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By: JT

Thu, 23 Aug 2007 14:11:13 +0000

To those complaining about these comparing tools not being able to compare binary files, like Word, well, Word and other word processing documents are not text files--they are binary files. How can you know for sure if a file is a text file? Try to open the file in a text editor like Notepad. If you can read all the text fine, it's a text document. If you see strange characters, it's a binary file. If you want to compare Word documents, you do know that Word has it's own document comparing feature, don't you? Just open up a Word doc, and go to Tools > Merge and Compare where you point to the second Word doc, and it will do an excellent comparison of the files.

By: Sam

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 06:40:52 +0000

#34, web pages are in plain text formats, so they should be compatible. With Microsoft Word documents, you could save them into plain text formats.

By: J. Stamp

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 02:22:02 +0000

I haven't downloaded this as yet, it doesn't sound like what I need sometimes. But I'm surprised that no one seems aware of the diff program which originated with UNIX and is now available as a component of the outstanding freeware text editor gvim. Especially for working on code, diff gives the line by line differences between test files. Vim ( ) is functionally similar to the vi text editor. Thanks to GAOTD for some excellent programs, and thanks to commenters on their evaluations and suggetions of (especially the freeware) alternatives.

By: franken

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 02:02:32 +0000

I've been well served by Beyond Compare for nearly ten years. It's a tool with dozens of features and so many are indispensable and rarely found in the same package. It's surprisingly inexpensive and one of the best reasons to still run Windows. Beyond Compare

By: Jacob

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 01:59:13 +0000

#21, I really have no idea, but I think GAOTD would only pay the provider every time someone activates their copy. That way they know that they have installed it, not just downloaded it.

By: Deepak

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 00:52:32 +0000

thanks. I have been putting off this tedious task. I have tons of duplicated files.

By: hunter

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 00:33:29 +0000

thumbs up for me. it depends on what one's need is. as mentioned by bladed thoth, this DOES compare folders. i've always wanted something like this. i teach web design. i carry stuff to school and back on a pen drive. i've always struggled this a duplicate folder, do i have this or that? is this 'the old one or the new one', all painstaking time. this should speed things up with ease. this appears to compare folders cleanly and easily. i didn't have to struggle to figure out how to use the program.

By: Marc

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 00:10:55 +0000

I manage two computers. I keep setup files, documents, music, videos and research on both. I also own an external hard drive that I use to archive all of these files. This program is great for keeping everything in sync!!! Great job GAOTD!!! Keep 'em coming!!!

By: Sam Meilach

Tue, 21 Aug 2007 23:00:48 +0000

Downloaded this software. Was looking for this kinda thing. First of all, I must say that this being free is okay. But I wouldn't buy it though. There are much better compare programs out there like Beyond Compare. One thing this doesn't seem to have (at least I can't find it), is that when you point to a line that different you don't know what characters are different. In the other programs it shows you which characters are different. What's the point of telling me that the line is different if it can't tell me what the difference is? This is a major oversight! Hence, I would consider this program to be a lightweight as compared to others in this category.

By: ken roberts

Tue, 21 Aug 2007 19:30:56 +0000

i would not have enough files to critique this software although it seems to be a useful utility. I will give more on other software as it becomes available , I feel that I owe it to giveaway of the day to do just that an honest opinion and not a bunch of belly crying about not being what we need