DiffEngineX

DiffEngineX

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
5.0
out of 12 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.0
File Size:
44.47MB
Date Added:
December 26, 2013
Price:
Free to try (30-day, 60-comparison trial); $55.00 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
13,456
Downloads Last Week:
40
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Additional Requirements:
Microsoft Excel

Editors' review

So important is Microsoft Excel to the world's data that the smallest difference between datasets can have consequences that ripple outward like a stone thrown in a calm pond. DiffEngineX is a powerful tool that identifies the differences between two Excel workbooks or individual worksheets, even thousands at a time. But unlike standard difference analysis, it takes into account any new or blank rows, cells, and columns. It's not something you can just fire up and run, but the payoff for a little prep is accurate identification of actual differences in huge amounts of data in minutes or seconds. We tried the fully functional 30-day trial of DiffEngineX with Excel 2010.

DiffEngineX's user interface is all business, with identical entry fields and worksheet displays for Workbook #1 and Workbook #2 and controls to select whether to compare whole workbooks or selected sheets, align rows and columns, and color differences at the cell level and highlight character-level differences (the last two are selected by default). Clicking Options brought up a detailed sheet of options covering Reports, Formulae, Cell and Numeric Value Comparisons, and other areas. An Extras button let us choose colors and hide rows in various ways, among other preferences. The Help file includes a tutorial that we'd highly recommend following.

Our quick-and-easy test consisted of comparing a finished workbook with its unfilled template. We simply browsed to each and pressed Start Comparison. The job finished quickly and included a summary report detailing the differences. The sheets themselves opened, both color-coded and highlighted for the quickest possible identification of differences. While all that sounds simple, DiffEngineX isn't totally automatic: even Excel experts will need to spend some time making sure everything's ready. But it will be time well spent when DiffEngineX does in minutes what might have taken many hours manually.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excel VBA code comparisons with DiffEngineX"

    May 05, 2014   |   By Francis2014

    Version: DiffEngineX 3.0

    Pros

    I ran the trial version and it found the differences I had not seen by hand. It only took a couple minutes to compare two 4MB files (67 sheets each, 9 macros)! DiffEngineX is certainly a smooth, well-designed product that does its work very thoroughly . The tutorials got me going in just a few minutes and I then found the program very easy to use. The peace of mind I got by knowing exactly where the differences were and that there weren't any more makes buying the program a no-brainer. Yes, I bought it already.

    Cons

    None whatsoever.

    Summary

    Thanks for a superb piece of software that really met my needs!

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