Why Compare PDFs?
Comparing PDFs saves time, reveals unexpected or unwelcome
changes, and helps you avoid costly mistakes.
- Authors & Publishers
- If you produce PDFs for publication, a PDF comparison tool can
show you the exact differences between, say, the first printing, and
your proposed second printing. This way you can easily spot unintended
changes to the pagination. Also, you can save time by checking only
those pages that have changed, rather than having to review the whole
publication all over again.
- Bankers and Insurers
- Statements and policies must always have the correct disclaimers
and other legal information. When formats or policies change, it is
vital that the changes are only those intended—something easily
verifiable with a PDF comparison tool.
- Journalists, Police, and Other Investigators
- It is common to follow a paper trail of emails, memos, and so
on, as part of an investigation. This trail will often include PDF
documents. Using a PDF comparison tool will allow you to forensically
observe the evolution of a document—perhaps revealing when
critical changes were made.
- Legal Professionals, Legislators, & Freelancers
- When a contract, legislation, or other legal document is being
drawn up, how can you be sure that the changes made are correct, and are
only those agreed? By using a PDF comparison tool you can see
exactly what has changed between the latest draft and any
- Translations often go through many drafts. A PDF comparison tool
can easily show the differences between the current draft and any
previous draft. This makes it much easier to focus on the parts that
have been changed rather than having to reread the whole PDF every
- As reports and other documents are developed they go through
many changes. If your company process uses PDFs, using a PDF comparison
tool will show you how each new version differs from its predecessor.
This saves you having to reread everything, and makes it much easier to
see what changes you want to comment on or change.
- Software Testers & Quality Assurance Engineers
- Many business processes produce PDFs as an output. Using a PDF
comparison tool makes it easy to verify that the PDFs (or PDF print data
streams) are being produced correctly, or to spot exactly where
any mistakes have occurred. And this can be especially useful as part of
an automated testing process, itself essential if the numbers or sizes
of the PDFs is large.
The DiffPDF application makes it easy for
anyone to compare PDF files: simply choose the first PDF, then
the second PDF, and then click the Compare button. The changes are shown
as if you'd used highlighter pens to show added, changed, or deleted
text. Some customers report it as superior in functionality and far
faster than Adobe Acrobat's Diff tool.
The comparepdfcmd tool
is for more technical users. It is a command line tool that can be used
stand-alone or in batch files, C# programs, Visual Basic scripts, and so
on, to be integrated into quality assurance or software test automation
processes. It is even faster than DiffPDF.
Our PDF comparison tools are well-established. Some have been
successfully used in all the roles described above—and many
others—for many years. They are in use in almost sixty
countries throughout the world. They are widely used in the financial
sector (especially by banks and insurance companies), as well as by many
Note that unlike online PDF comparison tools our tools have no intrinsic
page limits. Furthermore, they compare your PDFs securely on your own
computer, so no third party can see what you are comparing. In fact,
some customers use our tools entirely offline for maximum security.
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