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Kaleidoscope spots differences in text and image files.

Features:

  1. General
    • Single window workflow: One tab per comparison
    • Compare two+ files: Add any number of files per tab
    • Always up to date: Auto-refreshes when files change
    • File Shelf: Quickly go from file to file
    • Path Bar: See where your files are
    • Keyboard shortcuts: Every action has a shortcut
  2. Text Scope
    • Supports any text file: Plain text, source code, HTML, etc.
    • Clear comparisons
    • Three layouts: Blocks, Fluid & Unified
    • Compare more...

What's New

Version 2.1.0 (134):

New Features

  • Added support for ignoring whitespace (leading, trailing, and line ending) in text comparisons.
  • Added an indicator to display remaining unresolved conflicts in a merge document.
Text Scope
  • Added drop-down menus on either side of Choose Left/Choose Right buttons to make "Choose Both" options more more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7.3 or later

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Philosopherdog Member IconReview+99
Philosopherdog
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Looks great, but without inline editing I can't use it. I bought it but use kdiff. It's ugly but has a complete feature set.

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Version 2.1.0
Star-Affinity
+1

Have you told the developer?

flowerpot Member IconComment+6
flowerpot
+2

However good this may be, be aware that the direct purchase from the site adds VAT if you're in the UK, making it 20% more expensive than the MAS version. Black Pixel don't mention this in their description of the differences between their and the MAS version.

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Version 2.0.1
flowerpot
+3

Should add that I did buy it from the site despite the added 20%.

hced Member IconReview+171
hced
+1

Congratulations to Black Pixel for finally getting text merging implemented. This is major news for this app and in my testing it seems to work a treat (haven't tested on larger files yet). Well done.

Because of this, I had no second thoughts buying this app (again), since it's just so damn good looking and pleasant to use.

The one little missing piece for me, is being able to edit text inline (is that what it's called?). I.e. making quick edits in one of the (writable) files would be great for even speedier operation! Technically, that would be all the files that you can merge *to*.

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Version 2.0.0
Juslee Member IconReview+1
Juslee
+1

Could not find which files were supported pre-purchase. I had hoped that PDFs would be, but they're not.

Nice software.

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Version 2.0.0
Botchka Member IconReview+15
Botchka
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I downloaded the demo of Kaleidoscope over 30 days ago and the demo no longer works for me since I've gone past the 30 days.

I was in need of some text comparison software on my mac and I went ahead and paid for and downloaded Kaleidoscope. Color me disappointed.

First and foremost, I'm used to Beyond Compare on Windows..which is really one of the best file compare programs out there. Kaleidoscope is missing BASIC merge functionality which makes it worthless to me. In BC one simply has to click a directional arrow to merge a block of text from left to right or right to left. Can't do that with Kaleidoscope! I wish I could get a refund on Kaleidoscope.

Until they add the most basic of functionality to K, I'd hold off on purchasing it.

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Version 1.1.6
Botchka
+5

I wrote to Black Pixel asking for a refund and was given a refund within 5 minutes of sending my request along with an apology that Kaleidoscope didn't meet my needs. From a customer support standpoint OUTSTANDING. I would raise my rating 1/2 to 1 star for that alone. I will be purchasing Kaleidoscope when and if they add merge functionality.

Countpollen
+2

Kaleidoscope 2 beta has merge functionality!
http://www.kaleidoscopeapp.com/beta

Botchka
+0

Yes indeedy. However, they're going to face some stiff competition from Beyond Compare...who is currently working on a version for OSX.

Countpollen
+1

I see no OS X beta on their website... Are you working for Beyond Compare ;)

Botchka
+1

@Countpollen: I don't work for BC and the reason you don't see it on their website is because they posted a screenshot to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=560890740591565&set=a.214881141859195.63306.169680776379232

hced Member IconComment+171
hced
+3

N.B. This app is no longer maintained by Sofa. Since Facebook's acquisition of Sofa, Kaleidoscope along with Versions has been transfered to a company called Black Pixel: http://blackpixel.com/

Despite the fact Black Pixel prefer white text on a pitch black background on their website, which is always a bad thing (and might signal bad design choices ahead of Kaleidoscope's path), there could be hope for the app's survival.

Black Pixel: my apologies this comes out a bit like a rant, but if there's one thing the web needs to get rid of, it's such accessibility flaws where I can't read your site due to pain in the eyes and flashing phantom text, caused by high contrast in text/background. This is obviously a bit over-exaggerating, but you might want to consider the fact that you will inherit a userbase that has grown to appreciate Sofa's attention to detail and well-designed outcomes – so as not to cause a void between such expectations and your own presentation.

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Version 1.1.5
cksum
+2

No, you're not over exaggerating. Hard white text on pitch black is insufferable. I get ghosting after about a minute (I'm in design and ergonomics) and refuse to support anyone whose so myopic as to blind their visitors. If they at all cared about their users (you know, the people that pay their bills), they'd fix their design pronto!

Mistersquid
+2

These are ridiculous complaints.

I have the exact opposite and my color landscape is inverted so that most software and web pages are white/light text on black/dark backgrounds.

For me, staring into bright, blaring screens is a serious usability problem.

How's that for anecdata?

SHRIMPS Member IconReview+7
SHRIMPS
+1

I don't care how nice this looks. Bring on some real merging functionality. I would also love to see support for directories.

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Version 1.1.5
hced Member IconReview+171
hced
+1

Although I'm a huge mourner when it comes to this app's lack of simple text merging, there is one GREAT feature that's probably often overlooked due to peoples' anger on the missing merge:

The image comparison facility in Kaleidoscope. I find it actually justifies the price, easily. I didn't anticipate it would be so useful, but it really is when you're reaching some 40 design iterations and need to see what went where from file to file. Is the sense of change between files only placebo, or did some small glitch occur somewhere, and so on.

To Sofa: credit for this feature. I really hope the app has diff merging up its sleave next, and that you give it #1 priority – user opinion is __overwhelming__. I recommend you respond to this.

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Version 1.1.3
Mac007 Member IconComment+198
Mac007
+0

For those looking for info on the original Theme changing app called Kaleidoscope here's a link:

http://http://www.kaleidoscope.net/

It only runs on MacOS 9 though. ;-)

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Version 1.1.3
Mac007
+0

My bad, you only need one http://

Mtin79 Member IconReview+50
Mtin79
+8

i really want to like this app too, but lacks folder comparison and merging. hope these features will be in there soon. otherwise i`ll need to move on, which would be a shame ... definitely.

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Version 1.1.2
user icon+2
Ededed
Version 2.1.0
user icon+3
Blaf71
Version 2.0.0
user icon+15
Echoz
Version 2.0.0
user icon+0
elventear
Version 1.1.5
user icon+0
KazFrog
Version 1.1.4
user icon+0
LucasH
Version 1.1.3
user icon+0
Pmdf
Version 1.1.2
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Downloads 15,465
Version Downloads 1,902
License Demo
Date 01 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $69.99
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