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C12-08 ExamDiff Pro

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ID C12-08
Product ExamDiff Pro
Company prestoSoft
P.O. Box 3611
Thousand Oaks, CA 91359
Web Site
Software Type Desktop
Costs 34.99$ per License
Test Date 2012-02-29


Ranking for all tests: 10
Ranking for Source Code Test: 11
Ranking for Text Test: 9
Summary: not useful


This tool can only compare two files with each other, not an entire class set. One can choose two directories, but then it also only compares if the file names in each directory are the same, not if the content of the files is the same.

The report is given as a side-by-side, but the same color is used for the syntax highlighting and identical text highlighting. It is difficult to see where moved code has been identified, and the summaries are rather cryptic.

For the text test, a plugin converted .doc and .pdf files to .txt, but they don’t work well. Sometimes text is cut off, other times a paragraph is reduced to a single line. At least umlauts are recognized correctly. The system only does a textual comparison. It found some small changes, but had trouble with larger changes to the test.

In summary, this system is not suited for university use in detecting collusion.


Screenshot 1: Comparison of Filenames

Screenshot 2: Identical Files?

Screenshot 3: Diff Explanation

Business Promotion

„ExamDiff Pro is a powerful yet intuitive and easy to use visual file and directory comparison tool for Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/2008. It features unique functionality that distinguishes ExamDiff Pro from other comparison programs. If you’ve been frustrated with other comparison utilities, you will find that ExamDiff Pro offers a much more efficient and user-friendly way to compare files and folders.“


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