Beyond Compare Portable is a powerful time-saving utility for comparing files and folders on your Windows system. Use it to manage source code, keep folders in sync, compare program output, and validate copies of your data. Beyond Compare can create a snapshot of a live directory structure, and compare it against the live copy at a later date. Beyond Compare helps you analyze differences in detail and carefully reconcile them. It commands a wide range of file and text operations, as well as script commands for automating tasks.
Easy deployment and usage
Going through the setup process only takes a little time, with no difficulties or potentially unwanted offers. The user interface put at your disposal gets you quickly up and running due to its clever design. You can simultaneously work with multiple sessions. You can choose to have them opened either in separate tabs or individual windows, to suit your liking.
Compare multiple file formats
Such as the name suggests, the application comes equipped with various comparison tools packed into one. Choosing to run a new session unveils all possibilities, which range from but not limited to, folder, text, data, hex, MP3, picture, registry, as well as version comparison.
Depending on the operation you want to put in motion, a new tab or window is brought up with dedicated controls. Unfortunately, the application does not have a list of supported formats and you might end up with incompatible files.
Several customization options
The workspace is split into a fixed number of regions, for text differences being highlighted with different colors. Accessing the options menu lets you carefully configure, amongst others, colors to be used to highlight similarities or differences.
Keep folders up to date and synchronized
One of the features that perfectly blends in with comparison tools, is an integrated folder synchronization. The setup is completed easily, you only need to select target directories and set a rule. This can be configured to one of the available presets, or manually choose when and what happens to files that are different.
Expanded Session concept
Any comparison can be saved as a session, not just folder comparisons
Plug-ins are now built-in session types
Saved sessions can be organized in folders
Fully unicode enabled
Unicode filenames now supported as well as unicode file content
Tabbed interface for session views
Handy “home” view for launching and managing sessions
Layout of open sessions can be saved, restored
Built-in “Check for updates”
Folder compare features
Folder icons colors now match your preferences
Multiple operations can be queued
File actions now respect filters by default
Dedicated folder sync session
Touch and Attrib commands can now recurse through subfolders
Attrib supports Unix attributes
New Ignored command flags mismatched file as OK
New Move to Folder command
Flatten folders lets you compare differing folder structures
Pro only Alignment overrides
Text comparison features
Full in-pane editor with dynamic re-comparisons
Adaptive gutter buttons for copying sections
Unlimited undo after save
Grammar-based comparison rules
Independent file formats for each side of the comparison
New Ignored command flags mismatched sections as OK
Hex display option for line details
Pro only 3-way text merge
Pro only Replacements
Improved FTP support
FTP profiles, selectable per session
Multiple simultaneous connections
Pro only Built-in support for secure FTP protocols (SFTP and FTP over SSL)