BLOB, CLOB, NCLOB, and XMLTYPE are now supported in Database>Compare>Data, as long as you have the EXECUTE privilege on the DBMS_CRYPTO package. This will only work on 10g and newer, because DBMS_CRYPTO didn’t exist before that.
If your table has BLOBs, you can only sync from the data compare window. You cannot create a sync script. CLOB, NCLOB, and XMLTYPE will sync with either technique.
Yes, coming from .92. This is repeatable. Restored .92 version of Connections.xml and CONNECTIONACTIONS.INI from backup and restarted .97. The startup hangs briefly (~30 seconds) on "Loading logins...". When Toad finally started, the passwords were once again lost.
Sorry about that, that one's my fault. There's a fix for the passwords in the oven. You'll still see a delay on the first time you run this next beta but after that initial load it should be much faster.