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  • 1.0 stars

    "Fast, but confusing and not free"

    December 19, 2006  |   By FarmerChet


    Loaded and diffed files faster than other tools tested.


    In the trial version many of the lines in the files are collapsed down.

    In many of my diffs there were three dots (. . .) for lines 30 to 300 in a diff.

    Does this mean they are the same?

    There are indicators of differences in the right of the screen, but clicking does nothing, so you cannot determine where in the file the diffs are.

    Lastly, the program cannot handle line diffs. If something is the same line-by-line, but a few lines are in a different order in one file, the tool marks the files as being different.

    WinDiff and others can sense this and tell you that the lines are off but that the file is otherwise the same.

    Cannot seem to determine 'difference in whitespace only'.

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  • Publisher's reply:

    Publisher of Guiffy on January 26, 2007

    Yes, the ... indicate folded views of matching lines. The default option settings show file compares like this for files over 400,000 bytes. You can change this option and save your settings. double-clicking on the the folded view displays the matching lines. This in well documented in Guiffy's Help.

    The scroll meters on each side of the vertical scroll bar indicate where differences are in the file. Double clicking on the point in the scroll meter will position the compare view to that point in the file compare view. This is well documented in Guiffy's Help.

    Guiffy handle's line differences such as you mentioned as well as any other file compare tool - when applying the default minimum lines of difference algorithm. Sounds like you selected the alternative minimum block of difference algorithm. An unique, advanced feature of Guiffy is it includes 3 compare algorithms: 1 for good file line compare views, 1 for Trustworthy 3-way auto merges, 1 for user tune-able inline differences highlighting. This is all well documented in Guiffy's Help.

    Guiffy has an advanced option for ignoring Whitespace differences by type: Leading, Embedded, and/or Trailing. Again, this is well documented in Guiffy's Help.

    Yes, Guiffy SureMerge is not free. But it has many advanced features such as: Trustworthy 3-way merging, Cross-platform support(Windows, Linux, MacOS), File Encoding support(UTF8, UTF16, SJIS, Big5, etc.), Command Line Interface, and an API package. Plus documented and supported integation with all the leading SCM products.

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