Configuring Visual Studio 2012 to use Beyond Compare

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Our group at work is pushing to upgrade from Visual Studio 2010 to Visual Studio 2012 as quickly as possible. Because of that, I have been using VS2012 for a few weeks now trying to get a handle on the new release. After receiving a few different merge requests from the developers, I realized that as part of the upgrade, VS2012 did not bring in my settings for using Beyond Compare 3 Pro as my comparison tool.

Thankfully, setting it up appears to be virtually identical as to how it was in VS2010. I used this helpful StackOverflow question as a starting off point do the same in Visual Studio 2012.

For the sake of helping out other wayward Googlers, I have grabbed a few screenshots and shared that information on this blog. In addition, I went through a few different comparison and merge scenarios to make sure what was presented to me by BC3 was consistent between VS2010 and VS2012. Everything looks to be in order.

Compare:

  • Extension: .*
  • Operation: Compare
  • Command: Local Path and Filename for Beyond Compare Executable (bcomp.exe)
  • Arguments: %1 %2 /title1=%6 /title2=%7

Two way Merge:

  • Extension: .*
  • Operation: Merge
  • Command: Local Path and Filename for Beyond Compare Executable (bcomp.exe)
  • Arguments: %1 %2 /savetarget=%4 /title1=%6 /title2=%7

Three Way Merge (BC3 Pro Only):

  • Extension: .*
  • Operation: Merge
  • Command: Local Path and Filename for Beyond Compare Executable (bcomp.exe)
  • Arguments: %1 %2 %3 %4 /title1=%6 /title2=%7 /title3=%8 /title4=%9

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