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Araxis Merge 2011.4074

Compare images and binary files. Synchronize folders. Perform code

reviews and audits. Work with folder hierarchies containing thousands

of files. Merge integrates with many SCM (version control) systems and

other applications.

Benefits

For legal and publishing professionals: instantly identify every

change between different contract or manuscript drafts. Directly open

and compare the text from Microsoft Office (Word and Excel),

OpenDocument, PDF and RTF files. Copy text from other applications

(such as Microsoft Word) and paste it directly into a text comparison

window.

For software engineers and web developers: compare, understand and

combine different source file versions. Work quickly and accurately,

whether you are comparing individual files or reconciling entire

branches of source code. Use threeway comparison to integrate changes

made by you, and those made by a colleague, with a common ancestor

version. Synchronize a website with its staging area via ftp using the

supplied ftp plugin.

For release and quality control managers: compare different source

code branches to give total confidence that you know and understand

every change made to every file for a specific release. Compare

product releases to be certain that only the expected files have been

modified. Create an html or xml report of changes for audit purposes.

For code reviewers and auditors: identify in context every change

made between two or three source code hierarchies. Create a standalone

html or xml report of your findings. Add bookmarks and comments to a

file or folder comparison, then save it as a singlefile archive for

emailing to other team members for review.

Other users: Whether you are working with multiple revisions of text

files or need to keep multiple folder hierarchies in sync (for

example, between a desktop and laptop machine), Merge could help save

time and reduce errors by helping you to work quickly and accurately.

FILE COMPARISON AND MERGING

Merge enables you to compare and work with different revisions of

text files, such as program source code, xml and html files. Merge can

extract and compare the text from Microsoft Office, OpenDocument, PDF

and RTF files. XML files can be shown with special formatting, helping

you to see changes more clearly. It supports files with ascii, mbcs

and Unicode character encodings. A colourcoded sidebyside comparison

makes it easy to pinpoint at a glance similarities and differences

between files. Linking lines are drawn between the documents showing

clearly how they are related.

Pointandclick merging lets you choose the parts of each file that

you would like to add to a final merged version by simply clicking

buttons. The inplace editor with unlimited undo enables complete

control over the merged file as you create it. The file comparison

display dynamically updates as the merge progresses.

Merge shows detailed highlights of changes within lines. It can be

configured to ignore differences in whitespace and line endings, as

well as changes in lines matching specified regular expressions. The

latter is useful for ignoring unimportant changes such as timestamps

or expanded version control keywords.

BINARY AND IMAGE FILE COMPARISON

Merge doesnt just compare text files. Use image comparison to

compare various types of image file and instantly see which pixels

have been modified. Binary comparison enables you to identify

differences in data files at a byte level.

THREEWAY COMPARISON AND AUTOMATIC MERGING

Merge Professional adds advanced threeway visual file comparison and

merging to the Standard Editions twoway visual file comparison and

merging. This is particularly useful when more than one person is

working on the same set of files.

Automatic Merging enables swift reconciliation of even the largest

files. Threeway file comparisons can be launched directly from a

threeway folder comparison, allowing efficient integration of entire

branches of source code.

INTEGRATED FOLDER HIERARCHY COMPARISON AND SYNCHRONIZATION

Merge supports folder hierarchy comparison and synchronization,

enabling you to compare and merge entire directory trees. This is

ideal for detecting changes in different versions of source code or

web pages. You can even use the efficient bytebybyte comparison option

to verify the contents of recordable cds or usb thumbsticks.

The Professional Edition of Merge supports threeway folder

comparison, enabling two revisions of a folder hierarchy to be merged

with their common ancestor or some other folder hierarchy. This can be

especially useful when used in conjunction with a source code control

or software configuration management system.

DIRECT ACCESS TO FTP SITES AND CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

An ftp plugin gives Merge file and folder comparisons direct access

to files located on an ftp server. It is therefore possible to use a

folder comparison to synchronize a local copy of a websites content

with the main site itself, provided the main site is running an ftp

server.