Audit, comment and report changes with Compare Suite

Imagine a typical situation. An employee sends to his supervising manager a new version of the document for the review. Fortunately, the manager has Compare Suite installed and the analysis of the modifications will be much easier:

  • The manager opens two files, and in a few seconds Compare Suite shows the results.

Audit via comparison

What’s next? The manager needs to review these changes one by one and decide which ones can be approved, and which ones need to be reworked. Also, when we talk about a large document, the manager or auditor needs to have a means to effectively navigate through the document. Some of those changes and manager’s comments about them need to be communicated to the employee that is responsible for the editing of this draft.

Compare Suite supports this process and provides the necessary functionality:

  • Ability to approve/decline changes
  • Easy navigation through the changes
  • Ability to write comments
  • Bookmarks of important lines
  • Folding/unfolding of text blocks
  • Various reports in HTML and Word formats

Let’s have a look at those features and how they help business professionals.

Approve or decline changes

All modifications between documents are highlighted with colors in Compare Suite. Right click on any difference marked in this way. The first 3 commands in the context menu are:

  • Apply change
  • Insert change
  • Delete change

Approve modifications in the document

Choose one of the options to apply an appropriate action.

Important note: Compare Suite won’t save your changes to some formats like PowerPoint presentation or MS Excel Spreadsheet. A document with approved changes can be saved in plain text format only.

Here is what our users say about the auditing feature:

The auditor who uses the software absolutely loves it. He has reported a net savings of at least 2 hours on one report alone. Read more…

Jeff Mortenson, PWL Technology, Biloxi, MS. IT Manager.

The program definitely makes comparing PDF documents easier. The colour coding of the added, modified, or removed lines makes comparing multiple document quick and painless.  Read more…

Nykole Masters, Information Quality Analyst, AHS, Calgary, AB, Canada

We use Compare Suite to compare versions or upgrades of my reports, to identify corrections, errors, etc. in the document made by my colleagues. Read more…

Bedrich Weber, Researcher, Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, Slovakia

This product allows me to undertake a high level review of system files that I change on a frequent basis.  Read more…

J Livingstone, L. Energy, Melbourne. Development Co-ordinator.

Commenting on changes

Let’s say that some modifications are not that easy to approve/decline. The manager sees that there is some problem that needs to be fixed. In this case he or she can use the commenting feature. To create a new comment:

  • Right-click on the changes
  • Select “New comment” in the context menu

Commenting changes that need further attention

The line numbers for those lines that have a comment are marked with a rectangle. If you are going to generate a compare report, don’t worry, your comments will be there!

Once you have several comments you can navigate between them using “Previous comment” and “Next comment” buttons on the toolbar.

Folding/unfolding changes

For your convenience blocks of unchanged lines can be folded into a group. Along the number line you’ll see [+] symbol that hides unchanged lines. Click on it if you need to review those lines; click on [-] symbol to fold this block again.

Fold or unfold groups of unchanged files

Navigating between changes

There are two navigation buttons on the toolbar:

  • Go to the next difference
  • Go to the previous difference

These help you to navigate through the document in a more time effective manner. In this way you can be sure that you will notice all of the differences, even the smallest ones.

Using bookmarks

Let’s assume that we are talking about a 40 page contract document that the senior legal specialist reviews. Imagine that some modifications need to be discussed during a Skype call. Obviously, nobody has time to browse through all those changes during the call. Instead, this legal specialist can mark the important sections with bookmarks.

 

To add a bookmark:

  • Right click on the necessary part of the text, and
  • Select “toggle bookmarks” command

When you need to use a bookmark, right click again and choose “Go to the bookmarks” option in the context menu. It’s really a good time saver for the further discussion of the modifications within the document. It can be used together with the comments.

Moving panels

There are two panels in Compare Suite where you can open files for the comparison. Normally the file on the left is the older one and the file on the right is the newer one.

Rotate compare panels

 

But you can change this according to your needs:

  • Use “Switch panels” button on the toolbar to put the left panel on the right and the right one on the left;
  • Use the “Rotate panels” button to display one panel above another one.

Reports

Finally, let’s talk about the reports that Compare Suite can create automatically taking into account the original document, found changes, and your comments. Go to the File > Report menu to review all of the available options.

You can get file compare results saved in a report

The report options will be different for folders and files. Here are some tips that will help you to select an appropriate report type:

  • Select the level of the details that you need to have – Advanced Report is the most detailed report, it will contain not only information about changes, but the full source texts of the documents. Changes Only Reports as their name implies will include only the changed lines.
  • Select the resulting format of the report, it can be a Word or HTML document.
  • You have an option to generate a report for two sides (as you see it in Compare Suite) or report for one side only where all of the modifications will be marked.

Our users about the reporting feature:

The product is very easy to use, but has a wide range of functionality. I particularly like the reporting options and formats. Read more…

Anthony Frend, Scientific Support Analyst, Huntingdon Life Sciences, Alconbury, UK

It is a good help for me when I need to arrange or classify the differences between files during my work. I find especially great the possibility of making one report out of the changes for two files. Read more…

Sergei Romaniuk, 81 years-old pensioner

 

Regardless if you are a developer, Business Analyst or Business user Compare Suite has an intuitive interface. The Reports it generates are easy to use and are presented in a clear manner. Read more…

Paul Geraci, Analyst Programmer, Friends First Holdings Ltd, Ireland

 

Changes Only report in Compare Suite

It might sound like reports are for business professionals only, but they will be useful for quality assurance engineers as well. For example, when running automation tests like in this case that we discussed before.

Ignored lines

Certain lines can be ignored in Compare Suite. It means that the program won’t take them into account when searching for the differences. Those ignored lines will be marked in the report and in the interface of Compare Suite with yellow color.

Ignored lines are marked with yellow

This feature is adjustable in application’s options and is useful when two documents include some repeating pattern that you want to ignore. For example, the “Last modified” stamp in the bottom of the page. Read more about lines ignoring…

Saving compare session

For larger documents or folders (where comparison takes more time) you might want not just to generate a report, but also to save the results of a comparison with all of your comments, bookmarks, and approved changes.

Compare Suite provides this opportunity as well. Go to the “Compare results…” command in “File” menu. From that menu you can save the current comparison results and open previously saved results of the comparison.

Save the comparison session

 

You might need to open an old comparison to add some more comments or to avoid the waiting time when large files are compared.

How do you prefer to use Compare Suite? Have you tried commenting and reports? Please, share your opinion in the comments.

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Compare Suite Video Introduction

Compare FileCompare documents to find differences regardless of the format: MS WordMS ExcelMS PowerPointPDF.

Compare FoldersCompare two local or remote folders to find and synchronize any changes made.

Compare by KeywordsUse the keywords comparison to analyze non-related documents created from different formats.

Compare ArchiveArchive comparison: compare Rar and Zip archive files without unpacking / unzipping.

COmpare Web-PageCompare web pages as code with HTML tags or as text as seen in a web browser.

Compare ImagesCompare two images of various formats to find all possible differences, even slight ones.

Compare MultimediaMultimedia comparisonCompare information from multimedia and graphic formats.

Ignore WordsIgnore wordsCompare Suite can ignore certain keywords or strings during comparison.

Integrate with DMSDMS IntegrationEasily integrate Compare Suite into 3rd party document management systems.

Highlight SyntaxSyntax highlighting for .pas, .asm., cpp, PHP, XML, bat, css, dpk, xsl files supported.

Compare FTPCompare files located on FTP as easily as on hard drives or local area networks.

Compare Command LineUse command line to automate comparisons and integrate it with 3rd party tools.

Compare UnicodeUNICODE is fully supported: open and compare documents in any language or encoding.


Review compared documents:

Compare ReportCreate a fully customizable comparison report on two files or folders.

Compare CommentsWrite your own comments on changes you or your colleagues make, improving collaboration.

Audit DocumentUse document audit to accept or decline changes made in plain text files.

What is Compare Suite:

  • It is a file compare tool
  • In office Compare Suite helps to compare word files, Excel spreadsheets, web-pages
  • Software developers and web-masters use Compare Suite to do version compare, approve changes in documents or compare certain file types like XML, PHP, C-Sharp
  • Office managers use Compare Suite to diff PDF files, compare invoice files
  • Compare Suite also make it much easier synchronization of directories
Check other features of Compare Suite.