Inevitably every practicing attorney will have to compare “identical” or similar documents in an attempt to find subtle differences or changes. Make use of existing programs to quickly find the differences—saving time and serious eyestrain.
Adobe Acrobat Professional can compare two PDFs and highlight all of the differences. Under the “documents” tab, select “compare documents.” Acrobat will quickly highlight the differences on both documents. When opposing counsel files an amended pleading, this is incredibly useful. One downside, however, is that Acrobat highlights every change, including spacing and punctuation. At the same time, better safe then sorry, and sometimes seemingly minor changes are actually not so minor.
Another option is CompareMyDocs.com. The program is web-based and in the beta phase, but it is also free. The upside is that it allows you to compare multiple documents (more than two). On the other hand, the program will only read .rtf, .doc, and .docx documents. The features and tools are also limited right now to highlighting, bold, and italic. Hopefully, as the program evolves it will be able to handle more types of documents and add more tools.
Compare Multiple Documents With CompareMyDocs.com | Web Worker Daily
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