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Is there a Mac OS X application that's similar to Beyond Compare (for Windows)?

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here you can find some alternatives: alternativeto.net/software/beyond-compare/… and osalt.com/search?q=beyond+compare –  kokbira Apr 26 '11 at 20:36
    
As writing this Beyond Compare 4 Beta now supports Mac OS X scootersoftware.com/beta.php –  wonea Feb 24 at 15:54
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Perhaps the free merge tool Apple provides with Xcode will do enough of what Beyond Compare does for you. It's called file merge.

It can do two way and three way file comparisons, the merging of changes, and directory comparisons and synchronization. It does not have specialized viewers for stuff like ID3 tags and images.

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I use KDiff. It's not as pretty, but has quite a few features for compare and merge. I like it a lot. A Mac version is available, and is also available for Windows and Linux. It is free and open source.

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DeltaWalker by Deltopia gets high praise by BC users using Mac.

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If you prefer Gnome, Meld may be better for you.

Meld is a visual diff and merge tool. You can compare two or three files and edit them in place (diffs update dynamically). You can compare two or three folders and launch file comparisons. You can browse and view a working copy from popular version control systems such such as CVS, Subversion, Bazaar-ng and Mercurial.

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The Perforce Visual Merge Tool (P4Merge) is another alternative that's available for free. It is a good option if your mostly diffing source code revisions (it can be chosen as the default graphical diff/merge tool for scms like git, mercurial, and subversion).

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Hopefully Scooter Software will release a Mac version of BC in the future. That would make BC the ultimate cross-platform diff/merge tool.

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I prefer Kaleidoscope.

Use Kaleidoscope to spot the differences in text and image files. Review changes in seconds with the world's most advanced file comparison application.

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world's most advanced? only if good looks == advanced –  Aditya Sanghi Jul 6 '12 at 10:02
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I use Araxis Merge - it's pretty good (on both Windows and Mac). It can diff pictures too.

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There's also Changes (commercial).

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I will warn that Changes seems to be a dead piece of software. It was a good v1 but lacks a lot of features. –  Jason Tholstrup Jul 7 '11 at 21:08
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