Black Pixel's Comparison App 'Kaleidoscope 2' Goes Live on Mac App Store

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  1. macrumors bot



    Black Pixel today released its first major in-house app, Kaleidoscope 2. The app that helps coders, writers and others to compare the differences in folders, images, text, and more. The app was released as a beta back in November.

    At the time, The Next Web spoke with former Apple employee Michael Jurewitz and the rest of the Black Pixel team about Kaleidoscope 2:
    Black Pixel acquired Kaleidoscope and Versions last year, as well as the popular RSS reader NetNewsWire. Version 2 of Kaleidoscope is the first major bit of software that Black Pixel has put its own name on -- previously, the company focused on developing apps for outside clients.

    Kaleidoscope 2 is currently available on the Mac App Store [Direct Link], directly from Black Pixel or as a 15-day trial. It's available for $35 through January 30th, after which it will be $70.

    Article Link: Black Pixel's Comparison App 'Kaleidoscope 2' Goes Live on Mac App Store
  2. macrumors 603


    $70 to be able to cheat at find the difference puzzles seems a bit steep, doesn't it?

    In all seriousness though, there are online tools that do this same thing for free... how can this be so much better than free to justify such a price?
  3. macrumors newbie

    I agree... it is graphical diff... and all the code repository applications have diff built right in. It seems a little bit unnecessary, but if command line tools are not your thing sure it could be nice... but even the $35 intro price seems pretty high.
  4. macrumors 6502

    $70 is a bit much, but as a developer $35 for a good diff tool isn't too bad. I've used Beyond Compare for a while and found it worth it's price several times over when doing code reviews.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Puzzles? Try articles, code, legal briefs, contracts, financials......
  6. macrumors newbie

    Isn't this pretty much the same as the free FileMerge application included with Apple's Developer Tools located in /Applications/Xcode/Contents/Applications/FileMerge ?
  7. macrumors regular

    $70 is unreasonable since this is a unix command in the terminal. You can use the 'diff' command, and there's also 'vimdiff' for those vim users out there (my personal preference).

    I guess it'll be helpful for non-programmers, but I just don't see the reason for the high price tag.
  8. macrumors member

    How is this different from Bbedit ($40), or even the free TextWrangler?
  9. macrumors 601


    Yeah, I'd like to see how it's different (and presumably better?). Looks almost identical from what I can see. And actually I find FileMerge inside Xcode works pretty well.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    After trying this, my favourite visual diff app remains to be DiffMerge, which is available for OS X, Windows and Linux.


    Now, as nice as DiffMerge is, unfortunately it is very poorly maintained and updated. It's just missing a few easy-to-implement (IMO) features that'd make it so much better, and its developers don't seem to care much about it. It's really too bad, because it is lightyears ahead in some of the core functionality. :(
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Hiut Jeans aren't cheap...
  12. macrumors 6502

    this app supposedly is able to compare folders and display the differences in their contets. i dont need all those extra features. does anyone know of an app i can use to compare two different folders and show me differences (and if possible a reconcile function for making them identical?)
  13. macrumors newbie



    DropSync works for me (Mac App Store)
  14. macrumors 6502a

    I think everyone failed to notice one of Kaleidoscope's highlighted features:
    As far as I know, the alternative apps mentioned in this thread (FileMerge, Bbedit, DiffMerge, etc.) can't do image comparison.

    Sure, there's a couple of cheaper solutions for that (apps like PixCompare or dupeGuru PE) but it's possible that Kaleidoscope performs better.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Why does macrumors give this app the time of day? Is there really that much of an appeal to the readership?
  16. macrumors 68000


    Well there wasn't, until the post before yours.

    Makes this horrendously useful.
  17. macrumors 68030


    Talk about myopia. Kaleidoscope is a lot more than a Diff app.
  18. macrumors Core


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  19. macrumors 65816


    Overpriced considering it does nothing that people who truly need to compare things are already doing for much cheaper.
  20. macrumors 603


    For developers,Beyond Compare is being released for the Mac - when v4 comes out for windows and Linux. With any luck, sooner rather than later.
  21. macrumors 65816


    I Love Kaleidoscope 1 for a few things:
    - All the changes in the same window, so I can go back and forth for code reviewing
    - Image comparison

    That said, 35$ is too steep for an upgrade, let alone 70$

    There might be other tools for that, but haven't been looking... until now...
  22. macrumors 603


    It's 50% off until end of January. The price is in line with other paid for diff tools that offer the same range of functionality.
  23. macrumors 6502

    This app is pretty cool, and I love the concept of a "swiss army knife" of file comparison.

    But $70 is a bit steep, at least for my purposes. Then again, I don't code, but I'd use it for reviewing document revisions and photos. For that purpose, $35 seems pricey.
  24. macrumors 65816


    The problem is that I paid for version 1. And even at 35$, it is steep for an upgrade, IMHO.

    That said, if you buy from their store (and not MAS), there is an entry for "update coupon". So I sent them an email and we will see I guess.

  25. macrumors 6502a

    For my work, I need an excellent text diff app. I don't compare pictures in my work, but I do compare a lot of code.

    If your needs are different, then your preference of app will likely be different too.

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