SourceOffSite 5 Release Date...

Posted by Jeff Clausius Mon, 26 Oct 2009 09:10:00 GMT

You can expect a release of SourceOffSite 5 sometime this week.

I am extremely jazzed about this release, and can hardly wait to gather people’s reactions when they use the products for themselves.

More to come soon!

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SourceOffSite 5 Update

Posted by Jeff Clausius Thu, 01 Oct 2009 09:09:00 GMT


As we are nearing an actual release, the Preview period has been retired. We thank those who participated and provided feedback regarding the GUI client.

As we place finishing touches on the IDE client, I’m happy to report it is showing some crazy-good performance numbers on our internal tests.

There will be more news regarding the release later this month.

Jeff Clausius SourceGear

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Posted by Jeremy Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:40:32 GMT

The download pages for Vault and Fortress have been updated to reflect the release of 5.0.1 and 2.0.1, the first maintenance release.  The support forum has been very active with people upgrading to the latest version, and it seems like it has gone smoothly for most people. 

Linda and Beth, our front line support team, have done a great job handling the increased support load and complexity.  Their professionalism and perseverance are the biggest reasons for SourceGear’s reputation as a customer-focused company.  Thanks guys!

I am also very grateful to the users who have shown patience and grace as we tried to diagnose and fix the issues that they were having.  So a special thank you goes to our support forum users: avonwyss, BigBrett, BradleyUffner, cs, lmfs, lynnroth, nf77, splatteredbits, thinknirmal, and Xavier.

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Vault 5.0 and Fortress 2.0 released

Posted by Jeremy Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:21:15 GMT

I’m excited to announce the release of Vault 5.0 and Fortress 2.0. The feature set should come as no shock, given that I’ve been posting betas for months, so I’ll skip the reiteration of the feature set.  Check the release notes for Vault or Fortress to see all the details.  Instead, for those of you who are following this, I’ll point out a couple of little things that got mentioned in the Beta 2 post, but they make me very happy.

Shelving in Eclipse or Visual Studio.  Let’s say I’m reading Pride and Prejudice in Visual Studio instead of working.  My boss comes in to tell me to get to work, so I create a shelveset so that I can continue reading my favorite book at home. 


When I get home, I fire up Visual Studio, and unshelve the book, and it opened the document and scrolled to the line I was on when I shelved it


This also works with source files, for those of you who don’t use Visual Studio as your text reader :)

Line History searches through VSS versions.  I love Line History, and I love VSS Handoff, so it’s not surprising that I love the intersection of these two features.  It was a very gratifying moment when I looked up a change that I made in 2002 (back when we were still using VSS).


All this history is still integrated as a first-class citizen, but the Handoff takes minutes, and you don’t end up with VSS history clogging up your Vault repository.

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Beta 2 is out!

Posted by Jeremy Wed, 01 Jul 2009 13:25:22 GMT

I’m happy to announce that the final beta release of Vault 5.0 and Fortress 2.0 is available for download now.  You can get the beta from the usual places.  Beyond the release notes, there were a few things that I think need to be highlighted.

The web client redesign.  At last, our web client looks are brought up to the level of its functionality.  You may not realize this, but our old design was the result of a contest back in 2004.  The old design hadn’t aged well, and became more and more difficult to maintain.  The new design is easier to use, and easier to maintain.  For a tour of the new web client, check out Paul’s Blog.

Click to edit.  Work item fields can now be edited in place.  Just click the field, and start editing.

Restore open documents and scroll positions on an unshelve.  Now, when you shelve files from Visual Studio or from Eclipse, we record the scroll position and restore it when you Unshelve. Talk about picking up right where you left off!

Line History now searches through VSS history, too.  It’s no secret that I love Line History, and I’m thrilled that we can now use this awesome feature to make Handoff data seamlessly integrated.

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SourceOffSite CTP

Posted by Jeff Clausius Wed, 17 Jun 2009 17:17:00 GMT

The SourceOffSite 5 Customer Technology Preview (CTP) is ready! We’ve put the client through some common testing scenarios and things seem to be looking good. There are still bugs we will be fixing, as well as implementing the help system, and addressing other performance concerns. However, there is enough substance behind the CTP to give customers a glimpse of what we want from SourceOffSite 5.

The SourceOffSite 5 preview is a self-extracting zip file which can be downloaded by contacting SourceGear at

Remember, SOS5 CTP will require the Visual C++ 2008 Feature Pack, and can only run on systems meeting the Visual C++ 2008 redistributable requirements. The Feature Pack can be downloaded from Microsoft

Finally, feedback and/or bug reports can be reported on our support site under the “SourceOffSite 5 Preview” forum

If you have any suggestions, questions, or problems, please post to the forum. Also keep a watch on this forum as it will be updated regarding other CTP releases.

We look forward from hearing from you.

Jeff Clausius

SourceOffSite Dev Team

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SourceOffSite 5 Customer Preview Release

Posted by Jeff Clausius Thu, 04 Jun 2009 07:53:00 GMT

A quick update on our progress…

We will be code complete with the SourceOffSite GUI Client Customer Technology Preview (CTP) by the week’s end. With this release, we really want to change the way you access your VSS database.


The plan is to give our Q/A department the CTP release for a good week or two of testing. This should put the GUI Client CTP release at June 17th.

I will send out more details as we near that date.

Thanks again, Jeff Clausius

SourceOffSite Dev Team SourceGear

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We are dog-fooding SourceOffSite 5!

Posted by Jeff Clausius Wed, 29 Apr 2009 13:17:00 GMT

You may might have seen the announcement regarding SourceOffSite 5 in the SourceGear Newsletter Issue #03. Let me provide some additional information.

In order to gather some early feedback, we are planning a Customer Technology Preview (CTP) release sometime in May/June. The CTP will be a Windows GUI release only showcasing our current ideas for SourceOffSite on this platform.

In this vein, we hit a major milestone! We are now officially dogfooding SourceOffSite 5 in the actual development of SourceOffSite 5. While there is a bit of a bottleneck working outside of Visual Studio, dogfooding has paid off. I quickly found seven or eight overlooked display problems right off the bat.

For those interested in test driving the CTP, please email to sign up for the release.

The CTP release is getting close. Stay tuned for more news.

Jeff Clausius

SourceOffSite Dev Team

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Beta 1 is out

Posted by Jeremy Wed, 15 Apr 2009 11:47:00 GMT

The first beta release of our upcoming Vault 5.0/Fortress 2.0 is now available. You can read the release notes and get the installers here for Vault and here for Fortress


Give us your old VSS database, and you'll get a year of free Vault/Fortress maintenance

Posted by Jeremy Mon, 19 Jan 2009 14:52:00 GMT

As most of you know, Vault started its life as “a compelling replacement to Visual SourceSafe” (I still love the movie that our marketing guy did for the initial Vault release). VSS influenced the feature set of Vault, and we’ve had a full-history import from VSS since day one. For our next version, we’re introducing a brand new VSS import feature that will make Vault the simplest and fastest way to replace VSS. Why am I posting that information here? Other than taking the opportunity to brag, I need help from those who’ve imported from VSS to Vault in the past.

We would like to build up a library of real-world VSS databases to verify that our new importer is as reliable and lightning-fast as we want. That’s what’s in it for us, but for but what’s in it for you? If we use your database, you will get:

1 year free maintenance for all of your Vault/Fortress users

What do you need to do? Send an email to and, we’ll send you the guidelines. And yes, we will sign an NDA promising not to give out your data.

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