Having to work with documents might sooner or later require you to compare two files. Luckily, there are various applications that make this process easy. WinDiff is a lightweight application that allows users to compare two different files or folders with the help of a very simple interface.
Lightweight and easy to use
The application does a pretty good job when it comes to this task, displaying the content as text and highlighting the differences between the two.
Of course, WinDiff comes with a few other goodies to help you in this task, including a very simple interface.
Comparing two files or two folders takes just a few seconds because the user has to provide the two paths, while the application does the rest of the job.
Good but far from being a pro
And although you can also edit the left or right file, mark patterns or rescan a given file, there are still some features to be improved or at least revised.
Since there's no built-in file explorer, you can't navigate to the file you wish to compare, so you have to select the file manually every time. Plus, if you choose to compare two different folders, you have to write down the full path letter by letter, as there's no “Browse” button.
Leaving a little something to be desired
Additionally, although the interface is indeed very simple and it helps the application get the job done, a facelift is vital, mostly because this kind of program needs to be a lot more user friendly and straightforward.
To end with
All in all, WinDiff is indeed a handy tool, but there's still a lot of work to do in most of its key areas. The idea is great but major updates are absolutely mandatory. However, if you've managed to stumble upon it, giving it a try is not in vain.