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Differences Examiner allows you to compare text files and to highlight their differences to analyze them.
  • You can compare and display differences between text files.
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  • It shows you the differences by displaying identical, modified and missing lines in color.
  • It accepts any kind of text file such as plain text or source code.
  • You can drag and drop the files you want to compare on the window or on the icon of the application.
  • You can copy and paste or drag and drop the texts you want to compare on the window.
  • You can display line numbers on the left of each file.
  • You can more...

What's New

Version 5.1:
  • A problem when saving the preferences at shutdown has been corrected, because of Mac OS X's non-safe way of quitting the applications at shutdown.
  • A problem when checking for an available update has been corrected.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Anonymous
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ditto
this is a free feature of most text editing programs, comes bundled with mac os x, and there are also freeware applications that do better for free

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Version 1.8
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Anonymous
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Diff'npatch and others (see other comments) do the same job, for free, faster, better, and with a better interface.

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Version 1.8
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Anonymous
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Rather use DiffFrontend, it's free and it does the same job better.

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Version 1.6
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Anonymous
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Quick recap: if you have not done so already, install the Developer tools from your OS X CD. /Developer/Applications/Utilities/File Merge.app is superior to this item in both functionality and price.

Also, if you want a payware diff tool, BBEdit has an excellent Find Differences command, plus a few thousand other handy features.

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Version 1.4
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Anonymous
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Thanks for the tip, Copycat. I did check it out (though I don't think everybody wants to bother installing everything from the Developer CD), but the program pointed out the error for the wrong line. And it also didn't highlight text within a line. I seem to remember some freeware earlier which did do the trick better, but I've since moved computers.

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If the critiquers would spend the time they put into critiquing into demonstrating their own great prowess into programming the superior application they seem capable of programming, the user would have more choices, and those who are trying to provide some service in the meantime will not be unnecessarily disparaged. Not using Unix myself or knowing other diffs programs for the mac, I would be happy to use this, even if it is slow in comparing large text files (and though it only shows the lines that have been changed rather than the exact text). I enjoyed AlphaOmega's file concatenating program, so at least I have found some use for their software. So, why don't we prove ourselves with actions and save the real critiques for the programs which are actually harmful in some way (whether in function or content)?

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Version 1.4
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Anonymous
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Somebody already has coded a 'superior application.' It's called FileMerge. It's free and you already have it. See the other comments for details.

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AlphaOmega strikes again!!!

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Version 1.4
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Anonymous
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Wow, 1.2mb for a frontend for 'diff'? It must be RealBASIC. And it must be AlphaOmega software! I can't wait to see this gem listed on www.perversiontracker.com!

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Version 1.2
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Oh, lighten up folks! This kind of thing is the "price" we pay for free development tools, easy-to-use frameworks, and an open market in OS X software.

"Let the buyer beware." Furthermore...

People should not test downloads using administrative access, by means of which they can do true damage to their systems.

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Version 1.2
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I have downloaded this version of DE 1.2 and in the modified file, I:

Modifed lines
Removed Lines
Added lines

Unfortunately, DE still does *NOT* work,what ever the author says in his comments below...

All edits were shown as "modified", never deleted or added.


This stinks, and the GUI still sucks with navigation issues.

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Version 1.2
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I know nothing about this software. It could be great, or it could be the worst $5 you ever spent. What I do know is that you can get a very solid file/folder comparison tool for $0. Apple's FileMerge utility is part of the Xcode Developer Tools, which you can download once you have signed up for a free ADC Online Membership.

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Version 1.2
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Downloads 15,167
Version Downloads 131
License Shareware
Date 02 Jun 2014
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $40.80
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