Beyond Compare

Beyond Compare


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.7
out of 94 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.3.12.18414
File Size:
5.72MB
Date Added:
July 14, 2014
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $30.00 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
424,584
Downloads Last Week:
1,047
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Beyond Compare provides users with extensive side-by-side file comparison and management. Novice users might find its interface a little overwhelming, but a visit to the Help menu provides all the necessary details for getting started.

The program consists of two interfaces. The first provides a list of sessions that you can employ, from folder comparisons to text and data comparisons. It also provides summaries of any saved sessions. Clicking a session button introduces the second interface. At first glance, the second interface was a little overwhelming, especially when the files were added. But after spending a little time with the program, we quickly got the hang of it. We browsed for two folders and instantly, the contents of each were listed in the two panels. Toolbar buttons at the top of the window let us manage the files and folders, including deleting and moving files, showing differences, and even creating rules for handling and comparing folders. Once we were finished, we were able to go back and revisit our session by selecting it on the tree menu from the first interface.

If you're new to file management, the extensive Help menu and ample 30-day trial that come with the program will get you started on the right foot. We highly recommend Beyond Compare for detailed file management.

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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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