VisualDiffer
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Compare folders side-by-side.   Commercial ($4.99)
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VisualDiffer compares folders and files side-by-side using colors to visually show differences. From the Folder view it's possible to make operations on folders and files like copying or deleting.

It's possible to compare directories quickly choosing base folders from the context menu. Using the File Filter feature, it is possible to hide specific files like .git, .svn directories, or the omnipresent .DS_Store files from visualization.

Folder comparison can be done using different techniques from the fastest "compare only date and size," to the fine-grained
What's New
Version 1.5.9:
  • Allow Esc key to be used to exit application
  • Copy and Sync folders set invalid file time on samba volumes
  • Equal files still marked as mismatch with 'Compare file content ignoring line endings'-option (This bug was reopen for regressions)
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 or later



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VisualDiffer User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
(5)
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macadamsterdam reviewed on 18 Jan 2014
Super efficient utility app.
Fast, accurate, inexpensive.
For me, it has replaced DeltaWalker since this last one is not (for the moment) aware of extended attributes (from which Mavericks Tags are part of).
[Version 1.5.8]


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+1

+9

Invalid reviewed on 21 Nov 2013
This is a neat little diff app. Since a lot of the comments are about the lack of a demo I'll try to write about it in a bit of detail.

The workflow of this app is most similar to DiffMerge (which does have a demo) but with a better interface. You get a bunch of toolbar toggles to filter your results, two folder lists with changes in red and orphans in blue, and double-clicking a file opens the text differences in a separate new window—all like DiffMerge.

The UI is where this app shines. It's clean and well thought out, and the slew of filters it puts right on the toolbar really is excellent. Other diff apps have made me dig through menus or preference panes to toggle things like whitespace or whether I'm comparing by size, file date or file contents. A few apps have even made me dig through menus to toggle simple things like hiding identical results. This app does it all on-the-fly from the toolbar. It also lets you both drag and browse for files and has a handy progress bar while folders are scanned. Just a smart UI overall.

This app is also a true native Mac app which is pleasant. It's quick, smooth, and wonderfully small—like 3MB installed—which is impressive compared to a Java port like DeltaWalker that is 200MB installed (and clunkier).

Where this app falls a little short however is in the text comparison. It's functional but so far you can't free-form edit text (you can only copy differences left or right from what I see), it doesn't have syntax highlighting, and it only highlights whole lines of text as opposed to the particular changed words like some other apps. Hopefully the developer adds these features soon.

In the mean time, I'd highly recommend this app if you mostly compare FOLDERS. The folder view is especially clean and I found it easier to transverse folder differences with this than with DiffMerge, DeltaWalker, Araxis Merge, DiffFork and CompareMerge.

Last note: I'd like to thank the developer for still supporting OS X 10.6. It's my favourite OS and it's nice to still have a few developers looking out for me unlike cough Kaleidoscope cough.
[Version 1.5.6]


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+21
Imarc845 commented on 09 Nov 2013
Two updates:
(1) Version 1.5.7 is currently in the Mac App Store
(2) Price is currently $4.99. That's not huge but it would be preferable for MacUpdate to indicate the correct pricing.

If this can do half of what I hope it can, it will be worth three or more times the updated price in time savings.
[Version 1.5.6]


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-30
Macvet22 commented on 28 Mar 2013
As others, would like a demo version.
What use is the screenshot? Call me a technophobe if you wish after 28 years on computers, but it tells the ueer nothing about the attributes the app is supposed to be useful for... no rating as not tried yet, just comment.
[Version 1.5.2]

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+5

+110
June8 replied on 25 May 2013
Is it fair to give a half star to an application because it has no demo version?
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+1

+99
MacUpdate-Jess replied on 19 Sep 2013
Please refrain from assigning scores to "reviews" that are not actually reviews of the app itself, but rather your opinion of pricing or how it compares to the competition.

Reviews and ratings should be left by individuals who have actually used the title and have some insight to share about the app itself. Otherwise, please leave comments (to which this has been changed), or take advantage of the "Suggest Similar Software" feature. Thanks.
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+1

+16

macpayne reviewed on 11 Feb 2013
How can I missed this app :(
I own both of Deltawalker and Kaleidoscope and starting now It seems I'll be starting to replace them with Visual Differ.
I really like VisualDiffer workflow and features that seems more understand what developers need.
And for $1.9 (I bought it when it's on sale), it's definitely a steal
I'm just hoping I found this app before I bought DeltaWalker(Oro version) and Kaleidoscope
[Version 1.5]


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+1

+7

Rc1969 reviewed on 27 Jan 2013
I have this as well as Kaleidoscope, and I go back and forth between them. Kaleidoscope has a somewhat more elegant user experience, though I suspect the VisualDiffer is actually more efficient to use for those who know what they are doing. And it's much cheaper.
I also appreciate the configuration options, such as being able to filter out .svn and other such files.
This is a very fine app.
[Version 1.5]


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+5

+201
Zo219 commented on 26 May 2011
To be fair—and to perhaps drive Apple crazy, hell, I don't know what's fair except this App Store no demo policy sucks—perhaps one should leave a comment on every app you're not going to buy without a demo.

Not to penalize MacUpdate—or the devs—but ...

Some developers are making demo downloads from their site. Great idea—it's called shareware. I may be getting just a little bit sick of the walled garden ...
[Version v1.1.2]

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+1

+47
Diarbyrag replied on 29 May 2011
Totally Agree, in fact I think MU should not list any app that is only available on the Cr...App store
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+1

+77
Doc-Renaud replied on 29 May 2011
I agree too. No trial, no download! The hell with this bloody app store!
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+1

+30
Orytek commented on 25 May 2011
No demo to test it first? Looks like the appstore is really effecting the shareware concept. You can call it commercial but I call it No-Demoware
[Version v1.1.2]


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+13

Rjmorita rated on 16 Oct 2012

[Version 1.4.3]



+9

Christa_1980 rated on 02 Feb 2012

[Version 1.3]


Downloads:15,342
Version Downloads:763
Type:Utilities : AppleScript
License:Commercial
Date:28 Feb 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $4.99
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VisualDiffer compares folders and files side-by-side using colors to visually show differences. From the Folder view it's possible to make operations on folders and files like copying or deleting.

It's possible to compare directories quickly choosing base folders from the context menu. Using the File Filter feature, it is possible to hide specific files like .git, .svn directories, or the omnipresent .DS_Store files from visualization.

Folder comparison can be done using different techniques from the fastest "compare only date and size," to the fine-grained byte-by-byte comparison. File comparison is done using the UNIX diff command. This choice makes the result quick, standard, and reliable.

It's possible to save work sessions, then quickly reopen them to compare directories hierarchies or two specific files.


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