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Resource Hacker v5.1.7

billon on 3 Jan 2019

Resource Hacker is an utility to view, modify, rename, add, delete and extract resources in 32-bit and 64-bit Windows executables and resource files (*.res). The program can modify program icons as they appear in the taskbar, Start Menu and Desktop, among many other things.

It incorporates an internal resource script compiler and decompiler.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ResourceHacker.exe.
What's new?
  • Fixed broken Accelerator compiling.
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rbon on 2016-10-06 12:05

Resource Hacker version 4.4.26 released at October 6, 2016.
What's New in this ver. 4.4.26:
- Bugfix: The toolbar state wasn't being preserved between sessions
- Bugfix: Minor bug decompiling some version info resources
Downloads:
- Setup executable: http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/reshacker_setup.exe
- 'Portable' zip file: http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/resource_hacker.zip

MIKLO on 2016-10-09 14:10

Have been using for quite some time and really like this program. Thanks for a good program.
MIKLO

rbon on 2016-10-15 12:20

Resource Hacker new Beta in 'Portable' zip format.
Changes in 4.5.28
- Update: Numerous changes and improvements to command line support.
- Update: Filenames in resource scripts are no longer required to be enclosed within double quotes unless they contain
spaces.
- 'Portable' zip file: http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/resource_hacker_beta.zip

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GDIView v1.26

billon on 5 Dec 2016
  • 73KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Dec 2016
  • Suggested by JohnW

GDIView displays the list of Graphics Device Interface (GDI) handles including brushes, pens, fonts, bitmaps, and more opened by every process. It displays the total count for each type of GDI handle, as well as detailed information about each handle. This tool can be useful for developers that need to trace GDI resources leak in their software.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch GDIView.exe.
What's new?
  • Added 'Save All Items' menu item.

pestudio standard v9.06 Updated

billon on 30 Aug 2020
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 29 Aug 2020
  • Suggested by joby_toss

pestudio shows details about applications and other system files (.exe, .dll, .cpl, .ocx, .ax, .sys etc.) without starting them including:

  • Libraries that are used by an application
  • Functions that are imported by an application
  • Functions (also anonymous) that are exported by an application
  • All functions that are forwarded to other libraries
  • Obsolete Functions that are exported and imported by an application
  • If Data Execution Prevention (DEP) Windows security mechanism is used
  • If Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) Windows security mechanism is used
  • If Windows security mechanism Structured Exception Handling (SEH) is used
  • Whether some sections are compressed

pestudio standard lacks some features of pro version.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Free for personal use/Liteware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Delete AddToShell.reg and RemoveFromShell.reg. Launch pestudio.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: PPEE, PE Anatomist
What's new?
  • Extend User-Interface to handle XML-based settings.
  • Add setting filters for online-score, indicators, mitre etc.
  • Show duplicated exports for 64bit executable.
  • Fixed bugs:
    • When computing minimum string length;
    • When computing file-offset of resources.
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Midas on 2017-11-26 19:37

Like noted elsewhere, unless significant for the comment exchange, program changelogs are best posted to the forum topic (or entered at the appropriate field), my dear _phillipe. B-)

__philippe on 2017-11-26 21:39

All righty,... next time round,

the undersigned hereby pledge to abide by the recommendations, protocols,
procedures and regulations set forth by my Right Honourable Friend Midas,
the Member for TPFC's constituency,... cross my heart and hope to die... ;-)

__philippe

Special on 2019-09-14 18:16

Looks like with 8.98 they've removed even more features from the previous 9.87 free version (detect well-known whitelisted libraries/blacklisted resources), funny they don't mention that in the changelog.

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PPEE v1.12

billon on 27 Dec 2019
  • 1MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Aug 2018
  • Suggested by billon

PPEE (Professional PE file Explorer) allows analysis of malformed and crafted PE files, making it handy for reverse-engineering, malware researchers and more. The program includes PE Export, Import, Resource, Exception, Certificate (relies on Windows API), Base Relocation, Debug, TLS, Load Config, Bound Import, IAT, Delay Import and CLR.

The program includes a HEX editor and supports Virustotal and OPSWAT's Metadefender query reports.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Delete Plugin folder. Launch PPEE.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: pestudio, MiTeC EXE Explorer
What's new?
  • Rich Header supported (experimental).
  • Resolve ordinal to name in imported APIs.
  • Added:
    • Filter/Search box for listview;
    • PE type icon in statusbar;
    • SHA256 and ImpHash in FileInfo plugin.
  • .ini file converted to UTF.
  • Bugfixes.
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smaragdus on 2018-04-12 09:27

@doctor__philippe
What other kind of maladies do you cure? Or only software ones?

__philippe on 2018-04-12 17:50

Now that you mention it, I have been known to cure images hosting service broken links...;-)
https://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=89747#p89747

smaragdus on 2018-04-13 00:12

@@doctor__philippe
Thanks for the new cure!

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HeapMemView v1.05

Checker on 21 Mar 2014
  • 60KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Checker

HeapMemView allows you to view the content of all memory blocks allocated in the heap of the process that you select. This tool can be useful for developers who need to trace memory leaks in their software.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch HeapMemView.exe.
What's new?
  • Added 'Automatically Sort On Refresh' option.
  • Fixed the flickering while scrolling the upper pane.

QIcon Changer v1.0

Checker on 6 Aug 2014

QIcon Changer is a small tool that allow you to patch the icon of any kind of application (including .exe and .scr), overwriting the previous icon resource with the new one you chose. Just drag an icon file (.ico) from your desktop then drop to the application layer then do the same process with your target application, drag an executable from your desktop then drop in the application layer then you can apply the modification and enjoy your new application icon.

Note: If the target application is compressed / packed it will not be able to patch the icon because most packer will make resource format invalid.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? No. (details)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Launch QIconChanger.exe

Problems? This process requires an up-to-date component (Innounp 0.37 or above) for Universal Extractor. If you have difficulty extracting the files, follow the steps below and retry:
  1. Download the latest version of Innounp
  2. Extract the RAR package to the \bin folder of Universal Extractor, overwriting the existing innounp.exe
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bzl333 on 2013-02-25 18:35

darn, i was hoping this would work on folders so i could quickly add the appropriate icons to folders and sub-folders in the start menu but doesn't seem to.

Midas on 2013-05-22 15:44

@bzl333: have a look at Folderico (http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=1301).

loin2kolpotoru on 2014-03-12 04:43

Try PEIconChanger - http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=21358

It is better then QIconChanger because it supports importing icon from exe files which QIconChanger dose not support

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ResThief v1.20

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013

ResThief is a tiny tool to extract resources from binary files. It will examine every executable dropped on its window and extract all the resources (bitmaps, icons, AVI's, sounds, text... anything a programmer cares to stuff into a program) and save them as separate files.

Category:
Runs on: WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ResThief.exe.
Latest comments
Emka on 2013-12-16 19:35

links broken

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GACView v1.11

Checker on 22 Feb 2015
  • 54KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 11 Jan 2008
  • Suggested by Checker

GACView is an alternative to the standard .NET assembly viewer on Windows Explorer. In addition to the standard columns, GACView displays additional information for each assembly, like modified date, file size, full path of the assembly file, file version, and so on. GACView also allows you to delete an assembly the cannot be uninstalled in the regular way.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch gacview.exe.
What's new?
  • The configuration is now saved to a file, instead of the Registry.

Visual Terrain Maker v1.4

webfork on 27 Mar 2015

Visual Terrain Maker is a simple 3D-modeling program allows visually create landscapes (maps) for games or other purposes. The program can export to Direct X file format(*.x). The program is not critical to the video adapters and drivers. Suitable for DarkBasic developers.

Note: The main site no longer lists the program, listing a Softpedia mirror.

Category:
Runs on: WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: OpenGL v1.1
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch VTM.exe.
Latest comments
Emka on 2013-12-16 18:52

Website seems to have changed.

Babyscout19 on 2014-06-28 21:21

I want to REALLY download this to make some soft terrains and backgrounds...... But i cant because the site has changed and now it asks me what system I am running and the budget I have available to spend.... I would like this to be updated... So as for now, unfortunately, thumbs down. Please update as necessary and I will be happy to review the program further. :)

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ResEdit v1.6.6

__philippe on 7 Apr 2017
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 May 2015
  • Suggested by Ruby

ResEdit is a resource editor. You can use it if you want to use dialogs, icon, version information or other types of resources. Output files can be compiled by any Win32 compiler, like MinGW and Microsoft Visual C++.

Category:
Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the 7z package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ResEdit.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: ResourceHacker
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Midas on 2015-04-26 12:26

Maybe I'm just dense, but I use resource editors frequently, yet could never get the hang of ResEdit. Can anyone suggest some kind of straightforward tutorial?

__philippe on 2017-04-07 16:34

@Midas,

My advice: stay well clear of this ResEdit devilish contraption.
The bloody thing decided to keep crashing on my XP, of late, BSOD included...:-(

Use old faithful ResourceHacker instead :
https://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=289

Developer Angus Johnson obligingly provides a rich sampling of usage screenshots:
http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/

Midas on 2017-04-08 02:53

Thanks __philippe. As I never did get the hang of ResEdit, ResourceHacker is still my number one go to hacking tool. (Has been like forever.) :)

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