UTFCast Professional is very easy to use. With this guide, you’ll get started within three minutes.
There are three regions in the main window: the File View, the Detail Panel and the Preview Panel. The File View consists of the Folder List and the File List, just like the Windows Explorer. The Folder List shows the folder structure, and the File List displays the files of the selected folder.
The Detail Panel shows detailed information of the selected file, the Filter Panel shows the number of files of each codepage in the current view and can hide certain codepage from the view, and the Preview Panel shows the first 1KB of the file’s content.
To convert a folder, right-click a folder in the Folder List, and select “Convert to…” to convert the folder with customizable settings. You can also select “Convert to xxx (Converted)” or “Recursively convert to xxx (Converted)” to immediately start the conversion with default settings. The default settings can be further customized in the File->Preference menu.
To convert a file, you can right-click a file in the File List, and select “Convert to xxx (Converted)” to convert with default settings. The result file will be put into the same folder as the source file, with a“(Converted)” suffixed file name. This feature is called In-place Conversion.
You can also select “Convert to…” to convert the file with customizable settings and output the file to another folder.
You can hold down Ctrl key, Shift key or drag your mouse to draw a region to select multiple files in the File List, just like using Windows Explorer. Right-click the selected files to bring up the menu and you can select “Convert here” to use the In-place Conversion. Each file will then have a converted version with a “(Converted)” suffixed file name. Or you can select “Convert to…” to customize settings and output them to another folder.
Once you start a detection operation or a conversion operation, a session will be created. You will notice that the File View will immediately switch to the Session View, where there are buttons for you to pause, continue and stop the session.
A paused session can be resumed (continued), however a stopped session cannot. Once the session has either been completed or stopped manually, the buttons will disappear and the session summary will show up. If some files has been converted or copied, you can click the blue label to browse the output folder.
In-place Conversion does not show files in the Session View and its session cannot be controlled by the Session View. If you change the current folder during an In-place Conversion session, you’ll be prompted to wait for the session to complete or cancel it.