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What is Beyond Compare?

Beyond Compare from Scooter Software headquartered in Madison 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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BeyondCompare is a powerful tool that is widely used in software development organizations for code diffing and file comparison. Users …
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Beyond Compare

10 out of 10
January 18, 2020
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As far as I know, Beyond Compare is used in the Engineering Department. It makes our life easier to compare multiple files or directories. …
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Gets the job done

8 out of 10
October 04, 2019
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We use it to compare files and make sure they match exactly in terms of content and format. This allows us to be confident when we make a …
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What is Beyond Compare?

Beyond Compare from Scooter Software headquartered in Madison 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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Beyond Compare from Scooter Software headquartered in Madison is a utility for comparing different version of documents and seeing the differences. It also allows changes to be merged and synchronized.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 9.2.

The most common users of Beyond Compare are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Bushra Mansoor | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Highlight specific lines, quickly copy/merge diff lines at a click of a button
  • Allows you to have diff/merge in the same window.
  • Compare large folders with multiple files, have a summary of differences.
  • Freeware is not available, we have to buy the license after 30 days.
  • Syntax highlight for well known programming languages should be provided i.e. Java, C#, C++
  • Sometimes slows down when working with huge files
January 18, 2020

Beyond Compare

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Compare files, directories.
  • Integration to the Visual Studio Source Explorer and Microchip MPLAB X IDE.
  • It could do a better job in comparing .CSV or Excel files.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Ease of use - simply utilize standard folders to select each of the files to utilize for comparison.
  • Once files are selected the software does the work - cross checking equivalent rows between the two files
  • Highlights errors in red to easily troubleshoot discrepancies in the files
  • For date formatting discrepancies the software does not automatically mark the dates as equivalent; for instance ‘2019/10/15’ vs. ‘15-OCT-2019’. This would be considered a difference.
  • The columns/report must be ordered similarly. If extra data is available in one file, it should be removed or extra rows will be marked as differences.
  • For spreadsheet comparison, the user must save the file on the proper tab and then “recompare” within the tool. There is no way to switch between sheets in the software.
October 04, 2019

Beyond Compare Review

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • It allows for scrolling through both documents at the same line level meaning you are not required to skip between files to look at what is different between the two.
  • A comparison between registry hives can easily pinpoint issues for hundreds and thousands of records.
  • Tabbing can allow for multiple compares to take place at the same time.
  • Some of the more advanced features of doing binary compare are a bit tedious to get right, but this is a very nitpicky problem to have.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • It's the best FTP and SCP file transfer client we found. It's fast, rock-solid, and has never let us down.
  • We can compare huge file trees quickly. The filtering (diffs, orphans, sort order) is extremely powerful. We can locate minor file differences quickly.
  • Rule-based comparison helps by eliminating minor differences in JPG image headers, text file line endings, MP3 metadata, etc.
  • The ability to install in portable mode is a key feature for IT support work.
  • Mac, PC, and Linux versions are available.
  • The native decoding of file metadata (MP3, image formats) is very powerful.
  • The tabbed interface allows multiple operations to run simultaneously.
  • I often need to exclude folders or files from the comparison. Currently, the fastest way is to right-click and then pick "exclude" from the context menu. Having the ability to multi-select folders and then exclude the group would be nice.
  • Sometimes we need to verify MD5 and SHA256 fingerprints, and this would be a nice enhancement within the tool.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Text File Comparisons - Beyond Compare provides multiple views into comparing files against each other, and can even do 3-way comparisons.
  • Text File Merging - Beyond Compare can help the user merge two differing files into a single cohesive file encompassing all changes. It also does a good job of highlighting merge conflicts before a user conducts a merge.
  • File structure comparison - Beyond Compare can compare two directory structures on disk and identify the differences in the file lists between them. This is incredibly handy for installer development.
  • Outdated user interface - Beyond Compare's interface looks relatively old - with low-res icons and text defaults that remind you it was probably written 15 years ago.
  • Beyond Compare integrates with version control systems on the command line, but I'd like the ability to invoke version control from within the GUI as well.
  • This is going to be a silly complaint - but I'm having a hard time coming up with any other "cons" for Beyond Compare - I've never liked its icon. Why is there a tire in it?
Anthony Aziz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Compares more than just text files.
  • Extensive compare and merge functionality, eg. ability to adjust side-by-side lines.
  • Can save common comparisons for re-use or sharing.
  • No easy integration with IDEs.
  • No syntax highlighting or other useful editing tools.
Richard Davies | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Compare two files or directories and easily see what's the same or different between the two sources.
  • Synchronize changes between two files or directories.
  • Be able to ignore insignificant differences such as code comments, minor timestamp differences, or certain file types, such as temporary files.
  • It could make it easier to compare more than two sources.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Comparing two configuration text files side-by-side is a snap. BeyondCompare quickly and clearly shows each and every line of text that differs between the two. That makes it very easy to see, for example, if someone modified a config file, or if a URL is wrong, etc.
  • When comparing two files that are lengthy, BeyondCompare has this wonderful feature that allows you to clear out all the clutter and see only the lines that differ. What a huge help!
  • Need to compare the contents of one folder with the contents of another folder? Easy peasy! BeyondCompare to the rescue.
  • If you want to merge the contents of two or more folders, again with BeyondCompare it is a snap. Drag-and-drop the folders into BeyondCompare and ba-da-bing you've solved your issue.
  • Want to keep the contents between folders synchronized? What a headache to have to do that manually, and often only because we forget, "Oh. Yeah! I modified that file last week and forgot to synchronize it with my target folder." BeyondCompare to the rescue. Folder sync is also a snap.
  • Want to merge the text content of two or more files? Good luck with doing that manually. Use BeyondCompare!
  • There are several operations that one can do with BeyondCompare, but the icons for them are all on one line, so you have to scroll (using a> on the sides of the screen) to see the next six options. It would be nicer if one could have them in a grid and move them around so they're in the order you want.
  • I'm not a big fan of the "Auto-saved" sessions feature because I don't generally keep coming back to the same files. I'm all over the network looking at configuration files and those that I place temporarily on my desktop. At least they created a relatively simple right-click, clear contents option so I can get rid of the session's clutter.
  • I would especially like to have an ability to have BeyondCompare open on one monitor and have it interact with content in a remote desktop session that is open on a second monitor, like being able to drag and drop content from the RDP session to BeyondCompare would be amazing.
Mathieu Gaouette | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • The ability to compare whole directory structure is really nice and time saving. This allows to quickly identify at the file level what matches and what doesn't. You can then move into each file to see what is different.
  • When comparing files, you can go through changes and for each of them decides if you want to apply a file's version of that different line to the other one. When promoting changes, this allows you to go through the changes one more time by promoting each "delta" one by one.
  • Can connect to servers to compare remote files. This was a great benefit for us.
  • It would be nice to compare more than 2 sources. Not a common problem but sometimes we can have several versions of a script and it would be nice to quickly get a report of which of these are identical.
  • The ability to specify custom characters to ignore by folder/file could be helpful but I have to say that it is more a "nice to have" than an actual problem.
Cristian Bodnarasec | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Finds and shows the differences between files quickly and accurately
  • Allows you to update either file(merge) when the difference is found, just by clicking on the arrows
  • Folder comparison is one of the most useful features for software developers
  • The integration with the mouse right click menu is extremely helpful
  • The User Interface could use a big uplift. It is old looking, people will prefer something more modern.
  • A little slow when comparing folders that have many files or large file sizes
  • Sometimes when the differences between files are caused by moving text, it is difficult for the tool to identify that, and it is a pain for the user to merge the files.
  • As in most comparison tools, the alignment can cause some issues, by showing too many differences between files which are caused by the alignment.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Comparing database objects between test and production.
  • Comparing different versions of the code.
  • Clearly highlighting just the differences between text blocks.
  • Migration of differences from one source to another.
  • Copy and paste from spreadsheets, code editors, just about anything.
  • Don't love the printing options. They could be improved.
  • I haven't been able to figure out how to compare more than 2 objects at a time. Yes, that could be difficult, but it would come in handy once in a while.
  • Wish it had code editor formatting built-in, though these are all wishlist items. None of this is advertised by the product.
Hernán Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Folder diffing. It allows you to see differences in deeply nested folder structures.
  • File diffing. It allows you to see differences in files no matter their complexity.
  • Diffing rules. It allows you to set rules to include/exclude files, folders and lines from your comparison.
  • Probably the only thing that might require improvement is syntax hightlighting on code files, the feature is in my opinion very basic and requires you to install or fine tune syntax hightlighting languages that usually lack precission in rules, attributes, names.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
Ralph Vanore | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
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