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7 – Beyond Compare

Craig Peterson - Lead Developer for Beyond CompareThis week is an interview with Craig Peterson, the Lead Developer on Scooter Software’s Beyond Compare, one of my favorite utilities.  We discuss deveoping on the Linux platform with Kylix, adding Unicode Support pre-Delphi 2009, the new version of Beyond Compare and some tips for using it, plus a whole lot more.

Be sure to listen to the podcast to get your 25% discount code on Beyond compare version 3.  Also still good is the RemObjects 20% discount code.  Both are valid through the end of October!

17 replies on “7 – Beyond Compare”

I found 3.0 version a bit dissapointing. I compare some cyrillic texts and Beyond Compare “auto” selects the language to Vietnamese and of course don’t show the letters as it should. Then I need to manually select ANSI from the both panels and thus run the compare 3 times which slows my work.

Personally, I’m kind of upset with how visually unattractive the new version’s UI became. I understand that cross-platform development nearly always takes its tax from the app’s visual appearance, but is it worth THAT?

@dwrbudr: You can change the default encoding that BC uses. Go to Tools | File Formats and select the Conversion tab for any file format. You can change encoding from Detect to ANSI.

Daniel, you can use our ordering site from Germany and use PayPal or a credit card for payment. (There’s a warning page for European customers that explains that we don’t handle VAT, but it doesn’t prevent you from ordering.)

Alexander: Can you be more specific about what you don’t like? As Craig mentioned in the interview, we’ve stuck with VCL for the Windows build, so the U/I is not affected at all by being cross-platform.

Really looking forward to hearing this, but can I grumble about the download speed again? 55 minutes to download 23 megabytes…

Jim, How about posting the URL’s to the blogs mentioned in the podcast for those who are search challenged. 😉

@Richard – I’ll look into the download speed. When I tested it I found it downloaded quite fast. I wonder if it is time of day related, geography related, or network related. Thanks for letting me know.

I have just tested BC, and I have been disappointed… I am still looking at a good diff/merge tool. Any other idea ?

Monica: Have you tried communicating exactly what you are disappointed about to the BC team? They are very responsive and helpful. Perhaps the features you are looking for are there, but you didn’t find them.

BC3 is such a powerful, useful and easy to use product. It is much better than ‘a good diff/merge tool’.

@Tony: In fact, my main concern is about scripting. BC is quite poor. I found another diff/merge tool with Javascript scripting capabilities : ECMerge. I tried the 2.2 Beta version on PC & Mac.

The coupon code says it’s not valid. I tried both the 25% and the 20% code and doesn’t work.

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