Expo Notes: Araxis Merge adds to its file-comparison bag of tricks

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At last year’s Expo, I was impressed by Araxis Merge, a super-powerful file comparison and merge tool. In particular, I found the image comparison tool very interesting and potentially useful.

At this year's Expo, Araxis Merge was back, and with a nifty addition to its bag of tricks: it can now automatically extract and compare text from Word, Excel, PDF, and Open Document Format documents. Just open these files directly in Araxis Merge, and the program will extract and compare the text within the files.

For people like me who do a lot of digging around in preferences files, it can also automatically translate OS X’s binary plist files to ASCII text to make comparing preference files a snap.

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