An overriding principle in the design of Hex Edit has
been to keep the user interface
as simple and uncluttered as possible. It is a common failing of
other hex editors that they assume an advanced user who uses the
program every day with bulging menus full of rarely used
That's why the menus are short (apart from the Operations
menu which has many similar items), and each Options page does
not have more than 10 options.
The idea is that the user interface is not overwhelming. An
infrequent user (as users of hex editors often are) can use the
program without constantly referring to the help. Of course, if
you need it there is lots of help available.
The mark is a simple facility that allows you to mark a
position in a file and return to it later. It is also useful in
many other areas such as keystroke macros.
One problem with keeping the user interface simple is that
some of the more powerful features may not be obvious. This is
where HexEdit provides extensive help in the provided help
(quickstart, overview, reference, tutorials, etc) as well as
tooltips, tip of the day and even video tutorials (see