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  1. #1
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    Default Feature request: URL Comparison

    Here's a feature I wish for every day: for BC to accept URLs as a comparison target. This would mostly apply to file comparisons, like:

    bc2 C:\tmp\file.txt http://host/file.txt
    bc2 C:\tmp\file.txt http://host/cgi/query?type=default

    but could apply to folder comparisons as well:

    bc2 C:\dev\site http://host/

    Has anyone figured out how do do this now with a plug-in or script?

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    Default Re: Feature request: URL Comparison

    Thank you for the suggestion.

    BC doesn't have the ability to open HTTP urls in the current version, but it is on our wish list to include in a future version of Beyond Compare.
    Chris K Scooter Software

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    Default Re: Feature request: URL Comparison

    Chris, Any idea when this might be available?

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    Default Re: Feature request: URL Comparison

    This feature is on our wish list, but it isn't on our development calendar yet. It isn't likely to be added to BC until sometime after version 3.0 ships, which we're planning for early 2007.
    Chris K Scooter Software

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    Ok, BC3 has been out for a while now. Any idea when URL comparison might be available?

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    If I had to guess, I'd say April 2009.
    ZoŽ P Scooter Software

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    Hello,

    That feature is available in the current version of BC3 for the Text Compare session type. Simply type the http address to the file to display the text.

    The Folder Compare still requires FTP access, and does not support http browsing.
    Aaron P Scooter Software

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron View Post
    The Folder Compare still requires FTP access, and does not support http browsing.
    Will it ever?

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    It is still on our wishlist to support this behavior. As you can see, some things can be on our wishlist for quite some time before implementation, but since there is not a set schedule for wishlist items I can't predict an ETA for http folder browsing.

    Most Http sites also support FTP access. Could you give more detail on your specific case where Http access is preferred to FTP access?
    Aaron P Scooter Software

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    In my workplace, we use various tools with web interfaces; for example, for issue tracking and code review. Many of these tools have dynamically generated content rather than simple static html pages. It would be Really Useful to use Beyond Compare to compare things only addressable as non-FTP URLs, such as
    - compare one Bugzilla bug to another
    - compare a captured web page to the current dynamic one
    - compare the interface of a web application under development through two different access paths (inter- vs. intra-net), or through different browsers

    In addition, there may be several ways of comparing these items depending on the intent. For example,
    - When comparing different pages like the Bugzilla bugs example, you might want to see html source in a text comparison
    - When comparing the same page under differing conditions like the other examples, you might want to see a bitmap comparison of how the pages appear rendered by different browsers
    - or you may want to compare the URLs' metadata, like an analysis of address, server info, access time, etc.
    Last edited by kcalman; 26-Mar-2010 at 05:04 PM.

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