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  • MS Word - use Word's own blackline compare

    Is there any way to script BC to launch MS Word (365)'s own legal blackline compare instead of BC's own compare?

    That would save me a tremendous amount of time (Word's own compare looks at formatting and comments as well as just text).

    I think it ought to be possible because https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...command-prompt

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    Hello,

    For using Word to perform the conversion to Text then view within BC4, you can download the MS Word Extended format here:
    http://www.scootersoftware.com/downl..._moreformatsv4

    To launch a different viewer, you can define a BC4 External Format (Tools menu -> Format) and put in the appropriate command line argument to call another difftool. I'm not familiar if Word supports a call from the command line, but the included link above seems to use a wrapper script to perform that step. I don't think it's something Word officially supports, but if you can get it working from a regular command line (script file1 file2) then you can use the same command line launch from a BC4 External Format. The External Format also expects certain return codes, documented in the Help file, Settings Reference, File Formats, External Format:
    https://www.scootersoftware.com/v4he...algeneral.html
    Aaron P Scooter Software

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Aaron View Post
      Hello,
      To launch a different viewer, you can define a BC4 External Format (Tools menu -> Format) and put in the appropriate command line argument to call another difftool. I'm not familiar if Word supports a call from the command line, but the included link above seems to use a wrapper script to perform that step. I don't think it's something Word officially supports, but if you can get it working from a regular command line (script file1 file2) then you can use the same command line launch from a BC4 External Format. The External Format also expects certain return codes, documented in the Help file, Settings Reference, File Formats, External Format:
      https://www.scootersoftware.com/v4he...algeneral.html
      Thanks, that's what I'm trying to do. The real value BC supplies here is the user interface (just choose 2 files in Windows Explorer - vastly easier than doing it in Word).

      If I get it working, I'll let you know.

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