Does anyone have any experience with one of the the*following three tools: Paloma's PrintPerfect, COPI's CompareZ, and Docucorp's Forms Integrity Manager? These are all resold versions of the same base code from a company called CDP that compare mainframe metacode print files which highlight differences both in text and images.
I'd be interested in anyone's experience with these products which are all new. We are considering using them for regression testing of our mainframe documents as part of an upgrade of our document management software. Without a tool, we will likely have to do a manual comparison as the extract files for the 2 versions of the document management systems has changed drastically and cannot be compared with BeyondCompare because of variable length, redefined records.
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The last time I had to do a compare of mainframe reports they were printed out placed exactly one on top of the other then held up to the window so you could see the light through them and looked for the differences.
This was when mainframe reports were printed on fanfold forms using chain, train or drum line printers and buildings had windows and games machines did not. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
Have you spoke to the developers about this? I know that there are some mianframe utilities that compare flat files.
I haven't used any of the products that you have mentioned, but I have used an internally developed method of automated testing. Basically instead of outputting to text/image the output is generated as postscript elements (http://www.cs.indiana.edu/docproject...hat-is-it.html). These files are then easy to compare.
The report data extract is in variable length records which does not enable flat file comparison tools such as File-Aid without a quite a bit of customized coding to determine the record type and map the fields for comparison. The files are fed to a document management system where rules are applied and the documents are generated in metacode. I'll investigate whether the doc management tool can produce post script files of the output. PDF is an option, but I'm not aware of PDF comparison tools.