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Author Topic: diff for RTF files, please?  (Read 3328 times)

rjbull

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diff for RTF files, please?
« on: February 10, 2009, 08:09:12 AM »
Is there a program, preferably free, that "diffs" RTF files, please?  Both ExamDiff Pro and Total Commander's built-in diff utility show the formatting instructions as well as text.  I'd like something that ignores the formatting stuff and just shows the differences in the text proper.   Component Software's CSDiff does it in a way, but I don't like the way it displays results, and it seems to put them in a Word doc which has to be read by Word.

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Re: diff for RTF files, please?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009, 08:41:15 AM »
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Beyond Compare 3, but not free.

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Re: diff for RTF files, please?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2009, 04:19:53 PM »
I was afraid someone would say Beyond Compare...  seeing I'm already a registered user of ExamDiff Pro   :'(   Have to wait for another DC discount   ;)


I've asked in the ExamDiff forum as well.

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Re: diff for RTF files, please?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2009, 08:50:21 PM »
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WinMerge on my machine works well with RTF files thanks to xdocdiff plugin.

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Re: diff for RTF files, please?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2009, 05:50:15 AM »
The author of ExamDiff Pro answered in the forum, suggesting using the catdoc plug-in.  This is what worked for me:

Name:           Rich Text Format [installed]
Extensions:     rtf
Application:    cmd /c C:\junk\EXAMDI~1\Plug-Ins\catdoc\catdoc.exe
Arguments:      $INPUTFILEPATH_SHORT

Original author of catdoc is Vitus Wagner but his page only has Unix and DOS versions: Free Software Directory page is here.  I suspect I had to use SFNs because catdoc doesn't support LFNs.

@fenixproductions:  I vaguely knew about WinMerge, but found this:

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WinMerge is decent, but go with pretty much any of the others instead of it.



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Re: diff for RTF files, please?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2009, 06:25:15 AM »
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WinMerge is decent, but go with pretty much any of the others instead of it.
Nothing is better than constructive criticism ;)

I've never tried any payware longer than trial licence allowed but for me WinMerge appeared to be the best from free.