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Beyond compare – prefix any registry key comparisons with reg:\\

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/08/03

When you start with a blank registry comparison, then you need to compare keys copied from RegEdit with reg:\

For instance, when fixing [WayBack] Delphi fails to start after Windows did some “Program Compatibility Assistant” magic to it when BDS.exe crashed because the compiler ran out of memory:… – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+ I compared these:



Via: [WayBackSpecs

Note: Beyond compare registry settings are in:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Scooter Software\Beyond Compare 4
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Scooter Software\Beyond Compare
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Scooter Software\Beyond Compare 4
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Scooter Software\Beyond Compare
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Scooter Software\Beyond Compare 4

jeroen Not sure where the CacheID entry under HKLM is for.

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Diffing binary files in PlasticSCM through Beyond Compare

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/08/02

The diff engine in PlasticSCM is nice in appearance, but it lacks a lot of features for file types that Beyond Compare handles out of the box.

For instance, .RES files cannot be diffed:

Unsupported file types for binary diff. Only images are supported (JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP)

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If Beyond Compare indicates “editing disabled” after starting from SourceTree, then your integration is wrong.

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/10/16

SourceTree 2.1 still doesn't recognise that Beyond Compare is installed.

SourceTree 2.1 still doesn’t recognise that Beyond Compare is installed.

I noticed that on my Mac, Beyond Compare wasn’t able to edit diffed files when it had been started from SourceTree. This struck me as odd since on Windows this worked fine. So I did a bit of digging and found out both SourceTee and I screwed up:

Editing Disabled

Luckily [WayBackZoë Peterson (lead developer on Beyond Compare and formerly Turbo Power Abbrevia project admin) had answered this before, and all these show “Editing disabled” in the user-interface:

Beyond Compare will disable editing of a file any of the following reasons:

  • It’s one of the input files in a 3-way merge
  • The comparison was cancelled
  • The comparison encountered an error (corrupt file, invalid character encoding, out of memory, gamma rays, etc)
  • The file format’s conversion settings don’t support converting back to the original format (MS Word, PDF)
  • The file is on a read-only “filesystem” (7zip/RAR/CHM archives, CD/DVD-ROMs)
  • A file or parent folder had editing explicitly disabled by the user in the session settings or using the /ro command line switches
  • The viewer itself doesn’t support editing (eg, Hex Compare)

Source: [WayBackversion control – Beyond Compare 3 editing disabled – Stack Overflow

So the last instruction should be:

Set both Visual Diff Tool and Merge Tool to Other, then set both the Diff Command and Merge Command to the value you obtained above (in my case /usr/local/bin/bcomp) and these arguments:

  1. Diff Command Arguments
    "$LOCAL" "$REMOTE"
  2. Merge Command Arguments

Note that somewhere during 2.2, SourceTree has added Beyond Compare integration and fixed some of the issues, but there are still issues left:

No Editing Disabled

There is only one occasion where the UI does not show “Editing Disabled”, but where you cannot edit the file itself (you can only edit the current line in the line diff view at the bottom of the UI). Zoë mentioned that too:

Also, the Full Edit (F2) toggle in the Text Compare View menu switches between inline editing and line-based mode. If it’s disabled you can copy/delete whole lines and type in the line details edits at the bottom of the window, but the main windows won’t have a cursor, typing is disabled, and it will always select whole lines. Unlike the above items, this doesn’t show “Editing Disabled” in the status bar.

Source: [WayBackversion control – Beyond Compare 3 editing disabled – Stack Overflow

By default this setting is bound to the F2 key on Windows, so if you accidentally press that when Beyond Compare is active, you might be in for a surprise.

Screen shots:

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Using BC4 OSX with Version Control Systems

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/08/10

A great thread about Using BC4 OSX with Version Control Systems, -Tools and IDEs.

Some highlights:


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Beyond Compare – AUGUST 19, 2016

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/22

via Download Beyond Compare I found out about this new update: – AUGUST 19, 2016

Notable Changes

  • Text Merge output files will now be written using file format external conversion settings.
  • Various fixes and improvements.


  • Upgraded 7-zip libraries to 16.02 to fix code execution vulnerability in UDF (.img, .iso) decoder (CVE-2016-2334 and CVE-2016-2335).
  • Windows: Added support for PKZip v1 legacy compression algorithms (Implode, Reduce, Shrink).

Cloud Services

  • Fixed support for Unicode paths and filenames on SharePoint WebDAV servers.
  • Fixed support for connecting to Amazon S3 buckets in the eu-west-1 region that were created in 2013 and earlier.
  • Fixed resource leak when uploading/downloading from Microsoft OneDrive.
  • Windows: “Open With” for WebDAV profiles now passes http:// URLs to the requested application instead of BC-specific profile: ones.
  • Improved error message if an S3 bucket is stored in an unrecognized AWS region.
  • Fixed loading WebDAV folder listings that include empty getcontentlength entries.

Command Line

  • Fixed /fileviewer= switch to use fixed English phrases instead of translated strings.

File Formats

  • OS X/Linux: Fixed importing file formats with external helper executables.
  • Fixed loading .docx files that have been modified using MiniZip.

File Views

  • “Save File Using Profile” now handles “Editing disabled” just like “Save File on File System As” does.
  • Changed button caption in “Save Changes?” confirmation dialog from “Save None” to “Discard All”.


  • .msi packages now use SHA-256 code signing signatures instead of SHA-1 ones.


  • Fixed support for scrolling using laptops/tablets with precision touchpads (.e.g, Surface Pro).
  • OS X: Fixed support for Beyond Compare “Services” menu extensions in apps other than Finder.
  • Added Japanese as an official language.
  • Time limited license keys now show a warning on the Home view when close to the expiration, and show the expiration date in the About dialog.


  • Improved appearance of Options dialog and Home view for themes with dark backgrounds.


  • Fixed Picture Compare Report to use printer DPI instead of screen DPI.
  • Fixed Picture Compare Report handling of empty comparison.
  • Fixed plain text output of right justified text.
  • Fixed plain text output handling of gap lines.
  • Fixed Table Compare plain text output of interleaved headers.

Table Compare

  • Fixed performance regression introduced in 4.1.4.

Text Views

  • Windows: Fixed displaying emoji characters when “Enable font linking in editors” is enabled.
  • Linux: Fixed slow performance when long lines are visible.

Text Merge

  • Output files will now be written using file format external conversion settings.


  • Windows: Fixed crash when opening a file on 64-bit Windows.
  • Windows: Fixed crash when opening Options dialog to Tweaks panel while DisableCheckForUpdates registry tweak is active.


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