4 Smaller requests - Reporting differences only

Support for our DiffMerge utility.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:26 am
Hi,
I'm new here and I'm using DiffMerge the first time today.
There exist a lot "Diff" & "Merge" tools, but one feature of DiffMerge is outstanding:
Viewing differences only. Many thanks for that option!

First request:
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I would like to have the option to save that "differences only" into a new file.

Because that isn't possible at the moment, I use a workaround to print the differences
into a pdf-file. That works, but longer lines will be completely cut, so my second request is:

Second request:
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Please give the possibilty to wrap lines, when printing the content.

My workaround for that is to use a large paper layout, e.g. "A3 landscape".
Unfortunately, each time, when I start DiffMerge, the layout "Letter" is set.
Where I come from, "Letter" is totally unusual, so it is a bit annoying
to change the layout every time, when I start DiffMerge.

Third request:
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Is it possible for DiffMerge to remember the paper layout (e.g. setting it in the options).

I use DiffMerge to find differences in much more than only one file pair,
so I wrote a small script for fully-automatic file comparison.

But there is a further hurdle to overcome: With each start of DiffMerge, the
tab "Edit View" is shown and the tab "Reference View" is hidden.

Now, to generate the differences, the tab Reference View must be shown.
I see no possibility to bring the Reference View into the forground using the menu
or any keybord key combination (I don't want to use the mouse for scripting).

Fourth request
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Is it possible to configure, which tab is shown with the start of DiffMerge?

Now, that's it, please apolgize my presumption,
DiffMerge is almost a perfect tool!

Kind Regards
Gerhard P. Herbig

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:46 pm
I've entered your feature requests. Thank you for your feedback.

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Beth Kieler
SourceGear Technical Support

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:46 am
Let me attempt to address each of your questions/requests in turn.

[1] "differences only into a new file": There is a "--diff=file" option that will
compare the 2 files and write standard diffs to a new file. You can add "-u"
to get unified format diffs.

Code: Select all
diffmerge --diff=output.txt file1.txt file2.txt
diffmerge -u --diff=output.txt file1.txt file2.txt


[2] "wrapping long lines when printing": We've logged this. Thanks.

[3] "initially show Reference View rather than Edit View": we've logged this.
When the "-ro2" (read-only in panel 2) option is used, we don't create an Edit View,
so you might try this instead.

Code: Select all
diffmerge -ro2 file1.txt file2.txt


[4] "remember paper size for printer": We've logged this.

Hopefully, the --diff option will do what you need.
jeff

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