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 126.96.36.19947.
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:
OS X: Fixed SSL/TLS-based profiles (FTPS, WebDAV, Dropbox, Amazon S3) crashes on macOS Sierra.
OS X/Linux: Fixed Hex Compare Find never completing.
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
Can't search through my many sessions.
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.
This is a good solid program with solid performance; through the use of plug-ins one can compare a lot of different file types.
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.
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.
Not very many features. Settings hard to figure out.
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.
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!
Reaching explorer right click menu on the files list needs too many clicks. Could be better.
If you are a developer or web developer, you will be thankful to have this utility around.