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  1. #1
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    Default BC vs Araxis Merge

    Hi there,
    anyone has experience with 'Araxis Merge' and would like to say why BC would be better that it?

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    Default Re: BC vs Araxis Merge

    The only advantage Araxis Merge has over BC is that it supports 3-way comparison. BC2 doesn't support 3-way comparison, but it is a planned feature for BC version 3. We haven't set a release date for v3 yet, but we're hoping to have it out sometime later this year.

    BC is quite a bit cheaper than Araxis Merge. A single user license for BC is $30, from Araxis' page, it is $129 for the standard and $269 for the professional version. The pro version is required for 3-way comparison support. The price difference gets even better when you look at volume licensing discounts.

    A Google search for the phrases "Araxis Mege" and "Beyond Compare" will give you some blogs and forums that discuss the two.

    Here are two links from the many I found using Google:

    http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000153.html

    http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/de...oel.3.71383.38

    If that doesn't answer your question, downloading the evaluation version of BC to test for yourself is probably the best way to determine if it will meet your needs.
    Chris K Scooter Software

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    Default Re: BC vs Araxis Merge

    I used Araxis Merge for quite sometime before switching over to Beyond Compare. In the plus column for Araxis, I really liked the "point and click merging" (seemed more intuitive) and the "in place editing". Plus, of course, the three way merging was really nice, especially when tasked to merge changes from multiple programs into a common source). With Beyond Compare, I liked being able to identify certain changes as "unimportant", as well as the plug-in support. In my opinion, Araxis has the slight edge in functionality simply for the three-way merges, but when you take everything into consideration (including support and cost), Beyond Compare is, by far, the clear-cut winner. There is absolution no reason to pay $130 for their standard package... and 3-way isn't worth paying $270.

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    Default Re: BC vs Araxis Merge

    I have compared them half year ago, with Araxis Merge 6.5(maybe)
    I translate it into English for you

    support the diaplay of isolate file(text)
    AM no
    BC yes

    bookmark
    AM many
    BC one

    single line merge
    AM no, only merge a block( ctrl+ mouse button can merge one line , but not easy to find)
    BC yes

    merge method
    AM via float button, cannot through mouse's right button
    BC via tool button , and right mouse button


    syntax support
    AM no
    BC yes , via rules

    edit
    AM support directly edit
    BC not support directly edit, can be edit through press F2(in bottom of editor)


    exclude special file
    AM yes
    BC yes(support recursive exclude)

    file filter
    AM no
    BC yes

    plug in
    AM ftp 、vss、perforce
    BC buildin ftp, vss can be set in the software, not support perforce
    BC have many other plugin ; data viewer、hex viewer、mp3 viewer、version viwer、pixviewer,for each type of file

    special file format
    AM:no
    BC:(via conventer)support word、excel、powerpoint, pdf、javaclass、inisort、htmltidy、cobol、html、multiedi t

    content filtering(file compare)
    AM three filter
    BC ten filter

    merge
    AM support the selected item's copy
    BC besides upon, alow you move and copy them to other place

    snapshot
    AM no
    BC yes


    Three way
    AM support
    BC no

    compare many folders with many files inside them
    AM compare them them one by one, at the same time expand folders, if there are thousands of file , it may be a nightmare
    BC would give out a sumarize of result(see legend, via the colered folder),and compare the contents background
    ;

    navigation through different:
    AM cannot do it
    BC support navigation through different files(folder comparision)、through difference lines、difference in lines


    synchronization of folder:
    AM only support selected items' synchronization
    BC has many mode of synchronization, you can see them in setting

    conclusion:
    BC is better than Araxis Merge

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    Default Re: BC vs Araxis Merge

    conclusion:
    BC is better than Araxis Merge
    And that wasn't even taking into consieration the HUGE price difference.

    Anybody look at UltraCompare lately? It is starting to look almost exaclty like BC (superficially only).

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    Default Re: BC vs Araxis Merge

    conclusion:
    BC is better than Araxis Merge
    And that wasn't even taking into consieration the HUGE price difference.

    Anybody look at UltraCompare lately? It is starting to look almost exaclty like BC (superficially only).
    it has a long way to go to, when you study it's detail you will find this

    till now, I think the two best compare tool are AM and BC
    I have compared more than 10 compare utilities and give the conclusion


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    Default Re: BC vs Araxis Merge

    For me the single most advantage of Araxis compared with BC is the editmode - you don't even have to open any file, just copy & paste some lines into Araxis to compare them. Since I used Araxis at my former employer I got used to and miss that functionality really.
    If it's not already on the wish/todolist for the V3 edit modes, you may give it a chance and at least think about it.

    The second one is the userinterface - the three simple and easy buttons used to merge/replace/delete the lines with a single click are really very handy, once again as soon as you get used to - no rightmouse/popup menu or even moving the eye focus up to the toolbar which really slows down the merge process for larger files.

    I'm an independent developer now and because I do not have that much to merge anymore BC seems to be the tool of choice - as soon as my evalperiod ends I'll for sure register my copy (the handling of the evaluation as well as the price tag is really exceptionally fair).

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    Default Re: BC vs Araxis Merge

    This is very late but an excellent review discussing BC in addition to a number of competitors, including Araxis Merge is here:
    Donationcoder Compare Tool Forum

    and a forum discussing the review is here:

    CompareTool Forum

    Hope this is of interest.

    Mike

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    Default Re: BC vs Araxis Merge

    For me the single most advantage of Araxis compared with BC is the editmode - you don't even have to open any file, just copy & paste some lines into Araxis to compare them.
    Use the File->Open Clipboard command for this. It loads the clipboard into the active side and performs a recompare, no files are necessary. For future releases we are considering a more dynamic compare-as-you-edit mode, but there will still be the Open Clipboard command in order to support a full alignment too.

    The second one is the userinterface - the three simple and easy buttons used to merge/replace/delete the lines with a single click are really very handy
    We're considering something like this for a future release as well.
    Craig P Scooter Software

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    Default Re: BC vs Araxis Merge

    edit
    AM support directly edit
    BC not support directly edit, can be edit through press F2(in bottom of editor)

    I use for this "Open with.."
    set for Ctrl+E to open EmEditor on current line
    EmEditor.EXE /l %l "%f"

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