Araxis Merge for MAC, I’m giddy like a schoolboy!

since moving to the mac, the one (well there are two realy) tool I’ve been missing has been a strong compare tool for text files. Namely code. SVN has a good compare but sometimes when I’m moving files around, I want to make sure I’m not overwriting new with old and stuff. Plus sometimes I’d like to compare against a copy I got from someone else, etc.

Enter Araxis Merge, in my opinion a must have tool! Argent bought all the devs a copy, and there was peave and happiness in dev land. No more losing changes when sharing files with each other and stuff.

As long as I ran Parallels I had Araxis and have in some occassions copied files into Windows only to compare them and then return to OS X. Well not any more!

I’ve long lamented, googled, pleaded, even prayed to obscure gods for a mac version. Well Some one heard me. They’ve got an early release download!!! Yippy skippy!!!

If you’re not familiar with Merge, check it out, it’s a great app.

11 thoughts on “Araxis Merge for MAC, I’m giddy like a schoolboy!

  1. JesterXL

    What are you doing for SVN on a Mac? I've been using BeyondCompare via Parallels for my Mac which is ghetto, but apparently this Araxis thing will remedy that.

    However, SVN has been a losing battle. I've heard that Apple's developer tools has a good client in it, but not sure. I refuse to use that POS called SubClipse.

  2. JesterXL Post author

    What are you doing for SVN on a Mac? I've been using BeyondCompare via Parallels for my Mac which is ghetto, but apparently this Araxis thing will remedy that.

    However, SVN has been a losing battle. I've heard that Apple's developer tools has a good client in it, but not sure. I refuse to use that POS called SubClipse.

  3. John Wilker Post author

    @JesterXL,
    using the thing you don’t want to use :) Subclipse in FlexBuilder. I’m by no means an SVN power user, so I haven’t encountered POSness. Though I supplement it with SCNx I think it is.

    Yeah Merge is Beyond Compare on ‘roids as far as i’m concerned.

    i hadn’t heard about Apple Dev Tools having a client, that’d sure be nice. I can provide links for what SVN downloads i used if need be.

  4. JHill Post author

    Thanks for the post, the product seems pretty good. I, too, have been running BeyondCompare in Parallels. Araxis Merge seems light years ahead than Apple’s FileMerge.

  5. colin Post author

    Yeah the Mac developer utilities Merge is like many things mac: kinda nifty and not that useful at the end of the day. If I compare files I can’t just type and edit them while comparing, which is pretty weak. I’ve had some interesting screengrabs come out of Merge crashing though…

    Seems like my best option is to run Crossover then install Compare and Beyond Compare like I’m used to as I’ve seen so many posts al over the internet where people are complaining about the lack of good compare apps for Mac.

  6. John Wilker Post author

    @Colin

    The latest build looks really nice. It’s a PITA to get the Beta, I don’t know why they make that so tough, getting a license and crap, however the app is getting nice.

  7. John Wilker

    @JesterXL,
    using the thing you don't want to use :) Subclipse in FlexBuilder. I'm by no means an SVN power user, so I haven't encountered POSness. Though I supplement it with SCNx I think it is.

    Yeah Merge is Beyond Compare on 'roids as far as i'm concerned.

    i hadn't heard about Apple Dev Tools having a client, that'd sure be nice. I can provide links for what SVN downloads i used if need be.

  8. JHill

    Thanks for the post, the product seems pretty good. I, too, have been running BeyondCompare in Parallels. Araxis Merge seems light years ahead than Apple's FileMerge.

  9. colin

    Yeah the Mac developer utilities Merge is like many things mac: kinda nifty and not that useful at the end of the day. If I compare files I can't just type and edit them while comparing, which is pretty weak. I've had some interesting screengrabs come out of Merge crashing though…

    Seems like my best option is to run Crossover then install Compare and Beyond Compare like I'm used to as I've seen so many posts al over the internet where people are complaining about the lack of good compare apps for Mac.

  10. John Wilker

    @Colin

    The latest build looks really nice. It's a PITA to get the Beta, I don't know why they make that so tough, getting a license and crap, however the app is getting nice.

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