When comparing Beyond Compare vs DiffMerge, the Slant community recommends Beyond Compare for most people. In the question“What are the best diff tools for Git?” Beyond Compare is ranked 5th while DiffMerge is ranked 12th. The most important reason people chose Beyond Compare is:
Beyond Compare can be used to compare both files and folders. File-Filters possible!
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Pro Supports comparing folders
Beyond Compare can be used to compare both files and folders.
Pro Synchronize folders
Can be used to synchronize folders. Including wildcards.
Pro Supports 3 way merge
Good overview. Clear display of changed lines (background color) and changed characters (foreground color).
Pro Has rules for adding ignore-masks and replacement rules
So parts you don't want to see in your comparision can be hidden with ignore masks. Parts that are okay to be changed can be set with change-lists so beyond compare knows what's the replacement value and skips displaying this. So you can focus on the for you important changes. For example with the ignore mask I was able to compare two logs with different timestamps but nearly same content. (beginning with timestams the first x characters adding to ignore)
Pro Supports editing files directly
Pro Customer Service is awesome and easy to work with
Pro Can compare remote directories
Beyond Compare can compare directories through FTP, SFTP. Also it can compare directories hosted on Dropbox or Amazon S3.
Pro Can be used to compare image files
This is a useful feature for game developers using Git.
Pro Works well with large files
Pro One license covers all major OS's (Linux/Windows/Mac)
Pro Completely free
DiffMerge is free of charge to download and use for both commercial and open source projects. There's no license needed. However, people who want to contribute to the project monetarily can do so.
Pro Cross platform
DiffMerge is cross platform and is available for all major operating systems. This means WIndows, Linux and OSX
Pro Folder compare
Pro Three way merges
DiffMerge supports three way merges.
Con Paid proprietary software
Beyond Compare is not free, it offers different license options depending on the number of members in a team and depending on the software version.
Con Startup time can be slow
DiffMerge's startup time can be quite slow sometimes.