Beyond Compare

Beyond Compare

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.7
out of 94 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.0.18847
  • Total Downloads:
    435,222
  • Date Added:
    September 02, 2014
  • File Size:
    9.1MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,374
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Editors' Review

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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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Bottom Line

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 4.0.0.18847.

 
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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent application, fits all of my needs!"

    November 29, 2013   |   By 2astalavista2

    Version: Beyond Compare 3.3.8.16340

    Pros

    fast, well designed with great icons, easy to set up and use, ftps supported, image compare feature, content difference highlighting with document map

    Cons

    default compare rules should be content based

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  • 3 stars

    "Good program with one major flaw"

    October 31, 2013   |   By jurgfella

    Version: Beyond Compare 3.3.8.16340

    Pros

    This is a good solid program with solid performance; through the use of plug-ins one can compare a lot of different file types.

    Cons

    The major flaw for me is that the program does not allow word-wrapping. While a lot of users may be coders, I use it for text comparisons of bills and legislative enactments, and inability to word-wrap seems like a strange limitation. I would also like it if the reports would generate cleaner HTML code.

    Summary

    Good solid program with a lot of plug-ins, but lacks the ability to word wrap text files. I'd also like to see three-way comparisons.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great PC Comparison Utility!"

    October 30, 2013   |   By NYC-HDL

    Version: Beyond Compare 3.3.8.16340

    Pros

    This App lets me compare Folder contents, which is one way to excise dupes &/or to Sync-up two folders.

    There is also a feature that lets you set up a Sync job (but I haven't used it yet).

    Can also compare contents of two files, and edit to incorporate all changes into one or both files.

    Cons

    None noted...

    Summary

    This is on my "Must Have" list. I don't use it often, but when I do, it solves a lot of problems.

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  • 5 stars

    "Fast and reliable"

    June 24, 2013   |   By SkolVikingsGuy

    Version: Beyond Compare 3.3.8.16340

    Pros

    Fast and reliable

    Cons

    None that I know of

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  • 5 stars

    "The best Sync and Diff tool, hands down."

    June 13, 2013   |   By boffosocko

    Version: Beyond Compare 3.3.7.15876

    Pros

    Many features, multiple connection methods (FTP, SFTP, File share), text and image compare tools, multiple comparison methods (CRC, file size and date, etc.)

    Cons

    Could use support for WebDAV, Amazon S3, Dropbox, etc.

    Summary

    A great little file sync and compare tool, super fast, and a great way to move data from old hard drives. Has saved my bacon many times.

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  • 2 stars

    "Put Adware on my computer"

    June 13, 2013   |   By refudiator

    Version: Beyond Compare 3.3.7.15876

    Pros

    Simple interface

    Cons

    Not very many features.
    Settings hard to figure out.

    Summary

    After installing Beyond Compare on my computer and using it a fiew times I realized it put some kind of ASPCA adware on my computer and I started getting popups asking me to do backups. I checked my installed programs and sure enough I saw that adware was installed the same date as Beyond Compare. Would not recommend this program.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent program. Best I've used yet."

    May 31, 2013   |   By mbradfo31

    Version: Beyond Compare 3.3.7.15876

    Pros

    Very comprehensive and yet easy to set up. Compares file content which I've used to look for differences in PLC logic making my job easier.

    Cons

    None really.

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  • 5 stars

    "Replaced all my ftp programs with this one"

    October 14, 2012   |   By seektools

    Version: Beyond Compare 3.3.5.15075

    Pros

    Simply the best. I bought it originally for comparing and fixing source files as a developer. Later, I discovered that it can do it across ftp for web sites. That was simply amazing! I have stopped using all other ftp programs and use this one to sync my web sites. Works like a charm!

    Cons

    Reaching explorer right click menu on the files list needs too many clicks. Could be better.

    Summary

    If you are a developer or web developer, you will be thankful to have this utility around.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Backup Software available!"

    March 14, 2012   |   By RiverMonster1

    Version: Beyond Compare 3.3.4.14431

    Pros

    I use this product for backups both locally and to an FTP server. It is incredibly quick at identifying the changed files since the last backup and synchronizing them.
    If you are looking for a backup tool then unless you have a particular need for compression I'd say this product wins hands down. It is much quicker than the 10 or so other backup products I have tried even with compression disabled on them.

    Cons

    No compression feature. But it wasnt really designed as a backup tool so I didn't expect there to be one.

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  • 5 stars

    "No of No Better Software"

    January 04, 2012   |   By repoulin

    Version: Beyond Compare 3.3.3.14128

    Pros

    Easy to use and allows me to select how I want to compare files. I can do a quick comparison or line by line. Displays the differences so I can pick the newer file or merge the two. Great for web editing!

    Cons

    None. Maybe a cooler layout, but I dont mind the database look.

    Summary

    The only software that I know that can do what this does.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 4.0.0.18847
    • New Home View
    • 3-way Folder Merge
    • Ad Hoc Unimportant Text
    • WebDAV, Amazon S3, Subversion and Dropbox Support
    • Overhauled Picture Compare
    • Overhauled Preferences Dialog with Search
    • Hex Compare supports in-line editing and wraps lines to fit the window.
    • New View Patch command shows diff/patch files as a text comparison.
    • HTML folder comparison reports can now embed links to file comparisons.
    • Added option to align filenames with different extensions in folder compar
    • File operations can be paused in the folder compare.
    • Added new text comparison algorithm choice based on Bram Cohen's Patience Diff.
    • Improved appearance on high DPI (retina) displays. 
    General
    Publisher Scooter Software
    Publisher web site http://www.scootersoftware.com/
    Release Date September 01, 2014
    Date Added September 02, 2014
    Version 4.0.0.18847
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory Backup Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 9.1MB
    File Name BCompare-4.0.0.18847.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 435,222
    Downloads Last Week 1,374
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $30

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