JC Web Concepts

SVN Client Versions

So while looking for a good SVN client the other day, I found one called Versions. This application comes with a free 21 day trial. If you want to buy the application if will cost you 39 euro’s. This is of course about 57.00 USD. I personally do not think that is a bad price to pay for this application. So let me go into some details about why this application is worth the money.

**Layout is clean**
**Easy to use**
**Can create your own local and outside repositories**
**Easy to understand error messages**
**Timeline view**

It will show you what files have been change and the comment that was posted on when the change when was done. It organizes it by date so it is easier to find things. If you are like me I have a lot of different repositories that I have to connect too. With Versions the bookmarks section is setup nicely so you can separate in a better working fashion.

Of course this tool comes with many more features such as comparing versions of a file, quick look function, inspector, etc… You can visit the companies site at http://www.versionsapp.com/. I am telling you if you work with an SVN then you better get this application, it will be worth it. In the next week or so I am going to make a tutorial on how to use this application.

SVN Command Line Mac OSX

In one of my previous tutorials I showed you how to setup an SVN server. So now that is setup I am sure your next question is how do I use it. In the Mac realm there is limited access to how to communicate with an SVN. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to use Terminal to work with your SVN repository. So I created a folder in my users directory called Development.

cd Development
mkdir myWebsite
svn co http://ipaddressofserver/svn/myWebsite myWebsite

So now if you view the myWebsite directory you will see any files that are in the SVN directory. So now you will want to create a file and put some text in there. This can be anything from web files, images, executables, etc… Then when you are ready go back to the terminal and do the following:

cd Development
svn commit myWebsite -m "You would put some sort of message to explain what you are updating" --username jcostanzo

And that is pretty much it to command line work with SVN. There are tons more information about SVN command line. This is just the basics to get you started.

Snow Leopard

Well I got Snow Leopard. I was excited at first cause I was thinking of the great features. After installing it I realized that I did not really get much. Now I am sure my thoughts are going to change real fast. I do like that Quicktime X has a screen recorder. That saves me from having to buy one. In a few days I want to write up a detailed pro and cons of Leopard. I need to use it for a few days so I can give a better review.

Oh I found a good website that shows the applications that run good, somewhat good, and not at all with Snow Leopard. http://snowleopard.wikidot.com/

AppFresh for Mac

For all you users out there that are Mac guys like me, there is an app called AppFresh . This application is a tool that will scan for your 3rd party apps that you have installed. It will then look on the internet to see if there is an update for them. What I like it before it does that it sends the current version to the trash so if the update is bad you can go back to the original version.

So I basically use the system update tool for the OS and then I use AppFresh to update all my 3rd party stuff.

Screen Recording Part 2

In yesterdays blog I was talking about screen recording. And of course don’t you know it I found a free one that I really like. It is still new but it does what I need and I happy about that. The name of the app is called Berio.

It is very basic with really no preferences. It records your whole screen with no option at this time to do just part of the screen. So I will have to probably use Adobe After Effects to crop just the parts I need when I would not want to record my whole screen. But for free I really cannot complain. I am even thinking of donating if they have that option.

Screen Recording Mac OS

So I am seeing that it is time that I have to get a screen recording software for the mac. I have been using a Ustream and that is just not working anymore. So I have been searching for a real replacement software to do this. So I am going to do a post here and feel free to post comments on your thoughts or maybe something that might be better.

So the first piece of software I was looking at was iShowU. They have 3 different versions to choose from. They have the basic version which I tested but it lacks some features. Mostly I believe is HD content stuff. The next version up which does have some HD recording possible. The last version which is the most expensive is the Pro. You can view this link to see a comparison chart. The basic version is $20 USD. The next version is $29.95 USD and the Pro version is $59.95 USD.

The next once I did pay for but was not fully happy. It is called Jing. I really liked this one but the only downfall was it limits you to only record for 5 minutes. I wish I could understand the concept on why they did this. I do not know if they really did this cause they rave about video compression without losing quality. At least that is what I was going for. They do have a free version but at the end it will show their logo. You can pay $14.95 USD and they will remove it.
I did look at some others but they were just too expensive. I mean if I was making money off tutorials then I would see paying the money. Of course I am not going to illegally download any software either.