Most text editors and word processors have some form of find and replace built in. The real problem begins when you need to find and replace a string of text in a folder full of documents or reports.
The one-at-a-time method gets tedious and time consuming after about the third document. That’s when you need an app that specializes in digging through Mac files and finding, then replacing, a string of text with a different string.
Find & Replace It! is an inexpensive Mac app that does just that.
On the simple side, Find & Replace It! does very fast find and replace functions on files. And, it does it on batches of files, so you don’t have to open them one at a time.
That will cover the needs for most Mac users, but Find & Replace It! has more. Much more.
It also supports scripting and regular expression syntax, and handles dozens of different file encodings (from UTF8 to Chinese). And, it handles very, very large files (good for digging into logs) up to 10 gigabytes.
Built in is a regular expression editor so you can build your own search and replace criteria with an instant preview option. Replacement text can be dynamically adjusted.
All of this is good but geeky. The interface is not for the faint of heart. Most find and replace functions can be simple, but if you have a long or complicated document that needs a massive overhaul, it will pay to master the UI.
The user interface consists of seven window panes that can be moved around the screen, docked together, tabbed, or floating.
Find & Replace It! is a workhorse tool for tough jobs that require searching for text on large and complicated documents and replacing the text with complicated operations.
Or, it’s an inexpensive way to do plain old vanilla search and replace through many documents.