Frequently Asked Questions
What is this?
This is the free online version of our document comparison tool, Draftable Compare. Give us any two documents and we'll spot the differences between them.
How do I use it?
Upload two documents that you want to compare, by drag'n'drop or clicking on the upload box. Then click 'Compare' and you'll be directed to the comparison.
Note: the left document is usually the older version, and the right document is usually the newer version.
I've never seen a side-by-side comparison, how do I read it?
Text in the left document but not in right document (aka deleted text) is highlighted red. Text in the right document but not in left document (aka inserted text) is highlighted green.
How does Sync Scrolling work?
Sync Scrolling is our way of scrolling both documents together, at varying speeds depending on the content. The goal is to keep both documents aligned as you scroll down it. If you want to scroll each document independently, you can disable it by toggling the button.
What changes does it detect?
We detect all changes in the text. We ignore changes to images, formatting, and text that is in images. Sometimes we will highlight text that has not changed due to positional changes. Our comparison algorithm is constantly improving, please do let us know if you notice any issues.
How is Draftable different to other comparison tools?
Our comparisons are better in quality, readability and ease of use. The easiest way to see the difference is to experience it for yourself. Try any of the examples above.
Is there a limit to the size of the files I can compare?
The maximum file size is 40 MB. The maximum document page limit is 600 pages. If you want to compare documents larger than this, you can try our offline compare tool.
What file types can I compare?
You can compare any combination of PDF, Word and Powerpoint documents (e.g. you can compare a Word document with a PDF document).
Why is the whole document highlighted (or un-highlighted)?
Are my comparisons private?