Compare PDF Documents

Background

I ran into a need to compare PDF documents.

Don’t even ask me how I backed up into this country road ditch, but “On God” I did.

 

Tools

Vendor Tool URL Platform Pricing Evaluation
Adobe ( http://adobe.com )
Adobe Acrobat https://acrobat.adobe.com/ Desktop Commercial Skipped Evaluating due to pricing
Aspose ( https://www.aspose.com/ )
Aspose PDF Comparison https://products.aspose.app/pdf/comparison Online Free Took too long for my document based on it’s size
CopyLeaks ( http://copyleaks.com )
CopyLeaks ( Individual ) https://app.copyleaks.com/dashboard/v1?isGuest=true Online Limited Free Use & Commercial Evaluation failed due to file size
DiffChecker ( https://www.diffchecker.com/ )
Pdf-Compare https://www.diffchecker.com/pdf-compare/ Online Free The interface is a bit hard to read and use.
Foxit Software ( https://www.foxit.com/ )
PDF Editor https://www.foxit.com/pdf-editor/ Online Free Skipped Evaluating due to pricing
Draftable ( https://draftable.com/ )
Draftable Online https://draftable.com/compare Online Free Works beautifully well
Draftable Desktop https://draftable.com/desktop Desktop Commercial Skipped Evaluating due to pricing
Draftable API https://draftable.com/rest-api API Commercial Skipped Evaluating due to non-existence use case
Qtrac Ltd. ( http://www.qtrac.eu/ )
DiffPDF http://www.qtrac.eu/diffpdf.html Desktop Limited Free Use & Commercial Skipped Evaluating due to pricing
PDF24.Org ( https://www.pdf24.org/ )
Compare-PDF https://tools.pdf24.org/en/compare-pdf Online Limited Free Use & Commercial Result of comparions is displayed in text.
Unfortunately, the textually output is a bif diffcult to digest.

 

Indepth

Aspose

Images

Image – Compare PDF – Error – HTTP TimeOut

Image

Textual
There was an error while processing your files.
Http failure response for
https://api.products.aspose.app/pdf/webapi/ProcessStatus/30c723ca-c7ae-41bb-bd4f-28c126e6759a
: 0 Unknown Error
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CopyLeaks

Outline

  1. Functionality
    • Private Compare
      • Requirement
        • Account Registration
          • Functionality Requirement
            • Please Log in
              You need to log in or create a new account in order to use this feature.

Images

Image – Private Compare – “Please Log In. You need to log in or create a new account in order to use this feature.”

Textual
Please Log in
You need to log in or create a new account in order to use this feature.
Image

 

Image – Error – You are all out of pages!

Textual
You’re all out of pages!
Create an account to see the full pages.
You need NaN pages to scan the entire document.
Image

 

DiffChecker

PDF-Compare

Outline

  1. Functionality
    • Comparison Style
      • Text
      • Image
      • OCR Text
      • File Details

Images

Image – Comparison Style

Image – Comparison Style – OCR Text

Image

Textual
OCR diffing can take some time to complete.  You may experience some slowness navigating to other tabs during loading.

 

PDF24.Org

PDF-Compare

Outline

  1. Functionality
    • Comparison Mode
      • Choices
        • Textual
        • Visual
  2. Usage
    • Comparison Mode
      • Choices
        • Textual
        • Visual
      • Assesment
        • I could not select the Visual choice from the offered Comparison Modes

Images

Image – Comparison Mode

Summary

The lone product that I both evaluated and I am happy with is the online version of Draftable.

 

Referenced Work

  1. MakeUseof
    • Tools Compate Two PDFs Side By Side
      Link

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