[OS X TeX] Droplatexdiff available.

Kino quinon at rio.odn.ne.jp
Mon May 8 10:03:13 EDT 2006

On 8 May 2006, at 20:28, Joseph C. Slater wrote:

> Anyone who has the Apple Developer Tools can use FileMerge.app to  
> do this. What's the advantage of this tool over FileMerge?

While FileMerge compares files only line by line, latexdiff works  
like an old MacOS app called DocuComp and does compare them word by  

So latexdiff would be much more useful for writers. Unfortunately  
latexdiff does not handle text in languages not using space chars as  
word separator. So it is not useable for my Japanese LaTeX files,  

On 6 May 2006, at 22:43, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> Because the order of the files presented to the Droplatexdiff.app  
> was undetermined (it depends upon exactly how you select the two  
> files to be compared)

Isn't it the order of files show by Finder and Open dialog box?

And thank you very much. Encouraged by your droplet and inspired by  
latexdiff, I just created a similar droplet, not for comparing tex  
files as tex files but for simply comparing two files word by word.  
Might be useful when you want to compare no tex files. Please try it  
if you are interested in such a feature.

Output will look like

- Compare two files word by word. Here "word" stands for text portion  
separated by [[:space:][:punct:]]. So, even for text in languages not  
using space as word separator, [[:punct:]] will work. Additionally  
some special treatment implemented for Japanese text.

- All files but having rtf, doc, html, htm and xml (Word XML) as  
extension will be processed as plain text file. I.e. style/formatting  
attributes will be ignored.

- Only UTF-8 is supported as plain text encoding. On OS X 10.2 and  
10.3, you have to install rtf2txt (free) as /usr/local/bin/rtf2txt.

- Output file will be in rtf format on OS X 10.4 and in UTF-8 plain  
text on OS X 10.2 and 10.3. It will be opened by TextEdit.

- To customise it (e.g. different colours), modify DropDocComp.app/ 


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