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    Find: WinMerge

    For any of you who are programmers or who just need to compare text files, WinMerge is a great little tool. It's open source and <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>, although donations are welcomed.
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    Re: Find: WinMerge

    Thanks Charlotte. I don't know how these compare (sorry! ... accidental) but I like/ use the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware ExamDiff - just 204KB.

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    Re: Find: WinMerge

    I love the free stuff that's good, so your selection and Alan's are nice finds. But just for what it might be worth to someone, I have another that I'd mention, but it's NOT free. Back in 1999 at my last place of employment, we had a need not only for comparing "text" files, such as HTML, but binary files as well. We had a number of staff who had many duplicate files such as graphics and needed an app to point that out and/or highlight differences in files. After trying a number of programs (I think one was called WinDiff), we settled on something called Araxis Merge which still exists. It's a bit pricey at $129 for a single license, so I bought my own copy when I "retired" and have not upgraded since 2001. I still use it periodically to compare my web page versions and directories full of pictures and other graphics.

    It's interesting to note Alan, that the PRO version of your selection seems to say it will do the binary compare and its price is ONLY $35. I might have to give that a look too. I checked the User Manual for Charlotte's WinMerge and it says it will compare total directories, but I believe only where text files are concerned.

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    Re: Find: WinMerge

    There's a program called windiff that comes with Windows. From memory it's also only for text files. Some others, including the one you mention, are detailed here, FYI.

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    Re: Find: WinMerge

    For programming use WinMerge is ample, since VB and VB.Net files are just text. I'll have to take a look at the others.
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    Re: Find: WinMerge

    I hope everyone will post their impressions after making some comparisons. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Find: WinMerge

    Alan

    Windiff covers ANY file type. All it tells you is whether two files of the same name are different, throughout two directory structures. It is not suffused with sophistication!

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    Re: Find: WinMerge

    Hmmm... nothing to write home about then. In fact, no surprise it's tucked away in the backblocks of the installation CD.

    Alan

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    Re: Find: WinMerge

    I've used Kdiff a few times, and I like it. It is also free.

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