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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Balloon Messages for Plug-ins in ExamDiff Pro 3.5 Beta

The latest addition to the ExamDIff Pro 3.5 beta is a feature that we've wanted to implement for a long time now: balloon messages that display whether or not plug-ins are successful.

If plug-ins execute successfully, you get a balloon message similar to the one below. If you click on the balloon, or double-click on the Plug-in status bar area, the Options | Plug-ins dialog will pop up, displaying all of the current plug-ins.

On the other hand, if plug-ins return errors or warnings, you get a slightly different balloon message, like the one below, and the Plug-in status bar area turns pink. If you click on the balloon, or double-click on the pink Plug-in status bar area, the errors or warnings, which ExamDiff Pro obtains through the standard error output of the plug-in (stderr), will be displayed in an external editor.

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Session Files in ExamDiff Pro 3.5 Beta

The latest feature that we've added to the ExamDiff Pro 3.5 Beta is session files. You can now export ExamDiff Pro sessions - options and the last file/directory pair compared - into a standalone file. This offers many benefits:
  • You can share your sessions with your colleagues so that everyone working on the comparison project has the same options.
  • You can save comparisons for later viewing.
  • If you have many sessions but do not need to use all of them at the same time, you can save them to session files to organize them.

As you can see in the screenshot above, you can load and save session files from the Compare dialog, as explained here. In addition, you can load and save session files from the Files or Directories menu, as shown below. As you can see, ExamDiff Pro also stores recent session files and auto sessions (sessions within ExamDiff Pro) for quick re-use.

The screenshot below shows what ExamDiff Pro session files look like in Windows Explorer. When you open a session file by double-clicking on it, ExamDiff Pro automatically starts the comparison that was stored in the file, importing the session file's options into a new auto session.

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