J.B. Buckley
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brandt reviewed on 22 Sep 2013
I bought Tower back in Aug. 2012. So after a little over a year with it, here's my take:

Tower sets itself above the rest by making Git more accessible to mere mortals without abstracting away Git's powerful features.

# For new users:

Tower helps take some of the edge off Git's steep learning curve by providing a clean GUI that faithfully represents what Git is actually doing under-the-hood. So as you use Tower, you learn Git.

# For more advanced users:

If you're already proficient in Git, you're probably looking for a tool that helps you efficiently navigate a source tree and its history.

Having used GitX, Github for Mac, and SourceTree, I'd say Tower provides the best "situational awareness" while digging through a repo.

It also takes some of the pain out of dealing with submodules.

# Criticism

The only UX quirks I've come across are:
- Branching off of HEAD could be a little easier (e.g. a button in the title bar).
- It'd be nice to have a character count on the commit message title for those of us who try to keep it under 50 characters.

Fournova seems very responsive to user feedback, so I'll send those in as feature requests.

# Verdict

Even with all the great free Git GUIs out there, getting Tower was worth it. It's just that good.
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