Kaleidoscope 2 File Comparison Tool Now Available In Mac App Store


Several months ago Black Pixel released the Kaleidoscope 2 for Mac beta. Today the app has been officially released in the Mac App Store and on the web.

Kaleidoscope 2 is a powerful app that compares text, images, and folders in OS X. It’s intended to improve your workflow by helping you quickly review and merge changes between files and folders.


If you’re constantly working with different versions and revisions of text documents, images, and folders, Kaleidoscope 2 is a dream come true. The app uses color coded highlights to show you what text has been altered, added, and deleted between two text documents. For a group of writers working on a giant piece, Kaleidoscope 2 should save a ton of time that would otherwise be spent combing through annotations. It also looks good for comparing code. Kaleidoscope 2 fully supports Subversion, Git, Mercurial, Bazaar, Perforce, and apps like TextMate.

Photographers can compare images in multiple views and comb two images with the cursor to spot the changes. If you have a very regimented filesystem workflow, Kaleidoscope 2 looks great for comparing directories and merging folders.



Kaleidoscope 2 isn’t going to be for everyone, but’s so well designed that just about anyone can try it out and get their feet wet. Black Pixel has a 15-day trial available on its website, along with a full version for $35. The app is also available in the Mac App Store for 50% off $70 through the rest of the month. Check out Black Pixel’s beautiful website for more info.

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