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WinMerge 2.14.0 (stable) released

WinMerge is a Windows tool for visual difference display and merging, for both
files and directories. Unicode support. Flexible syntax coloring editor. Windows
Shell integration. Regexp filtering. Side-by-side line diff and highlights diffs
inside lines.

Notable new items in the 2.14.0 stable release:

  • Update PCRE to version 8.10
  • Update SCEW to version 1.1.2
  • Improve startup time (#2788142)
  • Add menuitems for selecting automatic or manual prediffing
  • Add accelerator keys for Shell context menu
  • Add /xq command line switch for closing WinMerge after identical files and not showing message
  • Allow setting codepage from command line
  • Allow giving encoding name as custom codepage
  • Add options GUI for quick compare limit
  • Expand/collapse folders from keyboard
  • Improve detecting XML files in file compare
  • Lots of language updates... read more
Posted by Christian List 2013-02-03

WinMerge 2.12.4 (stable) released

WinMerge is a Windows tool for visual difference display and merging, for both
files and directories. Unicode support. Flexible syntax coloring editor. Windows
Shell integration. Regexp filtering. Side-by-side line diff and highlights diffs
inside lines.

New in 2.12 stable releases:
- Tree-view for folder compare
- Include items in unique folders in compare results
- General compare result statuses
- Remember last used target folder for Copy/Move to in folder compare
- More accurate location pane
- Re-load files changed in disk behind WinMerge
- Refresh compare results after changing line filter
- Add option to show Open-dialog on WinMerge startup
- PCRE updated to version 7.8
- Installer can add WinMerge to system path
- New options page for Shell Integration options
- Better Unicode file detection for full contents compare
- Lots of bugs fixed... read more

Posted by Tim Gerundt 2009-06-09

WinMerge 2.12.2 (stable) released

WinMerge is a Windows tool for visual difference display and merging, for both
files and directories. Unicode support. Flexible syntax coloring editor. Windows
Shell integration. Regexp filtering. Side-by-side line diff and highlights diffs
inside lines.

New in 2.12 stable releases:
- Tree-view for folder compare
- Include items in unique folders in compare results
- General compare result statuses
- Remember last used target folder for Copy/Move to in folder compare
- More accurate location pane
- Re-load files changed in disk behind WinMerge
- Refresh compare results after changing line filter
- Add option to show Open-dialog on WinMerge startup
- PCRE updated to version 7.8
- Installer can add WinMerge to system path
- New options page for Shell Integration options
- Better Unicode file detection for full contents compare
- Lots of bugs fixed... read more

Posted by Tim Gerundt 2009-04-01

WinMerge 2.12.0 (stable) released

WinMerge is a Windows tool for visual difference display and merging, for both
files and directories. Unicode support. Flexible syntax coloring editor. Windows
Shell integration. Regexp filtering. Side-by-side line diff and highlights diffs
inside lines.

New in 2.12 stable releases:
- Tree-view for folder compare
- Include items in unique folders in compare results
- General compare result statuses
- Remember last used target folder for Copy/Move to in folder compare
- More accurate location pane
- Re-load files changed in disk behind WinMerge
- Refresh compare results after changing line filter
- Add option to show Open-dialog on WinMerge startup
- PCRE updated to version 7.8
- Installer can add WinMerge to system path
- New options page for Shell Integration options
- Better Unicode file detection for full contents compare
- Lots of bugs fixed... read more

Posted by Tim Gerundt 2009-03-07

WinMerge 2.10.4 (stable) released

WinMerge is a Windows tool for visual difference display and merging, for both
files and directories. Unicode support. Flexible syntax coloring editor. Windows
Shell integration. Regexp filtering. Side-by-side line diff and highlights diffs
inside lines.

New in 2.10 stable release:
- Installer installs WinMerge for all users
- Add ShellExtension menu for drive letters (root folders)
- Unlimited undo in the editor
- Big Manual update
- PCRE (regular expression library) update (to version 7.7)
- Use PCRE in editor regular expressions (Find/Replace)
- Plugins disabled by default, new option to enable them
- Location pane flickering fixed
- Focus losing after folder compare operations fixed
- Lots of bugs fixed... read more

Posted by Tim Gerundt 2009-01-13

WinMerge 2.10.2 (stable) released

WinMerge is a Windows tool for visual difference display and merging, for both
files and directories. Unicode support. Flexible syntax coloring editor. Windows
Shell integration. Regexp filtering. Side-by-side line diff and highlights diffs
inside lines.

New in 2.10 stable release:
- Installer installs WinMerge for all users
- Add ShellExtension menu for drive letters (root folders)
- Unlimited undo in the editor
- Big Manual update
- PCRE (regular expression library) update (to version 7.7)
- Use PCRE in editor regular expressions (Find/Replace)
- Plugins disabled by default, new option to enable them
- Location pane flickering fixed
- Focus losing after folder compare operations fixed
- Lots of bugs fixed... read more

Posted by Tim Gerundt 2008-11-22

WinMerge 2.8 (stable) released

WinMerge is a Windows tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories. Unicode support. Flexible syntax coloring editor. Windows Shell integration. Regexp filtering. Side-by-side line diff and highlights diffs inside lines.

New in version 2.8 since 2.6.x stable releases:
- Tabbed interface for compare windows
- Folder compare is now multi threaded - speed improvement
- New PO files based translation system
- New linefilter implementation (fixes e.g. line-end matching bug)
- Open binary files to file compare
- Allow hiding margin in file compare
- New backup file options
- Improved line filter dialog
- Printing improvements
- Match lines inside differences
- Create HTML reports from file compare
- New dialog for selecting folder compare columns
- New icon for Shell Integration
- Fixed bug WinMerge could not detect UTF-8 files without BOM
- Resolve conflict files (CVS, SVN, ...)
- New translations: Croatian and Portuguese... read more

Posted by Christian List 2008-04-07

WinMerge 2.6.12 (stable) released

WinMerge is a Win32 tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories. Unicode support. Flexible syntax coloring editor. Windows Shell integration. Regexp filtering. Side-by-side line diff and highlights diffs inside lines.

Notable in this release:
- Change active file when using Goto to other file's line number
- Bugfix: Renaming right-only file renamed parent folder
- Bugfix: Diff visibility and selection problems when word-wrap enabled
- Bugfix: Copy selected text to Replace-dialog
- Bugfix: Folder filter bug in filter test dialog
- Bugfix: ClearCase integration was not properly uninstalled
- Translation updates for Chinese Simplified and Russian... read more

Posted by Christian List 2007-10-11

WinMerge 2.6.8 (stable) released

WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.

Notable in this release:
- Do not allow hiding folder compare confirmation dialogs
- New filefilters: Delphi, C#, Symbian
- Bugfix: Pressing ESC during item rename caused exit
- Bugfix: Shell Integration downgrade caused a crash
- Bugfix: Zip/Both added files not selected to archive
- Korean translation update... read more

Posted by Christian List 2007-06-25

WinMerge 2.6.6 (stable) released

WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.

Notable in this release:
- CSS files syntax higligting
- Bugfix: ShellExtension installing created invalid registry key
- Bugfix: crash when hiding folder compare "up arrow" item
- Translation updates for Bulgarian, French and Polish languages

The new version can be downloaded from
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=13216&package_id=11248... read more

Posted by Christian List 2007-03-29

WinMerge 2.6 (stable) released

WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.

New in 2.6 since 2.4.10 stable release:
- New icons and splash screen
- Simpler and auto-closing folder compare progress bar
- Line numbers in file compare
- Word-wrap in file compare
- GUI for bookmarks in file compare
- Better character-level difference indication in file compare
- Merge difference which has cursor inside it (no need to select
difference first)
- Improved Project file saving and editing
- User-defined folder for file filters
- Renaming items in folder compare... read more

Posted by Christian List 2006-10-13

WinMerge 2.4.10 (stable) released

WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.

This version fixes a couple of bugs that were in the 2.4.8 release.
Next stable release will be 2.6.0.

Important changes after 2.4.8 stable release:
- bugfix: crash when closing window with Ctrl+W
- bugfix: PgUp key moved file two screens up
- bugfix: last line in file filter file was not read
- bugfix: sometimes changes done outside WinMerge were not detected when folder compare was refreshed
- bugfix: crash when switching to empty file with F6-key
- bugfix: wrong cursor position after Find caused same text to be found again... read more

Posted by Christian List 2006-08-14

WinMerge 2.4.8 (stable) released

WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.

Important changes since 2.4.6 stable release mostly consists of bug fixes and translation updates:
- bugfix: root folders weren't handled correctly in some cases
- bugfix: replace all didn't work
- bugfix: crash when there was binary data in text file
- bugfix: crash when updating location view (can be a reason for mysterious
crashes some users experience)
- bugfix: PHP/ASP Syntax Highlighting didn't work if begin of the file
was not visible
- bugfix: Open-dialog could hang when path editbox was empty and Browse-button
was selected
- bugfix: subfolder names weren't copied when Copy Pathnames was selected
- new ASP/NET file filter
- add '*.pm' and '*.plx' file extensions to Perl syntax highlighter
- translation updates... read more

Posted by Christian List 2006-06-14

WinMerge 2.4.6 (stable) released

WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.

Important changes after 2.4.4 stable release:

- many diffengine fixes and improvements
- Ctrl+F3 and Shift+Ctrl+F3 work now for finding selected text
- ClearCase support improvement
(WinMerge recognizes commandline parameters CC gives to it)
- project file is opened only when one file is drag&dropped
(can now compare two project files drag&dropping them to WinMerge)
- support for Unicode file filter files
- new plugin to compare MS Excel files
- bugfix: resource leak in ShellExtension
- bugfix: WinMerge kept compared folders locked
- bugfix: copying unique binary file preserves binary status
- bugfix: crash when merging out-of-sync difference
- bugfixes for linedifference highlight
- translation updates... read more

Posted by Christian List 2006-03-03

WinMerge 2.4.4 (stable) released

WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.

Important changes after 2.4.2 stable release:
- bugfix: problems selecting read-only folders from Open-dialog
- bugfix: crash when changing UI language
- bugfix: problems adding/deleting filters
- translation updates

The new version can be downloaded from
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=13216&package_id=11248 ... read more

Posted by Christian List 2006-01-01

WinMerge 2.4.2 (stable) released

WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.

Important changes after 2.4.0 stable release:
- New plugin to compare MS Excel files
- translation updates
- manual updates
- bugfix: filtered files were compared
- bugfix: crash when saving filenames with different cases
- bugfix: allow opening archive files from folder compare
- bugfix: find string got cleared after rescanning files
- bugfix: canceling Visual SourceSafe checkout didn't work
- bugfix: Visual SourceSafe did hang sometimes (misdetected projectfile)
- feature: Ctrl+W closes active window
- feature: modern file selection dialog... read more

Posted by Christian List 2005-11-12

WinMerge 2.4 (stable) released

WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.

Some of the new features in version 2.4 since 2.2.4 stable release:
- Line-diff for all differences (enable/disable from menu View/View Line Differences)
- Compared paths shown in caption
- Highlight character difference in lines
- UI for project files (Open-dialog and File-menu)
- New (quick) compare method for directory compare (Options/compare)
- Copy lines with linenumbers from editor (Edit/Advanced)
- New options-dialog
- Own menus for directory and file compare
- Can open multiple file- and directory-compare windows
- Limit to single instance
- Allow selecting syntax highlight colors
- Show progressbar in directory compare statepane
- New plugin to show XML files
- Ability to compare big binary files and overall speed improvement
for comparing big files
- Improvements to archive support
- Simple folder compare reports
- Improvement to Shell Extension for re-selecting first item... read more

Posted by Christian List 2005-09-30

WinMerge 2.2.4 (stable) released

WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories. Version 2.2.4 is a stable release, it has some bugfixes and translation updates from version 2.2.2.

This new release is downloadable from:
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=13216&package_id=11248

Important changes after 2.2.2 release:
- bug fixes:
-- patch generation could delete original UTF-8 files
-- unicode version added garbage to files when spaces added instead of tabs
-- opening file could fail in some cases
-- saving UTF-8 files didn't add BOM bytes always
- NSIS files syntax highlighting in editor
- new Turkish translation
- translation updates
- removed 7-zip integration dlls from *.zip... read more

Posted by Christian List 2005-06-01

WinMerge 2.2.2 (stable) released

WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories. Version 2.2.2 is a stable release.

Important changes since the 2.2.0 release:
- lots of bugs fixed (including a bug in path handling that caused some people to be unable to access files on network shares)
- visible area indicator in location pane
- removal of archive support from installer build, separate 7-zip plugin installer is downloadable from:
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=13216&package_id=143957
- translation updates... read more

Posted by Christian List 2005-03-28

WinMerge 2.2 (stable) released

WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.

Some of the new features in version 2.2:
- Unicode support
- Difference pane shows current difference in two vertical panes
- Location pane shows map of files compared
- Archive file support using 7-zip
- Shell Integration
- More customisable directory compare
- Moved lines detection in file compare
- Rewritten undo/redo (no more crashes!)
- Merge-mode for faster merging (like in 1.7)
- Plugins ... read more

Posted by Christian List 2004-11-10

WinMerge 2.0.2 (stable) released

WinMerge is a visual text file differencing and merging tool. Compared to version 2.0, this release contains bugfixes, and WinMerge is translated into 4 additional languages making it 15 in total. The new languages are Brazilian, Catalan, Norwegian and Swedish. This will be our last stable release from the 2.0 branch, the next stable release will be from the 2.1 branch.

Posted by Christian List 2003-12-12

WinMerge 2.0 (stable) released

WinMerge is a visual text file differencing and merging tool. Version 2.0 has major updates compared to the last version released almost 3 years ago. Improvements includes an integrated editer, file filters, syntax highlighting, improved directory compare with copy and delete of files, options to change diff colors, windows explorer integration, find & replace, drag & drop, handles DOS / UNIX / MAC files.... read more

Posted by Christian List 2003-08-04