Beyond Compare is an app designed to provide you with a full suite of file management and comparison tools. The program allows you to compare files or folders on your system, so that you can manage your files appropriately. Beyond Compare can analyze any type of file on your system, elevating it above many of the competing products.
File types included: The primary advantage of Beyond Compare is that it looks at all types of files that are on your system. This actually makes it more useful for the standard user, as it gives you a useful tool for managing and syncing files and folders. Most file comparison programs are focused on text comparisons, which is a tool better suited to software developers.
Blazing-quick comparisons: Anything we asked Beyond Compare to do, it did quickly. The program was able to execute any actions promptly.
Comprehensive help features: The help feature was quite thorough and explained most of the functions of the program in a clear and easy to understand manner.
Increasing interface complexity: When you first start the program, the interface appears straightforward, with clear icons indicating the various tasks you can perform. However, the resulting interface that loads after that initial selection is much more complex. If you've never used a file management program before, Beyond Compare looks overwhelming and complicated at this stage. It is difficult to tell how to get started.
Beyond Compare is a very powerful piece of software for file management and comparison. If you've never used this type of program before, it could be easily overwhelming. But you should be able to figure it out with the use of the help function.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Beyond Compare 188.8.131.5247.
From Scooter Software:
Beyond Compare is a directory compares utility and a file compare utility wrapped in one. Synchronize files between laptop and PC, home and office, etc. Compare directory trees side-by-side with mismatches highlighted. Display text files side-by-side with changes highlighted. Great for merging changes to source code. Supports minor editing, Unicode text files, and Delphi form files. Save favorite sessions for quick access. Built-in FTP and zip support.
What's new in this version:
Installer now registers BCompare.exe in the App Paths registry key so it can be used from the Windows Run dialog or ShellExecute without a path.
Added SHA-256 code signatures to pdftotext.exe and patch.exe.