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* Notable Changes
- Added Text Edit view which includes "Find in Files" command.
- File Compare Report can now mix reports from different views (text/hex/data/picture/etc).
- Added "Text content" to Folder Compare's "Other Filters".
- Added support for bzip2 and bzipped tar archives.
- Added read/write support for Debian packages (Linux only).
- Added read-only support for Total Commander packer (wcx) plugins.
- Added layout, rotate, and flip commands to Picture Compare, along with various other enhancements.
- Added "Exclude protected operating system files" option that excludes system and hidden files, folders, and junction points (Windows only). Enabled by default.
- Added support for SSH2 authentication using OpenSSH's ssh-agent and PuTTY's pageant.
- Added "Follow Symbolic Links" folder compare option which controls whether symbolic links are shown as files or the link target (Linux only).
- Added "Ignore Same Changes" Text Merge command.
- Added "View->Detached Output Pane" Text Merge command to show output pane in separate window.

* Archives
- Added support for bzip2 and bzipped tar archives.
- Added read-only support for Total Commander packer (wcx) plugins.
- Added read/write support for Debian packages (Linux only).
- Fixed .tar file size changing to an incorrect value if the archive included a folder named './'.
- Fixed crash when saving a large snapshot on Win9x or when Logitech SetPoint is installed.

* Command Line
- Added switch for single pane editor (/edit).

* Data Compare
- "BOM" is now shown in the "File Info" panel if a byte order mark is detected.
- Fixed cancelling unsorted alignment intermittent crash.

* File Formats
- Added apostrophe delimited "string" to "HTML" file format.
- Fixed RTF-to-Text conversion for hyphen characters and keywords with mixed case.

* File Views
- Added "Open with Text Edit" command.
- "Compare Parent Folders" now selects files from file compare (if aligned).
- "Editing disabled" now shown for read-only resources (ex. CHM files).
- "Next/Previous Difference Files" now traverses files in "Compare Contents" results dialog if opened from it.
- "File Info" panels now highlight differences in file format, character encoding, line ending style, etc.
- Improved font dropdown captions.
- Re-added "Load time" to status bar display.
- Fixed detecting external file changes if file's size changes but its last modified time doesn't.
- Fixed external change detection so it doesn't flag transitioning from a partial date-only timestamp to a full one.
- Fixed toggling "Single vertical scrollbar" tweak.
- Fixed intraline difference display when mismatched characters are bold.
- Fixed "Compare Files Using" after using "Open Clipboard".
- Fixed crash after saving a file.

* Folder Compare
- Added "Text Content" file filter.
- "File Compare Report" now determines which kind of session to use for each file.
- Added "Exclude protected operating system files" option that excludes system and hidden files, folders, and junction points. Enabled by default.
- Added "Find Filename" dialog with advanced search options. Incremental search no longer opens separate dialog.
- Added "Add To Presets" button to "Name Filters" session settings tab.
- Archives (.zip, .tar, etc) can now be opened using the "Open With -> Hex Compare" menu item.
- Added support for ';' characters in filename masks. They will be escaped as [;] automatically in the filters edit string.
- "Sync" commands now default to "Just Selection".
- "Up One Level -> Both Sides" now selects previous base folders.
- "Copy to Left/Right" now respects /nobackups switch.
- "Compare Contents" results dialog now differentiates between CRC and binary comparisons.
- Log now shows when running file operations have been cancelled.
- Added "Browse for Folder" commands to "Session" menu.
- Improved "Alignment Override" dialog's regular expression support.
- "Quick Compare" now supports comparing archives.
- Tweaked "Touch" calendar layout.
- "Folder Compare Info" dialog can now display "Unscanned folders".
- "Folder Compare Info" now lists unopened archives if option to treat as file.
- "Filters" combobox now has separator line between presets and MRU list.
- Minor speed improvements.
- Fixed crashes when Logitech SetPoint is loaded.
- Fixed "Compare Contents" dialog so it only allows CRC comparisons if one of the base folders is snapshot.
- Fixed caption showing progress percentage after cancelling file operation.
- Fixed sort changing unexpectedly when sorting by the path column and opening a file view in a new window.
- Fixed file handle leak when using a background content comparison.
- Fixed crash when deleting files that are waiting for a background content comparison.
- Fixed "Exclude files smaller than filter" so it doesn't match files with unknown sizes.
- Fixed using "Ignore Folder Structure" and "Archive handle -> As folders always" together so it no longer includes both the zip files and their content.
- Fixed crash if a folder was deleted/renamed while it or one of its subfolders was being built.

* Folder Sync
- Added ability to override sync actions on a per-item basis.
- Added "Next/Previous Conflict" commands, replacing "Next/Previous Difference".
- "Expand subfolders when loading session" is now enabled by default.
- Fixed "Nothing to Sync" appearing after sync has completed.
- Tweaked "Session Settings" dialog layout and options:
- Moved "Sync empty folders" and "Use recycle bin if possible" from "Sync" tab to "Handling" tab.
- Removed "Only expand subfolders with differences" option.
- Condensed "Archive handling" radio group to a "Synchronize within archives" checkbox.

* FTP
- Added support for SSH2 authentication using OpenSSH's ssh-agent and PuTTY's pageant.
- Added support for copying symlinks over FTP and SFTP. Supported by OpenSSH, proftpd, ncftpd, hpss, ioftpd.
- Improved "Open File on FTP Site" and "Save File on FTP Site As" dialogs.
- Fixed cancel and error handling when browsing for a folder.

* Hex Compare
- Tweaked "Go To" dialog size.

* Linux
- Added "Follow Symbolic Links" folder compare option which controls whether symbolic links are shown as files or the link target.
- "Check For Updates" can now install update automatically.
- Environmental variable expansion now looks for $ENV instead of %ENV%.
- Running Beyond Compare for the first time now copies /etc/skel/.beyondcompare to ~/.beyondcompare if it exists.
- Added checkboxes for disabling file formats in "File Formats" dialog and folder compare session settings.
- BC3Key.txt will now be installed if it's in the same folder as the RPM or DEB package.
- Fixed loading paths with a filename containing two leading periods.
- Fixed determination of whether session is auto-saved.
- Fixed "Permission denied" errors incorrectly showing "Invalid parameter" error message when loading folders.
- Fixed non-resizable dialogs opening at the wrong size.

* Misc
- Added "Edit Text File" to "Tools" menu.
- Added "Edit with Beyond Compare" command to shell extension.
- Added incremental search to numerous treeviews and lists (type characters to position).
- Improved behavior when using "backup 'abc.txt' to folder" if target path is empty.
- Improved confirmation dialog when using "Session->Exit" and "Session->Load Workspace" commands.
- Improved behavior of Windows 7 taskbar live previews.
- Improved "Save Snapshot" user interface and added FTP support.
- Rearranged "Tools" menu.
- Added and tweaked icons for various commands.
- Double clicking in a path edit now selects between path delimiters instead of between spaces.
- Added support for assigning keyboard shortcuts to saved Workspaces.
- Fixed various tree views so clicking on expand/collapse button no longer changes current item.
- Fixed crash when window focus changes while closing.
- Fixed crash on startup if BC3Key.txt isn't readable.
- Fixed crash on startup if deleting a previous instance's temp files failed.
- Fixed crashes when starting a second instance while the first is shutting down.
- Fixed crash when trying to overwrite a read-only settings file.
- Fixed button hints in translated releases.
- Fixed calendar day abbreviations in translated releases.
- Fixed clicking past the last item in a listview so it no longer clears the selection.
- Fixed appearance of owner-draw read-only comboboxes on Vista & Windows 7.
- Fixed error handling to return better error messages.
- Fixed crash when exporting settings when shared sessions are loaded.

* MP3 Compare
- Added incremental search.

* Options
- Added "Use New Compare Colors" folder view tweak (Ctrl+Shift+T) to give preview of proposed BC4 folder coloring.
- Import and Export dialogs are now resizable.
- Improved editing Folder Compare "Name filter presets".
- Fixed support for shell extension's "Command line switches" tweak.
- Fixed Export/Import to require at least some settings to be acted on.
- Fixed Import population of confirmation list.
- Fixed Export/Import File Format helpers unicode handling.
- Fixed "File Compare Colors" handling of "Background Contrast" slider so background coloring can be disabled.

* Picture Compare
- Added "Blend Mode" that blends images at customizable percentage.
- Added "Rotate Clockwise", "Rotate Counterclockwise", "Flip Horizontally", and "Flip Vertically" commands.
- Added "Difference Side-by-side", "Difference Over-under", "Difference Underneath", "Only Difference", "Side-by-side", and "Over-under" layouts, replacing "Hide Difference Panel" command.
- Added "Show transparency as checkerboarding" option.
- Moved the offset display from the status bar to the "View" toolbar.
- Added the position and color of the pixel under the mouse cursor to the status bars for each pane.
- Right image position now matches what's shown in the difference image.
- Zoom using mouse wheel now scrolls to keep same area of picture under cursor.
- Changed icons for comparison modes.
- "File Info" panel no longer lists file format.
- Fixed stretched image to show in new dimensions even if original had transparency.
- Fixed difference offset calculation when mouse is dragged in center image

* Reports
- Fixed HTML report word wrapping.
- Data Compare "Summary" report now supports word wrap in printed output.
- Folder Compare "Summary" report can now display "Unscanned Folders".
- Fixed Hex Compare "Side-by-side" report's handling of non-printable characters and ANSI text.
- Added Hex Compare "Interleaved" layout.

* Scripting
- FILE-REPORT command now determines which kind of session to use for each file.
- Added INTERLEAVED layout to HEX-REPORT.
- Added MP3-REPORT command. Supports SIDE-BY-SIDE and SUMMARY layout options.
- Added PICTURE-REPORT command. Supports SIDE-BY-SIDE and SUMMARY layout options.
- Added "n of nn" counts to file operation progress in scripting dialog.
- Fixed crash when using "SELECT EMPTY.FOLDERS" script command.

* Text Views
- Improved display of control characters.
- Improved "Line Weight" dialog's regular expression support.
- "BOM" is now shown in the "File Info" panels if a byte order mark is detected.
- Fixed restoring position when reloading when the cursor is on empty end of file line.
- Fixed support for editing files that don't have any line ending characters.

* Text Compare
- Added "Aligned Details" option that shows character alignment in the line details area with fixed-width font and gaps.
- Added support for Unicode characters in Microsoft Word files.
- Editing binary/read-only files now prompts for permission.
- Fixed crash when editing affects whether or not file has mixed line endings.
- Fixed crash when auto-indenting on a blank line.
- Fixed crash when using replacements.

* Text Merge
- Added "Ignore Same Changes" command.
- Added "View->Detached Output Pane" command to show output pane in separate window.
- Lines that only exist in the ancestor no longer show as gaps if the center pane is hidden.

* Version Compare
- Added support for comparing all strings in "Variable Info" section instead of just a known list.
- Added incremental search.
- Improved error message when no version info available.
- File size is no longer compared explicitly.

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