Standard vs. Pro
The Standard Edition of Beyond Compare is a powerful, full-featured comparison tool. The Pro Edition includes all the Standard features and adds these:
BC Version 3 and 4
- 3-way text merging
Compares independent changes against a common ancestor to create new merged content.
- Source control integration
Adds commands for checking files in or out of SCC-compliant version control systems. Windows only.
- Built-in SFTP support
Rather than relying on third-party solutions, BC3 Pro has integrated support for secure FTP protocols (SFTP and FTP over SSL).
- Text replacements
Lets you flag certain text replacements as unimportant differences in a Text Compare session. For example, ignore all instances where apple was replaced by orange.
- Folder Compare alignment overrides
Overrides how files are aligned in a Folder Compare session. For example, you could compare your .gif files on one side with .png files of the same name on the other side.
- Registry Compare
Compares live registries, both local and remote, as well as registry files. Windows only.
BC Version 4 only
- 3-way folder merge
In BC4 Pro, three-way merging now supports folders as well as files.
- WebDAV, Dropbox and subversion
BC4 Pro has integrated support for WebDAV, Dropbox cloud, Amazon S3, and Subversion resources.
In trial mode you can use both Standard and Pro features. Upon registering, the license key unlocks the appropriate features permanently.
If you choose the Standard Edition license, you can upgrade later to Pro for the difference in price.
BC version 2 does not have a Pro Edition: It is comparable to a Standard Edition.