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UltraCompare Lite provides basic text compare functionality and compliments the feature set of UltraEdit/UEStudio; however, UltraCompare Pro offers a greatly expanded feature set (see below). Together, UltraEdit and UltraCompare Pro form the total text editing solution preferred by millions.

Text/file comparison and synchronization

Feature Lite Pro Benefit
Two-way Merge No Yes Merge changes in an updated revision of a file with its ancestor (or any other file). Use to reconcile conflicting changes made to a set of files by multiple developers or to merge branches in a source code control or software configuration management system.
Three-way Compare No Yes Compare changes in two updated revisions of a file with their common ancestor (or any other file). Use to reconcile conflicting changes made to a set of files by multiple developers or to merge branches in a source code control or software configuration management system.
Three-way Merge No Yes Merge changes in two updated revisions of a file with their common ancestor (or any other file). Use to reconcile conflicting changes made to a set of files by multiple developers or to merge branches in a source code control or software configuration management system.
Large file support No Yes Compare multi-gigabyte files in UC Pro. UC Lite does not have a hard-coded limit on file size, but several items factor into whether or not the compare can be executed in UC Lite, including file size, amount of difference blocks, memory required to map them, etc.
Manually Re-sync Lines for Compare No Yes Sometimes your files are structured in such a way that you need to manually match similar lines. UltraCompare Pro allows you to manually sync two lines and continue the compare from this location.
Column Range Ignore/Compare No Yes Specify up to four unique column ranges for UltraCompare to compare or ignore.
Word Document/RTF File Compare No Yes Compare your Word documents (.doc and .docx) and RTF Files. Merge changes and save to sync differences across multiple Word/RTF files.
Webpage/web File Compare No Yes Download a webpage directly into UltraCompare by typing its URL into the file address bar. Compare it against your local files.
Binary Compare No Yes Compare the hex/binary data of two files.
Compare integration with UltraEdit/UEStudio No Yes Compare modified file with version on disk with enhanced UltraCompare Professional integration.
Compare text snippets (copy/paste into compare frames) No Yes Compare 2 snippets of text with enhanced UltraCompare Professional integration.
Inline Editing No Yes Edit your text files directly in the compare frame with changed line highlighting. Save and/or merge your new changes.
Relational Lines Mode No Yes Graphic relational lines to quickly see where differences occur between files.
Point-and-Click Merging No Yes Copy inserted, removed or changed blocks of text from one file to another (or delete them) using a single mouse click. Files can be manually merged very quickly.
Inline Merging No Yes Ability to edit line and merge within the additional frames.
Undo Merge No Yes Allows for the ability to Undo a merge.
Bookmarks No Yes Makes it easy to mark and return to particular points of interest in a file.
FTP Support No Yes Compare files on remote servers using FTP/SFTP to download files. Track changes, Merge differences, and save back to the server. CRC support included.
Accept All No Yes Accept all, or Merge All, changes in text mode and folder mode.
Configurable Ignore Options No Yes Two sections are provided for defining custom "ignore" rules: "Ignore lines which" begin or end with a specified string, and "Ignore a defined number of lines" at the beginning or end of a file.
Show Spaces/Tabs No Yes Allows you the ability to see whitespace differences (tabs and spaces).
Active Line Window No Yes Inspect the current lines in both (or all 3) files for a closer look at their specific differences.

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Folder/directory comparison and synchronization

Feature Lite Pro Benefit
Two-way Folder Comparison No Yes Identify file insertions, removals and changes between two folder hierarchies. Efficiently process entire sets or branches of source code, web pages or other text files.
Three-way Folder Comparison No Yes Identify file insertions, removals and changes between two folder hierarchies and a common ancestor (or some other) folder hierarchy. Use to reconcile conflicting changes made to a set of files by multiple developers or to merge branches in a source code control or software configuration management system.
Ignore File Types/Folders No Yes This configuration option allows you to specify folders or file types for UltraCompare to ignore during folder comparison. This is especially useful for version control directories/files.
FTP Support (Folder Mode) No Yes Compare directories on remote servers using FTP/SFTP to access them. Track Changes, Merge differences, and save back to the server.
Folder Synchronization No Yes Quickly sync different files between two folders (local, network, or FTP) based upon user-defined sync rules. Optionally override sync action for individual files.
Find Duplicates No Yes Quickly find duplicates among any number of folders (local, network, or FTP). Specify criteria to determine duplicates, set ignore options, filters, include/exclude files, and more. Browse duplicates report and optionally choose which duplicates to delete.
.ZIP Archive Comparison No Yes A .zip archive may be selected for comparison against a folder on the file system, if desired. Both recursive and non-recursive compares against .zip archives are supported.
JAR File Support No Yes Compare compressed Java JAR files in folder mode with JAR file support.
Mark and hide files/folders No Yes Select subfolders and/or files, then mark and hide them to avoid seeing them in the compare.
Show Preview File No Yes Split screen to preview text in one pane while moving from file to file.
Comparison Statistics Window No Yes See a summary of the current comparison.
Integrated File Comparison No Yes Identify and reconcile differences within corresponding files as well as between folder hierarchies by launching file comparison windows for selected files.
Print Preview No Yes See how a comparison printout will look before committing it to paper.
Fast Byte-by-byte Comparison Option No Yes Speed up folder comparisons by comparing corresponding files in folder hierarchies that are larger than a certain size using a quick and memory efficient byte-by-byte comparison algorithm.
Smart Comparison Option No Yes Save time by performing an extremely fast folder comparison using just the sizes and timestamps of corresponding files.
Customize Fonts and Colors No Yes Change the style of presentation to suit your preferences or needs.
Drag and drop folders No Yes Select folders for comparison by dragging from the Windows Explorer.
Toolbar No Yes Easily access frequently used commands.

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Other features

Feature Lite Pro Benefit
Tabbed Sessions No Yes Work with multiple compares regardless of mode - all within one application. The tabbed interface allows you to easily toggle between multiple sessions.
Session management and properties No Yes Save, name, and group your sessions. Quickly launch and execute your favorite sessions. Control compare/ignore/display/other options on a per-session basis. Access recent sessions.
Workspace Manager No Yes Tabbed interface includes a file explorer with access to all system and network drives. Filter files, and drag-and-drop files or folders to compare frames. The Session tab includes a list of all sessions and session groups with a context-sensitive menu with many options for maintaining your saved sessions.
Shell Integration No Yes Simply right-click in on your files/directories in Explorer to 'flag' for comparison.
Version control integration No Yes Integrate UltraCompare with your version control system as the default diff/merge utility.
Command Line support No Yes Read more about using UltraCompare Pro from the command line. See our power tip on UltraCompare's command line quick diff check.
Configurable Key Mapping No Yes This convenient feature will allow you to configure hot-keys to your most used items to increase your speed and efficiency when using UltraCompare.
Color Printing No Yes Print the results of your compare in color.
Printing Configurations No Yes Format page headers and footers, select print fonts, and align column information.
Permission Based Update Checking No Yes Stay up to date with the latest version of UltraCompare and try preview versions.

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UltraEdit/UltraCompareThe UltraEdit/UltraCompare solution is used worldover as the preferred solution for text and file management. No matter what kind of user you are, or experience level you have, the UE/UC solution simplifies your workflow and provides the power/functionality to meet your file management challenges.