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Practical as they are, CSV files are far from being human readable or usable in any comfortable way. Designed as structured feeds for databases and a number of data-processing tools, CSV files can now be turned into easily manageable HTML pages, RTF files, and even Excel spreadsheets thanks to Advanced CSV Converter.
This simple utility comes in a minimalistic wizard-like interface where you simply load the source CSV file, tell the program the output format you prefer and where do you want it stored, and customize some basic settings such as the delimiter present in the original file (commas, tabs, semicolons, or others), if the first line is a header to be ignored, and if you wish to remove any duplicates and/or sort the valid elements on the fly. Alternatively, you can define the names, types, and sizes of the resulting columns, and add new ones or remove those you don’t need anymore. You can also filter the results by name, file size, and modification date, and save whatever filters you define so that you can reuse them later on other CSV files.
If the output format selected is HTML, you have the possibility of customizing the resulting page to some extent. Thus, you can define the text and background colors, tell the program if you want the results as a form or a table, add a border, limit the number of records per page, etc.
Bulk conversion is possible, though with limitations. Advanced CSV Converter allows you to convert an entire folder full of CSV files at once, but it won’t let you batch-convert a selection of individual CSV files that are not located in the same folder. Other than that, this is a neat stable tool that deserves trying. After all, it produces the expected results, converting your CSV files seamlessly into XML, SQL, DBF, and TXT files on top of the formats mentioned above.
- Provides bulk automatic conversion
- Offers configurable column settings
- Customize the layout of the HTML output
- Cannot batch-convert a custom set of files