Dynamsoft’s First Open Source Software– MergeHero

A few days ago, Dynamsoft released its first open source software –Mergehero on SourceForge. It is a comparison tool for differing and merging files. The software complies with the GPL license that gives developers rights to access, modify, and redistribute source code.

What is the value of open source to users?

I think the general answer of using open-source software is that it is “free” for end-users. Who doesn’t like a free meal? Especially when the free meal is good. But in addition to being “free” for developers, it is even more. Developers are willing to learn and benefit from open source software. What is great is that they do not only absorb knowledge from someone else’s code, but that they can also make their own variant of the code.

Why does Dynamsoft provide open source?

For many years, Dynamsoft has been dedicated to being the dynamic center for software developers. Today, we are still making efforts to provide the best tools and services for the benefit of developers. I believe that the open source plan will be a win-win for both Dynamsoft and our users. Consider one of the well-known role models for open source plans, Google’s Android: Being open source allows it to rapidly spread and it has even caught up with iOS. Today, tons of people have become Android fans. They enjoy the open platform, and can make custom systems and custom UIs as they wish. We would like to see our customers use our software with the same passion. It provides positive energy.

What is MergeHero?

MergeHero is a simple diff tool written in Java. It is the key component of SourceAnywhere – a version control solution and VSS replacement – which is the star product of Dynamsoft.

Its features include:

  • Diff folders
  • Diff files (text files only)
  •  Merge files (text files only)
  • Cross-platform, including Mac OS, Windows, Linux

Screenshots of MergeHero functionalities:

diff folders

diff files

merge files

How to run MergeHero:

run mergehero

Some of Dynamsoft’s engineers are still contributing some code to the project in their spare time. We want to see more developers engage in this project, and have fun with the diff tool.

What is the Dynamsoft’s future plan about open source?

We have seen the trends that indicate that the amount of online education sites is skyrocketing, such as Coursera, Codecademy, Udacity, Code School, etc. The many free programming courses provided by these sites have brought power to the IT industry. In the meantime famous people, like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckberg, are also advocating coding education for young people. Inspired by these positive energies, Dynamsoft plans to provide more open source projects in the future. Not only on SourceForge, but also Github, Codeplex, Google Code etc. We want to see more and more users benefit from our software and share their knowledge with us.

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