Beyond Compare Reviews

One of the most helpful apps I use every day for multiple tasks

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I am so happy to have purchased this (version 3) after using the trial quite a while ago. It is fantastic, for comparing so many different things. I use it for backing up, finding duplicates, keeping files that are the latest and dumping the older, seeing the various changes you have made in a document, slight changes of images using tolerance... the list goes on. I honestly am surprised at how many functions this helps my workflow while on the computer - I needed it for doing basic comparisons early on, but have found so many ways to use it in my workflow. It truly is "Beyond Compare" ;)

I am looking forward to trying the new 3-way-compare in version 4, and I will likely be upgrading to 4. Plus Scooter Software has excellent support. Highly recommended!

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One of the tools I can't live without

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I seriously have no idea how I could possibly work without this tool. Never would have thought the need to compare files and directories would come up so often. I use it for things unrelated to programming several times every week (plus many times every day for programming work).

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Mac version doesn't compare against VC

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As far as I can tell, the Mac version of BeyondCompare doesn't support comparing a file or folder against a version control system. If this is a must-have feature for you, as it is for me, you'll want to look elsewhere.

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One of the best Compare and Merge tools around

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I've used Beyond Compare extensively for years (since previous versions). I am always pleasantly surprised how well it works. For example its support for comparing the contents of Zip and 7zip files is great! I'll often use it instead of a dedicated compression tool to update the contents of a compressed folder.

It does a great job at the basic comparison and merging operations, but I love the extra features like the ability to compare to a FTP server. This is great when I am migrating a web app between servers or updating it from a local staging instance.

I've used other tools prior to Beyond Compare, and occasionally on the recommendation of someone else, but always find Beyond Compare to be the best tool for the job.

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Works on Mac OS X with Wine

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I was going through major withdrawal after moving to Mac and not having Beyond Compare anymore. After a suggestion from Scooter Software support I installed Beyond Compare under Wine on my Mac and was surprised how well it worked. It handled all the paths just fine and worked exactly like I expected it to.

I followed David Baumgold's tutorial on installing Wine with MacPorts. It took a little while (mostly waiting for the download and build processes, which the tutorial said would take a while) and worked great. Way better than the alternatives, even the ones that are designed for Mac. I found it worked better on Mac than either Araxis Merge or DiffMerge, and they have Mac specific versions (Araxis isn't as flexible and actually gave me a lot of errors for basic operations, while DiffMerge just doesn't come close in the feature department.)

Of course if you are on Windows then Beyond Compare is the first choice. I haven't used it on Linux, but expect it works well there too.

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overrated

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Way to overrated, sure it's packed with features, but all of them are clumsy & buggy.
The layout & ease)of)use is a mess, the interface is a mess & it flay files as equal when they're not, and does the exact same opposite for unequal files.

Instead of adding 95% unneeded crap, why don't they make sure the base features are bugfree.
& please do something to that interface. Even the free & abandoned WinMerge is still miles ahead of this expensive bugfest.

I haven't founded it buggy at all and I use it extensively on both Windows and Mac. In fact I found it more reliable on Mac under Wine then DiffMerge.

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Good application, but footprint and temporary file handling unacceptable...

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I agree with edrandall, however I gave it more then a 60 second test. I had two non-system 750GB drives with similar contents (both around 400GB used of various contents: ISO, videos, zips, etc). I ran the CRC compare of the two drives and left it overnight. Next morning when I came to work I found my C:\ drive (system) filled up with BC3* tmp files totaling 150GB and system almost unusable, not to mention Beyond Compare did finish with bunch of "stream read/write errors".

After above happened, I looked in the application options to change temporary folder location or any settings but those simply did not exist.

I'm continuing to search for other folder comparison tools with small footprint similarly good UI and ability to tweak temp folder use so that it doesn't negatively impact system performance.

Sounds like you may have had some hardware issues there. I've used BeyondCompare to recover files from failing files before and it works great. The only time I run into problems is when the hardware is just too far gone or the file system is too corrupt. In fact when I am having trouble copying files with windows then I run Beyond Compare instead - it is a lot more persistent. One tip if you are working with system files then run Beyond Compare as administrator.

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Extremely useful software

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It requires some learning/tweaking but once you get the hang of it, comparing files and folders is not a hassle any more.

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