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  • Detection of moved text blocks

    Perhaps I'm just not aware of this feature but the only thing I miss about beyond compare right now is the possibility to detect moved text blocks. I always get the block marked as added/removed... but I would much rather prefer a "moved" marking....

    Is there a way to handle this? I know that there are some tools out there that can, I once saw a plugin for the notepad++ handling this...

    Thanks in advance

  • #2
    Sorry, the current version of Beyond Compare (3.3.8) cannot detect moved blocks of text. They will show as changes.

    Detecting moved text is on our wish list for a future version of BC.
    Chris K Scooter Software


    • #3

      This has seemingly been on the wishlist for years (dating back at least to 2006 as far as I can tell). Is there any actual development roadmap that includes this feature or must we choose an alternative comparison tool to get the feature?


      • #4
        We do not have a public posting of our wishlist. We have a small team and we have not had the spare development resources to implement it yet. You can see a list of what we have managed to accomplish in the current version of BC3 or in our changelog:

        Detecting moved blocks is definitely something we still want to tackle, but is a large project and not something we will likely be able to implement soon.
        Aaron P Scooter Software


        • #5
          Is this feature available, now (2019)?



          • #6
            Not out of the box. BC4 does support External Conversions, which can tidy and sort syntax. We have an example (for RESX files) here:

            We also have a few "tidied" formats for download for other file types, here:

            Please note that if you edit and save in the new format, this will save the file in the formatted state (with the reordering and line breaks as displayed).
            Aaron P Scooter Software