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  • Alec_Burgess
    started a topic Word wrap in file view of text-possible?

    Word wrap in file view of text-possible?

    Hi new to Beyond Compare - currently evaluating BC 3.0 (build 459).
    I hope this is the right sub-forum to post this?
    Question: Is word-wrap in text view still unsupported? If not, can I assume it won't make it into BC 3.0 release version?

    I found this from Chris (08-15-2005, 12:29 PM) -not sure what version it referred to.
    http://www.scootersoftware.com/vbull...18&postcount=2
    Sorry, the current version of Beyond Compare doesn't have a word wrap feature. Word wrapping is on our todo list for a future release of Beyond Compare.

    As a workaround, you can limit the line length to force BC to wrap at a fixed number of characters, but the current version won't compare across the forced wraps so it probably won't be to useful. To set the line length, select Tools|Edit Current Rules. Change the "Maximum Line Length" setting to force a wrap.
    At the end of that thread I found
    Are you aware of the "Search|Next Difference In Line" command (Ctrl+Shift+N) in Beyond Compare? This will cycle through differences within the current line.
    which may mitigate the problem.

    Everything else about BC 3 is so flawless I kept thinking I had just not found the feature yet. Heck "even" KDiff3 has word wrap
    Last edited by Alec_Burgess; 03-Jul-2008, 06:04 PM. Reason: typo thing s/b thinking

  • crashnburn
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    Originally posted by Aaron View Post
    Hello,

    Yes, while we don't support wrapping in the current version, a partial workaround is to use an external conversion which normalizes whitespace and line breaks to help control the layout of each file. I assume this may be what is happening for your minified files. We have a few for download under Additional File Formats to "tidy" specific extensions, as well as a general KB article:
    http://www.scootersoftware.com/downl..._moreformatsv4
    http://www.scootersoftware.com/suppo...rnalconversion
    The second link is an interested read.. will have to follow up on that.

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  • Aaron
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    The File Format controls what the max line length is under the Tools menu -> File Formats dialog (select specific or Everything Else text format).

    Under the Conversion tab, the default value is 4096, with a max value of 65536.

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  • LonelyPixel
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    Ehm no, the line just breaks after a few thousand columns, all lines at the same length. I guess BC couldn't handle longer lines and just gives up by inserting a line break there. This wrapping is of course completely useless.

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  • Aaron
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    Hello,

    Yes, while we don't support wrapping in the current version, a partial workaround is to use an external conversion which normalizes whitespace and line breaks to help control the layout of each file. I assume this may be what is happening for your minified files. We have a few for download under Additional File Formats to "tidy" specific extensions, as well as a general KB article:
    http://www.scootersoftware.com/downl..._moreformatsv4
    http://www.scootersoftware.com/suppo...rnalconversion

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  • Aaron
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    Hello,

    Sorry, no new news at this time.

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  • LonelyPixel
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    Oh, comparing minified JavaScript files, I found out that it already does word-wrap. Just in a very uncontrolled way.

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  • SharkLasers
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    Any news regarding word wrap?

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  • Aaron
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    No, we had public announcements of features back with the BC3 Beta, but were then unable to implement them into BC3. This lead to some backlash. We keep our list private, which also allows us to make notes and include private information as a single, central tracker entry.

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  • Aaron
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    All development takes time. Examdiff has some features BC is missing, while BC has some features Examdiff is missing. We have many wishlisted items that have not been able to be tackled yet, but have kept very busy with other development. You can see our bug fixes and new features list here:
    http://www.scootersoftware.com/downl...zz=v4changelog

    It's been a project we've wanted to do for some time, but is a large reworking of how we display information in the Text view and how our controls interact. It's not something we'll be able to do short-term.

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  • LonelyPixel
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    Still wanting this, too. Is there a public or member-only list of upcoming features that you are working on or will release soon?

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  • Rando
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    Originally posted by Aaron View Post
    Thanks. It's still a feature we'd like to tackle on our Wishlist.
    If it is your wishlist why didn't you do it?
    Is there a technical problem?

    For me it is one of the reasons I didn't buy the software till yet:
    Examdiff pro has wordwrap. Examdiff pro has a nice interface and compare colors I like more but I know I can change them in Beyond Compare (but not so detailed as in Examdiff). What I like in examdiff is that you can immediately see the text what has been added, deleted, changed, changed in changed, they all have different colors and the colors are indicated in their statusbar. However, examdiff has not all the possibilities beyond compare has. I've also tested word files in examdiff and updated them but they ended all corrupt. Technically, in my opinion examdiff is not the best software. But it is easier to use, the usability of examdiff is better.
    Last edited by Rando; 05-Sep-2016, 07:51 AM. Reason: spelling

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  • Aaron
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    Thanks. It's still a feature we'd like to tackle on our Wishlist.

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  • mszczepaniak
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    Originally posted by Thelo View Post
    I'm another long-time user of Beyond Compare who would very much like word-wrapping (for display, to read long lines) to be implemented as soon as possible. The software is overall very, very good, but the lack of word wrapping really sticks out as a bizarre omission, from the user's perspective.

    I promise I'll tell all my friends about Beyond Compare when word wrapping becomes a reality. ;-)
    Amen to that. I work with language models, do quite a bit of text cleaning and use BC to see difference between files in various stages of my processing pipeline. I also us Notepad ++ and having word wrap is something I really value in that tool as well. I love BC, but it's a real pain not to be forced to scroll over long lines to see difference.

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  • Thelo
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    I'm another long-time user of Beyond Compare who would very much like word-wrapping (for display, to read long lines) to be implemented as soon as possible. The software is overall very, very good, but the lack of word wrapping really sticks out as a bizarre omission, from the user's perspective.

    I promise I'll tell all my friends about Beyond Compare when word wrapping becomes a reality. ;-)

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