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“We like the product. It is fast and accurate. It seems to pick up all of the differences in the documents, and it does a good job of displaying those differences. We like the easy to use interface. That is why we bought it!” Richard M. Baker
Regardless of the editor you are using (MS Word, Excel, Wordpad, Notepad, etc.), simply load the original and modified files, press the Refresh button (or F5), and the document comparison will display promptly. Additionally, you can compare folders to see exactly what files have changed before doing a detailed file comparison.
'Diff Doc' can display the file differences in two possible views, 'All In One', or 'Side By Side'. Both views have their advantages, and switching between them is as easy as a mouse click (or F6). Lastly, there is a large selection of report types and options available for sharing the differences found with your peers.
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Using 'Diff Doc' is as simple as copying and pasting (or loading) the files into the application, then pressing the "Show Differences" button (or F5). Of course, there are several options and features that need to be discussed so that you can fully leverage 'Diff Doc's capabilities.
There are 3 main tabs within the program, " Compare Files", " Compare Options" and " Report Options". Each tab is discussed in detail below.
It is within the 'Compare Files' tab that you will spend most of your time. There are 3 (or at most 4) editor boxes displayed. The top two editors are referred to as the "Original editor" and "Modified editor" (Hint: you can hide them by pressing F8). The text editors below are referred to as the 'Diff editor(s)'. It is within the Diff editor(s) that the differences between the Original and Modified editors are updated and shown by the program.
The first step to comparing is to load both the Original and Modified editors either by selecting files, copying and pasting data, or composing new text. Use the File menu item to load files, or position the mouse over the file you wish to load within Windows Explorer, and use the right mouse click to display the context menu. Copying and pasting is done differently for different programs. However, in most cases, simply highlighting the text, and pressing CTRL-C will copy text to the Windows Clipboard. To paste, simply click on the Original or Modified text box, and press CTRL-V.
Once the Original and Modified editors contain information to be compared press the refresh button (or F5). The differences between the Original and Modified editors will then be displayed in the Diff editor(s). You can stop the comparison process by pressing the abort button on the toolbar .
'Diff Doc' will use the color codes and formatting in the table below by default. You can change these highlighting items within the 'Compare Options'\View tab.
How Differences Are Highlighted (customizable)
Navigation of the Differences Found (F7, Shift-F7)
Once the difference view has been refreshed, and at least one difference has been found the navigation toolbar/keys may be used. The table below shows the available commands:
There is also a drop down list box in the toolbar which can be used to jump to a specific difference.
Toggle between Views (F6)
The largest button within the toolbar will alternate the diff viewer between the "All In One" and "Side By Side" views. Typically, those dealing with literary content will like the "All In One" view, whereas programmers dealing with source code will like the "Side By Side" view. Alternating between views also gives you a feel for how the red-lining really works.
Create Reports (F2)
The "Report" button (or F2) will create the report as specified in the " Report Options" tab. You can also print or save any of the editors by using the right mouse button, or select the editor with the left mouse and then go to the file menu.
Swap Text within the Master and Source (F9)
The Swap text button (or F9) will take the text within the Original and Modified editors and exchange them, and then automatically refresh the diff viewer.
The " Compare Options" tab has many items, but the most important are items shown below:
Pressing the F2 creates the report after a comparison has completed. The " Report Options" tab allows you to select the type and style of the report created. There are 4 report file types: MS Word, HTML, Text, and Comma Delimited. MS Word style reports come out with the best detail, and have options to specify exactly what you want within report. HTML reports have an additional option of specifying either "All In One" or "Side By Side" view.
Printing and E-Mailing Reports
Once the report is created it is shown in an appropriate application. DOC is shown in Word and HTML reports are shown in a browser, both of which have the ability to save, print and e-mail (see the file menu). Other reports may show up in Notepad, which can be printed, edited or saved from there.
"I am very happy with the software. It does exactly what I need it to do and it is configurable to my preferences. I really don't have anything negative to say about it. It is more affordably priced than other software I looked at and does the job - just what I hope I can say of software. Yes I had used CompareRite in the past, although not recently. I had no difficulty with the transition"
-- Neil A. Kaufman - Barrister, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Your products are very impressive, easy to use and script compatible, for what we desired in the management of MS Word and Excel files. Thank you for your continue contact with me in regards to these tools. Mark Purinton EMC Corporation 'Diff Doc' + 'Convert Doc'
"I have a small (2 Attorney) law firm and do quite a bit of contract intensive business law and real estate work. Like many others I have been very frustrated by Word's erratic document comparison tool. At times it highlights entire paragraphs rather than just the changes. Like everyone else who has griped in this forum, I too found the pricing of Delta View to be prohibitively high.
After reading about Word DocDiff here, I recently downloaded the trial version from the Word DocDiff website http://www.SoftInterface.com <http://www.SoftInterface.com> . I found the interface very useable and the results (for my purposes) were quite good. It can provide several different views illustrating the changes made to the document as well as a combined "redline" document in word format showing all of the changes. It can also provide a report identifying the page and paragraph number where the changes are located.
I have only used the tool about twenty times so far and therefore would hesitate to say it is the greatest thing since sliced bread, however, I would say it is well worth the time to download the trial version (for free) and evaluate it for yourself." Edward S. Shelton (Shelton and Shelton)
"I found a product called Diff Doc that seems to work quite well for comparing Word documents against other Word documents! (I don't know how well it works with WordPerfect, though the documentation claims that it is supported). Like many of you, I was looking at DeltaView and was very upset at their inability to work with us on the pricing structure. Diff Doc can also run from command line, so integration with document managers is a snap (the author modified the code over a couple of hours for me to get it to work with WORLDOX Versioning. In return, I wrote his FAQ on WORLDOX integration). Download an evaluation copy at <http://www.softinterface.com/>." 'Diff Doc' Troy Piersma excerpt from a TechnoLawyer Newsletter.
"Just read the TechnoLawyer post from Troy Piersma. I concur completely. I recently left a big firm which used DeltaView, and looked to get an equivalent program after being blown off by the DeltaView sales rep because I wasn't big enough for their policy. My Tabs and Practices master reseller, Judy Lassek, had also put me in WORLDOX, with which I am very pleased. She had heard of DiffDocs through her network, and I downloaded it and tried it out. I had a hard time comparing versions of the same document at first, but after receiving an update from DiffDocs, it has worked very well for me. My practice is transactional, requiring revising contracts regularly, and the program works great for doing that kind of comparison. I recommend that solos and others try it out, if for no other reason than the company is such a refreshing change from its competition! However, that wouldn't make much difference if the product itself weren't good." Michael V. Mulchay, PLC
"Great customer service, prompt attention to our requirements, and lightening speed development has been my experience with the staff at SoftInterface Inc. Within a few hours of installing the WordConverterEXE product, I was convinced that I made the right choice in doing business with this company.
For several months now, their product has been working in mission critical environment flawlessly. With a few enhancement requests that were completed and delivered the same day they were asked for, WordconverterEXE has saved us time and money.
It was a pleasure dealing with your team. Thanks Again!"
IBM Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Bruce King
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