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Author Topic: In search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software  (Read 2607 times)

barney

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Folk,

I'm looking for ftp diff software.  So far, I've found DiffVue-$20.00, Diff Commander-$29.00, Beyond Compare-$30.00, and all prices seem to be very low end, such that if I'm going to use the software to check more than one (1) site, I need to buy multiple licenses.  Nothing showed up at freecode.com, at least, nothing that I could recognize (their descriptions are not always as comprehensive as they might be  ;D).

That being the case, anyone here have any recommendations?

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Re: In search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2012, 01:04:08 PM »
such that if I'm going to use the software to check more than one (1) site, I need to buy multiple licenses

I think you're confusing checking FTP sites with a "site license" which is normally purchased to cover a large amount of license for a corporate site.  In other words, the $30 license fee you pay for a personal license will allow you to check/diff however many FTP sites you want.

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Re: In search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2012, 03:19:25 PM »
You're probably right - I didn't spend much time reading the fine print. 

I was hoping to find something similar to FileZilla, but when the first three (3) hits I ran across (and several times thereafter) were commercial, and nothing showed on FreeCode, I figured my luck was out.  Since I'll prolly have to pay for the product, I seek opinions/recommendations on the better product. 

I don't mind the pay for aspect, but I don't want to sucker myself into paying for a bad product (which has happened more than once, hardware and software both  :-[ :-\).

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Re: In search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2012, 03:27:21 PM »
I've found Beyond Compare to be quite wonderful.

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Re: In search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2012, 05:56:46 PM »
FWIW, the following seems to have a column for FTP support:

  Other features section of "Comparison of file comparison tools"

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Re: In search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2012, 07:58:38 PM »
I've found Beyond Compare to be quite wonderful.

That's enough for me ... bought it  :Thmbsup:.

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Re: In search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2012, 08:00:38 PM »
FWIW, the following seems to have a column for FTP support:

  Other features section of "Comparison of file comparison tools"
He-he-he ... my ignorance exposed once again :-[ :P.  For some reason, I always forget about Wikipedia  :-\.  Thanks.

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Re: In search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2012, 08:35:45 PM »
FWIW, I noticed neither DiffVue nor Diff Commander on the Wikipedia page and they were new to me -- thanks for the research :)

On a related note, I got some results for Beyond Compare and DiffVue at alternativeTo:

  http://alternativeto.net/software/beyond-compare/
  http://alternativeto.net/software/diffvue/

I didn't turn up a result for Diff Commander though...

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Re: In search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2012, 01:28:55 PM »
Just remember that feature sets don't tell the whole story.. Usually you only need a small subset of the features, and the actually usability plays a key role in finding the right tool for you -- so try your top candidates out and pick the one that best matches how you work.

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Re: In search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2012, 03:37:28 PM »
While I intend to investigate the Wikipedia files ewemoa so graciously provided, I went ahead with Beyond Compare because of mouser's accolade  :Thmbsup:.  Time constraints dictated faster action than would normally be palatable  :o.

Only problem I have with Beyond Compare - prolly 'cause I'm not fully conversant with it yet - is that it does not perform a text compare on the initial run.  Other than that, it works extremely well.  For me, this is the one thing that would have made FileZilla :-* complete  ;D.

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Re: In search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2012, 04:35:17 PM »
Diff support in FileZilla does sound nice -- apparently other folks think so too:

  http://trac.filezilla-project.org/ticket/2837

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Re: In search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2012, 09:01:47 PM »
- is that it does not perform a text compare on the initial run.

If you set the following options for the Folder Compare Saved Session, then when you compare folders it will automatically start comparing the contents:

2012-06-01_11-56-14.jpgIn search of ... opinions/recommendations, ftp diff software

I would suggest that for FTP sites you leave the Override quick test results option unchecked, (not like I've got), unless you have a very fast connection.