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Hi :)
Thanks :)  So prolly not hugely useful for LibreOffice or MS formats.  LibreOffice does have a 
couple of tools built-in.  There is a "Track changes" and a "Compare Documents" but we occasionally 
get a thread grumbling about them not being perfect.  It's pretty rare but when i stumbled across 
mention of Meld recently upgrading i wondered if it might be a good answer next time we get a 

It sounds like Meld had a few issues itself but their announcement suggests that they have recently 
fixed tons of problems so it might be worth another try for non-Office stuff.  

Anyway, thanks for the feedback, it's good to have feedback from someone with useful experience.  
Thanks and regards from 
Tom :)  

 From: Paul <>
Sent: Wednesday, 18 September 2013, 0:39
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users]

Hi Tom,

I use Meld (and have used a few others). Haven't used it (or any of the
others) for LO or MS Office files, though.

It's pretty good for plain text files like config files or source code.
I've used it on generated files before (Visual Studio form files), and
it was helpful, but blocks of text that were the same tended to be
moved around arbitrarily, and showed up as differences in the file. I'm
not sure how much of a problem that would be with LO source files, but
in theory it should be helpful for determining if two copies of a file
are different, and by how much. That might allow you to determine which
version is more recent, that sort of thing.

Ideally I suppose one would want an LO viewer that allowed one to load
two files side-by-side, and scroll them in tandem. Maybe even have
differences, additions and deletions highlighted. A custom LO diff
tool, essentially. But short of that, something like Meld is probably
going to be useful.


On Tue, 17 Sep 2013 18:54:53 +0100 (BST)
Tom Davies <> wrote:

Hi :)
Has anyone used "Meld"
to compare ODF documents (or ones using an MS format).  From their
screen-shots it looks great for text-editors and might be fantastic
if it does work for ODF.  

Just wondered 

a)  if anyone had tried it and 

b)  if anyone thought it might be better to have an external tool
that compared a wide range of  file-typesrather than just relying on
different in-built ones in  different programs.  

Regards from 

Tom :)  

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