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How Does Your Document Comparison Software Measure Up?

The old saying about having the right tool for the job nicely sums up the need for specialty document comparison software.

Document comparison is an absolute must-have technology for law firms in terms of accuracy and efficiency. Can you imagine comparing documents either side-by-side or on two monitors? Or, using the MS Word compare tool, which struggles to meet the demanding needs of law firms?

The technology to analyze, mark-up, and present changes between different versions of a document has changed significantly over the past few years. Below, review how your document comparison software compares with the latest iteration of compareDocs.

How simple and intuitive is your document comparison to use?

The compareDocs interface is modern, simple and intuitive. Loading documents into the interface is made easy by multiple integration points. You can add documents directly from MS Office, Outlook, leading Document Management Systems, and Windows file systems, or simply drag and drop into compareDocs and compare—it’s that simple.

Does your document comparison compare documents natively?

compareDocs compares documents natively. It doesn’t convert documents to a proprietary format before comparing. Instead, it compares documents at the binary or direct file level. This results in a faster comparison as it doesn’t have to open the source document each time. Also, analyzing text at the binary reduces the risk of document corruption, while retaining document formatting and styles. No wasted time reformatting documents.

Can you output the comparison report as a track changes Word document?

When comparing two Word documents, compareDocs can output the comparison report as a traditional redline or as a track changes document. This new “go forward” document allows you to accept/reject changes immediately saving you time. Comparison reports can be output as Word or as PDF documents irrespective of the source documents.

Does your document comparison application compare apples to oranges?

With compareDocs, you can compare two Word documents, or two PDF documents with drag and drop ease. Equally, you can compare Word to PDF, or any two text-based documents. compareDocs’ inbuilt OCR capability lets you also compare image-based documents, which can be output as redline or track change documents in Word or PDF.

Does your document comparison application support complex workflows?

compareDocs provides single-click workflows to reduce complexity and inefficiencies in performing a particular task or process. compareDocs, for example, provides users with an “email comparison report as Word or PDF with source documents attached” workflow.

Or, you need to compare two PDFs. You load them into compareDocs. What you don’t know is that one of the PDFs is an image-based PDF. This will require the document to be OCR’ed before it can be compared. compareDocs automatically detects this and will OCR the PDF when you click the Compare button.

Or, compare two image-based PDF documents, marked up as a Word redline report output to PDF. Yes, compareDocs can perform this complex task with a single click. How does your software compare?

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