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'Kaleidoscope 2' Lets Users Quickly Spot Differences in Code, Text and Images

Black Pixel has announced the release of its first major in-house app, Kaleidoscope 2, an app that helps coders, writers and others to compare the differences in folders, images, text, and more.

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The Next Web's Matthew Panzarino has a lengthy interview with the team behind the app, including former Apple employee Michael Jurewitz, who left Apple for the company earlier this year. Panzarino describes the app thusly:
Kaleidoscope 2 is a lovely comparison app that allows you to take two or more files, folders or images and compare them to one another. The applications are broad, with benefits that swing from developers on one end to those simply looking to compare two images side-by-side. It has full integration with Git, Subversion, Mercurial, and Bazaar. The app can be used as the default conflict resolver for code with its command line integration or simply to check the changed passages in a collaborative word document. It’s beautifully designed, fast and wonderful to use. It’s become an essential part of my toolkit already.
Black Pixel acquired Kaleidoscope and Versions last year, as well as the popular RSS reader NetNewsWire. Version 2 of Kaleidoscope is the first major bit of software that Black Pixel has put its own name on -- previously, the company focused on developing apps for outside clients.

Kaleidoscope 2 is currently available as a public beta with a 15-day trial. Users can purchase it during the beta period for $34.99, half off the final retail price of $70.

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19 months ago
Was hoping this was related to Kaleidoscope theme switcher from OS 9 days.
Rating: 3 Positives
19 months ago

Was hoping this was related to Kaleidoscope theme switcher from OS 9 days.


Yeah, it immediately came to my mind also) Those were the days )))
http://kaleidoscope.net/schemes/schemespotlight.shtml (http://kaleidoscope.net/schemes/schemespotlight.shtml)
Rating: 2 Positives
19 months ago
kdiff3 hands down, people.
Don't kid yourselves and go for that instead.

I wish there were ready binaries available for the latest build though, because my attempts at compiling are unsuccessful. meh.

Glassed Silver:mac
Rating: 1 Positives
19 months ago
I work as a web developer and we have guys who run Windows in virtual machines 24/7 simply to use Beyond Compare for real compare/merge. NOTHING on OS X compares to the necessary and comprehensive features it has.

If K2 covers our needs, shelling out $70 a license won't be a problem. After all, pros pay $1200+ for Creative Suite for each member of their designer & developer teams. People doing this for real need pro software and know they have to pay for it.
Rating: 1 Positives
19 months ago
this CompareMerge app also can do compare and merge with only 9$.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id571389471?mt=12 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id571389471?mt=12)
Rating: 1 Positives
19 months ago

Yeah, it immediately came to my mind also) Those were the days )))
http://kaleidoscope.net/schemes/schemespotlight.shtml (http://kaleidoscope.net/schemes/schemespotlight.shtml)


Good old Arlo Rose. The hours I spent on my theme.....
Rating: 1 Positives
19 months ago

This is a hackers dream! Compare the new code verses the old and see where they might have patched a vulenbility. Write an exploit and infect users who have not upgraded to the latest patch. BAM.


You can already do that (assuming you have the source code and the knowledge to figure it out, of course). Diff utilities, of which this is partially a glorified version, already exist, and coders already know how to use them.

And, of course, if you just have the binary, you probably won't have much luck here.
Rating: 1 Positives
19 months ago
This is a hackers dream! Compare the new code verses the old and see where they might have patched a vulenbility. Write an exploit and infect users who have not upgraded to the latest patch. BAM.
Rating: 1 Positives
19 months ago
Could they please port this to iOS? As far as I'm aware, nothing even close to this exists for iOS.
Rating: 1 Positives
19 months ago
I always use DiffMerge (http://www.sourcegear.com/diffmerge/) to compare code. It's free and works like a charm :)
Rating: 1 Positives

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