Beyond Compare

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Beyond Compare


Beyond Compare allows you to quickly and easily compare your files and folders. Beyond Compare includes built-in comparison viewers for a variety of data types. Beyond Compare’s merge view allows you to combine changes from two versions of a file into a single output. Beyond Compare’s intuitive Folder Sync interface lets you reconcile differences in your data automatically.

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Compare Files, Folders
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.
You can compare entire drives and folders at high speed, checking just sizes and modified times.  Or, thoroughly verify every file with byte-by-byte comparisons.  FTP sites and zip files are integrated seamlessly, so you can update your website with the touch of a button.
Once you’ve found specific files you’re interested in, Beyond Compare can intelligently pick the best way to compare and display them.  Text files can be viewed and edited with syntax highlighting and comparison rules tweaked specifically for documents, source code, and HTML.  The text contents of Microsoft Word .doc and Adobe .pdf files can also be compared but not edited.  Data files, executables, binary data, and images all have dedicated viewers as well, so you always have a clear view of the changes.
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Comparing folders                        Comparing text files  
Specialized Viewers
Beyond Compare includes built-in comparison viewers for a variety of data types.  Compare .csv data, Microsoft Excel workbooks, and HTML tables in a Data Compare session.  Compare images in a Picture Compare session.
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Comparing data files                   Comparing image files
Other viewers include Hex Compare and MP3 Compare.  Version Compare is available under Windows.  Registry Compare is available under Windows in the Pro Edition of BC3.
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Comparing binary content              Comparing MP3 info
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Comparing registry entries Pro edition only WindowsComparing version info Windows
3-way Merge Pro edition only
Introduced in version 3, Beyond Compare’s new merge view allows you to combine changes from two versions of a file into a single output.  Its intelligent approach allows you to quickly accept most changes while carefully examining conflicts.  Color coding and section highlighting allow you to accept, reject, or combine changes, simply and easily.  And, you can change any line in the output with the built-in syntax-highlighting editor.  By using Beyond Compare’s powerful file type support and ability to favor changes from one file, you can trivially accept many changes without even seeing them.
You can use Beyond Compare directly from most version control systems, giving you all of the powerful comparing and merging support you need when you need it most.  Integrated source control commands are also available, allowing you to check in and check out files without interrupting your work.
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3-way Merge Pro edition only
Synchronize Folders
Beyond Compare’s intuitive Folder Sync interface lets you reconcile differences in your data automatically.  You can efficiently update your laptop, backup your computer, or manage your website, and Beyond Compare will handle all the details.  You can copy to and from disks, FTP servers, and zip files, all using the same interface.  Anything you don’t want affected can be easily filtered out, and all of the powerful comparison techniques are available, making the backup as fast or robust as you need.
You can automate repetitive tasks using a flexible scripting language, and any script can be called from the command line, allowing you to schedule your syncs for when it’s most convenient.
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Folder Sync
Here are some of the significant features in Beyond Compare.  Items flagged with Pro only are only available in the Pro edition.
  • Any comparison can be saved as a session, not just folder comparisons
  • Plug-ins are now built-in session types
  • Saved sessions can be organized in folders
  • Auto-saved sessions
  • Unicode filenames now supported as well as unicode file content
  • Tabbed interface for session views    (watch video)
  • Handy "home" view for launching and managing sessions
  • Layout of open sessions can be saved, restored
  • Built-in "Check for updates"
  • Folder icons colors now match your preferences
  • Multiple operations can be queued
  • File actions now respect filters by default    (watch video)
  • Dedicated folder sync session
  • Touch and Attrib commands can now recurse through subfolders
  • Attrib supports Unix attributes
  • New Ignored command flags mismatched file as OK
  • New Move to Folder command
  • Flatten folders lets you compare differing folder structures
  • Pro only Alignment overrides
  • Full in-pane editor with dynamic re-comparisons    (watch video)
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Adaptive gutter buttons for copying sections
  • Unlimited undo after save
  • Grammar-based comparison rules
  • Independent file formats for each side of the comparison
  • New Ignored command flags mismatched sections as OK
  • Multiple bookmarks
  • Hex display option for line details
  • Pro only 3-way text merge
  • Pro only Replacements    (watch video)
  • FTP profiles, selectable per session
  • Multiple simultaneous connections
  • Pro only Built-in support for secure FTP protocols (SFTP and FTP over SSL)
Standard vs. Pro
The Standard Edition of Beyond Compare is a powerful, full-featured comparison tool. 
The Pro Edition includes all the Standard features and adds these:
  • Pro only 3-way text merging
    Compares independent changes against a common ancestor to create new merged content.
  • Pro only Windows logo Source control integration
    Adds commands for checking files in or out of SCC-compliant version control systems.  Windows only.
  • Pro only Built-in SFTP support
    Rather than relying on third-party solutions, BC3 Pro has integrated support for secure FTP protocols.
  • Pro only Text replacements
    Lets you flag certain text replacements as unimportant differences in a Text Compare session.  
    For example, ignore all instances where apple was replaced by orange.
  • Pro only Folder Compare alignment overrides
    Overrides how files are aligned in a Folder Compare session.  
    For example, you could compare .gif files on one side with .png files of the same name on the other side.
  • Pro only Windows logo Registry Compare
    Compares live registries, both local and remote, as well as registry files.  Windows only.
In trial mode you can use both Standard and Pro features. 
Upon registering, the license key unlocks the appropriate features permanently.
If you choose the Standard Edition license, you can upgrade later to Pro for the difference in price.

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click for screenshotclick for screenshot Home view                                     Comparing folders

click for screenshotclick for screenshot Comparing text files                        3-way Merge Pro edition only

click for screenshotclick for screenshot Folder Sync                                   Comparing data files

click for screenshotclick for screenshot Comparing image files                    Comparing binary content

click for screenshotclick for screenshot Editing text files                 Comparing registry entries Pro edition only Windows

click for screenshotclick for screenshot Comparing version info Windows          Comparing MP3 info

Beyond Compare is licensed on either a per-user or per-workstation basis.  A single user license covers one person using Beyond Compare on any number of computers, or a single workstation accessed by multiple people.
All pricing is in US Dollars.
The quantity discounts shown above apply when you purchase licenses for multiple users at once, or when you add users to your organization's group account.  Any mix of Standard and Pro editions and platforms will count when determining quantity discounts.
Editions and Platforms
Beyond Compare has two editions, Standard and Pro.  The Standard Edition is a powerful, full-featured comparison tool.  The Pro Edition includes all the Standard features plus additional advanced features.
Beyond Compare is available for Windows as well as several popular Linux distributions.  The Linux and Windows platform licenses are priced the same.  If you want to use BC on both platforms, you can buy a Dual Platform license for less than the cost of two individual licenses.
Licensing Details
Above the version 2 licenses, there is not a distance limitation on multi-user licenses (except of course for the unlimited user Site license).  You can buy licenses discounted by quantity for employees across your organization regardless of location.
These are not concurrent licenses, since Beyond Compare does not enforce concurrency.  If you have an environment that limits concurrency, such as a terminal server with a limit on concurrent connections, then you can treat that limit as the number of workstations.
Beyond Compare licenses are perpetual.  Once you buy a license to a specific major version, and as long as you abide by the license agreement, you can use that version forever with no additional cost.
Whether a license is a single-user license or a multi-user license, it has a single license key and must be upgraded or transferred as a unit.