Althought when it works its a great tool, I can't really recommend this tool for the following reasons:
1. Intermittent performance issues, where opening a review file in code compare windows within visual studio takes up to 1 minute. This renders the tool useless. Weirdly some dev's experience this issue for a long period while others are unaffected, then one day one of the lucky ones starts seeing the performance problem. No updates to VS or RA products inbetween. 2. Hardly being developed/extended maintained. We actually got a response on the forum from an RA support staff member telling us this we were asking for a fix to another issue. 3. Issue search is pretty poor. You can run and save custom queries - you just get predefined named queries and a text search.
Shame because it has great potential if were only supported in the same manner as JetBrains products, for example.
Best compare tool i know. Its not perfect yet but i really wish it to be.
It has few flaws i was reporting a year ago, sadly non was fixed yet.
There are four i hope very very much that will be fixed. First issue is that comparison of big files works differently when spaces and comments are ignored (results are generally worse when they are off). Second issue is that structural comparison of big files is worse quality than default. Third is overall performance: opening many comparisons slowing computer a lot, when about 20 are opened, visual studio hangs (computer has still plenty resources left). Forth It doesn't work well with other VS addons like Resharper, Visual Assist X or Microsoft Productivity Tools.
I cannot replace the VS 2105 default diff/merge tool with the CodeCompare diff/merge too.
I want to use CodeCompare as my diff/merge tool when working in VS 2015 and Git.
Right now, when I diff/merge 2 files within VS, VS chooses the default VS diff tool and NOT CodeCompare.
Note that I am using Windows 7.
Note that as of now VS 2015 is fully updated/patched...
Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2015, Version 14.0.25431.01 Update 3, Microsoft .NET Framework, Version 4.6.01055
Note that as of now CodeCompare is up-to-date and fully patched, Version 4.1.78
Note that CodeCompare works great with Windows Explorer integration.
Note that CodeCompare works great with Windows TortoiseGit integration.
The problem is with VS 2015 integration.
Some place someone said "edit the file C:\Users\MyUserName\.gitconfig to use the diff/merge tool of your choice" and I can find that file but unfortunately for me I do not know exactly what to change in that file.
Can you help?
-- Mark Kamoski
What am I missing here? I am trying to pull down a code review changeset from TFS. I have a local copy of one of the files in the changeset which has different edits. In VS I'm prompted because of Conflicts between the changeset version and my local version. When I select the Merge Changes in Merge Tool I'm prompted with the "Theirs" shelfset changes on the left and the current version of code in TFS as the "Result" on the right. This is Completely WRONG. This isn't comparing the shelfset to the local. This isn't even in the ballpark.
In the shelfset version I completely removed a block of code. In my local edits I have the code commented out. How does Code Compare think I want to include this block of code back in as the "Result"?
Please, contact our support specialists via the following link - http://www.devart.com/company/contactform.html?product=codecompare
Could you please specify more details in your request, such as: the version of Visual Studio, the name of VCS and the version of Code Compare, that you has uninstalled?
Having the same issue. After I uninstalled Code Compare (when the free trial expired), VS 2013 compare no longer works? Why? I get "Error occurred during difference operation: Cannot load the configured tool."
The uninstaller for Code Compare is not functioning properly.
We will be glad to answer all your questions.
Could you please describe your request in details using this contact form http://www.devart.com/company/contactform.html?product=codecompare ?
i installed this free version on visual studio 2012 Pro, it installed but when i try open explore button the open file dialog won't appear and worst is every aspect of open document, project, including external dll reference that involved open file dialog can't be executed aka dialog won't appear, even after i uninstalled the extension and hard resetting VSTO the open file dialog problem still persist and one more problem appear is i can't even install other vsix because all activity of installing vsix always result in System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x8007007F). In the end i had to remove all visual studio related files.
Sorry for inconvenience. To solve this issue, please, write to us your request more detailed, including your version of Windows and exact version of Visual Studio with the list of installed extensions:
After uninstall I had the same issue: When you use TFS then go to menu
=> Visual Studio Team Foundation Server
=> 'Configure User Tools...'
There I had two entries. One for Compare and one for Merge.
Both pointed to Devart Tools which do not exist anymore.
I have removed them and now it is working again.
Also had this problem. Fixed by deleting this registry key:
In case yours is in a different location, I found it by searching "CodeCompare" in the registry. You will find many entries, press F3 until you find the right one.
Faced with the same issue told by most of users.
@Devart Software : Please test properly before releasing to gallery.
Please tell your developers to remove those two entries stated by @1km equals 1024m
After your request we had tested Code Compare integration with VS 2012 and the last version of VS 2013, and the integration works properly.
Microsoft Git Provider uses settings from the "gitconfig" file. Try to use the following settings: http://www.devart.com/codecompare/integration_git.html
Is there a way to open the comparison from the Team Explorer or from within VS 2012 in a separate window, because it is sometimes annoying that the comparison window opens in the same Visual Studio pane...
You can turn on an option 'Use standalone application from command line by default' at Code Compare standalone -> Tools -> Options -> Environment. It will force launch comparisons from VCS in Code Compare standalone.
I've enabled the integration in the Setup to Support TFS and AnkhSVN integration, but when I invoke any operation from VS that involves comparisons, the *default comparer is shown*, not Code Compare. However, Code Compare is shown in the menus and you can launch comparisons with the Solution Explorer (selected several files).
I'm using the latest version to date of CC and Visual 2013 Ultimate.
I have just discovered the reason!
Went to Visual Studio>Tools>Source Control>[SCC Plugin] User Tools>
There you can choose which tool you want to use to see diffs, merges and patches!
I hope this helps :)
I come to Code Compare from KDiff3, which I found to be superb for merging, even if it was a little rough around the edges where its GUI is concerned. In Code Compare I feel like I'm missing a panel in a 3-way merge: it shows me Version A, Version B, and the Merge Result located between them, however there is no display that I can find to show the Base Version. Without this, it's difficult to interpret the information displayed in the Version A/Version B panels, and therefore it's also difficult to decide what the result should look like afterwards.
I love your base product--in fact I do most of my code editing in diff mode recently--and I subscribed to the Pro version hoping to find this four-panel three-way merge. So far I haven't had any luck; is this just a panel configuration I haven't found?
In the next version of Code Compare we are going to include own Automatic Merge feature. It won't be necessary for you to look in the Base file because in the Result file you will see lines from the Base file in the conflicts.
Now like a workaround you can use the "Use Base File" button on the Layout toolbar.
I love this tool, and I'd like to make a suggestion. One thing I've always wanted in a diff tool is the ability to force lines in each file to be treated as the same line. So, for example, if one method was edited and another one added directly above it, lots of tools might misread it and treat it as an edit followed by an add rather than an add followed by an edit. In both cases, the results would be the same, but with the ability to tell the tool that two particular lines are the same logical line would help to make sense of complicated diffs.
You can try to use the Structural Comparison + Detect Similar Lines features in Code Compare Professional Edition.
As for your suggestion, please vote for the similar idea at our UserVoice forum: http://devart.uservoice.com/forums/93035-code-compare/suggestions/2344134-manually-re-align-compare-points
Yes, Code Compare has a Professional Edition, that provides a wide range of capabilities for comparing and merging different files and folders.
Learn more about features of Code Compare and Code Compare Pro on the following page: http://www.devart.com/codecompare/featurematrix.html
You can visit the product's Ordering page to purchase Code Compare Pro: http://www.devart.com/codecompare/ordering.html
Just installed the free version, want to try 3-way diff before purchase which I thought was available in Trial mode, but where is it? The Help says drag the files using Explorer, but I cant drag three files at once (or two even) when they are in different directories.
Please, follow the next two steps to resolve your issue:
1. Open Code Compare, change view to 3 pane and simply drag files to the each pane.
2. In Windows Explorer open the context menu at the first file and select "Select Left", at the second file - "Select Right", at the third - "Compare with Code Compare".