TechEd reminder and our new releases 4.1.2 and 1.1.2 and DiffMerge 3.2

Posted by Jeremy Thu, 29 May 2008 16:33:00 GMT

Progress continues, as we’ve released our newest version of Vault and Fortress. You can download and read release notes of our new versions over here.

The highlight changes are:

  • New 64-bit server installer. There is now a native 64-bit build of the server.
  • IIS7 is now supported without turning on the IIS6 compatibility mode.
  • The client install is no longer a component of the server install. At the end of the server installation, you will be prompted to run the client install separately. The server and the client must be uninstalled independently as well.
  • New Cruise Control.Net plugin. This new plugin offers fewer login/logout requests on the server, as well as performance and accuracy improvements.
  • In the stand-alone GUI client, pending a delete for a file no longer deletes the working folder copy automatically. There is a checkbox in the delete dialog to control this behavior.
  • DiffMerge got the ability to switch between vertical and horizontal display of the files being diffed.

It’s not a major change, but our VSIP client got a lot faster in this release as well.

In marketing news, we will be at TechEd next week, and I’ll be taking on all challengers at Guitar Hero with Fortress Licenses and pride on the line. I need to practice this weekend, since I haven’t played much since SDWest.

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SourceGear Customer Conference Call April 16th

Posted by Jeremy Wed, 09 Apr 2008 13:13:00 GMT

As I’ve repeated numerous times in the Vault Blog, one of my goals is for SourceGear to get better at communicating with customers. We spend a lot of time on the support forum talking to customers who are having trouble. We also spend time talking to potential customers with our online demos. Rarely do we get a chance to talk to customers when there isn’t an urgent problem. To remedy that, I’d like to announce the first SourceGear Customer Conference Call.

The goal of the conference call is to hear what’s on your mind, and to give you a chance to give input into the direction of Vault and Fortress. I’m especially interested to know the things that hurt you in little ways every day (like performance problems, for example).

The details:

  • Date: April 16th 2008 at 10:30 US Central time
  • Duration: An hour at most.
  • How to sign up: Email conferencecall@sourcegear.com to sign up to attend. Space is limited, but if there’s sufficient demand, we’ll add another date and time.

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4.1.1 and 1.1.1 are released

Posted by Jeremy Fri, 28 Mar 2008 10:28:00 GMT

The new features that I think deserve to be specifically mentioned are:

  • Power Toys - Small stand-alone applications that some users will find helpful. You can find out more about them here.
  • The Vault Client API is now fully supported.
  • The Enhanced Client now provides keyboard shortcuts for common operations.

The Power Toys are especially nice, since they give us a chance to meet customer needs in small and focussed ways. Take a look at the new Deploy Wizard, and give us your feedback.

The client API being fully supported was important to me, since we’ve gone to great lengths to give customers something great that they can build on. Also, the source for both the Vault Command Line Client and VaultClientIntegrationLib are included as examples.

Please let us know what you think. You can get the latest release, as always at http://sourcegear.com/downloads.html

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Vault 4.1 and Fortress 1.1 are released

Posted by Jeremy Thu, 21 Feb 2008 08:47:00 GMT

Vault 4.1 and Fortress 1.1 are now available for download. As a reminder, 4.1 and 1.1 are free upgrades for all 4.0 and 1.0 users. I’m very happy with all of the feedback we’ve gotten from the beta users.

You can download the release and see the release notes at:

http://www.sourcegear.com/vault/downloads.html

and

http://www.sourcegear.com/fortress/downloads.html

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SourceGear at SDWest

Posted by Jeremy Tue, 12 Feb 2008 13:48:00 GMT

SourceGear will be at the SDWest trade show on March 3-6 in Santa Clara, CA. Please come see us there at booth #308. I’m really excited to get out and talk directly to customers, and to show off some of the features that set Vault and Fortress apart from the rest of the pack. I’m also excited because we’re having a contest to give away Fortress licenses to anyone who can defeat me at Guitar Hero.

In between practicing Guitar Hero, we’ve entered code freeze for the 4.1 Vault and 1.1 Fortress release. Testing is going well, and we’re very grateful for the comments and suggestions that we’ve gotten from our beta users. In less than two weeks, everyone will be able to enjoy the features that only the beta testers have seen so far.

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Vault 4.1 / Fortress 1.1 beta 2 is released

Posted by Paul Roub Thu, 17 Jan 2008 08:27:00 GMT

The new betas are out! Fortress 1.1 beta 2 and Vault 4.1 beta 2 were released yesterday – see the release notes here, download Fortress 1.1b2, or download Vault 4.1b2.

Vault Changes since Beta 1:

  • VS.Net Context Menus: The VS.Net Client’s context menus were rearranged in order to provide easier access to commonly used operations.
  • Better progress indicators In the VS.Net client: The Add Solution and Check In commands now give status as to what is occurring.
  • Refresh Source Control Status: In the VS.Net client, there’s a new menu item in the File->Fortress submenu to refresh all source control statuses to update file icons in the Solution Explorer.
  • New Look: After 5 years with the same icons, Vault now has a new icon set.
  • 64 bit support: We’ve corrected the installer issue that was preventing server installs on a 64 bit OS. IIS will still need to be put into 32 bit mode.
  • Project Rename: Projects can now be renamed in the Visual Studio client.
  • Fix for an unregistered dll: Numerous people upgrading from the 4.0 client to the first 4.1 beta noted exceptions caused by an unregistered dll. This beta should fix those issues.
  • Fixed Eclipse 3.3 thread access errors: Eclipse 3.3 caused some problems on startup, giving a thread access error.
  • Other bug fixes: Lots of other minor tweaks and fixes to issues reported in Beta 1.

Fortress Changes since Beta 1:

  • New GUI based work item tracking window: The new work item tracking window allows you to query, add, edit, and browse work items without leaving the Fortress Client. Also, the new work item tracking window provides all of that capability while browsing for bugs to update with a source control check in.
  • Image Paste and Edit: The Image paste and edit functionality which was only available in the Eclipse client for the first beta is now available in the Fortress Visual Studio client and the standalone GUI. In addition, work item attachments can be added by dragging files onto the attachment control.

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Did you get the newsletter?

Posted by Jeremy Fri, 28 Dec 2007 09:28:00 GMT

SourceGear recently sent out the first of its quarterly newsletters. Since this is the first mass mailing we’ve done in a long time, we keyed it off of the email addresses we had in our sales system. Since in some companies the person buying Vault may not be the person using Vault, it’s worth it to mention the newsletter here, to see if any developers and managers missed out on it. You can read the first newsletter here.

Some guidelines we tried to follow:

  1. The newsletter should not be too frequent. Quarterly is enough.
  2. The newsletter should be informative. The first one has a feature on the new Image Paste and Edit feature that’s in the Fortress Eclipse client in beta 1, and coming for the Visual Studio client and the standalone Windows GUI for beta 2.
  3. Communication is a two-way street. We want to hear from customers, and have included a poll in the newsletter, as well as a direct email address for the newsletter’s editor.

To sign up to get future newsletters, go to: https://csp.sourcegear.com/preferences.aspx. This will require you to sign in with your email address to our Customer Service Portal, but once that dance is done, you will get fresh information pushed to you every three months or so.

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Beta Secret #2 - Web Diff

Posted by Jeremy Wed, 12 Dec 2007 13:07:00 GMT

One of the goals of the 4.1 development cycle was to begin the process of updating our web client to make it as cool as the web sites that some of our customers are creating as they use Vault and Fortress.

I’ve already blogged about the Tag Clouds, which brought along quite a bit of Dynamic HTML (yes, we’re about 8 years late to the DHTML party). The feature I want to highlight for this post is the new Web Diff page in the Source Control section of the web client.

You can view an example web diff here. Remember to log in using the guest1 through guest9 username with the username as the password. There are quite a few awesome features to talk about.

  • Unified diff. This is the first place in Vault where we’ve shown a Unified Diff. All our other diff tools were concerned with migrating changes between the two versions, so unified was never a good option. Now that it’s in web diff, I love it. You can still load up the traditional side-by-side, but be prepared to scroll.
  • Line Wrapping. This mode will wrap long lines, to reduce scrolling.
  • Lines of context. Select the lines of context also. Please note that the three settings above are saved in a cookie, so that you can always get the view of differences that you want.
  • Version Selection. You can also quickly select the versions of the file to diff from the dropdown.
  • Transaction Details. To get the details for the transaction that created a particular version, you can click the Details link.

All of this was done by Jeff Hostetler, the same developer who brought us the wonderful SourceGear DiffMerge app, which is currently available free of charge.

With all of the changes modernizing the web client, we’re all excited about the release of .Net Framework 3.5, which includes built-in AJAX support. Expect an even richer web client experience in the future.

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Beta Secret #1 - RSS and Saved Queries

Posted by Jeremy Tue, 04 Dec 2007 08:27:00 GMT

For those of you trying the Fortress 1.1 server beta, here’s something that we added that is pretty cool. We publicly stated in the release notes that 1.1 has support for Saved Queries in the web client. What we haven’t mentioned yet is that you can also use saved queries in the RSS feeds.

To set up an RSS feed for a Fortress server, subscribe to a URL that looks like this (please pardon the wrapped URL):

http://FORTRESSSERVER/Fortress/Feeds/BugTrackingFeed.aspx?user=USERNAME &password=PASSWORD&pid=PROJECTID&qname=SAVEDQUERYNAME

I’ve set up an example feed for the guest7 account over on fortressbeta.sourcegear.com. Here’s the URL if you would like to subscribe to it, to see how it works in your aggregator.

Sample RSS Feed

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Vault 4.1 beta 1 is released

Posted by Jeremy Mon, 26 Nov 2007 16:48:00 GMT

During the development of the 4.1 Vault release and the 1.1 release of Fortress, we’re trying to find new ways of keeping our customers informed about the changes that are coming. The Vault Blog the first step on improving our communication. The next step of that effort is more beta periods to give users a chance to offer input. We’re happy to announce the availability of the first of two planned beta periods for the 4.1/1.1 release. To ensure that more people can try this beta, the client portion of the beta will be able to connect to a 4.0/1.0 server. If you have questions, or just want to find out what people think of the beta, you can do so at our support forum. To see the web client portion of Fortress 1.1 in action, go to http://fortressbeta.sourcegear.com.

Here are some highlights of the new Beta:

Fortress Changes

  • Tag Clouds. This new feature will help you to track work items by marking related bugs with keywords. For example, it would be possible to mark all bugs where words are misspelled with the “grammar” tag, regardless of which part of your system they occur. There are also views that help you look at a work item query and see at a glance, the relative weights of Assignees, Priorities, Categories, etc… For more details on this new feature, see: http://vaultblog.sourcegear.com/articles/2007/08/30/tag-clouds
  • New Query Page / Saved Queries. The saved query feature, which was formerly only available in the Fortress Visual Studio client is now in the Web Client. Also, there is a new Work Item Query page.
  • Paste and Edit images on the clipboard. This beta will introduce a new streamlined way to put images into work items. For this beta, this feature will only be available in the Fortress Eclipse plugin, but support for the Visual Studio plugin and the Windows GUI client will be added in the future.

Visual Studio Changes

  • Visual Studio 2008 Support. This beta is the first release to support Visual Studio 2008.
  • Legacy Options. Many users requested that some of the source control options that were supported in the 2003 compatible client be implemented in the 2005 client. The first two options supported are: Get Latest when a solution is opened and Check In when a solution is closed.

Java Clients

  • Ant Tasks. This beta introduces support for Ant tasks.
  • Java CLC. For users on non-Windows platforms, there is now a Java based command line client.

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