Friday, April 5, 2019

Needed to Compare Two PDF Documents

Lots of programs that cost for comparing two PDFs.  Schwab issued me a corrected tax statement (1099-MISC, 1099-INT, and all the rest) and I wasn't sure how much difference it would make in the large checks that I need to write to the IRS and State of Idaho shortly.  The corrected form from Schwab labels each changed line as CORRECTED but doesn't tell you the old number.  But if you use Word to compare two PDF files, it does it!

1 comment:

  1. Of course, Word costs money, too, but that's usually a sunk cost.

    Bluebeam's ReVu product does pixel-by-pixel comparison, and I think it will do text comparison, too. I don't have the paid version at my current job.

    If the PDF allows, you can copy all the text into a text editor, then use something like WinMerge ( to compare. Winmerge is basically a nice Gui on top of diff. Or use diff in Linux.