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Announce Your Software/Service/Product / WildGem 1.50
« on: September 22, 2021, 07:16 AM »
Download and home page here:

Wildgem version 1.50 is a big update since the last version (1.32). For more information, see the previous thread on the topic here.

Wildgem is a free (beer), portable, and ultra sugary wrapper for Regex. It takes all the juicy bits from Regex, but makes writing expressions much simpler by providing unique and memorable symbols to replace the sometimes arcane and easily forgotten syntax from pure Regex. The program is great for people who don't want to get into Regex, but who find the usual find/replace feature in many text editors or programming languages too limiting. Nevertheless, Regex experts will still appreciate the colour coding, lightning speed, large input/output areas, realtime updating as you type, and the ability to still write pure regex.

It has been featured over at Ghacks, Trishtech and also on Donation Coder's very own Coding Snacks section.

Simple usage:


Advanced usage:


In this v1.50 update are some big new features:

 - First a MAJOR bug fix which prevented many people from using it. I falsely assumed that everyone had the Arial Unicode MS font when in reality, this font is only distributed with Excel 2013 (and earlier?). As a result, the special Wildgem symbols wouldn't appear. In v1.50, alternative fonts are used as a fall back.

 - Second new feature is the new "Optional" symbol which emulates the useful '?' from Regex. This was a much needed addition to Wildgem and now more or less completes the basic Regex feature set.

 - Third new feature is the Load and Save project functions so you can easily continue from your earlier expressions that you built and edit them.

 - Finally, the best new feature is the "Multiple line functions" which allows you to express multiple regex/Wildgem commands in one sweep. This is much nicer than trying to cram a bunch of Regex into a single line/command.

As always, .NET 4.0 framework is needed. This should come with Windows 10 by default however and is otherwise a simple download for earlier versions of Windows.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: OpalCalc 1.43
« on: February 21, 2020, 04:50 PM »
Hi Twinbee, just an fyi:  I had OpalCalc in the system tray and when my laptop wok up this morning I got the following popup.

And a scrolling shot of the popup:

Great app by the way -- I use it a lot!

Hi kunkel321, do you still get the error. Can you reproduce it again, or was it just a one off?

Yep. The problem is there are so many potential files. I don't want them to all be filtered. Instead I just want a single entry (at least in the time span of say, a second's worth) for that particular file, or rather file pair, since it's a file acting upon another file.

Here's another example of duplication.

Tried to post this to SuperUser, and even offered a bounty, but didn't get much luck.

I am looking for a Filemon/Procmon type program which has better filtering and more importantly, allows you omit near-duplicate lines from being logged. There can be hundreds or thousands of these rows, and they really complicate trying to find other transactions.

For example, take a look at this image. I don't want to see Irfanview updating its .ini file 1 zillion times, specifying every single time it locks, queries, reads, writes, unlocks, or whatever else it apparently wants to do.

Process Monitor is apparently not up to the job, but maybe there's similar software which can perform this fundamental task?

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: SunsetScreen v1.0
« on: November 30, 2015, 02:59 PM »
Haha, that's a good start to my day ;( Thanks for the info anyway. I've never been fond of virus checkers such as Norton or Mcafee due to hogging system resources, and trigger-happy false positives like this certainly don't help :o

I presume you downloaded straight from my site. Is it the portable version you checked or the installation version? I looked at the checksum of the online version versus the very original installation exe on my hard drive and thankfully the checksums match so the site hasn't been hacked or anything.

I wonder if an earlier version of SunsetScreen exhibits the same problems: http://www.skytopia....Screen_SetupV100.exe

Perhaps you can try that one in a couple of the major checkers there and let me know what you find. In terms of keeping the virus checkers happy, it seems like a losing battle, since I'm guessing any updates I do, and I'll have to resubmit again.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: WildGem 1.1
« on: November 19, 2015, 11:15 AM »
Glad you're happy with it.

I gave the option to minimize to a small size only as an option - it's not enforced. For example, you might be lacking screen space and so wish to stack other windows onto the desktop too.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: WildGem 1.1
« on: September 29, 2015, 06:14 AM »
I can lunch Wildgem

Did you like the taste? :)

Oh btw, do you use the non-Regex Wildgem syntax, or just the Regex syntax?

Glad you agree about the colour coding. Hope you warm to the syntax over Regex at some point too ;)

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: WildGem 1.1
« on: August 29, 2015, 04:14 PM »
Can you rephrase? I'm a bit confused, since Wildgem doesn't support batch file processing.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: WildGem 1.1
« on: August 28, 2015, 03:47 AM »
So awesome to hear. Posts like yours make it all worthwhile =)

Remember what your most complex query was like? If you have any thoughts on how WildGem could be made even easier to use, let me know.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: WildGem 1.1
« on: July 05, 2015, 10:40 AM »
Well, in theory around 1.5-2GB, since it uses the Scintilla text component which I think also has that limit. I tried with a 700MB text file, and everything seemed fine.

How much were you hoping for? If you really want to go over 2GB, then I could reprogram it a little so all replacements are done behind the scenes. That should theoretically allow 'unlimited' file sizes if you have a 64bit OS and enough memory.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: WildGem 1.1
« on: July 04, 2015, 05:41 AM »
Just to add something interesting I discovered. Find and replace is almost 10x faster in WildGem compared to Notepad++, at least for many use-cases.  I tried replacing tons of commas with a tab character in a 10MB file when I found that. Notepad++ took around a minute compare to 7 seconds in WildGem. I can imagine for 100MB or even 1GB files that this could be very useful to know. (make sure you turn 'Realtime' off in Wildgem for large operations like this).

(Btw, version 1.21 is out which allows you to isolate the matches).

Can anyone recommend software for showing 2D graphs from CSV data?

I want to be able to freely and smoothly move around the graph with the mouse (with the mouse wheel as zoom!). It should support linear and exponential graphs, and in between if possible. Translating the graph by dragging it would be cool, as would retranslating the graph as the deltas between each data point.

It should preferably also display many columns of data at once (multiple lines on the graph), and allow you to set which column/s go under and beside the margins (for example, timestamps in the CSV). Colour coding the graph would be ideal, especially if it allows you to program in the rules about how it should be coloured (e.g: colour green if the maximum magnitude delta is under 5%, and blue if it's under 1% over say, a five minute window).

I'm not too interested in fancy 3D isometric views or ray-traced global illumination - functional above eye candy is preferred.

Free would be nice, but otherwise under say $50 if possible. Please say that such software exists so I don't have to create it :)

***Edit*** Oh just to add: I created a comparison of such software eight years ago, though each one had their own faults, and I'm sure some have advanced since then!

Hi Michael, wow that's a long post!

I've just released version 1.2 which has around half of the ideas you suggested. Let me know what you think, and if there's something you really still need, let me know.

By the way, the main thread is now located here, so perhaps a mod can close this thread now. Feel free to post in the new thread.

Since I created WildGem, I love to use Regex myself now (I use WildGem as a converter from WildGem syntax to Regex, since Regex is trickier to write). I even used Regex for the latest version of WildGem, so in a roundabout way, I'm using WildGem to help create WildGem! ;)

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: June 18, 2015, 03:26 AM »
Speaking of the Mustang, here's a pure electric version that did 0-60 in 1.94 seconds:

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: WildGem 1.1
« on: June 17, 2015, 06:45 PM »
Oh nice! Better get working on that Load button and batch processing functionality ;)

Haha, I wonder what could possibly have triggered that. It doesn't even save a preference file, let alone touch the registry or anything.

There's an embedded ScintillaNET DLL in the main exe - maybe that hit a raw nerve in it :)

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: WildGem 1.1
« on: June 16, 2015, 06:22 PM »
In the meantime, you can drag the vertical center bar to have it cover 90% of the screen space.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: WildGem 1.1
« on: June 16, 2015, 06:05 PM »
@hamradio: Oh, I read your initial post again. Properly this time. I see what you want - for the Find section to cover the whole width (and to hide the entire Replace section).

That's... interesting. I like it. I'll put that on the todo list instead.

@dr_andus: Good to hear!

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: WildGem 1.1
« on: June 16, 2015, 05:51 PM »
I'm sure you know, but just in case - you can write in the regex section and completely ignore the 'WildGem syntax' Find section if you wish. But yeah, good to save space if possible.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: WildGem 1.1
« on: June 16, 2015, 05:42 PM »
Idea: What about a way to disable/hide replace and size the find and the textarea accordingly if all you want to do is build regex in your program for use elsewhere?

Nooooo, the special non-regex syntax is the best bit! ;)  Seriously, would you personally find that useful? If so, I'll put it on the todo list!

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: WildGem 1.1
« on: June 16, 2015, 04:28 PM »
Thankies!  8)

Some errr, creative uses of the program I see too  ;)

Yeah, I expect a warning for the type of functionality this sort of program offers. But it's bad of Chrome to block it outright (and not even use the word 'possibly' as a prefix for malicious) without me being able to override its block. Maybe there's a way to make it 'appear' more safe to paranoid browsers like Chrome.

I think I might find this useful. I often dislike having to Ctrl+C before I can Ctrl+V.

One thing you might have some info on though, Chrome complains when I try to download it: " is malicious, and Chrome has blocked it.".

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / WildGem 1.1
« on: June 15, 2015, 01:34 PM »
I originally posted an idea for a new "find and replace" program here. A couple of people liked the idea, so I developed it into a real application.

It takes the good bits from Regex, but makes the syntax simpler in a few ways. The program is great for people who don't want to get into Regex, but who find the usual find/replace feature in many text editors too limiting. More information on its advantages can be found in the link below, or in that thread from earlier.

For those who missed it, or who want a faster, non-glitchy, updated version of that beta edition, download the latest version 1.1 here: (requires .NET 4)

Here's some screenshots:



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