The Compare Documents feature is used to compare two PDFs and highlight the differences. The differences are indicated with markups that can be reviewed easily using the Markups list.
This feature is similar to Overlay Pages, which converts two or more PDFs to different colors and stacks them one on top of the other to reveal differences. Use the one that most closely matches your desired outcome.
Go to Document > Compare Documents. The Compare Documents dialog box appears.
- Select the first document to be compared in the Document A section:
- If the document is currently open in Revu, select it from the Document dropdown list in the Document A section.
- If the document is not currently open in Revu, click to the right of the Document dropdown list in the Document A section, then navigate to and open the desired document.
Select the Page Range that should be compared:
- All Pages: Sets the range to all pages.
- Current: Sets the range to the current page only. The current page number will appear in parentheses, for example, Current (2) if page 2 is the current page.
- Custom: Sets the range to a custom value. To enter a custom range:
- Use a dash between page numbers to define those two pages and all pages in between.
- Use a comma to define pages that are separated.
For example: 1-3, 5, 9 will include pages 1, 2, 3, 5 and 9.
- Repeat this process for Document B.
- Select which document the difference annotations should be added to from the Apply to dropdown list. If one of the "New copy" options is selected, a new document containing the difference annotations will be created based on the indicated document. Otherwise, the difference annotations will be added to the selected document(s).
- Select the local, network, or DMS folder into which the comparison document should be saved by entering the path to that folder in the
adjoiningfield or by clicking to the right of that field and navigating to the desired folder.
- If you want to
compare only a specific region of each document, click Select Window. The dialog box will disappear, at which time you can click and drag a rectangle to define the region to be compared. Otherwise the entire document will be compared.
- Click Clear to clear the selected window and start over, if needed.
- To open side-by-side, synchronized windows for reviewing the differences noted after the comparison process completes, check Split-screen view.
- To dim underlying PDF content and make the locations where differences are found easier to see, check Turn on Dimmer.
- Select a Comparison Type containing pre-configured comparison settings.
Click OK. Once the comparison process is complete, any differences will be annotated.
If the Split-screen view box was checked, the two compared documents will open in a side-by-side manner. Zooming or panning on one window will update the display in the opposite window. This is useful for visually comparing the before/after, changed, and unchanged parts of the two documents. The markups that were added will appear in either the left or right window depending on which PDF was specified.
Open the Markups List to see a table of markups that were automatically added when differences were detected.
As a markup is selected in the Markups list, the Revu workspace will jump to the location of the difference.