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Binary Comparison Options

Binary Comparison Options dialog

Dialog Box Options

  • Use fast byte-by-byte comparison
    When this option is enabled, ExamDiff Pro will simply compare each byte of one file with the corresponding byte of another file, rather than executing the diff algorithm. In this mode, there will be no offsets for matching blocks of bytes and ExamDiff Pro will only detect changed, rather than added or deleted blocks (except for the last blocks of files - if they have different sizes). Byte-by-byte comparison also optionally shows the hexadecimal memory addresses of each row of bytes.

  • Use advanced comparison algorithms
    Use this option to control whether binary comparison uses advanced (other than Classic) comparison algorithms set in Text Comparison - Advanced Options.

  • Comparison block size
    Minimal difference block size, in bytes. The bigger the number, the faster and less accurate the comparison. The most accurate binary comparison is performed when the block size is 1 byte. However, if you are comparing large files, comparison may take such a long time that it would make sense to sacrifice some precision for better performance. This option is not available with fast byte-by-byte comparison.
Number of bytes per line
  • Use this number
    Use the specified number of bytes per line.

  • Fit to window
    Change the number of bytes per line to always fit the current screen or print area width.
View options
  • Byte value format
    Specify the byte value format to be used in the left part of binary display.

  • Byte value case
    Specify the byte value case to be used in the left part of binary display. This option Only effects hexadecimal format.

  • Show address column
    Show or hide the hexadecimal address column. This option is only available with fast byte-by-byte comparison.
Character set
  • Code page
    Select the code page that will be used to display byte codes on the right side of the views. The list represents all single-byte code pages installed in your Windows operating system.

  • Show control characters
    Display control characters (with values 1...31 for the ASCII page) while showing byte codes. Otherwise, display the '.' character.

    Use the EBCDIC character set to display byte codes.