After installation, Kaboom is ready to use. You can start it from the Windows Start menu. On opening, Kaboom shows its main menu with three entries.
You can close Kaboom with the red x-button in the title bar. The F1 key opens the online manual.
The file converter allows you to convert text files stored in one code page into another. You can convert a file written on a Japanese computer using Shift-JIS into a UNICODE file. Kaboom checks which conversions are available on your computer and offers these for your use.
Converting a file with Kaboom is simple. Just follow these steps:
Attention: Not all conversions make sense! For example, if you convert an 8-bit file written with a Cyrillic code page like KOI8 into an 8-bit file for code page 1252 (Windows Western), the information will be lost. However, you can convert the file into a Cyrillic file for the Macintosh (Code page 10007) or a UNICODE format like UTF-7, UTF-8, or UTF-16. The UNICODE formats are always a good choice because they can hold up to 65535 different characters, while ANSI files can only have 256 different characters.
All features of the converter page in Kaboom are also available through command line parameters. To make use of it you have to buy the documentation in our online store.
The Clipboard converter knows the following conversions and filters.
Converting a text with Kaboom is simple. Just follow these steps:
If you want to manually enter text into Kaboom, you must select Input Field (ANSI) in the Source list. Now, Kaboom can convert what you type into the text field if you click the Convert button. If you want to add text to existing text in the source text field, you should use the standard Windows shortcut for the Clipboard like the Ctrl+v keys on the keyboard. You can only use your current code page in the input field. If you want to use UNICODE, please use select one of the Clipboard types from the Source list.
This group does not contain classic filters. The functions here are service functions to find a code page for a number and vice versa.
This group is also not a classic filter. Nevertheless, the functions can be sometimes handy in your daily development work.
Basically the multi-converter works like the file converter. The difference is that you can drop multiple files to the list box and then convert them in a batch.
The settings are global for all files in the list with one exception. The code page setting of the source file is overwritten by the (optional) Byte-Order-Mark of a file or from the (optional) Content-Type of a HTML file. If none of these exist the code page setting for the source file is used. The code page actually used to read a specific file can be found in parentheses behind its file name.
For a description of the additional filter please read the section about the file converter.