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BeyondCompare is a utility for comparing different version of documents and seeing the differences. It also allows changes to be merged and synchronized.BeyondCompare ReviewWe used BeyondCompare to compare the text file, which was related to two different versions of the application code. It was a very easy tool to compare both the files and folders. Both developers and testers were using that tool for comparison. By using this tool, we were able to save time by identifying the difference easily or else it would have been a tedious task to go through each and every line of code to check the difference between the previous and current version of the file.,Identifies the difference/similarity between the content of the two text files Compares the content of the folder and displays the similar and different files Other than normal text files, can even compare images, audio and video files It also supports Folder Synchronization to perform website updates and backup tasks Previous session details can be saved which will be helpful to view our previous activities,Comparison of large files and folders takes a bit more time to compare, yet it's a powerful tool Need to take care with spaces and newline characters in the text file if not the comparison may return unexpected results. Sometimes the context menu option to select file for comparison disappears when installing and uninstalling the lower and higher versions of the software Along with the licensed version of the tool, if a free version was also available with a few basic features it would have helped a lot for a large number of users,9,BeyondCompare saved the time in searching the difference of the file content along with accuracy and also supports editing files directly BeyondCompare supported Folder Synchronization and remote server comparison, which further saved the time and effort. One licence can be installed on multiple operating systems Customer service is nice and helpful in resolving our queries,Code Compare,Code Compare,50Try BeyondCompare or continue living in BCBeyondCompare was used by our development team mostly as a diff tool for use with Git version control. It is a far better solution than the default mergetool utility included with Git and makes handling difficult merges easier to deal with.,Ability to compare files, directories, FTP sites, cloud storage (Dropbox, OneDrive, Amazon S3, Subversion and WebDAV) and archive files (tar, gzip, bzip2, Microsoft CAB, WinRAR, Zip, 7-zip, and IMG/ISO disk images). 3-way text merging. Allows you to see the original file, the remote version and your local version all at the same time to reconcile differences. Ability to synchronize folders. Can be configured to work with version control systems. Works on Windows, Linux and OS X.,The interface can be a little overwhelming at first. During a 3-way merge, BC does not make it obvious which files are which so it gets confusing at times.,9,Saves time by making merging easier Saves money by having less errors merging,BeyondCompare is Beyond CompareIn our department of web coders, data entry and graphic design, we use it for everything from comparing code to massive spreadsheets. We can compare almost any file types and entire folders of files. We we receive documents from multiple sources we can easily combine them using BeyondCompare saving us countless hours or going line by line. The highlighted areas of the display make is simple to see where the differences are and move directly to them.,Being able to switch between seeing the entire document to just seeing the differences is very helpful when dealing with large amounts of copy. The ability to set the grammatical elements to compare also saves time and effort. Sessions are great and can be sued to save and reuse an important compare you've done and retain the settings and rules you applied. Accessing documents from the right-click menu is invaluable, quick launch of the program with your files loaded and ready to compare. BC has a large number of file formats you can compare and the ability to change document formats or create your own is a plus.,Every once in a while there are serious alignment issues in BeyondCompare and it is hard to see exactly where everything lines up but you can choose the "align to" to compare important differences as blocks of added and deleted text rather than changed text. It is difficult to select and or move blocks of copy when BC breaks them up into sections that are not the same on both the right and left sides. You usually have to manually select the row or rows you want to move. Sometimes when a file is changed outside of Beyond Compare it does not update or recognize it and overwrites or eliminates any changes made. This may be a PC memory issue but I am not sure as it does happen occasionally.,10,We can quickly and easily compare files and folders on our local as well as networked drives. Some of our web services are on Amazon S3, BeyondCompare can also work in these directories to help us sync them up. We do not have any versioning applications employed at this time so BC is a vital tool to help us keep our files and folders up to date.,kdif and winmerge,Adobe Acrobat DC, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office 365BeyondCompare is the best!We use BeyondCompare to compare code files and config files changes while developing software. It is being used across the organization for code comparison needs. It helps to resolve any code-merge conflicts.,Compare code written by others. Resolve any potential conflicts that may arise during software development.,I do not see any cons.,9,It makes a software developer's life easier.,,IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, Skype for Business
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May 25, 2018

"BeyondCompare Review"

Score 9 out of 10
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We used BeyondCompare to compare the text file, which was related to two different versions of the application code. It was a very easy tool to compare both the files and folders. Both developers and testers were using that tool for comparison. By using this tool, we were able to save time by identifying the difference easily or else it would have been a tedious task to go through each and every line of code to check the difference between the previous and current version of the file.
  • Identifies the difference/similarity between the content of the two text files
  • Compares the content of the folder and displays the similar and different files
  • Other than normal text files, can even compare images, audio and video files
  • It also supports Folder Synchronization to perform website updates and backup tasks
  • Previous session details can be saved which will be helpful to view our previous activities
  • Comparison of large files and folders takes a bit more time to compare, yet it's a powerful tool
  • Need to take care with spaces and newline characters in the text file if not the comparison may return unexpected results.
  • Sometimes the context menu option to select file for comparison disappears when installing and uninstalling the lower and higher versions of the software
  • Along with the licensed version of the tool, if a free version was also available with a few basic features it would have helped a lot for a large number of users
BeyondCompare is one of the best-suited tools to compare the contents of the file and it's more useful for developers where they can use it to find the differences in coding between the different versions of the file. It can be used to compare other file types (images, audio & video), FTP server comparison and the folders, which is very useful. Also, the folder synchronization feature is very nice and useful.

But, when the file / folder size is large, the comparison using BeyondCompare takes bit more time and performance could be improved.
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Joseph Tozzi profile photo
May 22, 2018

Review: "Try BeyondCompare or continue living in BC"

Score 9 out of 10
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BeyondCompare was used by our development team mostly as a diff tool for use with Git version control. It is a far better solution than the default mergetool utility included with Git and makes handling difficult merges easier to deal with.
  • Ability to compare files, directories, FTP sites, cloud storage (Dropbox, OneDrive, Amazon S3, Subversion and WebDAV) and archive files (tar, gzip, bzip2, Microsoft CAB, WinRAR, Zip, 7-zip, and IMG/ISO disk images).
  • 3-way text merging. Allows you to see the original file, the remote version and your local version all at the same time to reconcile differences.
  • Ability to synchronize folders.
  • Can be configured to work with version control systems.
  • Works on Windows, Linux and OS X.
  • The interface can be a little overwhelming at first.
  • During a 3-way merge, BC does not make it obvious which files are which so it gets confusing at times.
BeyondCompare is great for handling file differences for a large variety of file types. It is indispensable as a merge tool for version control systems, especially when dealing with difficult merges. And it also serves as an archive utility as it allows for the synchronization of folders.
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November 28, 2017

User Review: "BeyondCompare is Beyond Compare"

Score 10 out of 10
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In our department of web coders, data entry and graphic design, we use it for everything from comparing code to massive spreadsheets. We can compare almost any file types and entire folders of files. We we receive documents from multiple sources we can easily combine them using BeyondCompare saving us countless hours or going line by line. The highlighted areas of the display make is simple to see where the differences are and move directly to them.
  • Being able to switch between seeing the entire document to just seeing the differences is very helpful when dealing with large amounts of copy. The ability to set the grammatical elements to compare also saves time and effort.
  • Sessions are great and can be sued to save and reuse an important compare you've done and retain the settings and rules you applied.
  • Accessing documents from the right-click menu is invaluable, quick launch of the program with your files loaded and ready to compare.
  • BC has a large number of file formats you can compare and the ability to change document formats or create your own is a plus.
  • Every once in a while there are serious alignment issues in BeyondCompare and it is hard to see exactly where everything lines up but you can choose the "align to" to compare important differences as blocks of added and deleted text rather than changed text.
  • It is difficult to select and or move blocks of copy when BC breaks them up into sections that are not the same on both the right and left sides. You usually have to manually select the row or rows you want to move.
  • Sometimes when a file is changed outside of Beyond Compare it does not update or recognize it and overwrites or eliminates any changes made. This may be a PC memory issue but I am not sure as it does happen occasionally.
it is perfect for comparing programming and development code. It handles many types of these files, .html, .php, .js, etc. You can even compare two InDesign files for differences. We deal with large amounts of XML data and BC easily helps us look at them and combine their contents eliminating any duplications.
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May 16, 2018

User Review: "BeyondCompare is the best!"

Score 9 out of 10
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We use BeyondCompare to compare code files and config files changes while developing software. It is being used across the organization for code comparison needs. It helps to resolve any code-merge conflicts.
  • Compare code written by others.
  • Resolve any potential conflicts that may arise during software development.
  • I do not see any cons.
Resolving code merge conflict scenarios.
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BeyondCompare is a utility for comparing different version of documents and seeing the differences. It also allows changes to be merged and synchronized.

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