ZigVersion

Version: 1.2.3 || Release Date: 2008-02-11 || License: Freeware App Owner: escrafford

ZigVersion is a Version Control interface for Mac developers that works with Subversion servers. Instead of simply reproducing the command line concepts as a graphical interface, we looked at the typical workflows of professional programmers and designed an interface around them.

Free for non-commercial use, $99 USD for commercial use.

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This seems to have disappeared without much of a trace. The domain (zigzig.com) expired and the last version is nowhere to be found.

This looks like a nice GUI. Not too many options. However, it seems to use it's own version of SVN, which is ahead of OS X Snow Leopard (10.6). This makes it useless to me.

ZigVersion is not freeware -- but it does have a free license for non-commercial use.

I'm currently trying it out and it seems pretty good -- and a bit simpler than svnX. Anyone else have feedback about the app itself and why you like/dislike it?

I've been using CVS for a few years, and a year or two ago made the transition to learning Subversion. At their heart, they both apply the same version control principles. The buzz around Subversion is more because it deals with many of the problems people feel are crippling CVS. There's nothing spectacular about Subversion.
And about setting it up, I've yet to find a GUI for Subversion that's so complete, a user can get away without having to revert to the commandline. I use ZigVersion for managing my Google Code repository, as well as TextMate's built-in Subversion bundle, but I'm constantly reverting to the Terminal for more direct Subversion control. Its inevitable. :) I'd recommend finding a good Subverison tutorial, and start exploring the software as if it were a command-line only tool. Once you've got the hang of the commandline tool, using these GUI applications will feel more intuitive.

Gee. I don't know whether it's my 5th or 10th time that I try to set up my own Subversion server... I must say, this is not for people with weak nerves.

What a complicated mess. And interestingly, I hear Subversion is meant to be an improved and simpler flavor of CSV. I wonder how complicated the older version control systems were...

Granted, I realize of course that it's not for the faint minded, with Subversion, but all the buzzing about "Subversion", "SVN", "check the repository" and somesuch things that you stumble by, all over the place, makes you a tiny bit curious to try it out yourself. Too bad, I think this might be the end of my curiousness in Subversion for now... It's not for anyone else than full-fledged programmers, preferably belonging to the gray haired generation, who wears bottle glasses and keep dusty tomes on machine code in their bookshelves.

Does it have to be this difficult to start version controlling?

I have one hint, though, which lead me a little bit further, regarding how to install a local Subversion repository:

<a href="http://devmates.com/archive/43/">Running Subversion on Mac OS X</a>