Restorator is a Bome flagship product and has been used for resource editing since 1997. Continuous development based on user feedback made this application the leader in application customization software.
Look at the tutorials to see how easy your task has become.
What are Resources?
Restorator modifies resources. Resources are application-dependant data that the respective programmer includes in his program. Inside the program file they are separated from the program itself and therefore may be changed. This is the technical condition to create custom applications.
In the file, resources are organized in a tree : The first level defines the resource type (Bitmap, Icon, etc.) and the second level defines the name of the resource (”MainIcon”, “SplashScreen”, etc.).
Windows provides some standard resource types whereas other resource types may be defined by the programmer and are displayed by Restorator in upper case (e.g. resource type “AVI” – see the search tutorial ).
The .res file has been standardized, allowing you to save all resources in one file. Restorator includes full support for creating/editing/opening/saving res files.
It is possible for one resource to be stored multiple times for different languages. If this is the case, Restorator adds a level in the tree with the language. (For example, on my system the file “WinNTSystem32comctl32.dll” (NT/2000/XP) or “WindowsSystemcomctl32.dll” (95/98/ME) has Strings and Dialogs in different la
View and edit resources
Browse through your resources and edit them either in Restorator itself, or using applications you can integrate into Restorator’s tool menu.[list of supported resource types]
WYSIWYG dialog editing
You can edit dialogs with your mouse on the screen. Move the dialog elements, resize and re-label them with immediate results and full control. Essential feature for translating applications. [screenshot] [tutorial]
Add multilingual support to your applications
You can add several languages to a single application. Your application will automatically start with the correct language, i.e. the default Windows language. Multilingual support can be added by just using Restorator. You can not only translate applications, but also add languages! [screenshot][tutorial]
Release automated modifications – ResPatcher *)
Using ResPatcher you can create a small executable file that will re-do your changes, enabling you to customize any application and share it with others. You can customize applications like Internet Explorer and AOL Instant Messenger and share the modifications with your friends. [screenshot][tutorial]
Grab resources in PE files from anywhere on your hard drive *)
Grab resources on your hard drive. This tool will find resources wherever they hide (for example, look for all cursors on your drive and save a lot of manual work). [screenshot][tutorial]
Locating elements in resources
Are you looking for a specific resource in a program? No problem — the resource finder will do it! [screenshot][tutorial]
Edit and update resource files that are in use
Restorator can cause files to be replaced at system boot time, allowing you to modify resources within files used by Windows. [screenshot]
Link resource editing tools
Define your own tools to edit sounds, images, and other resources. Easily launch your favorite image editor to edit a BMP image.
Resource View Modes
View resources in different modes. In the Default Mode you can listen to audio, look at images and find all resources that need translation. In Hexdump Mode you get access to the raw data. In the RC Resource Mode you see the resource entry in standard RC format.
Insert resources in .exe or .res files. Added resources are particularly useful for your created .res or .dcr files, or if you want to add custom resources to your own projects. This feature also allows you to add formats/resolutions to icons and cursors. [screenshot]
Does your compiler creates useless resources? Want to strip debug information from the resources? Want to shrink the size of the executable file? Now you can: remove resources with Restorator!
Open upx-compressed files seamlessly in Restorator: upon loading, the file is automatically uncompressed.
Command line support
With the command line parameters, you can execute Restorator conveniently from a batch program, for automated execution. It is also possible to incorporate Restorator or a ResPatch into installation programs (like InstallShield) to automate resource patching during installation. [see the parameter list in the manual]
Extract all resources
You can extract all resources of an application. [tutorial]
In the online discussion forum, users can interchange know-how, tricks and their experiences. This is the recommended way to get help for specific problems.
The Bome team is active in the forums and makes sure that everybody’s request will be satisfied.
Still can’t solve your problem? Contact us by email with the contact form!
Email support is reserved for licensed users (i.e. only if you have purchased Restorator).
Here are some original statements that users made about Restorator.
“Looks FANTASTIC so far [...] Keep up the wonderful work.” Alex W.
“You've got an excellent product.” Max C.
“Well.. I liked restorator so much that I have devoted a personal site to it.... Thanks and keep up the good work!!!!!” Rastaman
“Great program by the way. This will really help me in my studies.” Paul M.
“Thanks for the great program I am very pleased with it.” Tony C.
“I bow to you. I have been editing using a hex editor for all my programs, and projects before. When I found yours I was just simply amazed at what you did.” Darren H.
“Restorator has saved me.. The simplicity of your program to extract the exe files, has now made it to a point that I am able to debug faster with more accuacy then ever before.” Darren H.
“Tell you the truth, Delphi was my one greatest fear until I started using your program I began to understand and like Delphi better than Visual Basic.” Darren H.
“You have an AWESOME product.” Dan C.
“I think it is remarkable to think someone out here in our WORLD has thought of doing such a wonderful program.... I really think this is a wonderful product... I am going to start customizing all my software.... [...] Had I been in your shoes I don't think I would have developed such a versatile Tool. This program is GREAT!” Dan C.
“Your program is one of the few out there that are in my shareware/freeware elite group.” Suislide
“Wow - I am REALLY impressed with Restorator so far [...] all-in-all it looks REALLY neat so far. So many features!” dr0ne b0y
“I think Restorator is a very perfect program, with this program i can now do all the things I used to dream of!! [...] from you we always got quality.[...]” Michael. (A happy user)
“I think your Restorator is a nice piece of software and therefore I purchased the license [...]” Petr S.
“We have a slightly older application where it's much easier to change the image resources with a good resource editor than to always play around in the C++ project. [...]” Michael B.
“The deciding factor for Restorator was the comfortable handling of *.res files for the import of modified resources.” Michael B.
“In a word - Restorator is the useful and helpful tool for a developer. Thank you for your work.” Vitaly
“After purchasing your software and using it for a while, I think it is really good. I's way better than the old resource editor software that I'm using [...]” Carlo T.
“Your program is very useful for me, I'm glad to find a program like that. Before, I was using Dot.Net and Visual Studio for resource editing but because of their several bugs most of the time I had to reprepare the same dialogs many times.” Ozgur B.
“I am delighted with Restorator: It has made the function of updating my internal resources infinitely simpler..... against running the traditional resource compiler along with a boat load of resources.” Andre J.
“Thanks for the wonderful tool you have created for us French-Canadian amongst others.” Claude L.
“Restorator is by far one of the best products out on the net that allows a user to expand not only an understanding of an application, but allows the user to change and correct missing source code applications with great ease.” Darren H.
“[...] thanks for Restorator, a grand editor.” Konrad M.
“It sports a built-in file system viewer (sort of Windows Explorer-like) and can open multiple files simultaneously, which lets you drag resources from one file to another. How cool is that?” Mark Gibbs, Network World editor - Read the full review
“But we found an even better (although admittedly not free) resource-editing tool for extracting, replacing and doing other exciting things with images, icons, dialogs, menus, and text in executables and Dynamic Link Libraries [than Res Hacker].” Mark Gibbs, Network World editor - Read the full review
“Thank you for the (always) quick response and thanks for putting out a great program.” John C.
“Restorator is a not-so-complex, but SO-damn-useful piece of software [...]” 3d2f software directory - Read the full review on 3d2f.com
“This is an excellent utility and at $70 is well worth the price.” Mark Gibbs, Network World editor
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