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1.4.1
27 March 2019

User-friendly Subversion client.

Bnz
19 November 2008

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I agree with the comments. The $50 price point is too steep for an application that merely provides some convenience over the command-line. Most people i know run subversion together with a trac installation anyway, so most other useful features like the well arranged timeline are present already. I hope the authors will change their mind about the price. For me, $15-$20 is a more appropriate price point for this. Other than that, this is clearly a nice application with a lot of polish for a 1.0x version!
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Version 1.0.2

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joker55
29 July 2016
This app has seen quite a fall from grace due to total neglect from the developers. In it's hay day this was probably THE svn app to own after it was given an award at WWDC but since it was acquired by Black Pixel it's been on constant life support to just about keep it going. Sad really.
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Version 1.3.3
supertaurus85
18 June 2013
Versions 1.2.2 does not work with HTTPS SVN 1.7.8 repositories (SSL handshake failed: SSL error code) Versions works with SVN 1.6.x repositories, or with SVN 1.7 repositories not using SSL. I've reported this bug 8 february 2013, the support team answered immediately, but the but is still there...
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Version 1.2.2
jjalex
02 August 2011
Excellent user interface and capabilities. Updated for Lion. Makes working with SVN a breeze.
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Version 1.1.8
PeteH6666
13 January 2011
A good, simple to use subversion client.
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Version 1.1.3
tomdringer
07 January 2011
A worthy program.
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Version 1.1.3
Stefano-Cecere
02 December 2010
just updated to 1.1.1 ok Cornerstone could be better (anyway it WASN'T better before its 2.0).. but Versions is really nice and works well. the new UI is even better than 1.0 (and lately UI redesigns make things worse) si.. let's stay with Versions until we all will move into Git :)
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Version 1.1.1
Drtyrell969
24 August 2010
The best way I can describe this app (of which I own and use) is "it's really sorta OKAY." The navigation around the app is very Windows feeling. Importing content into an SVN repository and then reconnecting to it is a PAIN IN THE @$$. Considering how absolutely easy the paradigm of SVN is to understand, I'm always frustrated when engineers work extra hard to make it confusing. The terminology and UI could use a major upgrade. Things like "Setting up SVN..." that would prompt one to select a folder to upload...not a folder then another folder, then some description text and all so interdependent and crossed over for duplicate nomenclature that you're not sure who's on first. The other frustrating part of the UI is during deleting or adding new files. It routinely gets so confused you can't reconcile the problem and have to start over. Every "Versions" SVN repository on my drive has orphaned files and at lease ONE "can't delete" error message. ARG. So getting there, but you might wait to lay down cash.
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Version 1.0.9
Ayampols
10 June 2010
Versions is a wonderfully easy to use svn client. As a standalone client (as opposed to plugin or extension), it is the best one available for the Mac as far as I can tell. It is mostly very stable. It does crash periodically while doing nothing, if it is running behind certain proxy servers. Since this happens when idle, and not during an activity, the crashes can be mostly ignored. The Versions support team responds consistently and quickly to emails. The problem is that they admit to having a very slow pace at introducing functionality into the product, but have never shown any sign of changing. About a year ago, one could sense a tone of regret, but that has long since disappeared. The pace is really snails-pace. It does not have feature parity with other (free) svn clients, such as Tortoise. Since it is has no serious competition as a Mac client, the team can get away with its high price and slow development pace. I do not believe this reflects well on the Mac platform and its developer community. A typical example of my correspondence: for over a year, I have been asking for a way to easily copy the path of a remote resource to the clipboard. Every other svn client I have ever used has this simple feature, typically made available in the earliest versions of the software. The Versions support team has always promised to consider the feature. Initially they defended themselves by pointing out that the product is young. Eventually they gave up. Their message was that they had no intention of introducing it, and wished me luck in my use of an alternate product. They have no intention of reaching feature parity with the most rudimentary of graphical svn clients.
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Version 1.0.9
kpublik
30 April 2010
I started working with Versions in the Spring of 2009. Slick website, Apple design award, product has a nice looking, clean interface. I thought this was going to be the answer to my desire for a nice, graphical, SVN client. The product does work as advertised, and is generally stable, however, development speed is glacial. Just take a look at their Google Groups support page for complaints. http://groups.google.com/group/versions I eventually got so fed-up waiting for little fixes and updates that I switched to Cornerstone and have not looked back. Better workflow, stability, and feature set.
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Version 1.0.9
Whosyourtator
24 November 2009
I love Versions. Just purchased it. Apple doesn't just select any old product for its Design Award. This product is polished. I have also had very quick contact with support. I'm so glad I no longer have to use the command line svn, that was getting old. People, check your spam filter if support doesn't reply. It is likely they did reply and the message is there.
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Version 1.0.6
Iconz113
11 October 2009
I was set on purchasing versions. So while I was making the purchase I was trying to take advantage of a coupon code that wasn't working, so I emailed them about it. While waiting, I decided to read up on versions and while doing so, came across Zennaware's Cornerstone. I decided to try it out, however I was still set on versions. After days of no response I decided to abandon and coupon code and just ask for an educational license, thinking it would speed along the process. I went ahead and sent my schools info in another email. After no response still, I decided to look more into Cornerstone. So I sent an email to Zennaware about Cornerstone educational license coupons, I received an email instantly with the coupon code. However I decided to still stick it out and wait for a response from the developer of versions. Even though both apps are great I was set on getting versions. I finally just received an email today responding to the first email I sent, they responded that they wanted to know the website I got the coupon code from, I responded 30 seconds later that I sent an email after that first initial email inquiring about education license coupons, and just wanted to get an educational license now, and again I'm waiting with no response. To me the companies lack of customer service reflects on the quality of service they can provide. If I ever had a problem in the future I can see the potential headaches when dealing with communicating with them, so I am going to go with Cornerstone.
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Version 1.0.6
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Sofa
Sofa
16 October 2009
Hi ICONZ113, It's very unfortunate that you have the impression that you weren't helped adequately. We responded to your every email within hours of receiving them. Our offer to help you still stands. Jasper - The Versions Team
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Version 1.0.6
Eric-Cheng
Eric-Cheng
22 April 2010
It's interesting that I emailed Cornerstone team 2 times and they never replied for a student coupon. I wonder if you can send me the coupon to this email account, 06300720166@fudan.edu.cn. You can see that this is a student email account.
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Version 1.0.9
While basically Version is nice client for the (mostly not very advanced) things I do with Subversion, I am increasingly disappointed at the speed of development, especially given the (comparatively high) price tag. Versions works and is stable, but it still hinders my workflow in certain situations. For instance, it still only has an "Open" contextual menu entry, but not "Open with ..." (yes, I mailed the developer about it a long time ago). It still creates a text clipping containing the path when I drag & drop an item onto the Desktop (of course, the path is useful when dropping an item onto a Terminal window, but why whould I want a clipping in the Finder?) and does not export the item (yes, I know I can do it in the CM, but why not offer both?). When I select "Add working copy bookmark", it still does not add the bookmark below the repository bookmark currently selected, but somewhere else. And it still asks whether it should delete the filesystem folder for a bookmark I deleted, even that folder does not exist any longer in the filesystem.
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Version 1.0.6
Twisted
11 September 2009
Yes it is expensive for something we can do without paying anything. BUT working everyday with SVN there's nothing better than an awesome experience with a well-working software with a delicious interface.
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Version 1.0.5
Whosyourtator
19 August 2009
Nice app but too expensive when there are free options like SmartSVN. I'd pay $25 to $30 for it. I'm hoping to see it in a Mac Update Promo soon.
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Version 1.0.4
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Whosyourtator
Whosyourtator
24 November 2009
I realized that other SVN apps are priced similarly. So, I'm rescinding my wining about the price.
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Version 1.0.6
U-P-2-U
21 May 2009
the best SVN App for MAC
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Version 1.0.4
Pwenzel
14 April 2009
As a consistent user of both command line SVN and svnX, I am quite satisfied with my demo of Versions, and look forward to purchasing it. As some commenters have mentioned, it is more expensive than competing products. However, it worked fabulously for a project I am working on that involves thousands of files and multiple developers, often many updates and commits per day. Our project also lacks Trac, so I appreciate the Version's easy to read Timeline view. If you are only doing a small project with infrequent commits, you may not reap the benefits of Versions. But if you are accessing your SVN repository frequently, Versions is totally slick and worth the asking price.
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Version 1.0.3
Captsaltyjack
13 March 2009
This app isn't ready for prime time, I don't think. Major functionality such as branching and merging isn't present. Furthermore, some operations are just plain confusing, for instance, the "rollback" feature. I choose rollback to revision 23, for example, and I can see that 3 files have been affected, yet when I commit, nothing happens. Besides that, I should mention that it's rare for a developer to do a rollback *to* a specific revision. It's not common that we're at r312, and we say "oh hey, we should roll back to r287, and trash all the work we've done from r288 through r312." It just doesn't happen. More common is to look at, for example, r308, and say "yuck, r308 really botched some of the network functions, let's pull it out." On the command line, a simple "svn merge . -c -308" (reverse merge) followed by "svn commit" does the trick, and reverses anything done in r308 so it's almost as if it never existed. Or if r308 and r276 are bad, "svn merge . -c -308,-276" will pull out both. Versions can't do any of this. Between the lack of branch/merge, and reverse merging, I just can't justify dropping the money on this application yet. This is way overpriced given its current feature set. I hope the developer will continue to work hard on Versions to make it the best it can be.
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Version 1.0.3
Dwette
09 February 2009
I really liked this in beta when I used it, but $50 is too expensive for this tool. If it comes down to half the price I'll get it. Otherwise, sticking with shell svn and SvnX.
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Version 1.0.3
Rkilcoyne
04 December 2008
Best graphical subversion tool bar none -- and this is coming from someone who has no qualms about using subversion from the command-line. Great cocoa interface, integration with filemerge, and lots of potential. Perfect app for monitoring MANY subversion repositories. Suggestion for future version: add growl notification for bookmark updates while Versions is in the background.
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Version 1.0.3
Mx
26 November 2008
I tried this app in Beta, and I'm now using it until my Tech department upgrades me to Dreamweaver CS4 (Subversion integration -- yes!). What I really like about Versions is the simplicity and the OS 10.5 interface. Simple to figure out for non-developers like me who only do about 3 things with Subversion: update, commit, and merge. So it's the last thing that stall on my buying Versions for now: no merge capabilities built-in. Sure, I can merge by opening Terminal. But I want all-in-one super simplicity. Remember I'm a non-coder and I don't like to mess with command lining when it's at all avoidable. I also use SmartSVN Pro which seems to have been built by coders for coders. It's not pretty, but not difficult to use, as I pretty much ignore most of the buttons and other features in the menus. SmartSVN is far more robust than I need, so I prefer to use Versions or DW CS4. Just hoping the "merge" gets added in a future update or upgrade.
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Version 1.0.2
Bnz
19 November 2008
I agree with the comments. The $50 price point is too steep for an application that merely provides some convenience over the command-line. Most people i know run subversion together with a trac installation anyway, so most other useful features like the well arranged timeline are present already. I hope the authors will change their mind about the price. For me, $15-$20 is a more appropriate price point for this. Other than that, this is clearly a nice application with a lot of polish for a 1.0x version!
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Version 1.0.2
Feh-App-Store
19 November 2008
Damn. I was really liking this, but $50 is too steep for an app i use for 5 minutes at the end of my day.
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Version 1.0.2
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Wreleven
Wreleven
19 November 2008
I'd say those 5 minutes pretty important!
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Version 1.0.2
Rawn027
Rawn027
19 November 2008
If you only use this app 5 minutes at the end of your day you are doing it all wrong. Last time I checked for real programmers who use real version control (git) it is more of a lifestyle change than an after-thought tacked on to the end of the day. That begin said, as a real programmer I never feel the need for a GUI based version control app, nor would I use this because its SVN not GIT. Lastly, I mean no harm to the developers of this fine Mac OS X citizen, it is quite stunning and I remember being interested in the app when I still used SVN as my main versioning system. Kudos to the devs on this app for sure!
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Version 1.0.2
Feh-App-Store
Feh-App-Store
19 November 2008
Don't get me wrong, it's an elegant app and if if was $25 or even $30, I'd slap my money down right now. I just think $50 is just way too high a price for what is.
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Version 1.0.2
Rawn027
Rawn027
19 November 2008
Agreed.
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Version 1.0.2
Akrabat
18 November 2008
This program requires activation, so you are entirely reliant on the developer keeping their servers working. Better hope they don't go bust or turn it off for older versions to force you to upgrade. I'm not prepared to take the risk and will get another subversion client instead.
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Version 1.0
Joellevin
17 November 2008
Versions has been fantastic since the betas. I currently use it to manage 6 subversion repositories, and I would never dream of going back to the command-line way of doing things. The interface is well thought out and intuitive, it is very stable, and the app plays nicely with workflows. Compared to other applications: SmartSVN - yeah, SmartSVN is decent, but it's a java app and immediately loses to the native Cocoa app in terms of interface and ease-of-use. SvnX - this app is awkward to use (interface again). Cornerstone - I have a lot of hope for the future of Cornerstone, as I consider it to be the only real competition Versions has. But right now, Version's timeline view and general simplicity makes it a better app for the developer that wants to spend as little time mucking about with svn as possible. When it comes down to it, all GUI subversion clients are going to perform the same basic tasks and it really just becomes a competition of who can make the whole thing a nicer experience for the user. Versions is an excellent example of how to do that.
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Version 1.0
Imperialflow
25 August 2008
This is a great Subversion client. Very easy to use, great repository browsing. I had high hopes for SCPlugin to bring TortoiseSVN to the Mac, but its slow pace of development lead me to find an alternative. It may not be integrated into the Finder, but Versions is an extremely quality program for managing source-control.
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Version 1.0b6(40)
anonymous-snipe-295
14 August 2008
Excellent piece of software. Does the jobs in an elegant way. As other reviewers, even thought the software is still in beta, I immediately switched from svnX to subversion. Additionnaly, the dev. team seems to be responsive.
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Version 1.0b6(40)
Londonskater
03 August 2008
The best of all the main Subversion GUIs out there, so far. SVNx is handy but the interface is retarded. Cornerstone is beautiful but has a massive overhead of clicks and actions to get where you need to.
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Version 1.0b5
Macgruder
19 July 2008
This looks good, and so far has worked flawlessly for me. Some obvious missing features: 1) Search - I don't seem to be able to filter files by search for files like svnX 2) More 'quick filter' options. Now it has All and Changed only. I'd like to see Conflicted, Unversioned etc 3) One-click ignore (or right click).
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Version 1.0b4
Sixer-2
16 June 2008
Already pretty impressive, I've switched from snvX to Versions rightaway. Hope that it will be affordable.
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Version 1.0b2
Christefano
06 June 2008
Ugh, it doesn't support sites with self-signed SSL certificates. Does Versions expect me to send my SVN password in the clear? That's crazy!
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Version 1.0b1
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rspeed
rspeed
17 June 2008
You're quite welcome! I actually ran into this same issue and recalled seeing your comment. Hopefully they'll add something to the UI before 1.0 for accepting/rejecting certificates from unknown authorities.
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Version 1.0b2
rspeed
06 June 2008
What a beautiful application. I love that it uses Apple's FileMerge for displaying diffs (SvnX does this as well). This makes it much easier to wrap my head around large changes. Additionally, Its use of a table display for blame is inspired for both clarity and simplicity. Though I'll still prefer to use the standard CLI client for most tasks, this is by far the most straightforward and cleanly-designed GUI Subversion client I've ever used. Now I have to impatiently wait to see how much money I'll undoubtedly be spending on it. *crosses fingers*
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Version 1.0b1
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rspeed
rspeed
17 November 2008
Fifty bucks! A bit steep, but I may pay it.
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Version 1.0