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Beyond Compare allows you to quickly and easily compare your files and folders. By using simple, powerful commands you can focus on the differences you're interested in and ignore those you're not. You can then merge the changes, synchronize your files, and generate reports for your records.

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"Excellent tool to compare files and folders"

What do you like best?

Beyond Compare is a tool that allows you to compare different types of files such as images and Mmp3, it is not limited to just text files.

is able to buy complete folders making the work much easier, without having to buy file by file, it has a very friendly graphical interface and allows to change data between the folders that are comparing only with a click.

The program is quite intuitive because it marks any differences between files by means of colors.

What do you dislike?

There is no significant defect, the only thing is that it takes a while to analyze large files, the rest fulfills all its functions

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

has helped the company a lot since it is an ideal tool to see what changes have been made in a code file and gives you the possibility of returning it to how it was previously

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"Buena herramienta para comparar archivos y carpetas"

What do you like best?

Rápido e intuitivo. Me evita tener que comparar archivos uno a uno, muy intuitivo, además tarda muy poco en hacer el proceso de comparación.

Beyond Compare es un excelente programa para sincronizar distintos PCs. Lo que más me gusta es que Beyond Compare soporta FTP y reglas de exclusión por lo que siempre puedo tener sincronizados el servidor local con el online.

Permite localizar rápidamente las diferencias (resaltándolas) y realizar los cambios pertinentes en cada uno de los ficheros analizados. Además se puede acceder de forma rápida a dichas diferencias mediante una columna a la izquierda de la pantalla (esta opción es muy útil cuando se comparan ficheros muy grandes).

What do you dislike?

No he notado ningún defecto significativo que me disguste. Cumple todos los tipos de usos que puedo tener de un software de comparación.

Eso sí, los archivos grandes tardan un poco en procesarse y en detectar diferencias. Hay que tener cuidado con los espacios y las nuevas líneas.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Beyond Compare ofrece una versión de prueba gratuita, por lo que realmente no hay riesgo de probarlo.

Hay muchas herramientas de comparación por ahí: la utilizo todos los días y definitivamente hace el trabajo por mí. El precio también es muy razonable.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Comparación de código y comparación de archivos binarios. Me ayuda a comparar el código fuente entre modificado y no modificado. Esta herramienta de comparación también puede ayudar a comparar archivos binarios.

Como desarrollador es muy útil ya que puedes comparar con la implementación anterior para ver qué salió mal y corregirla fácilmente.

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"A smooth and seamless comparator"

What do you like best?

The range of features that even a free version of BeyondCompare offers is quite splendid. I like the fact that they offer support for a wide range of file extensions. So beyond code comparison, it even compares photographs, which is a feat.

What do you dislike?

I haven't noticed any significant flaw that makes me dislike it. It fulfills all types of uses that I can have from a comparison software.

But yes, large files take a while to process and detect differences. Have to be careful about spaces and new lines.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have business problems which are around peer code review, or which need you to find differences in code, then Scooter Software's Beyond Compare tool is the ultimate free tool in the market.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It saves me a ton amount of time. I need code comparison in Salesforce, as the same code is being accessed by more than one person at any given time. This means before I commit my code, I first check it with a copy of the existing code to see, If I am only committing my own changes. Without BeyondCompare, I cannot imagine how this would have been possible.

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"Saves your time in merge and compare"

What do you like best?

Saves a lot of files when merging contents from one file to another. Compares very large size files very quick. Binary comparison is best in comparing large file contents without taking any time. Provides options to chose each individual file for differences. Context menu option to select a folder/directory for comparison. Very wide scope of file types under its comparison. Compares program files, text, xml, xsl, and It even can compare bigger excel if needed.

What do you dislike?

After some installs of higher version and lower version together, Context menu option to select file for comparison disappears. This only comes when you uninstall both the versions and install again.

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Very effective remedy for comparison for changes done in a file. It makes you feel it's worth just after few days of using it. Nice software!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Saves your time in comparing for the changes done in a file. Very quick and accurate comparison.

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"The Gold Standard in File Compare Tools"

What do you like best?

As a software developer, I'm comparing and merging files pretty much on a daily basis. I've tried many others (mostly free ones) and decided this one was more than worth the money. Beyond Compare (BC) lets you compare folders and/or files for differences and allows in-place merging of files. The interface is intuitive and assists you in looping through the differences.

What do you dislike?

I haven't run into anything that really jumps out at me as a problem. I'm sure I don't use BC to it's fullest potential -- there are many other file type comparisons that I don't use (MP3 compare, picture compare, registry compare, etc).

Recommendations to others considering the product:

There are many comparison tools out there -- I use this one every day and it definitely does the job for me. The pricing is also very reasonable.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Perform peer code reviews is a big chunk of my job -- seeing the before & after is absolutely critical. We use Team Foundation Server as our source code repository, but instead of using the internal code compare/merge tool, I have it launch BC. Once you get comfortable with the interface, it really speeds up these compare/merge tasks.

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"Beyond Compare is critical for web developers"

What do you like best?

Beyond Compare is the best directory file comparison tool I've found. It has been a critical tool for developing software and websites for me and my company for years.

Things I love:

* Clean User Interface

* Directory Comparison

* Compare with a remote FTP server

* Compare the contents of files in a directory compare

* Ability to compare images and other binary formats

* Save past sessions to quickly pick up where you left off

The price is reasonable and the product has always worked great without any bugs or issues. Licensing is straightforward and it is very easy to try out with their free trial.

What do you dislike?

This is understandable, but in large directories the comparison can take a significant amount of time. I wish it was a bit faster. Other than that, its great.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Beyond Compare offers a free trial so there is really no risk to trying it out. I believe the trial is 30 days or perhaps even 30 days of actual use. Download it and give it a whirl.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Beyond Compare to:

* Sync source code

* Find missing files between services

* Download content to local that is out of sync

* Compare files

* Compare directories

Basically, its used to find issues, merge files, and deploy files on occasion.

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"Good tool to compare files and folders"

What do you like best?

This is a good solid program with solid performance; through the use of plug-ins one can compare a lot of different file types.

Fast, well designed with great icons, easy to set up and use, ftps supported, image compare feature, content difference highlighting with document map.

What do you dislike?

The major flaw for me is that the program does not allow word-wrapping. While a lot of users may be coders, I use it for text comparisons of bills and legislative enactments, and inability to word-wrap seems like a strange limitation. I would also like it if the reports would generate cleaner HTML code.

Reaching explorer right click menu on the files list needs too many clicks. Could be better.

Settings hard to figure out.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great compare tool.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Code comparing and binary files comparing, it helps me debug software. It helps me compare the source code between modified and unmodified. This compare tool also can help compare binary images. it can compare the correct binary and failing binary, then I can locate the failing position in binary and turn back to de-assemble the binary and find the root cause of the source code. The tool really help engineer works really. I will recommend this tool to my college.

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"A great software to compare codes"

What do you like best?

Beyond Compare is a data comparison software. Apart from normally comparing different files, the program is capable of doing side-by-side comparison of links, directories, File Transfer Protocol and SFTP directories, as well as archives. It is available for almost all platforms like Windows, Mac OS, and Linux operating systems. A strength of Beyond Compare is that it can be configured as to control mergetools as well like Git. It's very easy to compare and change the files in a user friendly way. It is fast and also very light software. It is definitely an advanced file and folder comparison tool that can be used to compare files and folders, files stored in different folders, on different drives, online, before merging the changes you want to keep. It is easier to synchronize the files and use them in an easy way. The help feature was quite complete and easy to read, explained most of the functions of the program in an easy and understanding way. It is overwhelming and a great software, but we should we able to use it properly through help feature.

What do you dislike?

There are not many things to dislike the software, but there should be free version of Beyond Compare with some essential and basic tools to analyze. It should be having some basic requirements.

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It's a really good software if you want to compare your code with easy ways and quickly.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a developer I work on the files as they need to be transferred to a server as well as while solving issues or bugs, I like to compare my previous deployment to see what went bad and correct it easily.

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"Very Fast Comparison and Merge Tool"

What do you like best?

Multi tab results. Very fast and efficient comparison of entire directory/folders using different comparison methods CRC, binary, Rule based comparison. Take only few seconds to complete the binary or text comparison. Compare all kinds of files like text, Programming files like C, C#, VB etc. Works as third party comparison tool for source controls like SVN and supports these tools in merging the code indirectly. Gives lot of options to perform on comparison window.

What do you dislike?

It needs manual inspection for any complicated and unorganised text. Does not compare dlls and sql table data very efficiently.

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Beyond compare has given us strong efficiency and solved the previous the problems completely.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Code merge and comparison has become a lot easier than the svn comparison.

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"Excellent Tool"

What do you like best?

This tool has lots of features that I find to be helpful for various needs including, moving data and comparing data. It's a really good comprehensive tool. It will even allow you to compare text in documents to determine differences.

What do you dislike?

It would be nice to be able to move data around that perhaps doesn't exactly match up in a folder-to-folder comparison. Ex: having a text file that corresponds to a PDF, but is located in a different subfolder. It would be really awesome if the tool could find the text file and move it to the same folder as the PDF. Not neccesarily a dislike, but more of a suggestion for the next version :-)

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This tool does lots of stuff--explore the tool. You won't be dissappointed!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a time-saver to limit the amount of manual data-movement I have to do, which cuts down on a significant amount of user-error--always a benefit.

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"Review"

What do you like best?

The best part I like in this is, we can compare any large files and exchanges our changes with an instance. The way it highlights the changes that made in any file makes us to identify easily instead of searching for whole.

What do you dislike?

I did not ran into any disliking factor in it. But I need to mention that UI is not promising, it looks as older one. It would be better if they come up with new UI.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a developer, in order to make sure my changes got reflected in correct files I need to compare the made changes with the older files. It makes my work lot easier while committing my changes.

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"Extremely intuitive file/folder comparison tool"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Beyond Compare is its speed when comparing many files and/or huge files.

What do you dislike?

Let's get one thing straight, I love the product. However, there is one extremely minor GUI annoyance...Because my current laptop's maximum screen resolution is 1400x900, I have to scroll up/down within the file-filter dropdown box in order to make a change. It's a bit annoying, but it's a small price to pay for such a solid, fast, and feature-rich product.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I've used its competitors, but to me Beyond Compare is the best file/folder comparison tool available.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Beyond Compare to quickly scan files and folders for discrepancies.

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"Time saver"

What do you like best?

This helps me a lot when I was stuck up with deadlines and need to confirm my changes in new files. It is very speed when comparing many files and huge files. It also support local and remote comparison.

What do you dislike?

It causes trouble only while doing remote comparisons, but once done it is quick to pickup differences.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a developer I do use beyond compare on regular basis. When committing changes into repositories ,one need to make sure the changes done in exact file or not. As to pick changed file and compare with it previous one, this helps one to be more accurate about their changes.

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"Great Tool"

What do you like best?

Beyond Compare is an easy to use and fast file compare tool. It is most useful for comparing code files, but can also handle Office files, HTML files, XML, etc. You can download a free trial. It can export a difference report which you can send to colleagues to review. It integrates with Windows, so you can select folders or files to compare in Windows Explorer directly, by right clicking and selecting "Compare".

Another powerful use, if you use it to compare files and folders in "fast" mode (not deep checking), you can use it to back up your files to an external drive, and see which ones are missing or old.

What do you dislike?

There is not much to dislike. I wish there was a free version for light-weight use.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need a general file compare tool, and you are not comfortable using open source / freeware, this is the tool for you. Beyond Compare has some very nice capabilities (comparing Excel files) and is not very expensive.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Beyond Compare daily to compare different versions of C code, and sometimes to compare different versions of Excel files.

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"Essential Text Merging Tool"

What do you like best?

I use this tool extensively for programming and managing large projects with multiple version baselines, and this is one of the most useful utilities for merging directories. It's fast and offers many advanced features for fine-tuning the compare.

What do you dislike?

I don't really understand how to use the three way merge feature. I have tried, but the use of the feature wasn't clear to me. I would also like if the program was better at reconciling files where the sections are out of order.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this tool to maintain and selectively merge changes between multiple released versions of our product. I can quickly see what files differ and how.

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"Comparador de Ficheros"

What do you like best?

Esta aplicación nos permite compara archivos, directorios, textos, imágenes, entre otros utilizando diferentes métodos de comparación, dentro de sus mejores funcionalidades tenemos la comparación binaria, mediante CRC y a través de reglas basadas en atributos y propiedades, también nos brinda la posibilidad de sincronizar los cambios tanto a nivel de archivo, directorios y textos.

Ademas acepta parámetros desde la linea de comando lo cual nos permite automatizar acciones.

What do you dislike?

Cuando intentamos compara varios directorios de forma simultanea y estos tienen muchos archivos el comparador suele marcar como fallidas algunas transferencias y tenemos que relanzar el proceso de los que han fallado.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Actualmente lo realizamos para comparar los archivos actuales con las copias de seguridad existen, de esta forma solo realizamos copias parciales de los archivos que han cambiado, también lo utilizamos para realizar el pase a producción de las aplicaciones web desde el servidor de pre producción copiando solo los cambios que se han realizado.

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"The go-to tool for file and folder comparison"

What do you like best?

Rules-based comparison

Local and remote comparison

Support for sftp comparison

User interface and difference inspection

Integrated file viewer

What do you dislike?

Some remote comparisons can take some time to complete, but once done results are very accurate

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is the go-to tool for files and folders comparison, both local and remotely

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to visually check for differences on files and folders, both local and remotely, using different comparison methods

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"Great Program to compare files of all types especially useful for ftp."

What do you like best?

I have been using Beyond Compare for about 5 years now. I am able to compare two versions of files and have a backup of a file if what I am doing doesn't work. It is great to compare what you have on your local drive to what is on the server. It highlights which file is newer and highlights the code that is different between the two versions. It is cross platform compatible. You can also filter so you only see files that are different. There are so many filters that you can apply to your files. It also gives you the ability to filter out files that do not need to be compared. Oh and I almost forgot Source Control

What do you dislike?

Actually I can't think of anything that I do not like.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

They've got a generous trial program (based on number of days used rather than calendar days!), so just give it a go. Check out the docs on how to integrate it into your source control.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a developer I am often working on files that needs to be ftp'd to a server. However, I my only want to push one or two lines of code. This makes it so easy.

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"Best application for comparison"

What do you like best?

Very good and easy to use User interface. Can be used to compare the files in a folder. Can be used to compare two files have same content or not. Can edit the files there only.

What do you dislike?

While comparing documents, if documents have same lines of contents at different line it won't consider. Regular updates are not available.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Comparison of files and folders with very easy to use interface. For that we can really use this.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Whenever need to compare files after editing a file, comparing with its previous file will be very easy.

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"it is good but not the best"

What do you like best?

it provides difference in any text or any type of data between two files. We can do any type of compare, text, folder, picture etc. this is easy to use

What do you dislike?

I hate the UI, it is too old school. it doesnt brief at one place what are all the differences. Scrolling to th other end is a pain in this app

Recommendations to others considering the product:

it is a good app for fast use, but there are better products in the market. Like TFS itself provides its own comparison. Check that out

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Comparing two files. To see if any check differences are there in previous code files. etc.

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"Really Beyond Compare"

What do you like best?

Really it is beyond compare, we can able to compare by line to line. This can be done through online, but we need to upload our data in browser. Which is not at all recommended.

What do you dislike?

If one block mismatches in both sides mean it will not highlight only the block, it will effect down part also. Other all good, but some license issues.

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Minor issues when both sides does not match. Appreciate if it include solution for this issue.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

While changing the existing code, it is really helpful to review.

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"Simple and easy application that is great for QA teams to identify differences in final CD builds"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is. We use it as a final step to verify final CD images. While our build process is "automated" it's also stupid ;) This lets us compare one CD to another, and quickly identify any outliers that were unexpected. So, doing a release to apply new docs and a script for a client hot fix... why did the app build folder change? Possible mistake averted ;)

What do you dislike?

It'll flag any difference, so you have to look at everything. Did someone add some white space to a file to make it more readable? It'll need to be double-checked.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I don't have many recommendations, if you need to compare folder structures or text docs this is a good tool which will help you. It's simple, it's cheap, and it works.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The tool gives us greater certainty that if we have to release software quickly that everything made it to the CD. All the different depts check their stuff of course, and we manually check along the way, but this gives us a very simple overview/double-check that we're not missing a documentation file, or an upgrade script for a prior version, or that while there was no change to the code that it didn't pick up a ghost build that Dev kicked out to test something and forgot to remove before the automation tool assembled the package.

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"Beyond Compare is just that - incomparable!"

What do you like best?

The side-by-side view, with the differences highlighted, makes checking for changes between two documents such an easy and straightforward process I am *always* confident when I sign off on a document that it is well and truly good to go! This peace of mind is unequaled for me when it comes software. I also really appreciated that the 30 day trial was related to usage, not calendar days! I didn't need to use it that often, so having the longer trial period was a real bonus.

What do you dislike?

If I had to be really really picky I guess I could wish for a different font or colour scheme, perhaps I might think there are more intuitive icons - but that's about it - honestly, this is seriously great software!

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I have selected N/A for 'Quality of Support' because I have yet to even need any support!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am the first point of contact for reviewing RFP's and contracts with our clients and I first sought out comparative software when a very long contract had a very sneaky clause added to the final draft that I missed. Having looked at it so long I 'couldn't see the forest for the trees' and we've been paying for it (literally!) ever since. Even my first use of Beyond Compare was like the sun breaking through clouds and now I say, "Send me that 50 page legalese document, muha, I am not afraid to tackle it!"

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"Really great tool for reviewing differences between files"

What do you like best?

The ability to align different lines from the files being compared. Many other diff tools don't have that. It's also useful for comparing folders and one can specify what files types or subfolders need to be excluded or included. Lastly, the pickrules feature is useful for file comparisons depending on the language. I have created my own to compare files with the same number of lines.

What do you dislike?

I don't have much that I dislike, but I would suggest having a default rule to compare files with the same number of lines.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mainly comparing code changes, or differences between data files generated at work

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"Very good for file comparison, text comparison"

What do you like best?

Text comparison and merging of files is very good. Very good for file comparison also

What do you dislike?

Takes lot of time to execute. If same text is there somewhere else then it wont compare it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You need to use regularly

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If same text is there somewhere else then it wont compare it.

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"How to Compare what is Beyond Compare"

What do you like best?

Beyond compare is an amazing tool with which you can compare text, and works best while comparing code, especially when you're bad at comparing code using git diffs. The best things to mention are it's capabilities to provide options to move code that ould need replacement, edit code like an editor, and also compare folders as well.

What do you dislike?

There are still a lot of fixes that this software needs. When you have some ode in one side, and you copy paste code on the other side, the entire code gets broken down according to the other side, and code alignment becomes unreadable. You then have to delete select all on the other side, remove and re-paste.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been using beyond compare to compare texts, codes, and minor documentation as involving git to do the job would be a lot time resource consuming, especially in Agile.

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"As name says it does lot of things Beyond regular comparison"

What do you like best?

1. It's cross platform

2. Loads huge text files with ease and compares smoothly

3. Provides different type of comparisons like un-aligned diff, patience diff and comparisons based on date, size, binary comparisons etc

4. Mouse right click option is too helpful. You need not open application every time you want to compare. Just select directories/files and right click and select compare, boom there it goes.

5. Very good GUI

What do you dislike?

It's not completely free, expires after trial duration

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Must have cross platform comparison/diff tool which is bundled with outstanding features.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Right from comparing stage level outputs for video decoding, color conversions etc it is helpful all the way in comparing two piece of codes for the better understanding of similarities and differences between them

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"Addicted to it"

What do you like best?

As a software developer, comparing files is a daily activity. It will suffice to say that I have settled for beyond compare (3.0) to do that for me for the past 8-9 years.

It is easy to use.

It is lightweight.

It integrates out of the box with GIT, SVN, TFS and perforce (SCM softwares i've worked on). I think some SCM's also have it as a pre-built option in diff-tool setting.

It compares folders as good as files.

It has great highlighting of the line level differences. Easily catches the eye

It also shows invisible characters in the diff as hexadecimal values.

Worth the money for me.

What do you dislike?

When the two files have big chunks different, or say one of them has BIG chunks deleted in few places, the diff tools goes a bit crazy and matches lines awkwardly. It literally finds a match for a line in deleted functionA, with some other functionB in the other file.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for seeing diff between files when

- Checking in code

- Reviewing other's code commits

- Reviewing files in scenarios where one works but the other doesn't

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"Compare two files Simultaneously with ease ."

What do you like best?

Easy to install and use with Standard UI . It is used to compare large files where data/source need to be audited with the latest changes.

What do you dislike?

While selecting multiple lines at once somehow you left Ctrl key then all the selection will wind off and you need to look back from where you started , that's need to be improved.

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As per my work experience it is good as of now for comparing two files . According to me you can go for it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Comparing Source data files of many no. of lines to detect changes and rectify the same .

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"Easy to use comparison tool with the ability to integrate into Visual Studio"

What do you like best?

The simplistic but powerful user interface, coupled with the ease of which it compares text-based files such as source code, make this a tool I repeatedly turn to for comparison of various file types.

Its ability to compare folders and their file contents also makes it really useful in debugging software problems where potentially out of date components may reside on one or more systems.

For power users who prefer a more feature-rich comparison tool in Visual Studio, it's also possible to integrate Beyond Compare with 2005 onwards.

What do you dislike?

The newer user interface in version 4 is a little too "consumer" compared to previous versions, but this is often a jump-point, or can be ignored entirely if the Windows Explorer context-menu option is used.

Occasionally, as with most comparison tools, it can show an initially larger than expected difference in files, but this is often rectified by manually aligning specific lines on the left and right.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use the trial period to see if you like it, and use that time to decide whether it's any better for you than free offerings such as WinMerge, which often have a less user-friendly GUI.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The previously time-consuming and manual task of comparing textual-content files such as source code, XML and configuration files, which often have one or two lines, or even parts of lines, differing, which is exceptionally hard to capture manually with the naked eye.

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"Powerful, well-integrated, extensible compare"

What do you like best?

It's cross-platform, and it does a great job of comparing in a useful, no-nonsense UI, and does a great job of merging and comparing. It's also hugely flexible - comes with a large set of presets for various languages and formats, and you can add your own (or tweak the presets) as needed - I used it (at home) for some obscure assembly language, and was able to get some good highlighting with a little tweaking. It's great by default, and seemingly infinitely customizable when you need it. Also, integration with Git and other programs that use diff tools is well-documented. Support is also excellent, and licensing terms are generous.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes its alignment algorithms produce less-than-desirable results, but I haven't found much better amongst other diff tools that I've tried. The manual alignment also doesn't seem to quite act like I want it to.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

They've got a generous trial program (based on number of days used rather than calendar days!), so just give it a go. Check out the docs on how to integrate it into your source control.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a developer, saves me tons of time (and thus money) when merging code, comparing branches, and checking on pull requests.

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"Cutting edge file comparison"

What do you like best?

Beyond Compare is top notch for doing any sort of file comparison. If you are doing software development, this is a must have tool. It can show you line by line the differences between lines of code in different versions of source code, and also compare two folder and sub-folder structures to show you where any differences are. Once you find the differences, it allows you to easily merge any given line into the other file with one click. What really sets Beyond Compare apart from other diff programs is the really nice GUI and ease of use. It can also do things like show you differences between two picture files and tags on mp3 files. The Pro version lets you do integration with subversion as well.

What do you dislike?

Nothing, this product is reasonably priced and has valuable functionality that is easy to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You really need to try Beyond Compare and see how useful it is if you work in software development or just have a need to manage multiple version of the same files.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This program has allowed me to instantly see what has changed in any given local copy of software source code versus another version. It makes merging of changes and code reviews very easy.

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"Easy comparisons"

What do you like best?

I liked how quickly you can compare files. By selecting two files and right clicking on them, you can select "compare", without having to launch the app and select files manually, which is very nice.

For the most part, it compared files very accurately with minimal issues.

Can compare foreign text, which is vital to my work.

The ability to print reports and analysis is great too.

What do you dislike?

There are certain PDF's that do not work well and excel sheets that didn't compare correctly.

In the case of the PDF, usually it was some of the encoding (?) that resulted in error/symbols instead of actual text, but could be copy pasted into a new document and compared that way.

The excel sheets just didn't line up with the compare for some reason, but only on occasion.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Comparing documents over time, particularly from foreign countries.

Being able to quickly find differences between government forms and reports has been amazing.

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"The standard in diff/merge tools."

What do you like best?

Beyond Compare is so flexible. It integrates with our SourceGear Vault app and replaces the diff/merge. It's really fast too.

What do you dislike?

There's nothing I really dislike about BC. It does everything I need and more.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Like I said in the header, Beyond Compare is the standard in diff/merge tools.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it in conjunction with source control. We also use it for comparing folders. It helps us find missing items and helps keep our code in sync.

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"Best tool for compare"

What do you like best?

Wide range of files comparison. Source code comparison by binary comparison, text compare etc at folder or directory level. Very very fast comparison. Easily plugable with third party tools like svn.

What do you dislike?

It works best all the time. There are areas like multiple files at a time needs more improvements.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Best tool.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Code comparison

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"One of my must-have tools."

What do you like best?

I've used several compare utilities (UltraCompare, WinDiff, Visual Studio) and across the board, BeyondCompare's features and easy to use interface win out every time. BeyondCompare is highly configurable, and the number of out-of-the-box file types supported is mind boggling. The ability to set up custom comparison rule sets makes this the most flexible compare tool I've used.

What do you dislike?

There are so many options, particularly when setting up custom comparison rules, sometimes it's difficult to find the option you're looking for.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use BeyondCompare on a daily basis for source code comparison and generation of reports for code reviews. Comparing configuration files, log files, data extracts and other development files is simple.

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"Very easy to compare files."

What do you like best?

I find Beyond compare very easy when it comes to comparing files. It even helps in comparing the full folder structure. While comparing it is very easy to identify the difference as well as change them if required. A very user friendly tool.

What do you dislike?

No such dislike But with time some more features can be added to compete the market .

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I find Beyond compare very easy when it comes to comparing files. It even helps in comparing the full folder structure. While comparing it is very easy to identify the difference as well as change them if required. A very user friendly tool.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I need Beyond compare every now and then during my work. It makes life easy when the need to compare files or folders arise. Not only that it is very helpful if we want to compare and merge the changes .

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"Easy-to-use, complete comparison tool"

What do you like best?

The ease of use is by far my favorite feature. I can do a comparison on two files by pasting their content into Beyond Compare, or I can select the file location from within Beyond Compare. Immediately I get a visual representation of what matches and what doesn't with a color bar on the side.

What do you dislike?

There's not much here to dislike. If I had to be picky, I sometimes get frustrated with having to scroll horizontally to find differing text on files that are very wide.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Oftentimes I use Beyond Compare to check differences in code or in the content of the sites I help maintain. This tool allows me to see the changes in a quick glance without combing through the files manually.

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"Amazing Tool for Compare"

What do you like best?

This is a very powerful tool to compare for comparison. I like the comparison of hex files or binary files with this. You can compare: Folders, Text, Database, Hex, MP3, Picture, and Version.

The GUI is very good!

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the tool gets confused at complex situations. You would have to tell the tool to match the lines. But this is acceptable.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It makes life so easy and saves a lot of time. Customising the comparison makes it more powerful.

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"Best software for comparing files and coxe"

What do you like best?

The software is very easy to use for looking at differences in versions of code

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it’s easy to forget which file is which when comparing...

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure you have a use case scenario for the software and a business need! No sense in purchasing software you may not need or use

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When there is an error in the code I am able to troubleshoot with comparing to old versions that worked and then can see what was added or removed that may have an impact

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"Great features and performance"

What do you like best?

The "smart" comparison of things like zip files is great...it allows for comparisons that are independent of compression settings. Also, comparing images allows you to "see" differences even between file formats.

What do you dislike?

The XML comparison could be better. It would be nice if it would match elements and attributes regardless of physical order in the file.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You won't be disappointed

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I primarily use this for comparing data files from vendors (txt, zip, XML, etc.)

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"Fantastic Compare Program - Necessary for All Developers"

What do you like best?

Beyond Compare is a very intelligent file comparison tool. I've been using Beyond Compare products for years, both at home and at work. As a developer, you will often come across a need to compare two files. There are free tools on the internet that can do this, but Beyond Compare takes it a step further, integrating with the OS, making it super easy to compare two files. It goes beyond that, allowing the user to even compare entire folders at the same time. This is fantastic for comparing a local directory with a backup folder that you might have stored somewhere else, like a USB flash drive.

I also love the fact that it is a cross platform application. I have used this product on OSX, Windows, and Linux.

What do you dislike?

This is not free software. I usually tend to use open-source and freeware software because it has a lot of community support, but this is an exception. They do, however, have a free trial that you can use to see if you would like it. If you are a user and developing for your company, you might be able to get it expensed through your company as well.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Since it isn't free, I would definitely recommend installing the free trial before purchasing. However, I think you will realize that this piece of software is very handy and can really save you hours of headaches when trying to compare files and folders. The purchase price is relatively inexpensive when you consider the benefits.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has saved me countless hours when trying to compare two versions of a file. This isn't usually something I'm doing on a daily basis, but if I ever have an issue with backup or source control, this tool is there to save the day.

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"Quick compare"

What do you like best?

The ease to make quick comparisons and to merge into a new file. It saves the previous sessions so you don't need to load the same files all the time. You can also compare complete folders.

What do you dislike?

Nothing, the purpose of using this product is completely covered

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use Beyond Compare any time you need to check the differences between two files.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Comparing files between two different environments. It point to the exact difference.

Checking the quality of the transformation in batch files for B2B transactions.

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"Diff compare tool available for windows and Mac"

What do you like best?

Very easy to spot differences between files. Also there is a feature to compare folders. Reliable and available on windows and Mac. Worth every penny

What do you dislike?

Comparing folders can take a long time. The program has a hard time handling differences between invisible characters.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a free tool that is definitely worth a shot. Color coding makes it very easy to spot differences.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy to troubleshoot issues, and figure out why a previous revision worked.

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