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Use FileMerge to diff PDF files
Authored by: jayhawksean on Dec 02, '09 01:08:53PM

This is a nice hint for comparing PDFs, but why would a university instructor require students to turn in PDFs? Why not just use RTF? Open with Microsoft Word and compare documents (my university and most others will give you Office, no?). i like to use Textmate and a misc bundle: [link][/link] (w/ the diff command in the terminal).

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Use FileMerge to diff PDF files
Authored by: hut66au on Jun 01, '10 04:24:58AM

I'm not the original submitter, but as a University lecturer I try to encourage my students not to rely on Office, especially for technical documents. Writing a long, consistent, well formatted technical report or thesis, with equations, figures, table of contents and bibliography is a very difficult exercise with MS-Word in my experience (although I have done it). In contrast it is much easier with tools like LaTeX. Nowadays LaTeX's output format is PDF.

As a sidenote, MS-Word is a reasonable tool for collaborative documents.

RTF is of course not at all suited to such documents.

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