Project Description

Visual Studio Comparison Tools is a add-in for Visual Studio which uses external tools to compare files, folders and clipboard. Features: Comparing two files, selecting folders for comparison from the solution explorer and comparing (and merging) clipboard to a file or selected area in a file

Visual Studio Gallery Page: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/4a139744-7b66-4976-abbd-184323333a0a

Prerequisites
  • Requires a comparison util such as WinMerge
  • Tested with WinMerge and Beyond Compare 3. Write to the comments if you encounter problems setting up other tools!

Extension Installation (For VS 2010/2012/2013/2015)
  • Install through visual studio Extension Manager or by double clicking the vsix file

Add-In Installation (For VS 2005/2008)
  • Running the setup will copy files "VisualStudioComparisonTools.dll" and "VisualStudioComparisonTools.addin" to Visual Studio's add-in directory. The VisualStudioComparisonTools add-in can be used next time Visual Studio is restarted.

Usage
  • Compare to Clipboard has two different compare modes:
    • Clipboard to File comparison
      • Right click text in the editor and select "Compare with clipboard". The active file will be saved.
      • Winmerge will open and changes from the clipboard (right panel, read only) can be merged to the file (left panel).
      • Saving will save the changes to the real file.
    • Clipboard to Text editor selection comparison
      • Select text in a file. Right click the selected text and select "Compare with clipboard". The active file will be saved.
      • Winmerge will open and changes from the clipboard (right panel, read only) can be merged to the selection (left panel).
      • Saving and exiting winmerge will merge the changes inside the selection to the file where the selection was.
  • Compare selected files shows up when two files are selected in the solution explorer.
    • The comparison is done totally in the merge tool and both files are editable.
  • Compare selected folders shows up when two directories are selected in the solution explorer.
    • The comparison is done totally in the merge tool.

Configuration for Add-In
  • Configuration file can be found from Environment.SpecialFolder.CommonApplicationData \ VisualStudioComparisonTools\ config.xml
    • (In Vista and Windows 7: C:\ProgramData\Visual Studio Comparison Tools)
  • Comparison tool exe path
    • Doesn't anymore need to be WinMerge
    • Default: C:\Program Files (x86)\WinMerge\WinMergeU.exe
    • If not found from the default folder, tries to find it from both Program Files or Program Files (x86)
  • Parameters to the comparison tool (see example from the configuration file)
    • Tags which will be replaced by the add-in:
      • [%File1%] First filename to compare
      • [%File2%] Second filename to compare
      • [%SELECTION_FILENAME%] (file name used in the title in winmerge, when comparing selection from a file instead of the full file
      • [%SELECTION_TITLE%] WinMerge's title arguments when comparing selection of a file
      • [%CLIPBOARD_TITLE%] WinMerge's title arguments when comparing clipboard
  • VisualStudioComparisonTools will use system temp directory to store temporary files, but it can be configured to store them solution's directory under _VisualStudioComparisonTools folder

Problems with Add-In
  • If the "Compare to Clipboard" text doesn't appear in the right click context menu, try the following:
    • Go to the command prompt. Go to the location of devenv.exe (for example "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE")
    • Write "devenv.exe /resetaddin VisualStudioComparisonTools.Connect" and press enter.
  • If you encounter any problems, copy the file "VisualStudioComparisonTools.dll.log4net" and log4net.dll from the application directory to the location of devenv.exe. A VisualStudioComparisonTools-log.txt file will be created.
    • Visual studio 2013:
      • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE
      • C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE
    • Visual studio 2012:
      • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\IDE
      • C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\IDE
    • Visual studio 2010:
      • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE
      • C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE
    • Visual studio 2008:
      • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE
      • C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE
    • Visual Studio 2005
      • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE
      • C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE

Other used libraries

Last edited Dec 2 at 8:22 PM by mikkoha, version 14