.codeplex.com/. Any comments and/or code contributions are more than welcome! :)
    Kind regards,

    Jan Hoek
    Product Developer
    Mprise Products B.V.
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    ta5ta5 Member Posts: 1,164
    Great!
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    Big_DBig_D Member Posts: 203
    Hi Jan

    Love your Nav Object Text Explorer to bits =D> !

    Did you ever upgrade it to .net or C#?

    Keep up the great work :) !
    Big D signing off!
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    jhoekjhoek Member Posts: 216
    Thanks for your kind words! The amount of competition from, in most cases more advanced and more clever, viewer applications has kept me from ever updating my viewer... I can send you the original Delphi source code, if you would like to try and upgrade it to a more modern language yourself?
    Kind regards,

    Jan Hoek
    Product Developer
    Mprise Products B.V.
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    Big_DBig_D Member Posts: 203
    Hi Jan

    Your most welcome Jan - great tool and great service.

    May not be able to do much with the code myself but if you make it public - some other guru might like the challenge :wink: !

    You mentioned the competition - am not aware of any other replacement tools - please tell :D ?
    Big D signing off!
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    jhoekjhoek Member Posts: 216
    Hmmm... my last spring cleaning may have been a bit too thorough... Should I find the source somewhere else, I will post it here. :-)

    There seems to be a long list of related downloads on the Object Text Explorer's download page; none that tickle your fancy?
    Kind regards,

    Jan Hoek
    Product Developer
    Mprise Products B.V.
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    Big_DBig_D Member Posts: 203
    Hi Jan

    Am well impressed that you brought out a new Explorer what made you change your mind - your really made my day \:D/ !

    Just a very (very) small suggestion and no rush to implement (if you agree) ....

    When you click on a NAV object in the left window pane - it is hilighted by a blue bar - great - when you click on the right window pane it turns light grey highlight - when its late at night - that light grey bar is near impossible to see (plus being middle age doesn't help - doh!) - can it stay blue or obtain a stronger highlight if poss!

    Thanks for updating the best NAV tool yet :P !
    Big D signing off!
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    Big_DBig_D Member Posts: 203
    Hi Jan

    Doh - I just realised what you meant by the source code ](*,) !

    Sorry matie - that was your plan all along - forget my last message - still to early in the morning!

    Keep up the good work

    I was using version 0.2.1.16 - so your 1.0.0.23 is an update any way \:D/ !
    Big D signing off!
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