Find and Replace Over Multiple Text Files

I found myself in a precarious position today, having to remove a redaction reason from hundreds of images in Summation. As it turns out, there is no official way to do that in the program itself, short of editing every single redaction one by one.

Luckily, I was able to find the bit of text in the annotation file that tells Summation what text to put over top of a redaction, and so I was able to “fix” the problem of coders leaving in the default redaction reason instead of blanking it out, but I needed a tool to make that change across those hundreds of files at once.

Luckily, I found Replace Text (Formerly ReplaceEm), a free tool which is designed for exactly this type of scenario. Once I had the proper term to look for, all I had to do was point the tool at the Markups folder in Summation, and problem solved!

I’ll have to write up the details of what I needed to locate in the annotation files and submit it to Summation. It’s not a supported fix, but at least they’ll know what to look for in those files!

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  1. Nice find Mike – its the main reason I keep ultraedit on my computer (I got a free copy from a computing mag years ago). Although Ultraedit is a great text editor it’s pretty big if all you need is notepad with search and replace across all files.

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