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    Dr Herbie

    We have a number of word documents in a VS2005 project that are under source control with SourceSafe.  Word doesn't seem to know about SourceSafe, so you have to remember to check the file out in source control and then open it to edit.

    We're planning to move up to TFS soon and will be using that for version control -- is it any better for Word documents?
    Are there any tools (preferrably free ones) that will help with version control of Word documents?

    Cheers

    Herbie

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    cygnus

    How about sharepoint?

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    phreaks

    cygnus wrote:
    How about sharepoint?


    I think Herbie wants Word docs to be controlled as part of a Solution, I think Sharepoint would still make them manually check-in/out docs as they were edited.

    He is loooking for feature that will auto check-in/out docs as they are modified, and keep them in synch with his dev solution no?

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    JChung2006

    Office-SourceSafe and Office-Team Foundation Server revision control integration would be a terrific feature!  (hint, hint Microsoft)

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    Dr Herbie

    phreaks wrote:
    
    cygnus wrote: How about sharepoint?


    I think Herbie wants Word docs to be controlled as part of a Solution, I think Sharepoint would still make them manually check-in/out docs as they were edited.

    He is loooking for feature that will auto check-in/out docs as they are modified, and keep them in synch with his dev solution no?


    Exactly!  Thanks for clarifying this while I slept. Smiley

    Herbie

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    Massif

    Of course if you saved your word documents in XML you could use all the same source control stuff as your code.

    That would only work if your version of office supported it (2003 does AFAIK) and you don't rely on features the XML saving doesn't work. I'm assuming that because office 2003 doesn't have the fancy new xml formats, that its format loses some functionality.

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