If you’ve been downloading scene and p2p releases, you should be no stranger to .NFO files. NFO files contain vital release information such as instructions, serial keys, release group info, release description, etc and are almost always included with any software, game or other releases. You might have noticed that most NFOs contain a lot of ASCII artwork – specially for the group logo. Sometimes, this can be annoying. Don’t get me wrong, ASCII art, cracktros and chipmusic is part of what makes the scene cool. But what if you only needed the information in the NFO file, sans the artwork? This is where Hexagon’s Advanced NFO Stripper comes in.
Advanced NFO Stripper is a free online service that’ll automatically remove all artwork from a given NFO file. You can either upload your file to the service or just give the URL if it’s hosted online. NFO Stripper homepage features up to date usage statistics which suggest that it’s a quite popular service:
All Time Stats:
Stripped NFOs: 73,476
Lines Removed: 6,567,910
Characters Stripped: 474,251,334
Time Used Stripping (Seconds): 3438.52535224
Average Reduction: 68.35%
-stats as of 13/10/2009
I don’t exactly know how the stripping engine works (whether it searches for lines composed with non English chars and removes them or if it uses algorithms to match character patterns commonly used in scene artwork). Either way it worked perfectly fine with the 4-5 NFO files I used to test the service. Artwork was removed and information was retained. Pretty cool stuff indeed.
[Click Here] to visit HeXagon’s Advanced NFO Stripper