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Beyond Compare 3.2.2

Posted on Wednesday, December 08 2010 @ 02:42:46 CET by

Beyond Compare allows you to quickly and easily compare your files and folders. By using simple, powerful commands you can focus on the differences you're interested in and ignore those you're not. You can then merge the changes, synchronize your files, and generate reports for your records.

- Notable Changes
- Added Registry Compare view (Pro edition for Windows only).
- Added Text Edit view which includes "Find in Files" command.
- File Compare Report can now mix reports from different views (Text/Hex/Data/Picture/etc).
- Added "Text content" to Folder Compare's "Other Filters".
- Added "Follow Symbolic Links" Folder Compare option which controls whether a symbolic link is shown as a file or as its target.
- Added support for comparing, copying, and deleting symbolic links and NTFS junction points.
- Added support for bzip2 and bzipped tar archives.
- Added read/write support for Debian .deb packages (Linux only).
- Added read-only support for Total Commander packer (wcx) plugins (Windows only).
- Added layout, rotate, and flip commands to Picture Compare, along with various other enhancements.
- Added "Exclude protected operating system files" option that excludes system and hidden files, folders, and junction points (Windows only). Enabled by default.
- Added support for SSH2 authentication using OpenSSH's ssh-agent and PuTTY's pageant.
- Added "Ignore Same Changes" Text Merge command.
- Added "View->Detached Output Pane" Text Merge command to show output pane in separate window.

- Archives
- Added support for bzip2 and bzipped tar archives.
- Added read-only support for Total Commander packer (wcx) plugins (Windows only).
- Added read/write support for Debian .deb packages (Linux only).
- Added support for reading/writing symlinks in zip and tar archives.
- Added option to follow symbolic links when saving snapshots, along with "follow-symlinks" option for SNAPSHOT script command.
- Snapshots now save whether an item is a symbolic link or not (to show arrow overlay), and what the target path is.
- Saving a snapshot now stops when it detects a recursive symlink.
- Fixed crash saving a snapshot containing a filename longer than 255 bytes.
- Fixed snapshot CRCs changing to "" after loading a new comparison.
- Fixed .tar file size changing to an incorrect value if the archive included a folder named './'.
- Fixed crash when saving a large snapshot on Win9x or when Logitech SetPoint is installed.
- Fixed .tar archives showing Unix mode without 'l' for symlinks or 'd' for folders.
- Fixed .tar support for archives larger than 2GB.

- Command Line
- Added switch for single pane editor (/edit).
- Scripts, /qc, /automerge will now keep running if loading toolbar/folder/misc icons fails.

- Data Compare
- "MS Excel Workbooks" format no longer processes macros, if they exist.
- "BOM" is now shown in the "File Info" panel if a byte order mark is detected.
- Improved intraline comparisons of non-string data.
- Fixed intermittent crash when cancelling an unsorted alignment.
- Fixed editing a cell so it doesn't affect the raw text of other cells.
- Fixed hang trying to load certain binary files.
- Fixed editing multiline cells introducing additional rows.
- Fixed crash loading a file with no detectable delimiters.
- Fixed changing default column handling to recompare if necessary.
- Fixed crash when pasting columns in session settings dialog.
- Fixed trimming whitespace so it no longer removes other control characters.
- Fixed handling of cells that only contain whitespace.

- File Formats
- Added comment definition to "Registry Dumps" file format.
- Added apostrophe delimited "string" to "HTML" file format.
- Fixed RTF-to-Text conversion for hyphen characters and keywords with mixed case.
- Fixed external conversion error message including wrong exit code.
- Fixed XML Tidy external conversions of filenames containing a '=' or ';' character.

- File Views
- Added "Open with Text Edit" command.
- "Compare Parent Folders" now selects files from file comparison (if aligned).
- "Editing disabled" now shown for read-only resources (ex. CHM files).
- "Next/Previous Difference Files" now traverses files in "Compare Contents" results dialog if opened from it.
- "File Info" panels now highlight differences in file format, character encoding, line ending style, etc.
- Added support for horizontal scrolling to MP3 and Version Compares.
- Improved font dropdown captions.
- Orphan and empty file comparisons no longer show comparison result in status bar.
- Re-added "Load time" to status bar display.
- Fixed support for editing files via NTFS symbolic links (Vista & Windows 7).
- Fixed detecting external file changes if file's size changes but its last modified time doesn't.
- Fixed external change detection so it doesn't flag transitioning from a partial date-only timestamp to a full one.
- Fixed toggling "Single vertical scrollbar" tweak.
- Fixed intraline difference display when mismatched characters are bold.
- Fixed "Compare Files Using" after using "Open Clipboard".
- Fixed crash after saving a file.
- Changed various commands to disable instead of hide when they're not available.
- Fixed "Copy File to Left/Right" confirmation to be shown again after clearing parent session.
- Fixed "Compare to Clipboard" support for external conversions for the "selection" side.
- Fixed unimportance handling of embedded line endings in Data, MP3, Registry, and Version Compares.
- Fixed color of visible line endings in Data, MP3, Registry, and Version Compares.
- Fixed "Open With" %l value when positioned on a gap.

- Folder Compare
- Added "Text Content" file filter.
- "File Compare Report" now determines which kind of session to use for each file.
- Added "Exclude protected operating system files" option that excludes system and hidden files, folders, and junction points. Enabled by default.
- Added support for comparing, copying, and deleting NTFS junction points and symbolic links. Copying symbolic links requires administrator privileges.
- Added "Follow symbolic links" option to Folder Compare "Handling" tab for Windows.
- Added "Find Filename" dialog with advanced search options. Incremental search no longer opens separate dialog.
- Added "Add To Presets" button to "Name Filters" session settings tab.
- Archives (.zip, .tar, etc) can now be opened using the "Open With -> Hex Compare" menu item.
- Added support for ';' characters in filename masks. They will be escaped as [;] automatically in the filters edit string.
- "Sync" commands now default to "Just Selection".
- "Up One Level -> Both Sides" now selects previous base folders.
- "Copy to Left/Right" now respects /nobackups switch.
- "Compare Contents" results dialog now differentiates between CRC and binary comparisons.
- Log now shows when running file operations have been cancelled.
- Added "Browse for Folder" commands to "Session" menu.
- Improved "Alignment Override" dialog's regular expression support.
- "Quick Compare" now supports comparing archives.
- Tweaked "Touch" calendar layout.
- "Folder Compare Info" dialog can now display "Unscanned folders".
- "Folder Compare Info" now lists unopened archives if treating as a file.
- "Filters" combobox now has separator line between presets and MRU list.
- "Comparison Results" dialog now shows results in the same order as the comparison.
- Minor speed improvements.
- Fixed crashes when Logitech SetPoint is loaded.
- Fixed "Compare Contents" dialog so it only allows CRC comparisons if one of the base folders is snapshot.
- Fixed caption showing progress percentage after cancelling file operation.
- Fixed sort changing unexpectedly when sorting by the path column and opening a file view in a new window.
- Fixed file handle leak when using a background content comparison.
- Fixed crash when deleting files that are waiting for a background content comparison.
- Fixed "Exclude files smaller than filter" so it doesn't match files with unknown sizes.
- Fixed using "Ignore Folder Structure" and "Archive handle -> As folders always" together so it no longer includes both the zip files and their content.
- Fixed crash if a folder was deleted/renamed while it or one of its subfolders was being built.
- Fixed flicker on Windows 7.
- Fixed folder sizes incorrectly including sizes of symlinked folders.
- Fixed "Exclude" path handling when ignoring folder structure.
- Fixed crash after performing file operations.
- Fixed rename to show a filename if all of the selected files are the same if the last rename used regular expressions.
- Fixed crash when double clicking in "Compare Contents" results dialog to open a file comparison.
- Fixed file operation confirmation dialogs resizing if closed while building folders.
- Fixed crash when rapidly using file view's "Next Difference Files" (Ctrl+M) command.
- Fixed "Browse for Folder" initial folder when the edited path contains environmental variables (e.g,. %Temp%).

- Folder Sync
- Added ability to override sync actions on a per-item basis.
- Added "Next/Previous Conflict" commands, replacing "Next/Previous Difference".
- "Expand subfolders when loading session" is now enabled by default.
- Fixed "Nothing to Sync" appearing after sync has completed.
- Tweaked "Session Settings" dialog layout and options:
- Moved "Sync empty folders" and "Use recycle bin if possible" from "Sync" tab to "Handling" tab.
- Removed "Only expand subfolders with differences" option.
- Condensed "Archive handling" radio group to a "Synchronize within archives" checkbox.

  - Added support for SSH2 authentication using OpenSSH's ssh-agent and PuTTY's
  - Added support for copying symlinks over FTP and SFTP.  Supported by
    OpenSSH, proftpd, ncftpd, hpss, ioftpd.
  - Improved "Fast" symlink detection so symlinks pointing to files in the
    same parent folder will be updated based on the available folder
  - Symlinks detected incorrectly using "Fast" symlink detection will now
    switch to the opposite type if retrieving the file or loading the folder
    listing fails.
  - Improved "Open File on FTP Site" and "Save File on FTP Site As" dialogs.
  - Changing username in response to an invalid login attempt now updates the
    session path.
  - Added "*.sh" to the default ASCII transfer list.
  - Added support for Treck Embedded FTP Server's folder listings.
  - Fixed cancel and error handling when browsing for a folder.
  - Fixed support for XCRC on servers that fail for 0-byte files.
  - Fixed ProFTPD/Pure-Ftpd detection to use MFMT instead of SITE UTIME if
    it's supported.
  - Fixed support for NET+OS folder listings with odd permissions.
  - Fixed crash trying to a save text file with no line endings.
  - Fixed setting last modified times on ProFTPD/Pure-FTPd servers that aren't
    using UTF-8 for filenames.
  - Fixed changing "Force faster uploads on older OpenSSH servers" to enable
    the profile "Save" button.

- Hex Compare
  - Tweaked "Go To" dialog size.

- Home View
  - Pressing [Enter] when multiple sessions are selected now opens all of them.

- Linux
  - Added "Follow Symbolic Links" Folder Compare option which controls whether
    a symbolic link is shown as a file or as its target.
  - "Check For Updates" can now install update automatically.
  - Environmental variable expansion now looks for $ENV instead of %ENV%.
  - Running Beyond Compare for the first time now copies
    /etc/skel/.beyondcompare to ~/.beyondcompare if it exists.
  - Added checkboxes for disabling file formats in "File Formats" dialog and
    Folder Compare session settings.
  - BC3Key.txt will now be installed if it's in the same folder as the RPM or
    DEB package.
  - Added support for storing Unix mode in zip files.
  - Improved text editor responsiveness and reduced excess flicker.
  - Removed STABS debug information (reduces executable size by ~12MB).
  - Fixed hang when saving.
  - Fixed loading paths with a filename containing two leading periods.
  - Fixed determination of whether session is auto-saved.
  - Fixed "Permission denied" errors incorrectly showing "Invalid parameter"
    error message when loading folders.
  - Fixed non-resizable dialogs opening at the wrong size.
  - Fixed Home View so it fits with default settings on a 1024x768 screen.
  - Fixed detecting BC3Key.txt when installing .deb using 'sudo dpkg -i ...'.
  - Fixed "Open With->Associated Application" failing for paths containing
  - Fixed hang when trying to expand a path containing a '$' followed by a
    non-alphanumeric character.
  - Fixed deleted symlinks not being removed from the comparison if "Follow
    Symbolic Links" was enabled.
  - Fixed adding files to zip archives to set the VersionMadeBy field correctly.
  - Fixed hint window not passing clicks to the parent window if a modal
    dialog is open.
  - Fixed crash when trying to change FTP server timezone.
  - Fixed dialog context-sensitive help when using the window manager's [?]
  - Fixed rearranging session tabs using drag & drop.
  - Fixed text editor acting like a mouse button was held down after prompting
    to reload due to external changes.
  - Fixed Data Compare multi-line cell scrollbars.
  - Fixed dialogs appearing on the wrong monitor on multi-monitor systems.
  - Fixed symlinks with relative paths incorrectly being flagged as read-only.
  - Fixed installer support for copying BC3Key.txt.

- Misc
  - Added "Edit Text File" to "Tools" menu.
  - Added "Compare to Registry" and "Edit with Beyond Compare" commands to
    shell extension.
  - Added incremental search to numerous treeviews and lists (type characters
    to position).
  - Added "Help->Context Sensitive Help" command.
  - "ExePath", "Version", "SupportsMerge", and "Expired" flags are now written
    to both the "Beyond Compare 3" and "Beyond Compare" registry keys.
    "ExePath" and "Version" are written to both HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and
  - Improved behavior when using "backup 'abc.txt' to folder" if target path is
  - Improved confirmation dialog when using "Session->Exit" and "Session->Load
    Workspace" commands.
  - Improved behavior of Windows 7 taskbar live previews.
  - Improved "Save Snapshot" user interface and added FTP support.
  - Rearranged "Tools" menu.
  - Added and tweaked icons for various commands.
  - Double clicking in a path edit now selects between path delimiters instead
    of between spaces.
  - Added support for assigning keyboard shortcuts to saved Workspaces.
  - Standard edition no longer includes non-functional text replacement and
    version control commands.
  - Session "Info" dialogs are now resizable.
  - Clicking on the "Expand" button in a treeview no longer tries to preserve
    the current offset.
  - Double clicking now only affects treeviews if the mouse is over the
    selected node.
  - Fixed various tree views so clicking on expand/collapse button no longer
    changes current item.
  - Fixed crash when window focus changes while closing.
  - Fixed crash on startup if BC3Key.txt isn't readable.
  - Fixed crash on startup if deleting a previous instance's temp files failed.
  - Fixed crashes when starting a second instance while the first is shutting
  - Fixed crash when trying to overwrite a read-only settings file.
  - Fixed button hints in translated releases.
  - Fixed calendar day abbreviations in translated releases.
  - Fixed clicking past the last item in a listview so it no longer clears the
  - Fixed appearance of owner-draw read-only comboboxes on Vista & Windows 7.
  - Fixed error handling to return better error messages.
  - Fixed crash when exporting settings when shared sessions are loaded.
  - Fixed detection of when to automatically hide toolbars.
  - Fixed displaying popup hints containing a #0 character.
  - Fixed crash on startup when using a revoked license key.

- MP3 Compare
  - Added incremental search.

- Options
  - Added "Add Plug-in..." button to "Archive Associations" to install Total
    Commander packer plugins (Windows only).
  - Added "Use New Compare Colors" folder view tweak (Ctrl+Shift+T) to give
    preview of proposed BC4 folder coloring.
  - "Archive Associations" list is now sorted.
  - Import and Export dialogs are now resizable.
  - Improved editing Folder Compare "Name filter presets".
  - Exporting settings now forces an archive association (.bcpkg/.zip) when
  - Fixed support for shell extension's "Command line switches" tweak.
  - Fixed Export/Import to require at least some settings to be acted on.
  - Fixed Import population of confirmation list.
  - Fixed Export/Import File Format helpers unicode handling.
  - Fixed "File Compare Colors" handling of "Background Contrast" slider so
    background coloring can be disabled.
  - Fixed "Import Settings..." crash when trying to import an invalid zip.
  - Fixed session dropdown so it stays on screen.

- Picture Compare
  - Added "Blend Mode" that blends images at customizable percentage.
  - Added "Rotate Clockwise", "Rotate Counterclockwise", "Flip Horizontally",
    and "Flip Vertically" commands.
  - Added "Difference Side-by-side", "Difference Over-under", "Difference
    Underneath", "Only Difference", "Side-by-side", and "Over-under" layouts,
    replacing "Hide Difference Panel" command.
  - Added "Show transparency as checkerboarding" option.
  - Moved the offset display from the status bar to the "View" toolbar.
  - Added the position and color of the pixel under the mouse cursor to the
    status bars for each pane.
  - Right image position now matches what's shown in the difference image.
  - Zoom using mouse wheel now scrolls to keep same area of picture under
  - Changed icons for comparison modes.
  - "File Info" panel no longer lists file format.
  - Improved error handling when running out of memory.
  - Removed ".cut" (Dr. Halo) file type from default file format.
  - Fixed stretched image to show in new dimensions even if original had
  - Fixed difference offset calculation when mouse is dragged in center image
  - Fixed crash when loading a valid PNG image.
  - Fixed hang loading corrupt TGA images.

- Reports
  - Added Hex Compare "Interleaved" layout.
  - Data Compare "Summary" report now supports word wrap in printed output.
  - Folder Compare "Summary" report can now display "Unscanned Folders".
  - Fixed HTML report word wrapping.
  - Fixed Hex Compare "Side-by-side" report's handling of non-printable
    characters and ANSI text.
  - Fixed handling of same items when using non-default "same color" options.
  - Fixed handling of font bold/italic.
  - Fixed file report handling of huge amounts of files

- Scripting
  - Added script SNAPSHOT "follow-symlinks" option.  **Default is off, which
    does not match earlier BC behavior.
  - FILE-REPORT command now determines which kind of session to use for each
  - Added INTERLEAVED layout to HEX-REPORT.
  - Added MP3-REPORT command.  Supports SIDE-BY-SIDE and SUMMARY layout options.
  - Added PICTURE-REPORT command.  Supports SIDE-BY-SIDE and SUMMARY layout
  - Added REG-REPORT command.  Supports SIDE-BY-SIDE and SUMMARY layout options.
  - Added "n of nn" counts to file operation progress in scripting dialog.
  - "LOG NONE <filename>" is now considered a syntax error.
  - "LOG NONE" will no longer try to create a log file.
  - Fixed crash when using "SELECT EMPTY.FOLDERS" script command.
  - Fixed support for scripts encoded as UTF-16.
  - Scripts no longer give an error if you try to load a folder comparison
    session with the same name as a non-folder comparison session.
  - Improved error handling of scripts with malformed characters.
  - Fixed FILE-REPORT failing when more than 65,000 files are selected.

- Text Views
  - Improved display of control characters.
  - Improved "Line Weight" dialog's regular expression support.
  - "BOM" is now shown in the "File Info" panels if a byte order mark is
  - Fixed restoring position when reloading when the cursor is on empty end of
    file line.
  - Fixed support for editing files that don't have any line ending characters.
  - Fixed scrollbars not updating when necessary.
  - Fixed crash when closing view with a malformed HTML file open in the
  - Fixed crash when auto-indenting on a blank line.
  - Fixed "Replace All" with wrapping modifying the wrong characters.
  - Fixed data loss when changing "Characters per line" file format setting
    after making edits.
  - Find Dialog's "Select All" button is now enabled when specific side chosen
    (left, right, output).
  - Improved Find handling of multi-byte UTF-8 characters.
  - Fixed "Find Previous" when nothing is selected and the match can be the
    current or previous character (ex "." regex).
  - Removed unnecessary editor invalidation/flicker when moving the cursor.
  - Fixed find handling of multi-byte characters.

- Text Compare
  - Added "Aligned Details" option that shows character alignment in the line
    details area with fixed-width font and gaps.
  - Added support for Unicode characters in Microsoft Word files.
  - Editing binary/read-only files now prompts for permission.
  - "Replacements" command is now enabled even if the current text is matching
    or an orphan.
  - Fixed "Copy Line to Other Side" to follow "Go to next difference after
    copying to other side" option.
  - Fixed character alignment when replacements are found.
  - Fixed crash when editing affects whether or not file has mixed line endings.
  - Fixed crash when using replacements.
  - Fixed crash when using "Go to next difference after copying to other side"
    changes the line ending style.

- Text Merge
  - Added "Ignore Same Changes" command.
  - Added "View->Detached Output Pane" command to show output pane in separate
  - Lines that only exist in the ancestor no longer show as gaps if the center
    pane is hidden.
  - Improved difference coloring in ancestor (center) when there are
    conflicting changes.

- Version Compare
  - Added support for comparing all strings in "Variable Info" section instead
    of just a known list.
  - Added ability to get as much version information as possible when reading
    malformed files.
  - Added incremental search.
  - Improved error message when no version info available.
  - File size is no longer compared explicitly.
  - "File Size" is now shown as different if files are not binary same.

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