File Comparison Utility

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#1 Nykc  Icon User is offline

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File Comparison Utility

Post icon  Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:03 PM

I am looking for a good file comparison utility. Are there any recommendations?

Preferably open source or free without ads.

Thanks,
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#2 rahulbatra  Icon User is offline

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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 22 February 2008 - 04:41 AM

By file comparison, you mean a diff-like utility? I've heard good stuff about WinMerge if that's what you're looking for.
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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 22 February 2008 - 04:51 AM

I like Meld on Linux, and WinMerge on Windows.
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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:06 PM

What kind of files?
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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:21 PM

Basically to compare code between 2 files. example a new version vs old to see what changes were made. (any languages - something to highlight a change in the code.)

We use one at work called File Comparison Utility but it is outdated. I will look into the ones suggested.
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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 22 February 2008 - 11:23 PM

Sounds like you want to use diff.
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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 23 February 2008 - 08:47 AM

I recently tried out CSDiff for Windows. Works well enough. I was comparing .aspx and .vb files.
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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 23 February 2008 - 08:54 AM

I decided to give WinMerge a try for Windows and Meld for Linux.

Thanks guys for the help. This is exactly what I am looking for. FCU is a cool little program but like I said it is outdated and the upgrade is a pay version and frankly I can't justify paying for a utility like this.
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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 23 February 2008 - 10:07 AM

If you're willing to shell out $30, Beyond Compare is really nice.
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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 26 February 2008 - 01:02 AM

I am using Beyond Compare 2 for code comparison, too, and it is really cool. :^:
For binary files, i would use AptDiff.

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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 29 February 2008 - 07:09 AM

I am using 3 tools:
Araxis Merge
Ellié Computing Merge
Active File Compare
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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 29 February 2008 - 07:12 AM

My call is Beyond Compare
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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 29 February 2008 - 07:20 AM

Problem with that is I don't want to pay for something that really is just a process improvement to me more than anything. I can compare my code without the added benefits through HTML-Kit or any text editor.
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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 29 February 2008 - 07:23 AM

You can use evaluation version!!!!
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Re: File Comparison Utility

Posted 29 February 2008 - 07:30 AM

I'll check it out. Thanks!
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