A powerful file management and comparison tool
Being able to quickly and conveniently compare differences between files is a good skill to have in both professional and personal use. Of course, when you possess hundreds or thousands of files and folders, it can be difficult to keep track of all of them and see changes in minute details. Fortunately, there are powerful software like Beyond Compare that can help users out. Beyond Compare is a data comparison tool that can compare differences between folders all the way to version histories.View full description
- Easy to understand the comparisons
- Compatible with most file types
- Synchronize folders
- 3-way merge
- Interface takes time to get used to
- Free version has a limited trial license, you need to purchase the product key later on
Being able to quickly and conveniently compare differences between files is a good skill to have in both professional and personal use. Of course, when you possess hundreds or thousands of files and folders, it can be difficult to keep track of all of them and see changes in minute details. Fortunately, there are powerful software like Beyond Compare that can help users out. Beyond Compare is a data comparison tool that can compare differences between folders all the way to version histories.
What Is Beyond Compare Used For?
As mentioned above, data comparison is an important skill for both professionals and hobbyists. Software developers and manual testers will find great use for Beyond Compare because it can detect differences between codes and track changes made to certain files. This will make it easy for developers to check which version of the source code to retain and which to discard. It can also be used to determine which files are possibly corrupted by checking any changes that were made to the files.
For personal use, it's a great way to keep your files organized. You’ll be able to find duplicate files in folders, quickly find additional ones, and assess which ones to keep.
Beyond Compare is a multi-platform tool that can be downloaded and installed on most desktop operating systems. It's available in several languages, and it has a small installer file which makes the installation process a breeze.
How It Works
To use Beyond Compare, all you have to do is drag the files and folders that need comparison onto Beyond Compare’s home screen. Once the analysis is done, the two items will be displayed side by side in the window.
The app can be used to compare text files, music, folders, and more. The results are different depending on the compared file types. For example, comparing folders will show two folder lists with color-coding. The color-coding indicates if files are available in both folders, only available in one folder, or if both files are different. There are more color-codes available for the other folder statuses indicated by the comparison. One of the best things about Beyond Compare is its synchronize folders feature. With it, users will be able to automatically reconcile differences within their folders.
Differences in text files are highlighted in red to make them easy to spot. This is the same for music and other media files, except it's their metadata that will be compared and highlighted, not their contents.
Beyond Compare can be used to quickly modify, delete, copy, or sync files after being compared. Similar to the synchronize folders feature, there is the 3-way merge feature that allows users to combine changes of a file to one output.
A Powerful Comparison Tool
Comparing files and folders is a necessary step for any action that requires organization. Beyond Compare is a powerful utility that can take away the hassle off making comparisons manually. Whether you're a professional who needs to make comparisons a lot of comparisons in a short amount of time or you’re just someone who wants to keep their files organized, Beyond Compare is a handy tool to have around.