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Black Pixel's Comparison App 'Kaleidoscope 2' Goes Live on Mac App Store

NewImageBlack Pixel today released its first major in-house app, Kaleidoscope 2. The app that helps coders, writers and others to compare the differences in folders, images, text, and more. The app was released as a beta back in November.

At the time, The Next Web spoke with former Apple employee Michael Jurewitz and the rest of the Black Pixel team about Kaleidoscope 2:
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.
Kaleidoscope
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 on the Mac App Store [Direct Link], directly from Black Pixel or as a 15-day trial. It's available for $35 through January 30th, after which it will be $70.

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21 months ago
For developers,Beyond Compare is being released for the Mac - when v4 comes out for windows and Linux. With any luck, sooner rather than later.
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago
After trying this, my favourite visual diff app remains to be DiffMerge, which is available for OS X, Windows and Linux.



Now, as nice as DiffMerge is, unfortunately it is very poorly maintained and updated. It's just missing a few easy-to-implement (IMO) features that'd make it so much better, and its developers don't seem to care much about it. It's really too bad, because it is lightyears ahead in some of the core functionality. :(
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago
Why does macrumors give this app the time of day? Is there really that much of an appeal to the readership?
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago

After trying this, my favourite visual diff app remains to be DiffMerge, which is available for OS X, Windows and Linux.

Image (http://i.imgur.com/UaVWm.png)

Now, as nice as DiffMerge is, unfortunately it is very poorly maintained and updated. It's just missing a few easy-to-implement (IMO) features that'd make it so much better, and its developers don't seem to care much about it. It's really too bad, because it is lightyears ahead in some of the core functionality. :(


Talk about myopia. Kaleidoscope is a lot more than a Diff app.
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago

how can this be so much better than free to justify such a price?


I agree... it is graphical diff... and all the code repository applications have diff built right in. It seems a little bit unnecessary, but if command line tools are not your thing sure it could be nice... but even the $35 intro price seems pretty high.
Rating: 2 Votes
21 months ago
This article brought to you by Black Pixel.
Rating: 2 Votes
21 months ago
$70 is a bit much, but as a developer $35 for a good diff tool isn't too bad. I've used Beyond Compare for a while and found it worth it's price several times over when doing code reviews.
Rating: 1 Votes
21 months ago

$70 to be able to cheat at find the difference puzzles seems a bit steep, doesn't it?

In all seriousness though, there are online tools that do this same thing for free... how can this be so much better than free to justify such a price?

Puzzles? Try articles, code, legal briefs, contracts, financials......
Rating: 1 Votes
21 months ago

After trying this, my favourite visual diff app remains to be DiffMerge, which is available for OS X, Windows and Linux.

Image (http://i.imgur.com/UaVWm.png)

Now, as nice as DiffMerge is, unfortunately it is very poorly maintained and updated. It's just missing a few easy-to-implement (IMO) features that'd make it so much better, and its developers don't seem to care much about it. It's really too bad, because it is lightyears ahead in some of the core functionality. :(

I think everyone failed to notice one of Kaleidoscope's highlighted features (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kaleidoscope/id587512244?mt=12):

POWERFUL IMAGE COMPARISON
✧ Compare images side by side, stacked, or split
✧ Spot subtle pixel differences with a high contrast “difference mask”

As far as I know, the alternative apps mentioned in this thread (FileMerge, Bbedit, DiffMerge, etc.) can't do image comparison.

Sure, there's a couple of cheaper solutions for that (apps like PixCompare or dupeGuru PE) but it's possible that Kaleidoscope performs better.
Rating: 1 Votes
21 months ago

Why does macrumors give this app the time of day? Is there really that much of an appeal to the readership?


Well there wasn't, until the post before yours.

Makes this horrendously useful.
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