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Re: Greetings List

From: Quinn Taylor <quinntaylor_at_mac.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 07:05:29 -0600

>> there are two commercial OSX apps that a lot of people have been
>> raving about:
>> http://www.zennaware.com/cornerstone/
>> http://www.versionsapp.com/
> Also:
> http://www.syntevo.com/smartsvn/
> http://www.lachoseinteractive.net/en/community/subversion/svnx/
> Both are free.
> Trevor

Despite opinions on the list against Versions, I've found that it's
been fairly impressive overall. It's still in active beta, and the
developers are very committed to making it increasingly powerful and
easy to use. Due to development priorities, it still lacks certain
features that SVN power users would consider essential, such as --
force for actions that require it.

Since your question was about what Mac users use, here's a succinct
way to put it...

Many Mac users just use the Terminal—it's the lowest common
denominator, and instructions from "the book" just work. However, long-
time Mac users like myself (those who generally prefer GUIs when
available, and came to Unix when OS X did) often want something more
visual. We use things like svnX, ZigVersion, and RapidSVN grudgingly,
because (no offense intended) their GUIs are not really up to par with
the overall Mac experience. Just because a program has a GUI doesn't
mean it's intuitive or well-designed.

The primary weakness of Versions is that it's not yet complete. The
primary weakness of Cornerstone is that it's often painfully slow. (I
realize that many on the list would say that the primary weakness of
both is that they cost money, but Mac users are odd ducks in that we
generally don't mind paying for something that works well and makes
our work more pleasant.)

My 2¢ is to check out Versions, and svnX if that doesn't yet do
everything you need. Versions has a Google group that can help tell
you what the developers are actively working on right now.

BTW, SmartSVN is NOT fully free; there is a Foundation version and a
Professional version, just something to be aware of.

  - Quinn

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