Frequently Asked Questions
Should I select files (or folders) from Finder context menu?
VisualDiffer app doesn’t directly offer a way to integrate with Finder but you can use the Automator script available on VisualDiffer Hub.
Download the script from github, unzip it and double click on workflow file to install.
How to use it is described here
Use as External Diff Tool
VisualDiffer can be integrated with many applications thanks to the command line utility visdiff
- Set ‘Visual Diff Tool’ to: ‘Other’
- Set ‘Diff Command’ to: /Applications/VisualDiffer.app/Contents/Resources/visdiff
- Set Arguments to: $LOCAL $REMOTE
VisualDiffer always prompts for a file open panel, why?
Starting from version 1.4.2 VisualDiffer totally agree with Apple sandboxing rules and this introduced a different way to access to file system.
Open existing vdiff sessions
Saved vdiff sessions needs to be aware of sandbox so the first time you open them you should be prompted to select left and right folders/files, then you need to re-save session so VisualDiffer stores the paths as trusted and no longer shows file open panel.
Integration with other applications
If VisualDiffer is used as external diff tool you should need to add manually paths as trusted, this is documented on Trusted Paths
Customize the file date/time format in Folder Differ View
Since version 1.4.4 or above
By default the Folder Differ View shows for files and folders a long format containing also seconds, actually this value can’t be changed from user interface but you can set it from terminal.
Open the terminal application and type
defaults write com.visualdiffer folderViewDateFormat HHmmss
Example above sets the format to show only the time (without date), format patterns can be found at Unicode Technical Standard #35
Restore default value
If you want to restore default value, open terminal and type
defaults delete com.visualdiffer folderViewDateFormat