CrossVC XXL 2.0.0-pre2 review

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CrossVC is a graphical Interface for the cvs client commandline tool on the Unix, Windows and Mac OS X platform

License: Free for non-commercial use
File size: 1578K
Developer: Tilo Riemer
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CrossVC is a graphical Interface for the cvs client commandline tool on the Unix, Windows and Mac OS X platform. CrossVC XXL allows to load modules from a server (checkout), create modules on the server (import), as well as checking the state of directories and individual files or updating them.

Basic operations like add, remove and commit are supported as matter of course, just like showing the actual differences between the server version and the local sandbox, graphical display of the version tree, and manifoldy graphical support of project maintenance. All actions are logged on the cvs server (configurable via history), and are therewith comprehensible.

To keep CrossVC independant of the cvs version, CrossVC uses the local but separat installed cvs and therewith always should work with the latest version.

After choosing a startup dir, the project-explorer searches the subdirectories for cvs projects, and displays these on the workbench. Now all functions on one/many files or whole directories can be accessed over pulldown menues or simply a right mouseclick.

The state of the individual directories is continuously scanned by CrossVC. This means the symbol of the dir tells the user that there are for example still uncommited changes somewhere in the depth of a dir hierarchy, even without having opened them yet. So the project state is visualized right after a cvs status call. Completed with on-the-fly dir scanning, CrossVC is qualified for large projects with many thousand files. Because of the continuous efforts of network administrators, to encrease network security, CrossVC supports all standard cvs connection protocols. Proxy support is also available, this requires a patched cvs. This is of course available on our download page.

Because CrossVC does not affect the cvs internal project maintenance, a concurrent use with cvs commandline is possible. The function of the CrossVC dir state display is not impaired therewith.

Even though CrossVC graphically supports almost the whole cvs range of functions (and is continuously under development, it is easy to customize the GUI to the individual needs. Popup menues are freely configurable, while the menues always provide full feature access. An extra toolbar enables direct access to often used features.

Here are some key features of "CrossVC XXL":
Connect methods:

Special dirview features:
dir-state track keeping
disable/enable tree/dir
continuous dir state monitoring
on-the-fly dir scanning
open dir browser
open shell
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Overall features:
user/server profiles
handle multiple projects simultaneously
handling of subprojects
ascii/binary file support
project properties
per project settings
can be operated without mouse
customizable settings for open/view file
application-wide customizable keyboard shortcuts
rename file/s
merge preview
export from working copy
extensive drag'n drop support
user definable look and feel
user definable icons/icon dir
Application dir installation
import binary/ascii preview
browse modules on server, even without modules file
view files without checkout, from history or log
branch/tag/project-name/commit-info history
tabbed view for cvs-controled/cvs-ignored/non-cvs files
remove files local/in repository/both
open with (startup option for just opening a specific dir/project)
create new file/dir
internal diff viewer with highlighting of in-line differences
internal conflict resolver dialog
use of external: editor/browser/shell/diff/remote shell
ncvs (notification extension) support

cvs features:
checkout (branch/tag/date)
import vendor
export (branch/tag/date)
query update
show editors [non-modal]
show watchers [non-modal]
watch add/remove
history [non-modal]
commit [non-modal]
tag (add/remove/move/reset)
update (to whatever revision)
reset/update to dir branch
update (*kx options)
lock/unlock dir/files
log (graphical zoomable multi-file revision tree) [non-modal]
diff (against whatever revision) [non-modal]
create patch (against whatever revision/tag/date)
visit file (from log tree or history) [non-modal]
diff, merge, create patch (from log tree)
merge diff between rev1,rev2 into rev3(from log tree)
annotate (with mult. filter functions)
commit info templates
.cvsignore support (global/local/environment/per directory)
add ascii/binary
readd (resurrect) files

What's New in This Release:
This version provides basically support for Subversion.

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