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Tool name: Beyond Compare
Rating: 4.0 (1 vote)
Author: Scooter Software                        
Website: http://www.scootersoftware.com
Current version: 2.5.1
Last updated: August 30, 2007
Direct D/L link: N/A
License type: Shareware
Description: A very good text/code diffing tool. Also a good binary diffing tool if using the plugin for this from the author's website.
Also listed in: Binary Diff Tools, File System Diff Tools, Image Diff Tools
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Tool name: Araxis Merge
Rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Author: Araxis                        
Website: http://www.araxis.com/merge/
Current version:
Last updated: December 6, 2007
Direct D/L link: http://www.araxis.com/merge/Download.html
License type: Commercial, 30 day evaluation
Description: Merge is the visual file comparison (diff), merging and folder synchronization application from Araxis. Use it to compare and merge source code, web pages and other text files with native application performance. Compare images and binary files. Synchronize folders. Perform code reviews and audits. Work with source hierarchies containing thousands of files.

Features include:

- 3 way diff comparison (compare 3 files or data sets at the same time)
- ASCII, MBCS, UNICODE
- Binary and image (jpg, gif etc) comparison (very cool, can easily detect single changed pixels, e.g. in cases of steganography etc!)

Very powerful tool, useful for quickly diff'ing a directory structure of files to check for changes.
Also listed in: Binary Diff Tools, Image Diff Tools
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Tool name: DiffMerge
Rating: 4.0 (1 vote)
Author: SourceGear                        
Website: http://www.sourcegear.com/diffmerge
Current version: 3.1
Last updated: October 10, 2007
Direct D/L link: N/A
License type: Free
Description: DiffMerge is an application to visually compare and merge files for Windows, Mac OS X and Unix.

Product Features:

* Diff. Graphically shows the changes between two files. Includes intra-line highlighting and full support for editing.
* Merge. Graphically shows the changes between 3 files. Allows automatic merging (when safe to do so) and full control over editing the resulting file.
* Folder Diff. Performs a side-by-side comparison of 2 folders, showing which files are only present in one file or the other, as well as file pairs which are identical or different.
* Windows Explorer Integration. Right-click on any two files in Windows Explorer to diff them immediately.
* Configurable. Rulesets and options provide for customized appearance and behavior.
* International. Compatible with 42 different character encodings.
* Cross-platform. Identical feature set on Windows, Mac OS X, and Unix.
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Tool name: ExamDiff Pro
Rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Author: prestoSoft                        
Website: http://www.prestosoft.com/edp_examdiffpro.asp
Current version: 3.5.1.5
Last updated: May 26, 2007
Direct D/L link: http://www.prestosoft.com/download/edpro35_with_plug-ins.exe
License type: Commercial
Description: From the product's website:


ExamDiff Pro is a powerful yet intuitive and easy to use visual file and directory comparison tool for Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista. It features unique functionality that distinguishes ExamDiff Pro from other comparison programs. If you've been frustrated with other comparison utilities, you will find that ExamDiff Pro offers a much more efficient and user-friendly way to compare files and folders.

Also listed in: Binary Diff Tools
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Tool name: WinDiff
Rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Author: Microsoft                        
Website: N/A
Current version:
Last updated:
Direct D/L link: N/A
License type:
Description: The good old classic source diff tool that comes with (at least earlier versions, including 6.0, of) Microsoft Visual Studio.
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Tool name: WinMerge
Rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Author: Christian List & Dean Grimm                        
Website: http://winmerge.org
Current version: 2.14.0
Last updated: February 2, 2013
Direct D/L link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/winmerge/files/stable/2.14.0
License type: GPLv2 / Open Source (C++)
Description: From the source:

"WinMerge is a Win32 tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories. Unicode support. Flexible syntax coloring editor. Windows Shell integration. Regexp filtering. Side-by-side line diff and highlights diffs inside lines."

Also, it supports plugin system that natively includes 7-Zip as prefilter, useful for huge chunks of junk.
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