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Beyond Compare

$30
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Editors' Rating:
Good
Average User Rating:
out of 96 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.6.21095
  • Total Downloads:
    544,156
  • Date Added:
    May 14, 2016
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $30.00 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    19.88MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,311
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Too confusing"

October 25, 2015  |  By Ben9013

2015-10-25 09:53:42  |  By Ben9013

 |  Version: Beyond Compare 4.1.1.20615

Pros

It's in depth.

Cons

It is too in depth.

Summary

Couldn't figure out how to compare two directories. One had folders and wanted to expand them... Just way too much for me to look at and the confusing aspect of it.

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5 stars

"Must Have for comparing and maintaining backups"

January 07, 2015  |  By pmcg

2015-01-07 20:50:35  |  By pmcg

 |  Version: Beyond Compare 4.0.3.19420

Pros

1. Allows me to maintain backups of my PC folders on external drives.
2. Lots of viewing options (ie older files, newer files, same files, etc.)
3. Color coded file status.
4. Can save 'sessions' for different folder/drive combos
5. keeps track of the time remaining in in a synchronizing session

Cons

Can't search through my many sessions.

Summary

I backup my 4 TB of data to many external hard drives. Most of my data is photos, books, music, videos. They are all arranged in folders and can be backed up on a drive and folder to folder basis. Beyond compare makes this whole process possible. I use it monthly and would be lost without it. I use Ver 3 (am upgrading soon to ver 4) and it is bug free and works well. Highly recommended for synchronizing my backups.

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5 stars

"Excellent application, fits all of my needs!"

November 29, 2013  |  By 2astalavista2

2013-11-29 01:17:04  |  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

2013-10-31 20:54:17  |  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

2013-10-30 10:05:53  |  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

2013-06-24 14:06:11  |  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

2013-06-13 10:35:32  |  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

2013-06-13 07:16:17  |  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

2013-05-31 07:03:44  |  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

2012-10-14 19:33:46  |  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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.1.6.21095
  • Fixed current side indication when switching from path edits to other controls (e.g. "Find what" edit).
  • Fixed "Open With" to use URL paths instead of profile: based ones when 1 or more than 2 items are selected.
  • Fixed excess memory usage when loading FTP/SFTP folder listings.
  • Removed "Floating Extended" from "Little Endian Values" and "Big Endian Values" submenus.
  • Fixed resource leak when generating Folder Compare reports.
  • Fixed exit codes returned when using ClearCase's -status_only switch.
  • Fixed orphan columns to not be excluded from the comparison.
  • Fixed Session Settings dialog's handling of last column.
  • Fixed detection of cell type error.
  • Fixed Table Compare crash when regional settings are Dutch but file and format overrides are English.
General
Publisher Scooter Software
Publisher web site http://www.scootersoftware.com/
Release Date May 13, 2016
Date Added May 14, 2016
Version 4.1.6.21095
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 19.88MB
File Name BCompare-4.1.6.21095.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 544,156
Downloads Last Week 1,311
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $30

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