Code Compare 3.0 Gains Speed and Usability Boost
May 14, 2013
Devart proudly announces the new release of Code Compare 3.0
with the tool's performance boost and a host of usability improvements. Now you
can compare and merge files even more easily and quickly! We have also improved
folder synchronization and Code Compare options customization. Furthermore, our
file diff tool can now be integrated with Atmel Studio.
2x Faster Application Startup
We have done a great deal to increase Code Compare startup speed. Standalone application
start is now two times faster. Opening a file comparison document in Visual Studio
is two times faster too. Besides, moving to a new scheme of registering extensions
in Visual Studio has contributed to considerable acceleration of the first environment
start after installing Code Compare.
Light Text Comparison Interface
The text comparison interface of Code Compare 3.0 has become more self-explanatory
and user-friendly. We have removed the extra 'chrome' from it. Now practically all
elements of our diff and merge tool's interface have their own function.
So it is much easier now to focus your eyes on what is essential, i.e. on the difference
in text of the files.
XML Structure Comparison
This feature allows you to compare and merge well-formed XML files taking into account
their structure. Code Compare correlates XML elements and thus makes it easier to
detect their movement, deletion and addition in the document text.
This may come in handy, in particular, when comparing XAML files, Visual Studio
project files and MS Build XML projects.
New Folder Comparison
We have added a range of new features for folder comparison making it better than
Speedup. The speed of directory comparison has increased by 40%.
Changes Navigation. Commands for navigation through changes have been implemented.
Group Selection Commands. Commands for multiple files selection by the type
of change have been added.
Files Copying to User-Defined Folders. The possibility to copy the selected
files to a user-defined directory has been added.
Synchronization Split From Copying. The concepts of copying files and synchronizing
directories have been split. From now on the user manages the process of changes
moving in a more accurate way.
Read-Only Files Overwriting. The possibility to overwrite read-only files
during copying has been added.
New Appearance. Extra "chrome" has been removed from the comparison document.
Rearranged Menu. The comparison document pop-up menu has been rearranged.
Comparison Options Setup Improved
We have joined settings storage for the standalone Code Compare application and
Visual Studio add-in. Now the user doesn't have to set the same options twice.
Furthermore, we have got rid of the so-called "local options" for the comparison
document and moved all the required settings to the main menu. This will allow avoiding
confusion when setting up a comparison.
General Application Management Improved
In version 3.0 we tried to improve general Code Compare management taking into account
our users' requests. This resulted in the following changes:
The main menu of the merge tool has been extended with new commands.
Toolbar content has been optimized.
Menus and toolbars have been adjusted to a common design in the standalone and integrated
Code Compare versions.
Accessibility of some frequently used commands has been improved.
Missing shortcuts have been reviewed and added.
Atmel Studio Integration Added
Atmel® Studio 6 is an integrated development platform (based on Visual Studio shell)
for developing and debugging Atmel processor-based and micro-controller applications.
Developers of such applications will be able to use all advantages of Code Compare
integration into the development environment.
Starting with version 3.0, Code Compare will be available in
Atmel Gallery (online apps store supporting the development platform).
Visual Studio 2008 Support Discontinued
We have discontinued support of Visual Studio 2008 in Code Compare 3.0. This has
let us give up using an obsolete API for change visualization in the text comparison.
And this, in its turn, has provided for more stable operation of our diff and merge
tool in Visual Studio 2010 and 2012.
For Visual Studio 2008 users, we keep Code Compare 2.80 available for download from
Download Code Compare now and get a useful
code comparison and merge tool for free.
Note: Code Compare also provides a 30-day trial of Code Compare Pro.
Let us know what you think about our diff tool at the Code Compare
feedback page. We are looking forward to your comments and suggestions.