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Softpedia Editor's Review for TortoiseSVN
A Subversion client, implemented as a windows shell extension
Written by Mihaela Citea on January 28th, 2012
TortoiseSVN is a Windows shell extension that provides a user-friendly interface for Subversion, a software designed to allow developers easily maintain current and historical file versions.
After installing this software versioning application, one additional item is integrated in the context menu of any file in your computer. From there, you can access the Repo-browser and the program's settings. The Settings window allows you to customize the items that appear in the context menu and other options.
In order to create repositories, developers normally use a Subversion server. But with the help of TortoiseSVN, you can easily transform an empty folder into a new local repository, which acts just like a file server, allowing you to store files. The Import window enables you to assign a short description of the action you are performing and all the changes are recorded in your project history log.
When making changes to any file that is also found in the repository, even if you modify a line in a text file, the performed actions are recorded by TortoiseSVN. In order to view them, you can use TortoiseMerge, an application that displays a two-sided window, enabling you to compare the revision and the original file contents.
The spotted differences are highlighted, so you can view them much better. Moreover, you can use TortoiseMerge to easily compare any text files you want.
While TortoiseMerge enables you to compare text files' content, TortoiseDiff allows you to compare two images. The side-to-side display and the overlaying option are the two features that enable you to easily identify any difference between the opened pictures. You can set the viewing options as you desire: link image positions, change their displaying size, zoom in and out.
One useful feature of TortoiseSVN is the possibility to view the project log. This way, you can keep track of any change that has been made to your files and folders.
TortoiseSVN is a simple, yet useful and customizable program designed to help you easily manage files and folders over time. Using it, you can view all the modifications that a file has suffered and recover previous file versions.
Here are some key features of "TortoiseSVN":
- Easy to use:
- all commands are available directly from the windows explorer.
- only commands that make sense for the selected file/folder are shown. You won't see any commands that you can't use in your situation.
- See the status of your files directly in the Windows explorer
- descriptive dialogs, constantly improved due to user feedback
- allows moving files by right-dragging them in the windows explorer
- All Subversion protocols are supported:
- svn ssh://
- svn XXX://
- Powerful commit dialog:
- integrated spell checker for log messages
- auto completion of paths and keywords of the modified files
- text formatting with special chars
- The big picture:
- Can create a graph of all revisions/commits. You can then easily see where you created a tag/branch or modified a file/folder
- Graphs of commit statistics of the project
- Easy comparing of two branches or tags
- Per project settings:
- minimum log message length to avoid accidentally committing with an empty log message
- language to use for the spell checker
- Integration with issue tracking systems:
- TortoiseSVN provides a flexible mechanism to integrate any web based bug tracking system.
- A separate input box to enter the issue number assigned to the commit, or coloring of the issue number directly in the log message itself
- When showing all log messages, an extra column is added with the issue number. You can immediately see to which issue the commit belongs to.
- Issue numbers are converted into links which open the webbrowser directly on the corresponding issue
- Optional warning if a commit isn't assigned to an issue number
- Helpful Tools:
- TortoiseMerge (Shows changes you made to your files, helps resolving conflicts, can apply patchfiles you got from users without commit access to your repository )
- TortoiseBlame: to show blames of files. Shows also log messages for each line in a file.
- TortoiseIDiff: to see the changes you made to your image files
- SubWCRev: to include the revision numbers/dates/... into your source files
- Available in many languages:
- TortoiseSVN is stable:
- Before every release, we create one or more 'release candidates' for adventurous people to test first.
- During development cycles, many people test intermediate builds. These are built every night automatically and made available to all our users. This helps finding bugs very early so they won't even get into an official release.
- A big user community helps out with testing each build before we release it.
- A custom crash report tool is included in every TortoiseSVN release which helps us fix the bugs much faster, even if you can't remember exactly what you did to trigger it.
- Extensive and descriptive documentation is available in several formats and languages
- A big list of frequently asked questions and problems with all the answers is also available
- For your specific problems, we have a mailing list where many users can help you. Usually you get an answer for your problem within a few hours.
- BUG: Issue #546: "Restore after commit" fails to restore in some situations.
- BUG: Issue #547: "Show Log" fails from the merge dialog.
- BUG: Issue #549: spell checker misses last char in a word.
- BUG: Issue #550: shell column handler not registered.
- BUG: Issue #556: Crash closing properties dialog.
- BUG: Issue #557: Ignored items always set global ignores
- BUG: Issue #554: newline symbol is always the same in TortoiseMerge.
- BUG: Issue #558: Crash in log dialog.
- BUG: Issue #559: Crash in moved-blocks detection in TortoiseMerge.
- BUG: Issue #561: unified diff shows absolute paths.
- BUG: Issue #565: spurious NUL chars shown in blame.
- BUG: Issue #566: Wrong encoding detection in TortoiseBlame.
- BUG: Issue #567: too many rename
- BUG: Issue #568: missing autocompletion for filenames with '-'.
- BUG: Issue #569: Redirects not fully followed in repo browser.
- BUG: Issue #570: moved-blocks detection changes diff blocks.
- BUG: Issue #571: multi-rename renames the first file wrong.
- BUG: Issu...