B. Functions and Settings

1. Settings Options

You may open MadeToCompare via „Plug-ins; MadeToCompare“.

Initiating MadeToCompare

In the dialog box, the user can select which “Range” they want to display during the comparison (full text, paragraph or single sentence) and they have the option to implement settings so that the comparison ignores different breaks, blank spaces and separators.

The MadeToCompare Dialog

The “Text Export” can be in the formats TXT and RFT and you can choose the storage location.

When you choose “View”, the system provides several display modes, which are optimized to display the data on the monitor or in the printout.

Display Modes 

The system then displays the view as “Native” or in the “Browser”. If you choose “Native”, the comparison result opens in an InCopy window (HTML); if you choose “Browser”, the system displays the comparison result in the default browser on the computer.

View Options

2. Information about the two documents to be compared

This contains information such as the file name, author, version, most recent changes, the number of characters and status.

Please note: some of this information is only available when MadeToCompare is integrated into an editorial system.

Version overview

3. View Options for the “changes”

Setting Options

Once you have opened ‘Compare Texts’ in your browser, you will find the following view options:

Complete view
line numbers
3 columns
… displays additionally file information overview and changes overview in a compact style.
Complete view
no line numbers
3 columns
Condensed view
line numbers
2 columns
… displays only those paragraphs where changes have been made: unchanged text is hidden. Similarly, MadeToCompare hides the ‘old’ text column in order to create a version for printing on letter paper. This version is particularly suitable if you need a compressed printout of the comparison.
All differences in one text
line numbers
1 column

Complete overview with three columns and line numbers.

Condensed view: The column with the ‘First Text’ has been hidden. Only paragraphs containing revisions are displayed.

4. Navigation: Moving around the document to be compared

To ease navigation, jump commands have been inserted on the right edge of the document to be compared. In the standard version of MadeToCompare these jump commands are indicated by an arrow. These carry out the following commands:

At the top of every document is an arrow which marks the beginning of the text. It jumps to the first alteration in the text

After this there are arrows which take you from one change to the next and back again to the last revision.

You know you have reached the last revision in the text when there is just one arrow left pointing back to the last alteration.

When jumping through the document being compared, MadeToCompare will automatically skip paragraphs in the text that are identical. If you opt for the optimized setting, MadeToCompare will not display the identical paragraphs at all.

5. Displaying displaced paragraphs

A paragraph has been moved

If a paragraph is moved (in the example above a paragraph has been found higher up in the text), a blue arrow labeled “Paragraph moved” marks the new position of the paragraph. In the left hand text column a blue arrow marks the position of the moved text in the ‘first text’. This blue arrow also serves as a jump label in the “first text“.

The column showing the second text displays the changes that have been made to this paragraph.

The third column also has a blue arrow which serves as a jump command, indicating the position of the paragraph in the ‘first’ text.

Display of a moved paragraph in an old version of a text.

In the first text the display system for the moved paragraph is reversed. This time the first text is displayed with its revisions whereas the second text column displays an arrow which takes you to the position of paragraph in the second text. An arrow also appears.

If a paragraph is moved (in the example above a paragraph has been found higher up in the text), a blue arrow labeled “Paragraph moved” marks the new position of the paragraph. In the left hand text column a blue arrow marks the position of the moved text in the ‘first text’. This blue arrow also serves as a jump label in the ‘first text’.

6. Overview: Symbol explanations

Find the complete explanations of all symbols in the overview at the bottom of each page.

Correction marks explained.

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