Diff Commander brings a brand new level of flexibility and usability into folder comparison and file synchronization. By setting file masks and synchronization rules you can tune-up the program for virtually any synchronization task.
Version: 2.40I've been using a large number of file synchronization tools. From the very first DOS command-line utilities to powerful plug-ins in modern file shells, such as FAR or TotalCommander.
License: Free To Try $29.00
Operating System: Windows
They all are based on the same simple principle. You give them two folders to compare and they return to you a list of files that differ. The modern tools have a better interface. They
allow you to visually select folders on file panels and highlight differences visually. Normally, they also allow you to select a few options to tune-up the comparison. Usually, options are just file attributes to compare. That's all that they can do for you.
And I was thinking, erroneously, that it's a perfect solution and that there is nothing more that could be done. Then I learned about Diff Commander...
Diff Commander brings a brand new level of flexibility and usability into folder comparison and file synchronization. How is it different from all I have seen before?
At first, it introduces its own, very specialized interface. Files and folders are shown on two panes as a tree.
The program supports compressed archives that are shown as normal folders. File comparison was never so visually attractive before. You can also compare folders recursively.
Differences are colorfully highlighted on both panes.
The program allows you to tune-up the comparison by providing numerous settings. You can filter files by masks, skip hidden and system files, turn on and off recursion, and much more...
But the main enhancement is the ability to define synchronization rules.
The program alerts you of each file that differs and that needs to be copied or moved according to the rules. You can synchronize all files at once or one by one.
All settings are stored in Profiles. You can have different settings for different projects.
The program also can be used for batch comparisons. It reads folder names from a text file and does comparison / synchronization automatically.
Version 2.40: new created folders is not visible in snapshots and zip archive after synchronization; forcible canceling of the scanning sometime raise a application exception; incorrect binary comparison and crc calculation of files that are bigger than 512MB or about it;
Version 2.0: - FTP support; - new synchronize modes; - empty folders processing (copy or delete, opional, see sync.mode settings); - progress status bar for synchronize process; - canceling of long time operations; - Settings dialog box added (font, colors and columns settings);
Version 1.1: - Snapshots support; - support synchronization between two zip archives; - the "swap pathes" command on "Comparison" toolbar; - "copy left path to right" command on "Comparison" toolbar; - "skip hidden folders" option in "Profile";
Version 1.0: - batch comparison for folders and zip archives; - support synchronization between two zip archives; - support synchronization between zip archive and directory (folder); - keeping crc32 checksum for files in ADS (Advanced Data Stream) for speed up of binary content comparison in the next time (NTFS only); - Full Screen mode added (see menu View-Full Screen); - some notification messages has transformed to the popup tooltips; - Ctrl+D - shortkey for invoke of recent list; - Autosave of columns order; - Autosave of show/hide columns state;