ReplaceMagic requirements - what do I need to fix broken links in very performant way?

ReplaceMagic is very fast (see more over but to achieve great performance we recommend:

- When running ReplaceMagic we recommend that no other activities are done on that computer. This will give all hardware resources to ReplaceMagic. Of course, you can do parallel work but in that case hardware resources will be shared between ReplaceMagic and other applications

- As we process documents fully in memory, well surprise, memory is very important for ReplaceMagic. In simple words more is better as that will allow you to run more documents in parallel.
Like a rule of thumb we recommend that you run ReplaceMagic on computer with at least 8GB RAM. ReplaceMagic will run also on computers with less memory but you'll need to reduce number of parallel documents which will have performance impact.

At the end 8GB is today, more or less, standard and more and more computers have 16GB of RAM.

On our test computers with 16GB RAM we can process between 20 and 40 documents in parallel where on 8GB computer you can do only half (10-20 documents)

- Screen resolution - we recommend to use ReplaceMagic on computer with higher resolution than 1280x800.
In next version (4.0.9) we will reorganize screens a little so that layout works also in different font size groups (100%, 120%,...) but still 1280x800 is highly recommended and today with all high resolution screens this should not be a problem.

- CPU - like with memory more is better. Document processing can be very demending especially when you have multiple documents in parallel. Any modern computer will do the job but faster CPU means more documents in parallel meaning better performances

- Documents location - this one is also logical - if you try to fix broken links in documents and they are locally on your computer stored that will be faster compared with documents spread all over the network.

- Check for broken links - yes, we can check are links broken or not but this has price. Each link will be checked thus impacting processing performances. To accelerate as much as possible we are doing that in async-way but still, as there might be tons of links, this will have impact. Our recommendation is to enable that feature only if needed.

In case of any questions about ReplaceMagic do not hesitate to contact us over support(@)

ReplaceMagic performances or how fast can I fix broken links in documents?

Frequently we are getting questions like "... but how fast is ReplaceMagic?" or "How many documents can I process in one hour?" or "..." - simply think about any performance question and put it here.

Well, to make story short - ReplaceMagic is very fast, extremely fast :).

On my test computer with i7 CPU, 16Gb and fast SSD drive I can process (parallelization set to 10 documents at the same time) between 20 and 40 documents per second. Listen, I am talking about 72.000 to 144.000 documents per hour.

Here is small example - I did scan of documents to make snapshot of current situation:

- in total there were 1248 documents and it took 56 seconds to open, read content of each document and record data:

[Scan Documents] Processed: 1248 documents. Duration: 00:00:49.6910355. Max parallel documents: 10. Work completed!
Start: 26.09.2016 19:41:00
End: 26.09.2016 19:41:49
Total time: 49 seconds.
Total documents: 1248
Processed documents: 1248
Total number of Hyperlinks: 1372
Total number of OLE links: 798
Total number of Link Sources: 32
Total number of Pivot Tables: 2
Total number of Excel document(s): 10 with size of 3865kb
24 hyperlinks found in Excel documents
6 OLE links found in Excel documents
29 link sources found in Excel documents
2 pivot tables found in Excel documents
Total number of Word document(s): 32 with size of 9449kb
75 hyperlinks found in Word documents
276 OLE links found in Word documents
3 link sources found in Word documents
Total number of PowerPoint document(s): 133 with size of 96962kb
585 hyperlinks found in PowerPoint documents
516 OLE links found in PowerPoint documents
Total number of Visio document(s): 4 with size of 1091kb
2 hyperlinks found in Visio documents
Total number of Project document(s): 2 with size of 744kb
2 hyperlinks found in Project documents
Total number of PDF document(s): 1012 with size of 441653kb
683 hyperlinks found in PDF documents
55 documents were broken.
In total ~540Mb of files.

Is that fast? Well, we would says, yes, it is very fast.

ReplaceMagic is built for performances.
We helped our customers in fixing broken links of huge number of documents.
After checking real-life performances of one of our customers we got following:
"It processed 1.991.283 files and identified 75.521 with links. After the move few files link sources got changed from c:\users to x:\users so had to replace x:\users with c:\users.  Few files after the move the link source path got changed to x:\c instead of c: so had to replace x:\c with c:.

It took around 5.5 hrs to scan and then the replace was pretty quick as it was narrowed down to just one folder , so during the replace it had to traverse through just one big folder. That process was pretty quick a few minutes 10 -15 . "


When we translate that into documents/second we are on around 100 docs/second.


As customer had our Package2 license (you buy 2 licenses and can install ReplaceMagic on up to 5 computers, more over ReplaceMagic packages) so in case that they were running ReplaceMagic on 5 computers that is about 20 docs/second.


Of course, they were running it over network location so network time was also adding overhead.


Best is, of course, to test ReplaceMagic locally in your environment with your documents as each setup is different and has to be tested :).


In case of any questions do not hesitate to contact us over support(@)


Have fun,


ReplaceMagic team

ReplaceMagic - new version (4.0.8) just published

What is new:

  • Added option to control maximum memory available for ReplaceMagic processing. If you have 8Gb RAM and you specify that ReplaceMagic should not use more than 75% of available memory only 6Gb will be available for RM.
    In case that you opened already 25 documents in parallel and reached 6Gb limit (or just above) ReplaceMagic will not open new document as long as memory used by ReplaceMagic does not go below 6Gb.
    With this parameter we are ensuring that ReplaceMagic cannot use more than specified memory
  • Bug fixing - When you wanted to make changes of hyperlinks in Excel document if you tried to change hyperlink from UNC format to hyperlink in "drive" format during saving additional "file:" was added in some cases.
  • Continues improvement: Optimized processing of hyperlinks in Word documents
  • Cosmetic changes

ReplaceMagic - new version (4.0.7) just published

What is new:

  • Added possibility to set text alignment of master form progress bar
  • Start ReplaceMagic from command prompt with parameters set over configuration file
  • Feature to specify which type of links should be changed (hyperlinks, file links...)
  • Improved hyperlinks (URLs and file links) check
  • Added support for Visio VSDM, VSSM and VSTM file formats
  • Processing dashboard (after scan or after replacement process; this can be disabled/enabled over application configuration)
  • Added possibility to skip empty links (Word) - for example, table of content...
  • Added option to skip processing of TextToDisplay in PDF documents which will allow decrease of memory consumption
  • Minor bug fixing

We strongly recommend that you download latest version of ReplaceMagic to get all new features :)

ReplaceMagic - new version (4.0.6) just published

We just released new version 4.0.6 with a lot of changes:

If you click on button "Clear List" ReplaceMagic will ask if you are sure. This is included to avoid that processing results are deleted by mistake.

·    Processing summary is now moved completely at the end in Console view after BadFiles report
·    We extended ReplaceMagic with option to check are there new updates:

Currently this is manual process as you have to click but ultimate goal is to include automatic checks and that will follow.
· Added option to enable filtering (only Professional edition) in result grids. To set this go to Configuration => Enable filtering:

Filter options are:

  • Extended reporting to include per application type number of corresponding hyperlinks, OLE links, link source and pivot tables. For example:

    Total number of Excel document(s): 9 with size of 3855kb
    24 hyperlinks found in Excel documents
    6 OLE links found in Excel documents
    29 link sources found in Excel documents
    2 pivot tables found in Excel documents

·   Added parameter Wait X second(s) for threads to finish in Configuration - this parameter instructs ReplaceMagic to wait X seconds before it writes to Console summary about current processing. Without this parametar might happen that ReplaceMagic writes summary before processing is finished which will lead that some files are not included in summary.
·    Changed that during import search&replace and passwords strings if separator is not correct line will be skipped but all other lines will be imported. Before ReplaceMagic did not import anything.
·    Import Separator is used for Search&Replace and Password imports

·    In case that some documents cannot be opened ReplaceMagic was writting info about documents in console view or in log file. Now we extended result lists with additional tab "Additional Info" which will appear only if there are "bad documents". Of course, all information will be still written in console tab and logs like before:

·    In Scan Documents tab if you chose Export and then select "Single export file (all scan results split on different sheets)" ReplaceMagic will include also bad documents.
·    Extended changes in PDF documents to support LaunchAction parallel to changes of hyperlinks:

Launch action launches an application or opens or prints a document.

·    Added support for changes in Excel formulas:

·    Minor bug fixing...

ReplaceMagic - new version (4.0.5) just published

Hi all,

with this version we made a lot of changes.

  • Extended Scan Documents result table to show document extension, file size in bytes or kbytes or mbytes or gbytes. File size can be controlled over Configuration.
  • Scan Documents result table extended also with information about user template in Word documents (Template Name or Template Path) and in Powerpoint (Document Property.Application Template)
  • Also added DocumentExtension information
  • Enabled that in all result grids column position can be changed (simple drag-n-drop)
  • Over Configuration => Document Properties included option to control what document properties will be shown in Scan documents result table and included in results export
  • Search and replace extended to support changes in attached template in Word documents (only for attached templates) and also document property Application Template in case of Powerpoint documents
  • Changed layout of Search&Replace form
  • Extended processing of ReadOnly documents. To enable this go to Configuration => Processing and set Update ReadOnly files. If document is ReadOnly ReplaceMagic will remove this flag, make changes and set ReadOnly flag back afterwards
  • It is possible now to re-order result grid layout (Scan Documents, Hyperlinks, OLE links, Link Sources, Pivot Tables, Search & Replace). Just drag-n-drop columns
  • Newly adjusted column order will be saved and available next time when ReplaceMagic is opened
  • In case that you want to reset column order to original search for documents: gridFindDocumentsLayout.xml, gridHyperlinksLayout.xml, gridOLELinksLayout.xml, gridPivotTablesLayout.xml, gridLinkSourcesLayout.xml and/or gridSearchReplaceLayout.xml and delete them. Usually they are saved in c:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\Webtime Corporation\ReplaceMagic.Total 
  • Important: if you export results and then re-order columns import will not work properly. Please keep this in mind
  • Adjusted export always exportd results with same column order like in selected grid
  • In case of export of result in Scan Documents tab you have following new options:
    • Single export file (all scan information split on different sheets)
    • Single export file (all scan information merged in one sheets
  • Bug fixing when exporting Search&Replace string
  • New design of Search&Replace form to allow longer text fields
  • Extended ReplaceMagic Splash screen to show full application version
  • Improved performances of Powerpoint documents processing
  • Changed header titles in Scan Document results table
  • Fixed bug when opening password protected Project documents (documents were skipped)
  • Enforce memory cleanup added to Configuration => Configuration tab. This will enabled ReplaceMagic to do memory cleanup every 100 documents. Otherwise Windows will decide when to make garbage collection and free used memory.

As  you can see a lot of changes. Download latest version and let us know your feedback.

ReplaceMagic - new version (4.0.4) just published

New version of ReplaceMagic is just published (ver. 4.0.4).
New in 4.0.4:
  • Improved processing of hyperlinks in Word documents
  • Improved processing of PDF documents
As always to download latest ReplaceMagic version click HERE

ReplaceMagic - new version (4.0.3) just published

New version of ReplaceMagic is just published (ver. 4.0.3).
New in 4.0.3:

  • Bug fix for changes on hyperlinks in Word documents (case of UNC and file links)
As always to download latest ReplaceMagic version click HERE

ReplaceMagic - new version (4.0.2) just published

New version of ReplaceMagic is just published (ver. 4.0.2).
New in 4.0.2:

  • ReplaceMagic extended to support Windows Shortcuts
  • Improved regular expressions usage for all supported applications
  • Improved check does hyperlink exist
  • Bug fixing in search hyperlinks in Word documents
As always to download latest ReplaceMagic version click HERE


ReplaceMagic.LNK made it also

We are proud to say that last of ReplaceMagic supported applications (support for Windows Shortcuts) was finally converted to new application (same like ReplaceMagic for Office and PDF).

Now you can use all advantages of modern design, multi-threading/multiple document processing to make changes in your Windows shortcuts.

ReplaceMagic can help with automatic changes for following Windows Shortcut (LNK) areas: working directory, target path, hot key, icon location, comment and arguments.

Download now ReplaceMagic.LNK and make changes in your Windows shortcuts.


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