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Data Parse Free Edition

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Despite its fun name and happy colors, Parse-O-Matic Free Edition is not a friendly, automated file conversion tool. Parse-O-Matic is a tool for programmers who want to make complex changes to a file and want to learn a new scripting language to do so.

Luckily, the language itself is straightforward and supports conventions such as arrays and regular expressions. It also offers many ways to find, compare, and alter data, including the capability to compare strings, numbers, lengths, and patterns. Parse-O-Matic comes with an enormous, detailed user manual in addition to many example scripts, from simple to advanced. Once you get the hang of writing POM scripts, you will probably be very pleased with the breadth of the input and output formats this program supports. You can input text and hex files as well as data from the Windows Clipboard. Supported output formats include CSV files, HTML and XML, the Clipboard, and many others. A log file keeps track of the conversions you perform. The Parse-O-Matic interface is plain but functional, allowing you to load a file and a script and to designate an output file. All of the magic happens in the scripting, however; for assistance, look to the program's Help file as well as the detailed instructional manual, which clocks in at more than 100 pages.

To access the Parse-O-Matic Free Edition, you must first register and obtain a trial code. The Free Edition does not support some Advanced scripting commands. The program is a powerful data-processing utility, but only experienced programmers--or those eager to learn--will be able to use this program in any meaningful way.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Free trial is very nice - but product is too expensive"

    February 18, 2014  |   By JEfromCanada

    Version: Data Parse Free Edition 5.00.14

    Pros

    - Did a decent job parsing a file with mixed (text/binary) content
    - Free trial identified the features that weren't "free", to make it easier to determine what the final price would be if you decided to purchase
    - Sample parse scripts included with the product make it possible to use them as a starting point to your own scripts (also see "Cons")

    Cons

    - The program should have the ability to either determine, or be told, what type of data file is being analyzed (i.e. what program CREATED the data), so that it would have additional capabilities to analyze certain fields
    - Unable to process "currency" fields (dbase compatible currency fields)
    - Unable to recognize DATE fields stored as "days since a particular start date" (i.e. days since 1-Jan-1900 or days since 1-Jan-0000)
    - Paid product comes in three paid variants, and the price of paid product is too steep (Basic = $49, Business = $499, Enterprise = $1,995)
    - Documentation alludes to some "advanced" demo scripts being available for download from the website, but I could not find them.
    - Some commands have not been implemented, according to the documentation. These are commands I needed to use (such as converting from hexadecimal format to decimal format).
    - The user interface is a real bear to learn - I would have found it impossible without the included sample files

    Summary

    Despite being able to handle the majority of the "easy" fields, I found that even the simplest of non-trivial conversions would require features that were only available in the Business version of the product. For the number of times I would need to parse through arbitrary data, the cost is simply prohibitive. I would probably use a different product, such as ParseRat, which I also reviewed.

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