GD View

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GD View (GDV) is a computer program for MS DOS which lets you look at the contents of files (and other objects) supporting over 400 formats.
Here is a short description of the features of the current version:

Texts: ANSI, DOS, Unicode, Mac, EBCDIC and 200+ MORE w/ HEX/DEC/BIN/OCT
Documents: Word, WinWord, WordPerfect, WordStar, Write, Ami Pro, RTF, etc.
MAC, PNM, RAS, XBM, PIC, CUT, FNT, PAL, RAW, SGI, IMG, DCX etc. (60+ formats)
Sounds: WAV, VOC, 8SVX, SND, AU, AVR, ST, Psion WVE, CMF, raw (SAM/SMP/etc.)
Terminal codes: ANSi, PCB, BIN, AVATAR, ICE, WildCat, Renegade, etc.
Databases/Spreadsheets: dBase, Lotus 1-2-3, SDF, FoxBase, FoxPro
File archives: ZIP, ARJ, LZH, ARC, TAR, RAR, ZOO, LBR, PAK etc. incl. SFXs!
FILE INFO: recognizes over 5000 extensions, shows file descriptions
AND: Directory viewer, System Info, Audio CD Player, CBM Basic decompiler!

Click here for a complete list of the supported file types.


Computers are constantly becoming more important in our world. Internally, computers however only deal with ones and zeros, so people have had to think of special encoding formats to store other kinds of information. Many different formats have been created. Since different companies, different computer systems, operating systems, different applications, or even different versions of the same application can have entirely different ways of storing information there are bound to be problems in our world of data exchange.

Imagine receiving an important file from a colleague shortly before deadline. You try to open the file, and suddenly your computer tells you that you do not have the program which was used to create the file. Without that program, all you have is an apparently random series of ones and zeros. What now? Use GD View. GD View attempts to determine the file type automatically and then displays the file appropriately. You also have the possibility to export the information for use with other applications. GD View supports common graphic, document, database, spreadsheet, animation, sound, terminal, archive formats as well as many other more exotic formats used on a wide variety of computer systems. GD View magically transforms those ones and zeros into useful information again.


  • web site redesigned
  • Sorry, no other news: Although the Windows version of GD View was nearly ready several years ago, I never found the time to prepare the release and I doubt I ever will.


 GD View 0.92 for MS DOS (latest version)

File size: 983 KB. Use PKUNZIP or WinZip to decompress.

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For non-commercial use, you can use the following registration details.
        Name:              "Non-commercial User"
        Registration Code: "A2D1ED97-B7F14DFF-74DC0E5F-B4D68043"
For other forms of use, please contact us.


for Version 0.92 for DOS
  • an IBM PC compatible computer with a 80286 or better CPU (fast '486 or better recommended)
  • MS DOS 3.0 (or higher) or a 100% compatible operating system
  • about 600 KB free base memory and about 1MB of free EMS or XMS (more EMS or XMS recommended for large directories and some large files)
  • a VGA or SVGA graphic card (SVGA recommended), a color monitor
  • for sound files: a Sound Blaster 2.0, Sound Blaster Pro or 100% compatible sound card
  • for Audio CDs: a CD-ROM drive (MSCDEX must be loaded)
  • for CMF files: SBFMDRV.COM must be loaded
  • optional: a computer mouse or other pointing device (a Microsoft compatible mouse driver must be loaded)


Registered Users (and to a certain extent also unregistered users) receive free e-mail Support! For any suggestions, questions, etc. concerning GDV e-mail me at gdm __AT__ gmx __DОT__ net.

Before e-mailing you should look at the release notes


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