This Quick Start Guide gives you the basic steps you need to know to begin comparing connection objects. If you have not already created connections, refer to the previous QuickStart, Create a Connection.
Select Connections and Load Objects
Use the "Source" and "Destination"  selection boxes on the Home tab to select two connections to compare.
Click the "Load Objects"  button to connect to both connections and retrieve their objects. The screen-shot below shows sample results in a development and QA environment.
The full circle  icons in the "development" and "QA" columns indicate that the objects exist in both environments. Half-circles  indicate that some child objects exist in the development environment, and the QA environment has additional objects. To display the which objects exist on QA that are not on development, you can either expand the objects using the right-arrow  icon on the left of the screen, or you may filter the objects. Filtering is described in greater detail later in this QuickStart. The screen-shot below shows the results of expanding "Cubes", the "plan_BudgetPlan" cube, and its views.
In this screen-shot, there are no circles in the "development" column for the "Views" object, nor are there any circles for individual views. The "QA" column has full circles. This indicates that the development connection does not contain views for this cube. The "plan_BudgetPlan" cube displays a half-circle for development, indicating that some objects do exist for this cube, which in this case would be the "Rule" object only.
Selecting and Compare Objects
To perform object comparison, you first select objects to be compared. This can be done by choosing objects with the "Object Selection"  drop-down choices, or by checking individual check-boxes in the Connection Objects column.
To compare checked objects, select the desired objects by clicking the check-box next to their name in the Connection Objects column. Then click the drop-down arrow  below the "Compare"  button and select "Compare Checked".
The result of comparing the "plan_BudgetPlan" cube is displayed below:
❑Circle-slash  icons in the "Comparison Results" column indicate an inability to compare one or more objects. Typically this is because the object only exists on one connection, but there could be other reasons why the objects cannot be compared.
❑Equality  icons indicate that the object is identical on both connections. In the screen-shot above, for example, the "Rule" object comparison result is identical.
❑Inequality  icons indicate that object is different between the selected connections. The screen-shot below shows several processes that were found to be different.
Viewing Comparison Details
Comparison details are displayed in one of two formats, JSON or XML. To view the details, either double-click an object in the Connection Objects column to see the JSON format, or right-click the object and select a format choice. TM1Compare will convert the object to the selected format, create two local temporary files, and display the results in a file comparison utility of your choice.
The screen-shot below shows comparison details using the WinMerge file comparison utility:
WinMerge displays a summary comparison of the objects in a map at the top-left pane of the window, with differing sections highlighted in yellow or gray. Specific differences are shown in the top-right panes, and additional detail can be displayed in the bottom panes by selecting an individual line. The screen-shot above indicates that the "mover" process parameters have changed between the development and QA environments.