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RE: Tool for quick/simple edit of Word doc in SVN without manual checkout first?

From: David Aldrich <David.Aldrich_at_EMEA.NEC.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:50:27 +0000

At the 2012 WanDisco SVN conference, there was talk of adding facilities to TortoiseSVN 1.8 to enable quick checkouts/commits of single files. This seems to have never materialised. What happened to the ideas?

David

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andy Levy [mailto:andy.levy_at_gmail.com]
> Sent: 19 November 2013 13:38
> To: users_at_tortoisesvn.tigris.org
> Subject: Re: Tool for quick/simple edit of Word doc in SVN without manual
> checkout first?
>
> Editing requires either a working copy, or a WebDAV-mounted repository with
> autoversioning. See http://svnbook.red-bean.com/en/1.7/svn.webdav.html .
>
> For the usage you describe here though, SharePoint is a more appropriate
> solution - get Office docs out of Subversion entirely.
> It's built to manage & version Office documents and you can build workflows to
> do exactly what you describe here with reviews, signoffs, etc.
>
> On Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 8:24 AM, Christian Ridderström
> <christian.ridderstrom_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > The tl;dr version:
> > - Does anyone know of a tool that makes it streamlined/easy for less
> > technical users to do a quick edit on a Word document from SVN for
> > which they don't have any working copy? (I.e. do: lock, temporarily
> > checkout, open in Word, save, commit & release?)
> >
> > -------
> >
> > Background:
> > At my company we have a "sign off" procedure for documents (MS Office [1])
> where a sequence of reviewers (author, tech., PA and PM) check and "sign off"
> on the document.
> >
> > We develop the documents in SVN, but currently the sign off is done with
> exported copies to a network share [2]. But many documents end up being e-
> mailed between the reviewers anyway...
> >
> > Baseline solution:
> > Let the reviewers, in turn: create their working copy, lock, checkout, review,
> add date of review as "sign off", comitt. And then tell the next reviewer that's
> up.
> >
> > However, these reviewers generally don't have working copies, nor SW
> developing experience, so the above would face... challenges. Some would
> manage, but others would flat out refuse.
> >
> > Streamlined solution:
> > Does anyone know of a existing tool (script) that:
> > 1. Inputs e.g. document URL to the SVN repo.
> > 2. Locks document in repo
> > 3. Checks out doc to a just created temporary dir 4. Launches Explorer
> > (and hence Word etc) on the document 5. When Word etc is closed (or
> > perhaps better,
> > no longer has it's own "lock" on the file),
> > opens dialog to commit
> > 6. Deletes temporary directory
> >
> > From a UI point of view, steps 5-6 probably require some kind of dialog to
> stay open, alerting the user he's not done yet.
> >
> > Kind regards,
> > Chrstian
> >
> > [1] Please don't tease me for having to use Office [2] No teasing, I'm
> > trying to fix it! :-)
> >
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