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Hi~ What *free* file comparision utilities do you recommend (e.g. windiff, but I hate it since it doesn't support copy & paste)? P.S. I use it in Windows 2K & XP, mainly for comparing c++ source code files.

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I know some utilities but I don't use these much myself (as for me they're pretty useless in comparing code). Writing a file comparing utility itself is not difficult (a simple if statement) but the small features are.

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P.S. I use it in Windows 2K & XP, mainly for comparing c++ source code files.

I don't really think it will be helpful for you if you use a 'pure' utility. It does tell you the change but if you move one line, everything will turn out to be 'new'. You may consider using some source code managers instead.

TextPad supports that feature, you may take a look at it if this is of any help.

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try pspad (www.pspad.com), it's free, and can check files rather good imho.

Some features:

# work with projects
# work on several documents at the same time (MDI)
# Save desktop session to later reopen all open files
# FTP client - you can edit files directly from the web
# macro recorder to record, save and load macros
# search and replace in files
# text difference with color-coded differences highlighted
# templates (HTML tags, scripts, code templates...)
# installation contains templates for HTML, PHP, Pascal, JScript, VBScript, MySQL, MS-Dos, Perl,...
# syntax highlighting auto set by file type
# user-defined highlighters for exotic environments
# auto correction
# intelligent internal HTML preview using IE and Mozilla
# full HEX editor
# call external programs, different for each environment
# external compiler with catch command output, log window, log parser for each environment for "IDE" effect
# color syntax highlight printing and print preview
# integrated TiDy library for formatting and checking HTML code, conversion to CSS, XML, XHTML
# integrated free version of top CSS editor Topstyle Lite
# export with highlight to RTF, HTML, TeX format into file or clipboard
# column block select, bookmarks, line numbers, ...
# reformat and compress HTML code, tags char case change
# line sorting with ability to sort on defined column, with option to drop duplicates
# ASCII chart with HTML entities
# Code explorer for Pascal, INI, HTML, XML, PHP, and more in future
# spell checker
# internal web browser with APACHE support
# matching bracket highlighting

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Beyond Compare beats anything I've ever used.


Edit: Replaced UBB tags with html

[Edited by - Shannon Barber on December 30, 2005 5:56:03 PM]

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Guest Anonymous Poster
Eh, I guess this board doesn't support normal tags.

Beyond Compare.

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I have used something called "Compare It!", which worked great for me. I have actually used it to merge seperate versions of software before and it worked awesome for this purpose (my boss never heard of source control [grin]).

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i use CSDiff, has a gui, can scan by directory, and my version crashes on large projects 1000+ files, but i think they have fixed that already ;)


T2k

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