A hex editor (or binary file editor or byte editor) is a type of computer program that allows a user to manipulate the fundamental binary (0 / 1, zero / one) data that makes up computer files.
Dead Rising 2 game calls (requests) certain binary text by line. For example, data/datafile.big/items.txt tells the game what line of code to use for a:
- character's notebook description (Rebecca's: line 65529),
- display name above character (Rebecca's: line 50047),
- character's full name in the notebook (Rebecca's: 81585),
- Rescue quote (Cinda Smith's: 65424)
For more information on editing the text found in Dead Rising 2 using a Hex Editor, please see Changing Text.
To install the HEX Editor plugin, extract the HexEditor.dll file from the downloaded ZIP file, and copy it to Notepad++\plugins folder:
Open the hex file in notepad++
Navigate to Plugin >> hex editor
Best Free Hex EditorsEdit
There is an article on the Best Free Hex Editors
XVI32 is terrible for copying and pasting.
Hexplorer, with its matrix type layout, was able to copy text easily.
How to copy text, retaining all paragraph marks/line breaks in document.
The text size of Hexplorer by default is small. First change the text size.
To retain all paragraph marks/line breaks in document, replace 00 with 25.
Result paragraph marks changed to % / 00 changed to 25.
Edit >> select all
When selected, the entire screen becomes purple.
Edit >> copy as >> Filtered text
This copies the entire hex file to the clip board.
Paste the text into Microsoft Word.
Then in Microsoft word, find and replace (ctrl+h) :
^p (paragraph mark).
Add line numbers in Microsoft Word
File >> page setup >> Layout tab >> Line Numbers Button >> Add line numbering >> continuous
Replace hex to regular textEdit
This tool which replaces hex to string (regular text) online. There are several other online applications which do the same thing which you can find online by googling.