Merge is the visual file comparison (diff), merging and folder synchronization application from Araxis. Use it to compare and merge source code, web pages, XML and other text files with native application performance. Directly open and compare the text from Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), OpenDocument, PDF and RTF files. Compare images and binary files. Synchronize folders. Perform code reviews and audits. Work with folder hierarchies containing thousands of files. Merge integrates with many SCM (version control) systems and other applications.
For legal and publishing professionals: instantly identify every change between different contract or manuscript drafts. Directly open and compare the text from Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), OpenDocument, PDF and RTF files. Copy text from other applications (such as Microsoft Word) and paste it directly into a text comparison window.
For software engineers and web developers: compare, understand and combine different source file versions. Work quickly and accurately, whether you are comparing individual files or reconciling entire branches of source code. Use three-way comparison to integrate changes made by you, and those made by a colleague, with a common ancestor version.
For release and quality control managers: compare different source code branches to give total confidence that you know and understand every change made to every file for a specific release. Compare product releases to be certain that only the expected files have been modified. Create an HTML or XML report of changes for audit purposes.
For code reviewers and auditors: identify in context every change made between two or three source code hierarchies. Create a standalone HTML or XML report of your findings. Add bookmarks and comments to a file or folder comparison, then save it as a single-file archive for emailing to other team members for review.
What's new in this version:
Version 2016.4716 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Fails to detect file differences
Incorrectly flags identical files as being different
I am responsible for maintaing and propagating changes across several code trees of 10,000+ files. I bought a copy of Araxis 2001, and had used it for years in this capacity.
Teh old version did have a problem, flagging large text files as different when they were in fact identical. We had worked around this by using md5sum to determine which files were actually different.
Bought the 2012 release, and find that in addition to it's old bad habit of false positives, we are seeing files with significant, non-whitespace differences flagged as identical.
We have provided Araxis support with sample files where the compare fails, either positively or negatively. To date, we have not received any response from Araxis.
So no matter how nice the UI is, this tool is a liability.
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