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Sunday, December 20, 2015

ExamDiff Pro 8.0 Released!

We are pleased to announce that we've just released ExamDiff Pro 8.0.

This release has all of the features of the 8.0 beta, including:
You can find more details about ExamDiff Pro 8.0, as well as a download link, here.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

ExamDiff Pro 8.0 Beta!

We are pleased to announce a public beta program for ExamDiff Pro 8.0.

You can download ExamDiff Pro 8.0 Beta for 32-bit Windows and for 64-bit Windows. The upgrade is free for all users who purchased ExamDiff Pro less than 12 months before this release. See the bottom of this email for upgrade instructions.

Here's what's new in ExamDiff Pro 8.0 (as compared to 7.0):

Ability to Group Directory Comparison Items

The biggest new feature that's coming to ExamDiff Pro 8.0 directory listview grouping, a new mode that shares characteristics with both file comparison and three-way file merge. Directory listview grouping gives users the ability to group similar files in directory comparison by relative path, type, and status.

For more information, see our blog entry about listview grouping.

Allow to Go Up/Drill Down in Directory Comparison Without Re-comparison

Another major new feature arriving in the next ExamDiff Pro is the ability to drill down and go up without having to recompare directories. Cached directory comparison will allow users to more quickly and seamlessly navigate through directory comparison results.

For more information, see our blog entry about caching of directory comparison results.

Ability to Use Left/Center/Right Blocks by Default In Case of a Merge Conflict (Master Edition only)

One particularly useful new feature for developers who frequently utilize three-way merge in ExamDiff Pro is the ability to set-up default blocks in case of merge conflicts. By activating this feature, users can significantly reduce merge conflict resolution times if they have a preferred file in mind.

For more information, see our blog entry about automatic merge conflict resolution.

Other Additions In ExamDiff Pro 8.0

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Additional Features in the next ExamDiff Pro

Saved Manual Synchronization Links

One of the additional features the next version of ExamDiff Pro will introduce is saved manual synchronization links. As you may recall, manual synchronization is the feature that gives users the ability to manually realign lines in text file comparison. An example of this in action is shown below:



In the next ExamDiff Pro, these manual synchronization links will be saved if you close and reopen ExamDiff Pro. If one of the files is modified, however, the links will be reset.

Customizable File and Directory Captions

Another new feature in the next ExamDiff Pro is customizable file and directory captions. As of the next version of ExamDiff Pro, you will be able to change the default captions of the comparison results by simply right-clicking the caption and selecting Change Caption. This is shown below:



In the dialog box that appears, simply enter your desired new caption in the box and click OK as shown in the screenshot below:



As you can now see, the caption changed from the path to the file to your custom desired caption. In this case, "File 1". The results of this change are shown below:



This caption will be kept when the files or directories are recompared, but will be reset on a new comparison.

Windows Environment Variables in Options Paths

In the next ExamDiff Pro you will also be able to use Windows environment variables such as %appdata% and %windir%, for example, in entering various file paths such as that of the default external text editor. In the image below, we choose to use Microsoft Notepad as the default text editor by using the %windir% environment variable to navigate to the Windows directory. This is shown below:



Switching Between Tabs and Spaces in Editor

Another additional feature in the next edition of ExamDiff Pro is the ability to switch between tabs and spaces when creating new tabs in the editor. This option can be changed by navigating to the Options dialogue via Tools | Options and then selecting Convert new tabs to spaces in the File Editing options page. When this checkbox is checked, all new tabs will automatically be converted to spaces. This option is shown below:



To demonstrate what happens when this feature is turned on, whitespace marking is enabled through View | View Whitespace. After pressing tab once, the resulting whitespace created is four space characters rather than a single tab, as shown in the image below:



Customizable Header in Printable Report

In the next version of ExamDiff Pro, you will also be able to change the header of the printable diff report, with the option to change the header title in addition to date and page number. This field can also be made blank to have no header title. To modify this setting from the default, simply go to Files | Page Setup for file comparison, or Directories | Page Setup for directory comparison. An example of the dialog that shows up, along with a custom page heading entered is shown below:



The results of the page setup modifications can be quickly viewed in the ExamDiff Pro Print Preview view, which can be navigated to via Files | Print Preview for file comparison, or Directories | Print Preview for directory comparison. The results of the modifications created above are shown in the image below:



Option to Choose Comparison Order from Windows Explorer

Another additional feature in the next version of ExamDiff Pro is choosing the order of file or directory comparison when comparing two items via Windows Explorer. By default, ExamDiff Pro lets Windows Explorer decide the order of the items. This option can be changed by going to the Options dialog through Tools | Options and then modifying the Order of compared items under Windows Explorer Integration in the Global options page. This dialog is shown below:



The default option is Let Windows Explorer decide which is fairly self-explanatory. Choosing Older first will select the oldest file or directory as the first item in the ExamDiff Pro comparison window, while selecting Newer first will result in the opposite, with the newer file or directory being chosen as the first item.

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Cached Directory Comparison in the next ExamDiff Pro

In the next major release of ExamDiff Pro, users will be given the option to cache directory comparison results for Drill Down (comparing files and directories within the instance of ExamDiff Pro) and Go Up One Level actions. Enabling this feature will significantly speed up browsing through various levels in directory comparison results by not requiring ExamDiff Pro to recompare the two directories at each step into and out of another file or directory. The cache will be reset if you recompare directories manually, or if a file operation (copy or delete) was performed.

This option is disabled by default but can be quickly enabled by navigation to the Options dialog through Tools | Options and then toggling on the Cache diff results for Drill Down/Go Up navigation under Misc in the Directory Comparison Options :: Other page. The dialog should look like the image below, with the setting is enabled in the screenshot:



Note that caching diff results for navigation actions will only work if the navigation occurs in the same instance of ExamDiff Pro. As such, the Run new instance when comparing SUBDIRECTORIES and/or Run new instance when comparing FILES options must be toggled off for this feature to be utilized. These options are located in the same options page as the checkbox for this feature as shown below:

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Automatic Merge Conflict Resolution in the next ExamDiff Pro

The next version of ExamDiff Pro will feature automatic merge conflict resolution, giving users the option to automatically choose the Left, Center, or Right file in case of a merge conflict and also to mark the conflicts as resolved automatically.

By default, ExamDiff Pro will use the Center file for merge conflict resolution and will not mark the conflicts as resolved. An example of the default merge settings in a three-way merge is shown below:



In order to change this behavior, you can simply go to the options dialog through Tools | Options and choose the desired settings under the Conflict Resolution section of the Three-Way Diff and Merge Options menu. In this section, you can select which file to automatically favor in case of a merge conflict and optionally to mark all such conflicts as resolved. The settings in their default state are shown below:



We can now select the Right file to be favored by default and mark merge conflicts as resolved. The results of these option changes after a new comparison are shown below, with the colors in the merged output corresponding to that of the Right file and the conflicts marked as resolved in the status bar on the bottom:



Since you are most likely to use three-way diff and merge from the command line, each of these new options can be triggered with a simple command line option as shown below:

C:\Users>examdiff /merge C:\1.txt C:\2.txt C:\3.txt /preselect:1 /autoresolve

The /preselect command lets you choose which file to use for merge conflicts by default where 1 is Left, 2 is Center (default), and 3 is Right. The /autoresolve command counts these automatic preferences as resolutions. As such, the command listed above will merge the three files, prefer the Left file and consider this preference a resolution to the merge conflict.

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