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aToad #26: WinMerge

A feature-rich file comparison tool

I was just trying to compare the file list of 2 folders (just by filename, as the files were meant to be different, but with matching names). The first relevant thing I found was WinMerge. Since it seemed to be able to do the job, plus it’s open source, I gave it a spin. And I found out it does so much more. I haven’t actually tried any of those other features, but I noticed that it includes an hexadecimal editor (Frhed), as well as an image comparison component. So it seems to be able to do detailed comparison of binary files and pictures.

From the little I tried, it did the job (although I didn’t find anything to just compare files by name, it also forced me to compare by modification time or size, as far as I rememver). But the UI is quite intense and using the more complex features will probably require some trial and error… or just reading the manual a bit.

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