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Compact NFO Viewer

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ASCII art is the ancient variety of computer graphics and images created by typing ASCII text characters. Most users encounter ASCII art in the form of NFO files, literally, "info" files; they're text files that Windows can open and display, albeit via a cumbersome process that uses Notepad. CubicDesign's Compact NFO Viewer is a great choice for folks who just need to open and view NFO files now and again as well as those who regularly handle NFO files, too. It's not often that a new ASCII art viewer comes along!

Compact NFO Viewer certainly is compact, at 670.5 KB; it's completely portable, too, requiring no installation or extraction. We simply ran the downloaded executable file, and Compact NFO Viewer's efficient interface opened with a black background in a blank main view. We clicked Open on the program's taskbar and browsed to an ASCII art file, which opened in an attractive green font, though font and background color are configurable via the Options menu. We were able to edit the document and save our changes, but only to the unprotected original; there's no "Save as" choice for renaming a file or creating a new file from the original. On the Options menu, we were able to associate the program with our NFO files by right-click or double-click. Compact NFO Viewer also extracts URLs from documents and displays them in its right-hand Navigator panel, which also links to some of the developer's other wares. We were able to toggle this panel open and closed via the Navigator menu. There's no Help menu, but there's little need for one; this is a simple, efficient program, and ASCII art is hardly mysterious.

Compact NFO Viewer is just the thing when you need to view and even edit NFO files. It beats Notepad, and it's probably better (or at least better looking) than the DOS-Age viewers still in use out there.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A Solid and "Compact NFO Viewer""

    April 17, 2012  |   By CptCrib

    Version: Compact NFO Viewer 1.5.6

    Pros

    -the utility is compact
    -requires no installation
    -"properly" displays NFO files
    -simple to use
    -user can customize the font and background color
    -it's free
    -works on WinXP, 7, and 8 CP

    Cons

    -it displays some plugs for "similar" products in a column on the right side, but you can easily hide it and it didn't reappear on my system
    -pretty simple to use, but if you are a complete newb, you may not know how to set it as the default NFO viewer since there isn't an installation routine to do it for you, but this isn't difficult

    Summary

    I don't know what the people with negative reviews are on about. Ignore them. One negative review says it's garbage because there is no setup and it's just an exe file... That's actually a -benefit- of the software for anyone that knows how to use a computer, and it clearly says in the editor's review that the program is "completely portable requiring no installation or extraction". So if time was wasted by someone getting "just an exe file", perhaps they should spend more time reading the review. Another reviewer says "not necessary". Well.. not necessary can be said for MANY things in life. Sports cars aren't necessary, but would you down rate one if it was given to you because it "isn't necessary"? Sure you can get by without this app. Notepad WILL work in a pinch if you configure it to display correctly, but this app still looks better and is more convenient once you set it as the default for NFO files. The app does what it claims, does it well, has no hidden surprises, it's lightweight, simple to use, AND IT'S FREE. I figure that's worth 4/5 in my book.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It opens NFO files just like it says..."

    March 20, 2011  |   By jediguitarist

    Version: Compact NFO Viewer 1.5.6

    Pros

    Small, nothing to install. Pretty colors

    Cons

    None 10char

    Summary

    Sure, I could use Notepad for NFO viewing but then I'd be missing out on all the colors. I like how it makes the NFO files look like the old BBS days from when I was like12.

    I tried Damn NFO Viewer but it had me download an installer of some sort. Looked like it was trying to install a toolbar so I canceled it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Open the NFO file with notepad."

    January 19, 2011  |   By tejastoday

    Version: Compact NFO Viewer 1.5.6

    Pros

    not necessary.

    Cons

    not necessary.

    Summary

    not necessary.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Compact & simple - Does exactly what it aims to do"

    September 29, 2010  |   By extraball

    Version: Compact NFO Viewer 1.5.6

    Pros

    Very simple - nice small file.

    Cons

    Can't think of any

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Absolutely terrible"

    September 10, 2010  |   By im_a_cunt

    Version: Compact NFO Viewer 1.5.6

    Pros

    None! Don't bother with this and just download "DAMN NFO VIEWER"-[tried, trusted, easy to install and make the default nfo viewer]

    Cons

    no setup, just an exe file. Ridiculous. Complete waste of my god damn time.

    Summary

    This software is just crap

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