This is a very simple beta release of a program to extract email addresses or other regular expressions from text files.
This is a very simple task. I needed to extract email addresses from bounced emails in order to remove them from the donationcoder mailing lists. This is a fairly simple task for a commandline regular expression extractor tool, but I like to be able to drag+drop and get some visual interaction.
I tried a few "free" tools for doing this and they were ALL adware, shareware, feature limited. Just horrible. I don't know when we got to a point where people think they can list software unambiguously as "free" and have it be filled with adware or be horribly crippled until you buy the full version.
So I decided to write my own tool, with hopes for improving it. The goals are similar to CodeByters Linebyter
which I have used in the past but whose source code was lost.
Again this is a very simple tool, it has a few minor features that make it useful for specific tasks:
- You can create your own list of common regular expression search patterns and select between them easily.
- You can specify a portion of the expression that should be extracted and listed.
- You can specify additional patterns to be ignored (in regex or plaintext format).
- The final list is sorted and duplicates removed.
- Easy to search multiple files; remembers file list.
Again this is a very niche tool but I may add features to it to make it more useful for other tasks. If you already have a good regular expression "extractor" that you are happy with, this is unlikely to replace it.