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Status Bars

ExamDiff Pro uses two kinds of status bars:

  1. The main status bar
  2. Pane status bars, different for text file panes, binary file panes, directory comparison, and text file merge panes.

Main Status Bar

Main status bar

The left pane of the main status bar status bar shows the number of differences (blocks of changes) in the current comparison. For text file comparison, this pane also shows the number of different lines, and, depending on the comparison detail level, the number of inline differences). For directory comparison, it also shows the number of different files/directories.

This pane also describes actions of menu commands as you use the arrow keys to navigate through menus. It similarly shows messages that describe the actions of toolbar buttons as you move mouse over them.

During calculations of file CRCs and retrieving their versions in a background thread, a small progress bar appears at the end of this pane.

The right panes of the main status bar show numbers of added, deleted, and changed blocks with appropriate colors. For text file comparison, the first number within a set of parentheses is the number of different complete lines, while the second number is the number of different inline blocks in changed lines. The "Changed in changed" pane is the number of changed inline blocks - it is separated from the "Changed" pane because these blocks use a different color from changed lines. The "Ignored" pane shows the color of ignored blocks.

For directory comparison:

  • If both Compare subdirectories recursively and Perform full file comparison are enabled, the first number within a set of parentheses is the number of changed files and the second number is the number of changed lines within changed files.
  • If Compare subdirectories recursively but not Perform full file comparison is enabled, the numbers in parentheses are the number of changed files.
  • If Perform full file comparison but not Compare subdirectories recursively option is enabled, the first number within a set of parentheses is the number of changed directories, the second number is the number of changed files, and the third number is the number of changed lines within changed files.
  • If neither Perform full file comparison nor Compare subdirectories recursively is enabled, the first number within a set of parentheses is the number of changed directories and the second number is the number of changed files.

For binary comparison, the numbers in parentheses are the number of changed blocks.

For text file merge, the main status bar is different:

Main status bar

The left pane shows the number of differences as well as the number of conflicts that could not be resolved automatically. The right panes show numbers of matching, non-matching, conflicting, and inline differences.

Text File Comparison Pane Status Bar

Text file pane status bar
  • The first pane of this status bar describes the caret position based on the real line numbers. If the caret is positioned in the lines added for alignment of compared files, this pane becomes blank.
  • The second pane shows the number of lines in the file.
  • The third pane shows INS if Insert mode is used, or OVR if Overwrite mode is used.
  • The fourth pane describes whether file in the pane is read-only.
  • The fifth pane shows whether internal editing is enabled.
  • The sixth pane shows whether a plug-in was used for the current file. Double-clicking on this pane opens the Plug-ins Options dialog. If this pane has a red background, a plug-in returned a warning; in this case, double-clicking on the pane will display the warning.
  • The seventh pane shows whether the file in the pane is newer or older than the other file.
  • The eighth pane shows the size of the file.
  • The ninth pane shows the file encoding. This pane is highlighted if the files have different encodings (this does not apply in Text Merge mode).

Binary File Comparison Pane Status Bar

Binary file pane status bar
  • The first pane of this status bar describes the caret address based on the real addresses. If the caret is positioned in the bytes added for alignment of compared files, this pane becomes blank.
  • The second pane shows the size of the selection, again counting only real bytes.
  • The third pane describes the value of the byte under the caret. If the caret is positioned in the bytes added for alignment of compared files, this pane becomes blank.
  • The fourth pane describes whether file in the pane is read-only.
  • The fifth pane shows whether a plug-in was used for the current file. If this pane has a red background, a plug-in returned a warning; double-clicking on the pane will display the warning.
  • The sixth pane shows whether the file in the pane is newer or older than the other file.
  • The seventh pane shows the size of the file.

Directory Comparison Pane Status Bar

Directory pane status bar
  • The first pane of this status bar describes the total number of files/directories in the pane. On the leftmost part of the left pane, a red filter icon is displayed if items were filtered out during comparison; hovering over this icon displays the number of items filtered out in a balloon message and double-clicking on the icon opens the Directory Filters Options dialog.
  • The second pane shows the number of selected files/directories in the pane.
  • The third pane shows whether a plug-in was used for the current directory. Double-clicking on this pane opens the Plug-ins Options dialog. If this pane has a red background, a plug-in returned a warning; in this case, double-clicking on the pane will display the warning.

Text File Merge Status Bar

This status bar is identical to the text file comparison pane status bar.

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