Beyond Compare

Beyond Compare


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

Version:
3.3.8.16340
File Size:
5.66MB
Date Added:
June 20, 2013
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:
417,173
Downloads Last Week:
1,054
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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.7

    out of 94 votes

    • 5 star: 79
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current Version:

    4.5

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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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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