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HexView, Convert, Compare, Translate, Modify, Format

The Issue
Today, many companies are using PC's attached to mainframes as the primary mainframe terminal. In addition, the PC's are used as shared or stand alone systems for business and development purposes.
When used in a development environment the ability to make global changes to files, do conversions of ASCII and EBCDIC, do data file comparison and to change the format of files has become a requirement.

SimoZAPS is a utility program that provides the following capabilities.
1. Read a file and produce an ASCII/Text file of hexadecimal information. Also display the information to the screen.
2. Generate a COBOL program to do file conversion between EBCDIC and ASCII. Also, include a capability for changing the record content and format.
3. Generate a COBOL program to do data file comparison.
4. Read an ASCII/Text file and create an EBCDIC, 80-byte, fixed record length file.
5. Read an EBCDIC, 80-byte, fixed record length file and create an ASCII/Text file.
6. Read an ASCII file of mixed case and create an ASCII file of all upper case.
7. Read an ASCII file of mixed case and create an ASCII file of all lower case.
8. Read a COBOL source program and create a new file with case formatting.
9. Read an ASCII/Text file and create a new ASCII/Text file allowing include, omit and global changes to the individual records.

SimoZAPS does not change the input file. It creates a copy that contains the modifications.

System Requirements
SimoZAPS requires approximately 800K of disk space. Windows/XP, Windows/NT or Windows/2000 is the required operating system. The SimoZAPS program, the documentation, the Installation Verification Procedure (IVP) and examples are provided in a zipped file.
 
Features
SimoZAPS is composed of five functional areas, Hex Access, File Convert or Compare, Translate, Modify and FormatCOBOL.
 
Hexcess, View, Find or Patch Function
This program will read a file and create and ASCII/Text file with Hexadecimal, EBCDIC and ASCII information. The format of the target file is ASCII/Text and may be viewed with most editors available on the PC.
 
File Conversion Function
This function will generate the COBOL source code for a file conversion program. The conversion program may do ASCII/EBCDIC translation and file format changes.
 
File Compare Function
This function will generate the COBOL source code for a file comparison program. The generated source code may be compiled and executed on a Mainframe (z/OS or VSE), Windows or UNIX System.
 
Translate Function
This procedure will perform the conversion between an ASCII/Text, variable-record-length file and an EBCDIC, 80-byte, fixed-record-length file. The conversion may go in either direction. It will create a SYSOUT file in the new format and the original file is unchanged.
 
Modify Function
The MODIFY function provides the capability of including, omitting or making global changes to the records in an ASCII/Text file. For example, the TOUPPER and TOLOWER keywords will read a record of mixed case format and create a record of all upper or lower case. It will create a SYSOUT file in the new format and the original file is unchanged.
 
FormatCOBOL Function
This program will read a line sequential file of COBOL source code and format in UPPER/lower case. It will create a SYSOUT file in the new format and the original file is unchanged.


Additional Information
SimoTime has the people and technology to assist in this effort. For more information about how we can help you simply send an e-mail note to helpdesk@simotime.com or take a look at the User Guide at http://www.simotime.com/simozaps.htm.

SimoZAPS - Data File Utility for Hex View, Convert, Compare and Global Change
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