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Feature review: "Compare Excel (.xls) files"

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We downloaded and compared the latest versions of popular file comparison programs: Beyond Compare, Diff Doc, Compare It!, Merge, Compare Suite, Synkronizer, Excel Compare. We reviewed product's ability to compare Excel (.xls) files, spreadsheets and workbooks.

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The review of file comparison programs:

  1. Products that were reviewed We downloaded and compared the latest versions of popular file comparison programs. 

  2. Price/features We've put product's price and primary functions that it allows and doesn't allow to do. We also listed unique features for every product.

  3. Special tools for Excel Files. We've reviewed some special Excel comparison tools.

  4. Conclusions  

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Products that were reviewed

We downloaded and compared the latest versions of popular file comparison programs. 

Product Name

Version

Company

Home page

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Beyond Compare

2.1.2

Scooter Software

http://www.scootersoftware.com/ 

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Diff Doc

2.45

Softinterface, Inc.

http://www.softinterface.com/MD/MD.htm 

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Compare It!

3.5

Grig Software

http://www.grigsoft.com/ 

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Merge

6.5

Araxis

http://www.araxis.com/ 

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Compare Suite

8.3

AKS-Labs

http://www.comparesuite.com

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Synkronizer 7.0 XL Consulting GmbH http://www.synkronizer.com/  View

Price/features

We've put in this table product's price and primary functions that it allows and doesn't allow to do. We also listed unique features for every product.

Product Price, US$ Has Excel (.xls) comparison feature Other features More info URL
Beyond Compare 30 no    
Compare It! 24 no    
Diff Doc (pro) 400 yes Can compare Microsoft Word/Excel, PDF, RTF, Text, HTML, Wordperfect Read more...
Merge 129 no     
Compare Suite 140 yes Can compare Microsoft Word/Excel, PDF, Text, HTML, Binary, Zip archives Read more...
Synkronizer 200 yes Just Excel comparison Read more...
Excel Compare 30 yes Just Excel comparison Read more...

Special tools for Excel files

We've collected information about other solutions for comparing Excel Files and put pros and cons in this table.

Product Price, US$ Pros Cons More info URL
Excel Compare 30 Compare excel data straight from your worksheets Deals just with Excel worksheets and cannot support any other file format (.doc, .pdf)

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Compare Suite 60 Shows relative difference for dates in days and for integer values as %. Can do only comparison , cannot save results in Excel format. Read more about Excel comparison in Compare Suite.
Excel Compare is a tool that saves you the trouble of manual search for differences and offers you computer-aided comparing of Excel files. Excel Compare allows you to compare Excel files, Excel spreadsheets and selected ranges of sheets. Excel Compare compares data straight from your worksheets, and presents the results on a new Excel sheet as a publication-quality report (Difference Report), that is ready to print or save. The report displays the added, deleted and changed data. Use this tool for the analysis of the made changes.

 

Product Price, US$ Pros Cons More info URL
Synkronizer 7.0 30 - 200 Allows to merge (only developer version for 200$) and compare Excel files.

- Merge ability is only in developer version

- Merging can corrupt data that is the result of calculations using formulas. 

- Deals just with Excel worksheets and cannot support any other file format (.doc, .pdf)

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Synkronizer is an easy-to-use, yet extremely powerful, Excel tool for comparing and synchronizing Excel spreadsheets and Excel databases. Synkronizer makes your life easier by saving your time and speeding up your data processing. It's a must-have Excel add-in for everyone from power users to beginner users.

Conclusions

For software engineers and web masters For legal, health care, education professionals:
For those software engineers who work only with Excel files,  we would recommend Synkronizer. It allows compare Excel files, but lack other functionality (comparing other file formats). 

Synkronizer. Has ability to merge Excel files (only in developer version that costs 200 US$). But merge ability is useful only for plain structured excel spreadsheets.

For legal, health care, education professionals we would recommend our Compare Suite.

Compare Suite. Costs 140$ allows to Compare Excel spreadsheets, has ability to compare other file formats (.doc, .pdf, .htm).

Once you need to compare Excel file you will have to apply several comparison methods, such as compare files by words and by keywords. Only Compare Suite can suggest you "by keywords" comparison method. Read more...

 

 

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