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Use smart compare to analyze proof versions
Use smart compare to analyze proof versions

Smart compare calculates the differences between proof versions at the click of a button. Use a slider or quickly flick between the two.

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Written by Gemma
Updated over a week ago

If a proof has more than one version, you will be able to compare versions. If the proof dimensions are the same size, smart compare will be available – this will analyze and calculate the differences for you and highlight these in green.

How to smart compare proof versions

Step 1

Click the compare icon.

Compare icon

Step 2

Choose the proof versions you’d like to compare, then click smart compare.

Step 3

There are several helpful tools to choose from in smart compare mode:

Smart compare mode options and controls
  • Version dropdown to change the version that is displaying on top

  • Left/right arrows for page navigation

  • Quick flick icon to change between versions quickly (shortcut key up/down arrows)

  • Slider icon to slide across the versions to reveal differences

  • Eye icon to show/hide the highlighted differences

  • Cog icon to open the advanced settings and control how the highlighted differences will display and behave.

Use the quick flick and slider tool in compare mode to help spot differences between two proofs


  • Use the up and down arrow shortcut keys to use ‘quick flick’.

  • You can change the color of the slider by clicking the colored dot to the left of the slider icon. You can set a custom color too.

Click the color dot to change the color of the slider
  • In advanced settings, you can control:

    • fog – the opacity of the underlying proof image

    • strobe – a flashing effect for the highlighted differences

    • jiggle – a side-to-side motion effect for the highlighted differences

    You can also set the highlighted differences color, even choose a custom color. Tip: Selecting white as a color will go into a high contrast mode with white showing against black for the differences.

Advanced settings for highlighted differences in smart compare mode

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