examDiff 1.8 -- total failure

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examDiff 1.8 -- total failure

Post by stevenjs » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:52 am

Greetings,

I have this app at home, some previous version, and it's the cat's meow. I recommend it wherever I go to work.

However, where I'm working now I don't have an Admin login, and was delighted to find the free version of examDiff, 1.8, installed without requiring Admin login.

However, it completely fails to peform any comparison. First there is a popup warning that the files I am comparing are DIFFERENT. When the comparison windows open, however, both sides are completely blank. This is the case no matter how different the files are, or which files are compared.

What gives? Am I missing something?

I tried to install v1.7, but this version does seem to require an Admin login to install.

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Re: examDiff 1.8 -- total failure

Post by psguru » Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:51 pm

1.8 is not much different from 1.7 (see http://www.prestosoft.com/edp_edhistory.asp#1.8)
However, it completely fails to peform any comparison. First there is a popup warning that the files I am comparing are DIFFERENT. When the comparison windows open, however, both sides are completely blank. This is the case no matter how different the files are, or which files are compared.

What gives? Am I missing something?
Are your files binary? Did you press Cancel in the results message box?
I tried to install v1.7, but this version does seem to require an Admin login to install.
No, it does not, just like 1.8 or any older versions.
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Re: examDiff 1.8 -- total failure

Post by moonmadness » Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:38 am

I have the same problem
I compare two txt files in the compare window, when i click OK, the program says:
"Binary files X and Y are different. Press Cancel to quit". when i press ok, the two windows are blank. if i press cancel, the program quits.
what to do?
thanks!

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Re: examDiff 1.8 -- total failure

Post by psguru » Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:43 am

There's not much you can do. You files are binary, and ExamDiff is not capable of displaying detailed binary comparison results. The only thing you can do is to use the "Treat both files as text files" option under Options | Compare. This will force ExamDiff to use the text comparison mode but the results may not pretty (depending on the nature of your files).
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Re: examDiff 1.8 -- total failure

Post by moonmadness » Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:48 am

I don't think my files are binary, unless i misunderstand the meaning of binary files.
my files are simple txt files, created in notepad.

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Re: examDiff 1.8 -- total failure

Post by psguru » Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:38 am

Are they Unicode files (you can save files as Unicode (UTF-16) in Notepad)? If so, ExamDiff does not support Unicode. ExamDiff Pro (http://www.prestosoft.com/edp_examdiffpro.asp) on the other hand does.
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