Beyond Compare should be added to your consulting tool belt


It is not very often that I recommend a tool that we don’t make. :-) You will find a few if you search the archives, but maybe only one or two. This tool just saved my bacon in a HUGE way. You ever had an XML file and wondered what the differences were? Or how about two directories and trying to remember how your files are mashed together?

If you do, then check out Beyond Compare. It works on Source Code files, Batch Files, XML files, Windows Directories. It also do a pretty cool Directory to FTP Site check, which was uber handy for a new web site I am uploading where the FTP server was "unreliable." It did a killer job of automatically reconnecting and taking off where it left off.

For Microsoft folks reading this, you can check it out in the Site Licensed Area of ProductsWeb. For everybody else, check it out here. http://www.scootersoftware.com/moreinfo.php?c=features

The licensing price is awesome even for a site license for a small company. Once you start using it, you will spend weeks trying to figure out why you haven’t been using it sooner. :-)

This is one of my favorite tools ever… It will one of your’s too… :)

Compare files and directories with this file comparison software – Beyond Compare is a powerful, time-saving file compare utility.


Comments (8)

  1. My personal favorite which has many of the same features as beyond compare but at a slightly better price (free) is WinMerge :)

    http://www.winmerge.org

  2. Dave Burke says:

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  4. Hi Ben,

    I have some clients using Software Pursuits ActiveSync to replicate folders and files between locations. I bought Beyond Compare to spot check the sync process and have been using it since for a variety of purposes such as comparing source file versions. The posters here who responded with their alternatives should still take a look at Beyond Compare. It is that type of software that continually surprises me as I discover new features that really save time such as saved workspaces

  5. Ben Vollmer says:

    Doug,

    I also use FolderShare. (www.foldershare.) it does a good job of keeping my personal and work machines in sync with emails, (pst), documents, etc….

    I am glad you like BC… I am constantly amazed at the uses I find for it… One of my friends ended up using it to trasfer a HUGE amount of data across is 128k WAN with AMAZING results.

    While other tools do the same functions, this is one I come back to time and time again. :-)

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