Beyond Compare is a data comparison and file management utility, developed by Scooter Software. The application allows users to compare files, folders, directories and archives quickly and easily, so that they can be effectively managed. This means that, for example, two directory trees can be compared side-by-side, with any differences or discrepancies being highlighted by the application. The software includes dedicated viewers for many file types and enables users to merge or synchronize files or directories. It is also available for Mac.
Compare Any File Type
One of the big advantages of Beyond Compare over other similar alternatives on the market such as WinMerge is the compatibility it provides, with support for virtually any file type, including text files, data files, executable files, image files and ZIP files. The application supports system folders, FTP sites, and even cloud storage folders, and provides customizable options so that the results display the aspects that users are interested in. Although the interface will take some time to get to grips with, comparison displays are color-coded, making differences obvious.
Easy Comparisons and Analysis
Ultimately, the true value of Beyond Compare is that it provides a means of analyzing and comparing files, folders and directories without the need for an abundance of technical knowledge. While many file comparison applications place a strong emphasis on text comparisons, Beyond Compare is compatible with a huge number of file types and displays results in a way that can be easily interpreted and acted upon.