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ND Compare uses the Word compare feature.  Word compare allows users to compare any file type, including PDFs, but ND Compare only compares Word documents.  Can ND Compare please be enhanced to use the full features of Word compare, enabling users to compare PDFs.

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Using third party applications which integrate with ND can give you that ability.  For example, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC has a native compare feature which can compare any two pdf documents.  It also gives you the option to open and compare pdfs straight from ND.  Another application that integrates well with ND for comparing, file sharing, creating pdfs, etc., is Workshare.  ND and Workshare integrate so that you can compare two NDs easily on the fly.  This does require the full Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (at least, that's what I have -- I don't know if other versions of Adobe Acrobat can do so).  If you open Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, click on the "Tools" tab at the top.  The tools page will open up and you need to select "Compare Files" which will guide you through the comparison feature.  

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I appreciate that third party software such as Workshare Compare and Adobe Acrobat Pro can compare PDFs, but so can Word.  ND Compare uses Word compare functionality, so it should be fairly easy to have ND Compare make use of the Word compare feature to compare PDFs.  A number of firms are trying to minimize the amount of third party software they use to reduce the number of applications they then have to train their staff to use.  There is also a cost implication of purchasing the software.  They would rather make use of the functionality available within the mainstream applications.

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You're right. Having additional third party applications can sometimes be expensive to buy and maintain - and that doesn't include the cost of training the end user. Integration can also create app conflicts which can be a nightmare to work around. I am guessing that most users only use Acrobat Reader - I don't know if Reader has compare ability though. Good suggestion of yours for the ideabank.

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