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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Logging in the next ExamDiff Pro

The next version of ExamDiff Pro will introduce logging of actions, errors, results, and other messages. By default, ExamDiff Pro will output the log to the Output Pane at the bottom of the ExamDiff Pro comparison window. This pane is shown below.

As discussed in the previous blog on the updated UI in ExamDiff Pro 9.0, this pane can be adjusted to show it permanently, hide automatically, hide permanently, or floating.

Each of the colors is used to identify a different type of message. Black indicates Results, blue indicates Action, green indicates Message, and red indicates Error.

Additionally, as shown below, right-clicking in the Output Pane shows a context menu that lets you Copy some text, Clear the current output log, Select All the text in the output log, or enable Word Wrap for particularly long strings in the Output Pane.

Users can also change the way ExamDiff Pro handles logging through the Options dialog, that can be reached by navigating to Tools | Options and then selecting Logging under Global.

In the Logging options, the user can choose to Log to file, which will output the actions log to a file in addition to the Output Pane.

There is also an option to either Append or Overwrite the log with each new instance of ExamDiff Pro. Selecting Append results in new records being appended to the bottom of the previous log file, while Overwrite will replace the file created in previous sessions.

The File size limit options allows you to prevent the log file from growing past a user selected limit. If a log file exceeds the limit, a new log file will be created and the old file will be renamed with a timestamp.

Lastly, the Include process ID will include ExamDiff Pro process ID with each line in the log file.

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Monday, September 05, 2016

Forced Binary Comparison and Option Profiles in DiffNow

We are excited to announce the addition of two new features for Premium users of DiffNow!

Force Binary Comparison

The ability to force the binary comparison of files in DiffNow has been a much requested feature for a long time. In the latest update of DiffNow, Premium users will be able to select the Force binary comparison checkbox in the Compare options tab to enable this feature.

Enabling this option will disable any pre-processing plugins and automatically compare files as binaries. For example, normally comparing Microsoft Word DOC files in DiffNow will first convert the contents to plain-text and then compare. Comparing DOC files with Force binary comparison checked will skip the conversion and compare them as binary files, as seen below.

Option Profiles

Many advanced DiffNow users have requested the ability to save multiple sets of options for different use cases. With the new update to DiffNow, users of DiffNow Premium will be able to make an unlimited number of option profiles.

Users can create profiles by simply pressing the Save As button and entering the name for a new profile. Switching profiles is as simple as selecting your preferred profile in the dropdown menu. Users can delete profiles by pressing the x next to a profile name in the dropdown menu. Note that you cannot delete the Default Profile.