VEDIT can translate almost any EBCDIC file, from simple to complex. We've never found one it couldn't translate, and we've been at it since the late 1990s. VEDIT is an easy-to-use file editor that includes a huge library of macros. If you don't already have VEDIT, download the free 30-day trial here and install it.
EBCDIC files without packed-decimal fields are quickly and easily translated to ASCII by the standard VEDIT package. If your file has packed fields, simply add the Level 2, 3 or 4 EBCDIC converter. The Deluxe version includes a free 30-day trial of the optional Level 2 EBCDIC Converter that you can run in the interface or in batch mode.
Translate the file from EBCDIC to ASCII and optionally format it in a few simple steps.
That's it! Your EBCDIC file is now in ASCII! You can also format the file so it's easier to read in Windows. See below.
If the original EBCDIC file had fixed-length records without end-of-record characters, you may want to add an ASCII Newline (Carriage Return and Line Feed) to the end of each record so Windows / DOS programs can more easily read it.
The file should now be much more readable. Don't forget to save it.
You can also use VEDIT to translate an ASCII file to EBCDIC:
The EBCDIC translation table is built into VEDIT. However, for custom needs you can modify the EBCDIC.TBL file and then load the revised EBCDIC translation table into VEDIT. This supports various International code-pages for both ASCII and EBCDIC.
Since IBM PC ASCII and EBCDIC have somewhat different character sets, not all characters will translate without problems.
Try the Level-2 conversion package free for 30 days. It is included with the VEDIT for Windows trial version and is fully functional, but will only convert the first 5000 packed, zoned or binary fields in a file.