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Beyond Compare

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Editors' Review

by   / April 27, 2009

Beyond Compare provides users with extensive side-by-side file comparison and management. Novice users might find its interface a little overwhelming, but a visit to the Help menu provides all the necessary details for getting started.

The program consists of two interfaces. The first provides a list of sessions that you can employ, from folder comparisons to text and data comparisons. It also provides summaries of any saved sessions. Clicking a session button introduces the second interface. At first glance, the second interface was a little overwhelming, especially when the files were added. But after spending a little time with the program, we quickly got the hang of it. We browsed for two folders and instantly, the contents of each were listed in the two panels. Toolbar buttons at the top of the window let us manage the files and folders, including deleting and moving files, showing differences, and even creating rules for handling and comparing folders. Once we were finished, we were able to go back and revisit our session by selecting it on the tree menu from the first interface.

If you're new to file management, the extensive Help menu and ample 30-day trial that come with the program will get you started on the right foot. We highly recommend Beyond Compare for detailed file management.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.2.10.23938

  • Windows: Added support for Windows 10 case sensitive folders.
  • Windows: Fixed various issues with OneDrive profiles.
  • Windows: Fixed OneDrive support for deleting folders.
  • Windows: OneDrive authentication now uses the default system web browser instead of an embedded one.
  • Windows: Fixed hang/crash if the OneDrive authentication dialog was shown twice within a single running instance of BC.
  • Unix: Fixed detecting character encoding errors when comparing files.
  • Windows: Added support for Windows 10 case sensitive folders.
  • Windows: Embedded web browser used for "View as Webpage" and "Check For Updates" will now use newer Internet Explorer engines, up to IE11, if they're available.
  • Added Beyond Compare's CPU architecture to Check for Updates query.
  • "Auto Scale", "Blend Toggle", and "Difference Offset" are no longer stored with session defaults.
  • Text Merge
  • Fixed position of "File Info" panel.

General

Publisher Scooter Software
Publisher web site http://www.scootersoftware.com/
Release Date May 31, 2019
Date Added May 31, 2019
Version 4.2.10.23938

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 21.22MB
File Name BCompare-4.2.10.23938.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 682,222
Downloads Last Week 671

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $30
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