Compare Directories
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Use this function to analyze file structure differences within directories. This can be helpful in discovering discrepancies between file structures (missing or renamed files for example.)

Using this Function

  1. Choose File>Compare Directories which brings up the Directory Comparison dialog.

  2. Choose the file type and directories to compare. If the file type Import contains Option Settings then the Options button can be used to modify the Comparison Import properties (useful in tasks such as Combine files.)

  3. Click OK which brings up the Compare Directories Tree (Was/Is columns and file names in rows.) You can visually compare the columns and note any gaps/missing files. If the files are loaded into the current session a check mark will be placed to the laft of the file name.  If you need to abort the Compare Directories function choose Cancel.

  4. Left click on a given file name pair and use the right click context menu for further actions to perform within the Compare Directories results tree (see below for details on options.)

Compare Directories Dialog

IS Files Type

This will typically be the current working files extension, directory and Options.

Extension Drop Down- Choose from a list of CAD file types that match the current working files.

Options- If the file type has Options available in File>Import then clicking Options will bring up the Options Dialog for that file type. This is useful In functions such as Load or Combine to fine tune the results.

IS Files Directory- Use the browse button (the one with the ...) to search for the directory containing the working files.

WAS Files Type

This will typically be the previous iterations of the IS files (archived files) which may or may not have the same file extension.

Extension Drop Down- Choose from a list of CAD file types that match the archived files.

Options- If the file type has Options available in File>Import then clicking Options will bring up the Options Dialog for that file type. This is useful In functions such as Load or Combine to fine tune the results.

WAS Files Directory- Use the browse button (the one with the ...) to search for the directory containing the archived files.

 

Right Click Context Menu

 

Combine-

This option allows you to pick files from different rows and combine them. This implies that the files have different names apart from there extensions but you want to treat them as a name pairing Example: WAS file named testfile1.ckd is listed in row 1 with no matching IS file and IS file named testfile2.dxf is in row 2 with no matching WAS, you want to match them up; click on testfile1.ckd and then Ctrl and left click on testfile2.dxf, right click and choose combine and they will become matched in the same row (see below image.)

Split-

This option allows you to pick files from the same row and split them into separate rows which is useful if you want to re-order/combine files.

Load-

This option will load the highlighted files into the current session. Once loaded a check mark will appear to the left of the file name pair signifying that it has been opened and reviewed.

Expand Completely-

Expands the directory comparison tree showing all rows of matching file pairs.

Collapse Completely-

Closes the directory comparison tree so no rows of matching file pairs are visible.

 

Right Click Combine example