Beyond Compare

Beyond Compare

Average User Rating:
4.7
out of 94 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.2.7
  • Total Downloads:
    444,804
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 27, 2004
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $30.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    9.11MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,447
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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5 stars

"Works the way you want. I've never seen a better 'compare' on any platform."

April 12, 2005  |  By jrobino

 |  Version: Beyond Compare 2.2.7

Pros

A magnitude better than Windiff.

This is a surprisingly difficult task made to look easy.

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5 stars

"One of the best comprising tools on the market"

April 11, 2005  |  By MaxK

 |  Version: Beyond Compare 2.2.7

Pros

Very flexible & customizable. Has free plug-ins with open interface. UI is clean and intuitive. Fast!

Cons

Very few and insignificant - just a matter of taste not really "cons"

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5 stars

"An essential"

April 06, 2005  |  By ab762

 |  Version: Beyond Compare 2.2.7

Pros

Windows context menu integration is A-number-1! Manual synchronization helps with hard-to-follow changes.

Cons

XML compare would be a great addition.

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5 stars

"Nice software!"

April 05, 2005  |  By mbradford

 |  Version: Beyond Compare 2.2.7

Pros

I use this to keep my desktop, server and laptop in sync. It is the best software I have found to do this job. Once it is set-up it only takes a few clicks to do the job.

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5 stars

"As close to perfect as possible..."

March 28, 2005  |  By ereich1217

 |  Version: Beyond Compare 2.2.7

Pros

This is an awesome product. I have been using it since version 1.1 and I don't know how I ever lived without this product. I started using this at my job and I bought a copy for home. Every person I have shown this product to has started using it. When version 2 was released I couldn't believe that they had actually made it better. The UI on this product is incredibly intuitive and easily customizable. Obviously they use their own product.

Cons

Occasionally the product will hang, although this is less frequent with each release.

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5 stars

"This program is BETTER than you can imagine!"

March 28, 2005  |  By Perion

 |  Version: Beyond Compare 2.2.7

Pros

I'm not one to usually bother messing with reviews but this utility is so useful I'll make an exception. Geese, I even bought it (:

I'm a programmer myself and I can tell you one thing - this sucker is VERY well designed and coded. My hat's off to everyone that had anything to do with its development. I've even used some of the controls design found in Beyond Compare as a teaching tool for how to design an effective and yet aesthetic user interface. This program has so many features (yet, still pretty easy to master) I really haven't scratched the surface of what all it can be used for. Last night I used it to go thru a huge set of files and folders and find some very subtle changes that had crept in and were causing a industrial machine's HMI to display gibberish. Sometimes I use it to take snapshots of the Windows Registry before and after a task and then analyze how the task modified it. I also use it to keep some important folder/file structures on several PCs synchronized and up-to-date.

There are quite a few third party plugins freely available at Scooter Software's web site that further extend its abilities. If you have any doubts about Beyond Compare just check out the user forum at Scooter Software's website and see for yourself. Or better yet, download it and try it out.

[BTW - I would have gone for a good bit more than the $30 cost but then I would have probably had to deliver this little speel to my boss and the purchasing dept where I work since I use it there a lot too.]

Cons

The cons of Beyond Compare??? I'll let ya know if I find one.

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5 stars

"This is an incredible program!"

March 23, 2005  |  By Bobobob

 |  Version: Beyond Compare 2.2.7

Pros

It is easy to use. It works great. It is customizable. I use it all the time. Once I found it for work, I had to buy it for home. I can't imagine being without it now, and wish I had found it long ago. I recommend it to everyone.

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5 stars

"Best file and directory comparison tool currently on the market"

March 06, 2005  |  By a.becker

 |  Version: Beyond Compare 2.2.7

Pros

Some key features of Beyond Compare are:

1 The ability to save comparisons and to apply specific filters and rules to each one

2 The ability to compare both files and directories and to be able to toggle subdirectory results with the same window.

3 The ability to export statistics or reports on comparisons in various formats (XML, HTML, TEXT)

4 The ability to edit text within a file comparison and/or copy/move text from one file to the other

5 The presence of shell extensions which allow comparisons from anywhere in Windows

6 The ability to show/hide orphan, unchanged, and changed files easily

7 The presence of plugins for specific file types

8 Fast and reliable performance

9 A reasonable price

10 An intuitive and well laid out GUI

11 Excellent support.

Other top tools in this category are:

- DiffDog from Altova (missing feature 1,9)

- FolderMatch from Salty Brine (missing feature 2)

- Merge from Araxis (weak on features 2,9)

- UltraCompare from IDM (newer product missing a number of bells and whistles)

Cons

Some features which other products have which Beyond Compare does not have:

- three way comparisons (Merge)

- sophisticated XML comparisons (DiffDog)

- Visual Source Safe plugin (Merge)

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5 stars

"Truly An Awesome Product"

March 05, 2005  |  By Andy65

 |  Version: Beyond Compare 2.2.7

Pros

It is one of those products that continually delights as you discover some new functionality that does just exactly what you need to do when you need it. This is by far and away the most useful piece of software I have ever bought.

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5 stars

"Good stuff!"

February 28, 2005  |  By warnergt

 |  Version: Beyond Compare 2.2.7

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This is a great compare application.
However, I can't connect to their site to buy it!

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Scooter Software
Publisher web site http://www.scootersoftware.com/
Release Date September 02, 2004
Date Added September 27, 2004
Version 2.2.7
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows Me, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 9.11MB
File Name BCompare-4.0.2.19186.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 444,804
Downloads Last Week 1,447
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $30

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