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The name of the plug-in.

Name Filter
Name filters are patterns describing the types of file to be processed by the plug-in. ExamDiff Pro will apply the plug-in to those files whose names or paths match at least one pattern in the filter. Patterns in the filter must be separated by commas. You can use the conventional DOS wildcard characters ('?' to match a single character or '*' to match any number of characters) to specify these types. For example, d?n* and *.cpp are acceptable filter types. If '*' is used as a filter, all files will be pre-processed by the plug-in application.

If <inline> is set in this field or if no extension is set, the plug-in is for inline use only. If <default-remote-file> or <default-remote-directory> is set in this field, the plug-in will be used by ExamDiff Pro for remote file or directory comparison, respectively, and will be automatically used when a file or directory is in the form of a URL (such as There can only be one remote file and only one remote directory plug-in, and an error message will be given if you try to set more than one of either.

An executable or a batch file that takes at least one parameter (input file name).

Need to include at least one parameter ($INPUTFILEPATH or $INPUTFILEDIR$INPUTFILENAME$INPUTFILEEXT); if no output file name ($OUTPUTFILEPATH) is used, standard output is assumed. For older, DOS-based programs, you may need to use $INPUTFILENAME_SHORT or $INPUTFILEPATH_SHORT, which provide short (8.3) path and file name respectively.

Here's the full list of built-in arguments:

$INPUTFILEPATHFull path of the input file
$INPUTFILEDIRInput file directory
$INPUTFILENAMEInput file name (without directory and extension)
$INPUTFILEEXTInput file extension
$OUTPUTFILEFull path of the output file
$INPUTFILEPATH_SHORTShort path of the input file
$INPUTFILENAME_SHORTInput file's short name
$OPPOSITEFILEPATHFull path of the opposite file
$TABSIZETab size

Use exit code
Use this option in order to let ExamDiff Pro generate an error message if the application did not exit with a success exit code (see below).

Success exit code
Success exit code of the application (usually 0).