Meld Reviews

Files or Folders So easy So useful

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This program is amazing. I'm using it with my backups compare and via not-known git friends. Really useful. Easy to patch files to files , line by line, change to change. It is also so soft to use (Windows 10). You should give it a try

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Pretty and productive

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Easy on the eyes User Interface (UI) which is clear and to the point. Should have used it sooner!

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Open source, easy to use. What more could I want?

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works great, had to do a difference check between two folders for wordpress theme. Below shows a quick diff comparison on a file selected from two different repos, and also a comparison of two different repos (highlighted in blue)

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[Edited by Kagerjay, November 07]

[Edited by Kagerjay, November 07]

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It checks for differences and shows them nicely but it works slow for big folders.

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Unusably slow for CSV files

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For CSV files that differ by something simple in each line, like the date format being YYYY-MM-DD vs. MM/DD/YYYY, Meld is extremely slow. It takes MINUTES (or hours, who knows, I quit it after 5 minutes) to highlight the inline difference. I've filed a bug against this in their Bugzilla - let's hope the developer fixes it.

By comparison (no pun intended), the Small Compare It! iconCompare It! tool (2009, Windows only) is 25 times faster.

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Tell us more about this "Windows 2009"? It has been discontinued because it was not good.
Maybe it is 25 times faster because CPUs back than were slower.

Please read more carefully - I wrote "2009, Windows only". CompareIt has no longer been developed since 2009 partly because it has a pretty darn complete feature set. Other than running on Linux, I does the vast majority of things that users need.

CPUs being slower back then could be a reason why the developer kept improving the diffing algorithm. Nowadays with so much CPU power, disk space and RAM, web sites and apps get fatter and developers lazier. A "hello world" Android app is 800 (eight hundred) kilobytes. Back in the 90s, you could fit an entire accounting software suite on a floppy disk. Now we need to run Quickbooks in the cloud.

A definite alternative to Araxis Merge, however has been no longer developed since July 2015

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Have used Araxis Merge for years at my work place.. However, was pleased to see Meld Merge when I installed Linux Mint. Also, had come to discover that Meld is also available for Windows. Was a bit saddened to read that Meld Merge for Windows has been stopped in Development as of July 2015.

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Meld is still being developed. The last version is from June 2017. (I don't know about the Windows version, but the Linux one is).

No patches

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Can not apply patches to files, just like all the other merge tools.

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