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I'd like to compare two text files on a paper. Which app should I use to print a diff of two files?

I know several apps to show diff on a screen and usually use MacVim. However, MacVim seems not have a feature to print diff side by side.

  • kaleidoscopeapp.com perhaps worth a look (sorry, I don't have time to check if it includes printing, but it has many other features...) – Ashley Jul 6 '15 at 19:48
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I thought perhaps BBEdit might have what you want. Under the Search menu, there is a Find Differences command, wherein the text files can be selected.

However, the result shows the file contents side-by-side, on screen. When printed, the output is merely a list of which lines did not match.

As a workaround, might I suggest the following:

  1. Perform the comparison using whatever software works for you.
  2. Get a screen capture (i.e., bitmap) of each page of side-by-side text.
  3. Print the bitmaps.

It will be somewhat rough, but you'll (probably) have the printed sheets of line comparisons that you need.

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There are sites that will do diff for you.

Do you use GitHub? I think their site's Diff displays are quite nice, and seem to print just as nicely.

Otherwise a google search turn up a few other sites that offer this service, here's one that seems to have decent print support:

https://www.diffchecker.com/

Of course using this method you have to not be too worried about the confidentiality of your document, or have a great deal of trust in the service provider!

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