Differences is a menu bar app designed to quickly show the difference between two chunks of text. Working in both horizontal and vertical orientations it offers to two side-by-side text editors that offer live editing of the text you want to compare.

Unlike a full-blown diff tool, Differences is always there when you need it and requires no fumbling about putting text into files to be compared. Just copy and paste text from your writing, your source code, passages you are reviewing or log files that you are struggling to decipher. Any differences between the two panes are highlighted; any updates you make are reflected in real time.

What’s New

Version 1.4

It took a while, but Differences finally supports macOS Mojave's Dark Mode!

Also managed to track down an issue on Yosemite that was causing the app to crash on launch. My apologies to anyone on Yosemite who experienced this.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

dz1234567890 ,

Needs more Features

I like the fact you can open the application from the top bar, it’s quite convenient.

However, it lacks many features that are really important to be effective when comparing text:

- Ability to scroll both windows in sync (make it a checkbox?)
- Mark in the scroll bar (with colors) the lines where differences are found
- Previous/Next button to be able to jump between the differences

I’m sure many people will be willing to pay for an application that implements all this.

Best Regards

Developer Response ,

Thanks for buying the app, for your feedback and your helpful feature suggestions. I look forward to incorporating them into future versions of the app.

Updated response: version 1.2 implements a linked scrolling feature for both windows. Hope you like it!


Indispenable App

Need to determine the difference between sets of text?
This is the application.

I don't use this application frequently, but when I do it's a lifesaver.
Easy to use.
Well designed.

sflanders95 ,

drag/drop just places the filenames in the pane.

The window also remains on top, which hinders using finder to get the text from the other file. So to get around it, I have been using terminal commands like
cat file1.txt|pbcopy
# then past into a pane
cat file2.txt|pbcopy
# then past into other pane
so in this case, the first 16 lines are the same, but the left pane has a dark green background all the way up to line 290 then both sides still differ but from 291 to line 501 are not highlighted at all. The help/support link takes me to a blog talking about mental illness and iTunes. I could have used that $0.99 to buy a quarter cup of a starbucks coffee!

App Privacy

The developer, Maurice Kelly, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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