Beyond Compare Review
October 04, 2019

Beyond Compare Review

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Beyond Compare

This product is mainly used by a select number of people at my company, those that have a specific need to look at configurations for system setup. It is extremely useful for looking at any file type to determine what the differences are and quickly pinpoint lines that are not consistent. It is also used to validate registry settings between production systems.
  • 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.
  • The time savings of looking through two nearly identical files can be great, especially during an incident where the time to resolution is critical.
  • Notepad++
Notepad++ is the only other product I have seen that has something similar to what Beyond Compare specializes. While Notepad++ can perform the same type of function, it is not nearly as robust or as easy to navigate as beyond compare. It is well worth the investment for the time savings it allows.
I have never needed support for this product other than learning how to use a new feature I was not familiar with. User forums and user groups that have used this product for their own purposes have always sufficed for anything that I needed help using with the product. Some of the features could be a little better outlined, but overall very easy to use.

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File compare between configurations of differing systems is where this program shines and can reduce what would normally take many minutes or hours to show exactly where the differences are located. It is especially nice if you don't centrally manage servers to identify registry settings remotely on two servers and not have to expand all the keys manually but go right to where the problem is located.