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ResCompare v2.6

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ResCompare-26.sit (172.97 KB)
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For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Great utility application for comparing the resource and data forks of classic Macintosh software, with the added ability to build update patches to software that are free to distribute. Combine this with ResEdit and you have a powerful software update editing environment for free.

ResCompare is a programmer’s utility that compares resource files and their data forks. It can also update the resources that have changed, show detailed differences between two resources, and generate a self–applying patch application that will convert one or more old versions of a file into a target version.

ResCompare is easy to use. Just start it up and choose Open from the File menu. Pick a resource file to look at and ResCompare gives you a list of all the resources within that file. This list is pretty handy because it’s sorted by resource type and ID, and it also contains the name and size of each resource. You can print out the entire list, or you can select some resources and copy the formatted list of information to the clipboard. (Note: If the file has a data fork, it is shown as an additional (but possibly very large) resource. Any operation that you can perform on a resource can be performed on the data fork.)

But the real fun starts when you choose the Compare with command from the File menu. This command lets you open a second resource file, and it compares each resource in the first file (the master file) with the resource having the same type and ID in the second file (the update file).

Excerpt: "About ResCompare" (included documentation)

Architecture: 68k PPC

ResCompare v2.6 requires System 7 or later, plus the Thread Manager. System 7.5 and later versions automatically include Thread Manager; older systems require this Apple–provided extension.

ResCompare is a fat application. It will run at native speed on 68k and PPC Macintosh. Patches generated by ResCompare are still 68k-only, for compatibility with older Macintoshes.

ResCompare also runs in Classic mode under a PPC Mac OS X 10.4.11 and earlier.