The best new feature in the soon to be released version 0.4 of Okteta, the KDE hex editor, coming with the KDE SC 4.4, is surely the Structures tool (see also the “All new Okteta features for KDE SC 4.4 in a picture”). Because this tool is just a few months old, his author Alex concentrated on the code and not on the documentation, so the Okteta docs in the 4.4 branch have been missing any note of it. But Burkhard Lück, one of the heros of KDE documentation, pushed Alex and me to update the documentation in trunk at least with some quickly written text, so he might be able to backport it to 4.4, with success. If all works out, the updated doc will be part of the 4.4.1 release. So spend Burkhard a big $favourite_drink if this makes you happy 🙂
(Update: The updated manual is now part of the releases starting with 4.4.1 and also online available.)
Until then, find following the excerpt regarding the creation of structure definition. It is lazily copy-pasted from the meinproc4 generated html, hopefully doesn’t break too much of webpages embedding this. Please give this tool and the docs a try (e.g. if testing the RC1, where Okteta is part of kdeutils), feedback is very much welcome:
The Structures tool enables analysing and editing of byte arrays
based on user-creatable structure definitions, which can be built from
arrays, unions, primitive types and enum values.
It has an own settings dialog, which can be reached by using the
button. There are various options that can be
configured, like the style (decimal, hexadecimal or binary) in which the
values are displayed. Moreover it is possible to choose which structure
definitions get loaded and which structures are shown in the view.
Structures are defined in Okteta Structure Definition files (based
on XML, with the file extension
.desktop file contains
metadata about that structure description file, such as author, homepage
Currently there is no built-in support for creating, editing or
installing structure definitions, so this must be done manually as
described in the next sections.