Kalei­do­scope

TechLife Australia - - DISCOVER - [ CRAIG GRANNELL ]

SPOT THE DIF­FER­ENCE Free trial; $30.99 kalei­do­sco­peapp.com This app is al­most as im­por­tant for what it rep­re­sents as what it does. This is a file­com­par­i­son app with a ra­zor-sharp fo­cus, geared to­wards pro­duc­tiv­ity. On iPad, the app tries to be as pro­fi­cient as its Mac ver­sion, although ends up com­ing off sec­ond-best. Throw a cou­ple of TXT, DOC, HTML or code doc­u­ments at it, and you can quickly spot dif­fer­ences in a two-up or uni­fied view. The app also sup­ports Split View, which is just as well, given that it lacks the text merge that’s part of the Mac ver­sion. With im­ages, ev­ery­thing sud­denly feels fid­dly. When it comes to fold­ers, im­port ap­pears to be an is­sue. Drop a cou­ple of text files into the app and you’re com­par­ing them al­most in­stantly. Open a cou­ple of web ar­chives, and the app ap­pears to seize up. How­ever, the app clearly in­di­cates files that have changed or are un­matched, and dou­ble-tap­ping a file opens it and its twin for com­par­i­son.

There’s am­bi­tion here, not only re­gard­ing the app but also the iPad. Kalei­do­scope is also a good iOS 11 cit­i­zen, us­able and use­ful. Just be aware of its lim­i­ta­tions, and be sure to put it through its paces dur­ing the two-week free trial. In all, it’s solid but oc­ca­sion­ally flawed.

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