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I was surfing around on the net trying to find a way to make contributions easier to install (some install directions can be confusing and vary from contrib-to-contrib). I happened across a utility that I think everyone should know about, if they don't already.

 

Before anyone gets any ideas...it's not my software, I have no affilitaion whatsoever with it other than the fact that I use it and I think that someone should have made it sooner.

 

It's called Beyond Compare 2. In a nutshell....you can compare two documents, side-by-side, line-by-line and see the differences. It's made by Scooter software and you can download a trial version at http://www.scootersoftware.com/ . It does require registration after 30 days...and personally...whatever they're asking for it is reasonable.

 

My only thoughts are, this little app can take a huge headache out of installing contributions (comparing contrib files against your current, and probably already modded files) and even be useful for making contributions as well.

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For Mac try Diff'nPatch (shareware). I haven't actually used this utility, so this is not much of a recommendation, but maybe worth a try.

 

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Jim

See my profile for a list of my addons and ways to get support.

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Jim:-)

 

Thank you so much for keying us Mac OS X users in on Diff'nPatch. It's actually freeware.

 

Although it does require a bit of reading (yes.. I recommed reading the documentation), the program is going to help Mac users emmensely :-)

 

You're a life saver :-)

 

Khim~

Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup :-)

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I just found one called compare files, which I am test driving right now. It works like an amazing charm, especially since I have never had this capability before! However, when I have two files and I need to merge part of one snippet with part of the other, i have to switch to a different program. By the way, for shareware Mac html editor, I am using pagespinner which I like very much, but I wonder if anyone has another suggestion there?

psst... wanna buy a wand?

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Adobe Owns me :-)

 

I use GoLive. It cost me my first born (whenever that happens) and their first born and so on :-)

 

Before that, I used Claris Home Page 3.0. I've never really used anything other than these two or a text editor (you know.. the old fashioned way without the GUI :-)

 

I'd be interested in knowing if there is a less costly alternative to GoLive that has all the bells and whistles it has. I'm really sold on dynamic content :-)

 

Khim~

Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup :-)

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heh, I used Netscape's wizard, or whatever it was called, for a couple of years, and simpletext for tweaking. I figured of it worked in Netscape it would work in any browser, being the lowest common denominator. I just got the DreamWeaver suite, but I can't say I've used it much yet. And it's plenty pricey, so I'd better! I still go back to PageSpinner, though, even though it is text only and I have to open files in a browser to see them.

Did I mention I am still working in OS9? :D It's the highest 9 but my machine just is too slow for OSX.

psst... wanna buy a wand?

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I just squeeked by on being able to use OS X :-) I have to say that if you ever get the chance to upgrade your hardware, you have to give X a try. I really can't tell you just how great it is.

 

I'm so spoiled with my being able to left and right click that I go nuts when I have a program I have to run in 9. (I whine because I have to go to Special -> Empty Trash LOL)

 

But honestly, your site looks great! I don't think you need a bunch of fancy hardware and GUI's to write good html;-) You seem to be doing a wonderful job :-)

 

What was it Bill Gates said... something about him not seeing anyone needing more than 640k of memory :-) Heh!

Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup :-)

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I use WinMerge to compare 2 files. It works pretty good so far. You can get it here:

WinMerge

 

Oh yeah, It's Free.

 

For HTML I am a huge Dreamweaver fan. Another nice little program that I found is Alleycode. It appears to have a lot of features. It is shareware ($39) and has a free demo. You can get it here:

Alleycode

 

I also use Winsyntax for working with PHP and Stylesheets. It is also a really nice program, and it is Free. Here it is:

Winsyntax

 

Just thought I would share. :D

 

Shawn

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