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How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by ITGSD » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:56 pm

Hello,

I have installed PDF XChange Editor Plus Version 7.0 (Build 325.1) on my computer (Windows 7 Enterprise SP1).
I would like to compare 2 PDF files which are similar but there is some differences between both.
Is there a feature to compare 2 files and which show us the difference between both ?

I've looked for a solution on Internet during 2hours, without success ...

Could you please help me ? :)

Thanks a lot in advance and have a nice day.


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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:49 pm

Thanks Timur,

And we are working on our own comparison tool - which will be available soon (but not in build 327 unfortunately).

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by ITGSD » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:06 pm

Thank you for your answers.
As i'm working for a company, I have to ask for the security if I can download the tools mentionned.

Thanks a lot, you can close the topic.

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:34 pm

Hello ITGSD,

Glad you find the ideas shared here useful!

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by daniel_lutz » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:00 pm

That sounds very interesting. Is there already a rough schedule with which release this should come? Because I would have already now several times a purpose for it.

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by TrackerSupp-Daniel » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:54 pm

I am afraid that we still do not have a set timeline for this, so I cannot make a guarantees, we are hoping to see it "Soon" as Stefan said, but beyond that, cannot promise anything.
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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by daniel_lutz » Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:37 am

any news of it?
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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:49 am

Hello daniel_lutz,

We were focusing on the Accessibility features and allowing the creation of tagged PDFs for the release of V9, so I am afraid that the file comparison tool was left with a lower priority. It is still not available, but we should be able to get back to working on it soon!

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by dvg » Thu May 20, 2021 2:03 pm

since 2009 in proogress and still not working? :shock:

or is there any workaround???

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by Paul - Tracker Supp » Thu May 20, 2021 10:31 pm

Hi DVG,

I'm not sure it's been since 2009, though I suspect you may be able to correct me on that, perhaps that's when the discussion started?

I can say for sure it's been since at least 2018 that this has become a firm plan to deliver. Unfortunately it both turned out to be significantly more complex that at first thought and there have been other higher priority items.

We are a small team, probably a great deal smaller than our web presence suggests and sometimes we just have to put things on the back burner.

Having said that, it is now in progress, not just waiting it's turn, but is still several builds away.

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by dvg » Fri May 21, 2021 6:22 am

thanks Paul,

looking forward for the feature! :D

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How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by TrackerSupp-Daniel » Fri May 21, 2021 6:55 pm

:)
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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by KoLoLoLo » Sat May 22, 2021 11:37 am

@dvg

I also asked for it here:

https://forum.tracker-software.com/viewtopic.php?t=34393

Unfortunately, we probably won't get this helpful function from what the author of the product writes.

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Mon May 24, 2021 9:05 am

Hello KoLoLoLo and all,

We are working on our Comparison tool, but unfortunately I still do not have a specific date (or build) for which this is planned!
We are working on some other features at the moment, so it is not likely to be in build 355 (the next upcoming one), but I will see if we can raise the priority of this feature for a future one!

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Mon May 24, 2021 2:12 pm

Hello all,

There was a post from David King which we had to remove as it was advertising other products.

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by KoLoLoLo » Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:44 am

Hi Stefan,

Do you have any optimistic information regarding my needs?

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by TrackerSupp-Daniel » Wed Sep 29, 2021 12:04 am

Hello, KoLoLoLo

Yes in fact, we do have good news! The comparison tool should be coming either in the next release, sometime this October, or in the next one after that, depending on some internal factors.

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by igorlima » Wed Sep 29, 2021 10:32 am

TrackerSupp-Daniel wrote:
Wed Sep 29, 2021 12:04 am
Hello, KoLoLoLo

Yes in fact, we do have good news! The comparison tool should be coming either in the next release, sometime this October, or in the next one after that, depending on some internal factors.

Kind regards,
I'm not KoLoLoLo, but I'm happy to read this! Thank you!

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How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by TrackerSupp-Daniel » Thu Sep 30, 2021 7:37 pm

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by llinfeng » Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:21 am

I am glad to find that this feature is a few days away. I am dealing with a good number of "conflicted" files produced by my Sony Digital Paper App, where both the reader device and such desktop app have both been discontinued by Sony. It was a headache to deal with PDF files that are differing only by handwritten annotations.

Anyways, while waiting for the release, I'd like to know what to expect:
1. How to jump from one difference to the next? All differences in my case are annotation differences (highlight, underline and other handwritten stuff stored in a layer by iteslf);
2. Can I send a page-down event to both documents in the comparison window? With the current release, although I can keep two files side by side, I cannot lock my scroll wheel to act on both of the documents. It is now a chore to page through two "almost identical" documents side-by-side.

Looking forward to the release.

All the best,

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by KoLoLoLo » Wed Oct 06, 2021 4:20 pm

@llinfeng

I think that what I am writing about here would also be very helpful in the comparison option, if the scales of the drawings were the same in both windows, it could also be easily compared.

https://forum.tracker-software.com/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=34430

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by TrackerSupp-Daniel » Thu Oct 07, 2021 12:25 am

Hello,

At the moment I still do not have my hands on the pre-release version of the next build, so I cannot confirm with 100% certainty that it will be this release just yet. Likewise, I an unable to offer input or confirmation of how the feature will work just yet. We will all need to wait and see what the Dev's have on hand for us.

Note that, as before, we are hoping to bring the feature in this next build (357) but it may not make that release, and could instead have to come in one of those following it (possibly 358 or even 359).

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by llinfeng » Wed Oct 20, 2021 1:48 pm

KoLoLoLo wrote:
Wed Oct 06, 2021 4:20 pm
@llinfeng

I think that what I am writing about here would also be very helpful in the comparison option, if the scales of the drawings were the same in both windows, it could also be easily compared.

https://forum.tracker-software.com/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=34430

@KoLoLoLo Thanks for the pointer. Indeed, syncing the scaling on both views should help as well.

We may now generalize the "ask" to be: hey, Devs, can there be two control modes? Like what we are having for now, one mode is to let the user control one view at a time. The new mode should sync all user input across two views? (On 21:9 monitors, one may fit more than two views and may be comparing v1 to v2 and v3 ... It then helps to sync all user inputs across all views in the active PDF-Xchange Editor window.)

In terms of the ideal functionalities of diff-tool, I think the native diff-tool for Vim rocks. Here is a list of desirable features:
1. For each line, highlight the difference with difference background colors (implemented through syntax highlighting);
2. Let there be a shortcut to jump to the next/previous diff;
3. Let there be two shortcuts to "obtain/put" the diff in the current view from/to the other view
4. Let there be a toggle for "scrollbind", where one can choose whether two "views" are moving together or not.
5. Although zoom-level is not relevant in vim, like @KoLoLoLo mentioned in another post, it helps to bind the zoom-level for two views in PDF-Xchange editor.

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And, @Daniel, it helps to have an update here. I am looking forward to the diff-tool for future releases.

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by Paul - Tracker Supp » Wed Oct 20, 2021 10:10 pm

Thanks for the input all of you! It really is appreciated!

The team will consider all this as they build the feature. I have passed on this thread for them to read, they will take it all into consideration.

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by KoLoLoLo » Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:15 pm

Congratulations on releasing Build 9.2.359.

I am afraid that the function we are writing about and which many users are waiting for is still delayed in time.

Can you please reassure me in my thinking and give me some specific time frame for creating this usability?

Will it be in a week / month / year?

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:57 pm

Hello KoLoLoLo,

Build 359 was mainly focused on fixing some bugs, and indeed the file comparison feature was not included in it. What I have as the latest news from our dev team is that we will try to have it included in the next features introducing build.

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by KoLoLoLo » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:04 am

Nice to hear that.
KoLoLoLo wrote:
Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:15 pm
Will it be in a week / month / year?
???

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Re: How to compare 2 PDF files

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:36 pm

Hello KoLoLoLo,

I do not have a date for you yet - sorry!
As soon as such information is available - we will post it here!

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