Compare PDF Documents

Why Would I Compare PDF Files?

There are a variety of reasons why you might need to compare PDF documents: Lawyers and legal professionals regularly share PDF files with opposing counsel and since the documents may be binding on either side’s clients, comparing them to identify differences is an essential and frequent task. If the lawyer does not spot a change made by opposing counsel, as a consequence this may negatively affect the lawyer’s client and the lawyer could be liable for the damages.

Professionals in the Creative industry also regularly work with multiple versions of single documents for campaigns or press releases, so often have to compare PDF files of content to keep track of changes. They need to be able to see what changes have been made during editing and versioning of the documents to ensure they are integrated into latest versions.

Can I Use PDF Document Comparison Tools?

PDF document comparison tools allow you to compare two PDF document versions and quickly identify the differences between them. Workshare provides PDF document comparison tools that enable you to accurately and seamlessly compare even the most difficult and complex PDFs. Integration with Outlook also allows you to compare PDF attachments. Workshare Compare is our desktop PDF document comparison tool that produces a comparison (Redline) document that displays all changes identified and enables you to navigate between the changes. Workshare Connect provides comparison for text-based PDFs on the web and on mobile devices so you can compare on the go!

Workshare preserves the technical integrity and style of the document – preventing your document from becoming corrupt or inadvertently incorporating foreign formatting or style. This not only benefits you through higher document quality, but also through increased productivity as well as reducing stress at deadlines.

How Can I Compare PDF Files?

Our desktop application Workshare Compare, enables you to select the original PDF document then the modified version and compare how they differ, regardless of whether the files are held in the local file system, or in the DMS/CRM. Once Workshare Compare completes the comparison, the results are clearly displayed in a comparison (Redline) document. You can then choose how this document is displayed. For example, they may show deleted text in red with a strikethrough. Moving between changes in the Redline document scrolls to the change and highlights it in both the Redline document and the original document.

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