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Release Notes for 2.5

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2.5 is a free upgrade for all Cornerstone 2 license holders.

New Features

  1. Fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

    In addition to 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard, Cornerstone 2.5 now adds full support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

    Cornerstone’s user interface was also tweaked for Lion. Certain user interface elements are rendered differently under Lion for consistency with the operating system’s UI conventions. (#1169)

  2. Inspector’s Properties tab now shows property modifications

    The Inspector’s Properties tab now displays small pop-up buttons for properties which have been modified, i.e. that have a value that differs from the BASE revision.

    Clicking the pop-up button reveals a menu that currently contains a single item: Revert to Last Update. Selecting Revert to Last Update functions as you would expect: it replaces the value in the property’s field with that from the BASE revision.

    Clicking the Save Changes button at the bottom of the Inspector saves the reverted value back to Subversion.

    Note that these improvements also fully support multiple selection, enabling you to see and revert property modifications for multiple files at once. (#1087)

  3. Significantly improved support for commit scripts

    Cornerstone has been able to run user-defined scripts after a commit since version 1.1. Cornerstone 2.5 builds on this by adding support for running scripts before a commit as well.

    In total, Cornerstone now supports running scripts at 3 different points during the commit process:

    1. Prepare Scripts

      Prepare scripts are run during the commit preparation phase that starts when the user selects Commit from the menu or toolbar and ends with the display of the commit view to the user.

      Prepare scripts can be used to make modifications to the working copy before a commit is initiated. For example, a shell script might use the ditto command to archive a package-format document to a Zip file that is under version control, thus circumventing issues with .svn folders in packages.

      Cornerstone will pick up modifications made to the working copy by a prepare script and update the candidate list displayed in the commit view accordingly.

      Prepare scripts can be run in two different ways: once for the entire working copy, or once for each candidate item.

      A single application-wide prepare script may be specified in Cornerstone’s Working Copies preference pane.

    2. Pre-Commit Scripts

      Pre-commit scripts are run immediately after the user clicks Commit Changes in the commit view.

      As with prepare scripts, pre-commit scripts can either be run once for the entire working copy or once for each checked item in the commit view.

      Pre-commit scripts are configured in the commit view and are stored per working copy.

    3. Post-Commit Scripts

      Post-commit scripts (as previously supported since Cornerstone 1.1) are run after the Subversion commit operation completes successfully. Post-commit scripts are not run if no files are committed or the commit operation fails.

      Cornerstone’s post-commit script support was improved in Cornerstone 2.5 to enable the same two modes supported by prepare and pre-commit scripts: scripts can be run once per working copy or once per committed item.

      The default mode remains once per working copy for backward compatibility with previous versions.

    All of the above script types support the following formats:

    • AppleScript
    • Perl
    • Python
    • Unix Shell Script
    • Automator Action

    Why would you want to run a script at commit time? Real-world examples include:

    • Zipping up unpacked package-format documents (prepare script).

    • Validating a working copy’s contents, e.g. ensuring that temporary debugging code such as NSLog is removed (prepare script).

    • Re-generating image thumbnails for storage as custom properties for files selected in the commit view (pre-commit script).

    • Setting or modifying Subversion properties on working copy files and folders (prepare or pre-commit script).

    • Copying the log message for the commit to the clipboard (post-commit script).

    • Appending the log message for the commit to a README file (post-commit script).

    • Informing team members about the commit via email (post-commit script).

    The Cornerstone help book (Help > Cornerstone Help) contains a new section on commit actions that includes a number of example scripts to help get you started.


Performance Improvements

  1. Performance when switching from between views in the externals window was improved

    Cornerstone 2.2 and earlier exhibited a slight delay when switching from the Definition List view to Property Text view in the externals window. This was most noticeable for svn:externals properties that contain a large number of external definitions.

    Cornerstone 2.5 contains performance improvements such that switching is now immediate when the window’s contents have not been modified.

Usability Improvements

  1. Streamlined source list

    Cornerstone’s source list (or sidebar) was streamlined to reduce visual clutter and to improve the visual coherence of the list’s working copy, repository and activity panes.

    The separator between the working copy and repository panes was also removed. The size of the repository pane can now be changed by dragging the header directly.

  2. Working copy option icons were improved

    The icons displayed in the option toggle buttons at the bottom of the working copy browser were improved.

    The new icons are more informative (particularly the icons for Show Repository Status and Show Contents of Externals) and exhibit consistent size and weight. The icons also utilize more negative space resulting in ‘lighter’ icons providing less potential for distraction.

  3. Import now supports importing multiple files

    Prior to 2.5, Cornerstone could only import a single file or folder in a single import operation. This restriction was removed in Cornerstone 2.5 which can now import multiple files and folders in a single import. This applies both when using the Import command and when dragging items from Finder.

    Subversion is still limited to single-file imports, but Cornerstone works around this limitation by performing multiple import operations in sequence. While the user will only be prompted for a log message once, it is important to realize that a unique revision will nonetheless be created for each item imported.

    Some import options (e.g. importing with a different name, checking out after import) are not supported when importing multiple items.

    (#305, #1074)

  4. Source list can how be hidden

    Cornerstone’s source list can now be hidden (and re-displayed) using the new Hide Source List and Show Source List commands in the View menu (key equivalent Cmd+Option+S).

    Cornerstone’s status bar also contains a new button that toggles visibility of the source list.

    Hiding the source list is a useful way to increase the screen area available to views such as the compare view without having to resize the application’s window. (#508)

  5. Padlock icon displayed in window title bar for secure connections

    Cornerstone now displays a padlock icon in the main window’s title bar for repositories and working copies that connect using https or tunnel the svn protocol through SSH (i.e. svn+ssh).

    The padlock is not displayed for connections using SASL because Cornerstone is unable to determine a) that SASL is being used, and b) whether the mechanism negotiated by the client and server provides data confidentiality through encryption.

    The padlock is also not displayed for svn connections using custom tunnels.

  6. Preference added to optionally clear log message after committing

    The Clear log message after commit preference was added to the Working Copies pane of the preferences window.

    Enabling this option prevents Cornerstone from retaining the previously-entered log message and suggesting it as the default when the commit view is displayed for the next commit.

    This behavior is disabled by default for compatibility with previous versions of Cornerstone. (#1160)

  7. Preference added to control whether empty log messages are allowed

    Cornerstone 2.5 allows you to control whether empty log messages are permitted when committing.

    The new preference — Allow commits with empty log messages — results in a prompt when disabled if the commit view’s log message field is empty when Commit Changes is clicked.

    This option is disabled by default meaning that Cornerstone does not allow commits with empty log messages. This represents a change in behavior from previous versions of Cornerstone.

  8. Activity pane now provides more detailed information on commit progress

    In previous versions of Cornerstone the user had to switch to the transcript view to see information on the progress of a commit operation. There was also no indication of how much of the commit operation was already complete.

    Cornerstone 2.5 includes the following improvements to provide more feedback on a commit operation’s progress:

    1. A textual description of each step of the commit process is diplayed in the Activity pane.

    2. Pie chart-style progress information is displayed in the Activity pane for multi-file commit operations.


  9. Button added to activity pane for switching to transcript

    The Activity pane now contains a button that shows the transcript for the current activity. When clicked, the relevant working copy/repository is selected in the source list and the item’s transcript is displayed. (#1041)

  10. Columns in the repository and working copy browser views can now be hidden

    Right-clicking the header area of the browser’s outline view now displays a context menu containing a list of the view’s columns. The menu can be used to toggle the columns’ visibility.

    Like column ordering, visibility is saved between application sessions and restored when Cornerstone is restarted. (#642)

  11. Match Text… command added to Filter menu

    The View > Filter menu now has a new command: Match Text… that sets focus to the view’s text filter field. This command is supported by the following views and windows:

    • Working copy browser
    • Repository browser
    • Log view
    • Externals editor

    The key equivalent for View > Filter > Match Text… is Cmd+Option+F.


  12. Chase Output option removed from Transcript menu

    Previous versions of Cornerstone provided the Chase Output option to enable the user to control whether the transcript view automatically scrolled to display newly-added entries.

    Both the menu item and the corresponding button at the bottom of the transcript view were removed in version 2.5.

    Cornerstone now automatically determines whether to scroll based on whether the last entry was previously visible. This behavior is more intuitive and is consistent with other applications such as Xcode and Terminal.

  13. Text can be copied from revision fields in read-only externals editors

    Externals editors opened directly from the repository browser are read-only. In previous versions of Cornerstone, the editor’s revision fields were disabled. As a result, revision text could not be copied out of these fields.

    The externals editor was improved in Cornerstone 2.5 to allow text to be copied from revision fields even when the editor is read-only.


  1. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, 10.6 Snow Leopard and 10.7 Lion

    Cornerstone 2.5 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, 10.6 Snow Leopard and 10.7 Lion.

    Both Intel and PowerPC processors are supported on Leopard. Only Intel processors are supported on Snow Leopard and Lion.


Backwards Compatibility

Cornerstone 2.5 is fully backwards-compatible with 1.5 and 2.2. All configuration and settings are transparently migrated to version 2 when the new version is run for the first time.

Forwards Compatibility

The Cornerstone 2 configuration databases are forward-compatible with 1.5, i.e. you can run versions 1.5, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.5 against the same configuration databases in your Application Support/Cornerstone folder.

Issues Resolved in Cornerstone 2.5

# Description
305 Only one file/directory can be dragged from Finder to repository for import
508 Add function to toggle the visibility of the source list
642 Allow user to hide and display columns in the working copy and repository browsers
686 Add support for client-side pre-commit scripts
1041 Add a “Transcript” button to the activity area to switch to the transcript view
1087 Inspector should indicate which of the displayed properties have been modified
1074 Allow the user to select multiple folders/files in the File Import window when importing folders/files into a repository
1151 Import sheet does not hide path popover when the sheet is dismissed
1152 Cornerstone crashes when switching between the Definition List and Property Text views in the Externals window when a revision field with a value of “Latest in Repository” is first responder
1155 Externals document is marked as modified when a numeric revision field loses first responder status
1156 Cornerstone displays an error when dragging an external definition into an externals window that already contains an identical definition
1160 Add an application preference for clearing log messages after a commit
1164 Activity area should provide more information on the progress of commit operations
1165 Changing the sort order of the repository browser before the initial contents have been loaded results in an error
1166 Add keyboard key equivalent for making the search/filter field first responder
1169 Improve compatibility and UI consistency with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
1172 First-level items in the source list are not indented correctly
1173 Switching to timeline view displays an error if a filter was previously selected but no value specified
1174 Changing height of the source list’s repository pane can cause visual artifacts in the working copy pane under certain circumstances
1175 Pressing ‘escape’ in the license window with a registered license should dismiss window, not reset the window’s contents

Release Notes for (v1.5.6)

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Improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

Release Notes for 2.2.1

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2.2.1 is a maintenance release which solves issues uncovered since the release of 2.2.

See Release Notes for 2.2 for more information on the new features and improvements introduced with 2.2.

Resolved Issues

# Description
1148 Non-default values for the Subversion global-ignores option are not displayed in the “Global Ignores” field in the Subversion preference pane when the window is opened
1149 Some activities (e.g. commit) which result in errors re-appear in the “ACTIVITIES” area when subsequent operations are started
1150 Inspector fields for standard properties do not revert to display working state when “Revert to Saved” is clicked

Release Notes for 2.2

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2.2 is a free upgrade for all Cornerstone 2 license holders.

New Features

  1. Full support added for user-defined Subversion properties

    Cornerstone 2.2 adds support for user-defined Subversion properties (also known as custom properties.)

    The approach taken by Cornerstone differs somewhat to other Subversion client applications, which generally display user-defined properties as simple key-value pairs.

    We believe this approach has several disadvantages for the user:

    1. It is easy to misspell both property names and values. The UI does nothing to reduce the cognitive load for the user.
    2. The properties are not necessarily self-describing, i.e. semantics of the properties are not clear to the end-user and possible values are not described by the UI, often necessitating additional guidelines or documentation.
    3. Values are assumed to be textual. Binary values are not well supported, if they’re supported at all.
    4. Values are assumed to be single-line. Multi-line text is not well supported.

    Instead, Cornerstone allows the user to extend the property tab of the Inspector to add custom fields for user-defined properties. The following field types are supported:

    1. Multi-line text field
    2. Checkbox
    3. Pop-up list
    4. File

    For each field, the name of the underlying property and a descriptive label is specified in the new User Properties preference pane. The property name and (if appropriate) possible values are managed internally by Cornerstone, thus relieving the user from the burden of remembering these details and ensuring that these values are always entered correctly.

    The checkbox field type displays a boolean value as a checkbox and the user can configure the value of the property when the button is checked.

    The pop-up list field type allows the user to define a set of possible choices for the property, along with (optional) textual labels shown in the pop-up list.

    The file field type allows the user to drag a file from Finder to the Inspector to store the contents of the file as a user property. Cornerstone stores additional metadata about the file (e.g. original name, type and thumbnail) in a sidecar property (this behavior can be disabled if inappropriate.) This information is used to restore the file with the correct name and type information when the file is dragged from Cornerstone to Finder.

    User property fields support multiple-selection in just the same way as the standard property fields displayed in the Inspector. As a result user properties can be inspected and assigned for multiple files at once.

    Finally, user property preferences can be shared between multiple Cornerstone users using the Export… button in the user property preference pane. The resultant file can be distributed to other users who can import the user property definitions by double-clicking the property file in Finder. (#141)

  2. Cornerstone sends Growl notifications on completion of long-running commands

    Cornerstone 2.2 notifies Growl of completion of the following commands:

    • Checkout
    • Commit
    • Export
    • Import
    • Switch
    • Update

    Please note that Cornerstone does not include or install the Growl application or preference pane.

    If you wish to receive notifications via Growl then you will need to download and install Growl yourself from the Growl project website.

Performance Improvements

  1. Preference added to control interval for background status checks

    Cornerstone 2 added support for the display of repository status summary badges in the working copy source list. Cornerstone monitors changes in the repository by periodically contacting the repository to get information about a working copy’s source folder. Such periodic checks could have a negative impact on server load.

    Prior to Cornerstone 2.2, it was possible to disable these background status checks, but there was no way to reduce the check frequency: the time interval was set at 5:00 minutes.

    Cornerstone 2.2 adds a new preference which provides the user with greater control over how often the application performs background status checks. The default value is Every 10 minutes (up from 5 minutes in the previous version), which should significantly reduce the load caused by Cornerstone with the default settings.

    If appropriate, the user may increase the frequency of checks by selecting More often (every 5 minutes), or decrease the frequency by selecting Less often (every 30 minutes).

    Background checks can also be disabled by selecting Never. (#1104)

Usability Improvements

  1. User interface of the Import… command was improved

    The layout of the Import sheet displayed when the File > Import… is selected (or a file or folder is dragged onto a repository) was improved. Specifically, the option to check out a working copy for the imported folder is now always visible and more clearly labeled.

    The Import options sheet is now always displayed when a file or folder is dragged from Finder to Cornerstone’s repository browser (options were previously only displayed if the Option key was pressed). This makes the drag/drop user interface consistent with that displayed when the Import… command is used, and improves the visibility of the functions available to check out a working copy after import completion.

  2. Obstructed files are now displayed correctly

    Cornerstone now displays a status image for obstructed files in both the Browser View and Inspector. Obstructed items are also included in the Browser View’s Changed filter. (#1139)

  3. File sizes are now reported in kilobytes

    Cornerstone 2.1 and earlier used a kilobyte size of 1,024 bytes (i.e. a kibibyte, or KiB) when calculating the file sizes displayed in the application’s user interface. This behavior was chosen for consistency with Mac OS X Finder in 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopard.

    Cornerstone 2.2 now uses the kilobyte size of 1,000 bytes as defined by the SI standard. This behavior is consistent with Finder in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. As a result, file sizes will be reported as slightly higher than in previous versions of Cornerstone.

    It is important to realize that Microsoft Windows applications generally report file sizes in kibibyte values (i.e. with a kilobyte size of 1,024 bytes) even though the displayed unit is KB, i.e. kilobyte. File sizes are therefore likely to be reported slightly lower by Subversion clients running on Microsoft Windows than by Cornerstone.

  4. Modified items are no longer displayed with bold text in the working copy browser

    In previous versions of Cornerstone, modified working copy items were displayed using a bold font in the working copy browser. Cornerstone 2.2 now displays modified items using the standard non-bold font in order to reduce visual clutter.

  5. Standard property names are no longer shown in the Inspector

    Previous versions of Cornerstone displayed the name of the underlying Subversion property above each field in the Inspector’s Properties tab.

    The property name fields added little functionality to the property tab. Users familiar with Subversion’s standard properties have no difficulty associating the Inspector’s fields with their underlying properties and the fields added nothing other than clutter for less experienced users.

    The property name fields were therefore removed in Cornerstone 2.2.

  6. HTTP timeout field removed from Subversion preferences

    Cornerstone 1.5 and later included an HTTP timeout field in the Subversion communication preference pane that allowed the user to change the value of the http-timeout option in Subversion’s ~/.subversion/servers configuration file.

    Ommitting a value for http-timeout causes Subversion to use a default timeout value of 3,600 seconds, or 1 hour. This high default value guards against timeouts caused by long-running HTTP requests such as those retrieving log or blame information.

    It makes little sense to override such a high timeout value: reducing the value risks timeouts occurring during normal long-running requests, and increasing the timeout to values greater than 1 hour makes little sense in practice.

    As a result, the Timeout field in the Communication section of the Subversion preference pane was removed.

  7. Copy/paste in revision range fields was improved

    Text in revision range fields (e.g. in the merge cherry picking options) is now copied to the clipboard in 1031:1037 format (was previously 1,031 – 1,037).

    This has two advantages:

    1. The text can be unabiguously accepted by the path field when pasted back into the field.
    2. The format is compatible with that accepted by the svn merge command in Terminal.


  8. UI layout management improved to better handle small window sizes

    In previous versions of Cornerstone, the main window could be resized to be very small, resulting in layout issues which could only fixed by restarting the application at a larger window size.

    2.2 solves this by:

    • Limiting the window to a sensible minimum size which guarantees consistent and usable layout.
    • The Inspector’s width now decreases automatically to better accommodate a reduction in main window size, eventually collapsing if insufficient space is available.
    • The main window is resized to accommodate the Inspector if the window is too small when the Window > Inspector command is used.



  1. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard

    Cornerstone 2.2 is compatible both with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

    Both Intel and PowerPC processors are supported on Leopard. Only Intel processors are supported on Snow Leopard.

  2. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

    Cornerstone runs fine on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Developer Preview 2.

    There are a couple of known glitches, but these do not have a significant impact on the application’s functionality and will be fixed in the run up to Lion’s release this summer.

    Please note that this as-yet unreleased version of Mac OS X is not officially supported.


Backwards Compatibility

Cornerstone 2.2 is fully backwards-compatible with 1.5 and 2.1. All configuration and settings are transparently migrated to version 2 when the new version is run for the first time.

Forwards Compatibility

The Cornerstone 2 configuration databases are forward-compatible with 1.5, i.e. you can run versions 1.5, 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2 against the same configuration databases in your Application Support/Cornerstone folder.

Issues Resolved in Cornerstone 2.2

# Description
141 Custom properties should be editable in the Inspector
1104 Method used to determine working copy out-of-date status for source list badge should be improved to minimize generated server load
1119 Text copied from a revision range field is not correctly interpreted when pasted back into the field
1122 Repository status for files in working copy browser is temporarily cleared when refreshing with “View > Show Repository Status” enabled
1123 Switching working copies fails when there is a repository URL mismatch due to encoded usernames
1125 When renaming a working copy the size of the edit box is too small
1127 It is not possible to add an auto property in the Subversion preference pane if the svn config file does not contain an [auto-props] section
1128 The default value displayed for “Use compression” in the Subversion preference pane should be on (i.e. checked)
1130 Cornerstone does not support comparison of files in externals from a different repository
1132 The layout of Cornerstone’s user interface exhibits problems when the main window is reduced to a very small size
1133 Showing the blame annotations for a file containing lines contributed by an anonymous user results in no blame data being displayed along with an empty annotations legend
1135 Cornerstone does not always remember the visible state of the Inspector when configured for display in a floating panel
1136 The inspector area on the right-most side of the main window is briefly visible when the application is started with the Inspector configured for display in a separate panel
1137 File browser items are sorted incorrectly when sorting by “Kind”
1138 Open panel displayed by path fields is not resizable
1139 Obstructed working copy items are displayed as unmodified in the working copy browser
1143 Cornerstone doesn’t preserve the font changes made to the Log Message text field. The ability to change the font should be removed
1145 The background status and repository monitor queues fail to re-enter the idle state after an energy savings-induced sleep/wake cycle, resulting in Cornerstone displaying the shutdown progress window while quitting
1146 Invoking a context menu for a field in the Inspector causes the displayed item to change if the source list was previously first responder

Release Notes for 2.1.1

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2.1.1 is a maintenance release which solves issues uncovered since the release of 2.1.

2.1.1 is a recommended update for all users running 2.0 and 2.1.

Resolved Issues

# Description
1116 Cornerstone can crash under certain circumstances when a build range in the form “start:end” or “start-end” is entered in the cherry picking merge range field
1117 Revision ranges are not accepted by the cherry picking merge range field on PowerPC Macs
1118 Pressing the Tab key while a path field is first responder enters a tab character into the field instead of making the next field the first responder

Release Notes for 2.1

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2.1 is a free upgrade for all Cornerstone 2 license holders.

New Features

  1. Working copies can now be switched

    While many users find it convenient to check out a separate working copy for each branch they work on, switching a single working copy between branches is an important part of the workflow for many Subversion users.

    For this reason, 2.1 brings full support for switching working copies to Cornerstone.

    The new Switch… function on the Working Copy menu enables the switching of entire working copies as well individual files and folders.

    Switched items in a working copy are easily identified by a new status icon in both the working copy browser and inspector panel, and the new Switched filter enables the user to quickly find switched items if necessary. (#520)

  2. Revisions can be browsed in the repository browser

    A new revision field in the repository browser’s filter bar allows the user to specify the revision to be browsed.

    All functions available in the repository browser (tag, branch, export, etc.) were modified to behave appropriately with non-HEAD revisions. (#427)

  3. Improved copy and move interface in browser views

    Cornerstone has provided drag and drop support for copying and moving items in browser views since version 1.0. Cornerstone 2.1 extends this copy and move support by adding new Duplicate… and Move… functions to the File menu.

    These functions present the user with a simple browser interface for the selection of the destination folder.

    In addition, the user can specify/select a destination folder in another repository or working copy, thus enabling:

    • Copying between working copies.
    • Copying between working copies and repositories.

    Copying between working copies and repositories requires that the source and destination relate to the same repository. It is not possible, for example, to copy from one repository to another. (#157)

  4. Undelete function was added to the Log View

    The Log View’s toolbar now contains an Undelete item. This button is enabled when a deletion is selected from a revision’s change list.

    Clicking Undelete results in an options window being displayed allowing the user to specify the name and location of the undeleted file/folder. (#925)

  5. Working copies can now be relocated

    Cornerstone 2.1 adds a Relocate To function to the Working Copy menu.

    This enables a working copy to be updated to use a different URL to access the same repository without having to check out a new working copy or resort to using svn switch --relocate on the command line.

    This is useful when:

    • A repository is moved to a server with a different name

    • Changing the protocol used to access the repository (e.g. changing from HTTP to HTTPS)

    • The path to the repository is changed. For example a server which previously hosted a single repository is reconfigured to host multiple ones, therefore necessitating the introduction of a repository name into the path

    • The port used to serve the repository is changed

  6. File types to be compared as text are now user-configurable

    A number of users have informed us in the past that they were unable to compare text files in Cornerstone. Further investigation always indicated the same cause: conflicting or incorrect registration of the file’s Uniform Type Identifier (UTI).

    This situation was, in most cases, difficult or impossible for the user to resolve. Deinstallation of the application responsible for the incorrect UTI solved the problem in many instances, but this is obviously not an option in all cases.

    We have therefore improved Cornerstone to allow the user to override the default UTI-based method for file type detection by specifying which files should always be treated as text in the compare view.

    The majority of Cornerstone users will never need to override the default type detection behavior. But for the few that do there is a new field in the Advanced preference pane which allows them to specify the names (or patterns) of files which should always be treated as text. (#483)

Performance Improvements

  1. Scrolling performance of file browser views was improved

    2.0 unfortunately included a regression which negatively affected the scrolling performance of the file browser views. This issue was resolved for 2.1 resulting in significantly improved responsiveness when scrolling.

Usability Improvements

  1. Working copies are relocated when the settings are changed for the related repository

    Each working copy maintains a back-reference to the URL of the repository it was originally checked out from.

    This URL is now updated when the communication settings (e.g. server name, protocol, port, user name etc.) are modified for the working copy’s originating repository. (#774)

  2. Sleep handling improved resulting in fewer lengthy network timeouts

    Cornerstone now listens for sleep and wake notifications, canceling any running background network operations before the Mac goes to sleep.

    This prevents Subversion from experiencing lengthy network timeouts due to dropped connections. As a result Cornerstone will prompt to quit much less often during shutdown. (#1017)

  3. Kind column added to file browser views

    The working copy and repository file browser views have a new Kind column which displays descriptive text for the item’s type similar to that displayed in the Finder column of the same name.

    Beyond the informational value of the column, it also provides the added benefit of enabling the user to sort items by type. (#1027)

  4. Source revision can be specified when copying items within a working copy

    In previous versions of Cornerstone, copying items within a working copy always resulted in the working revision being copied (i.e. the copied item included any uncomitted changes).

    The copy options window was improved in 2.1 to allow the user to select the revision being copied. Possible revisions include the working revision (which is the default and behaves as in prior versions) as well as the BASE revision. This allows the user to copy a modified file without including uncommitted changes.

    The copy options window also allows an arbitrary revision to be specified as a date or number.

    Please note that copying an item’s BASE revision requires that the working copy is in Subversion 1.5 format (or newer).

  5. Depth can be specified when reverting

    The advanced revert function (Working Copy > Revert…) was extended to allow the user to specify the depth to revert to in the selected folders (this parameter has no effect if a file is selected).

    This is particularly useful for reverting changes to folder properties (e.g. externals) without reverting changes to files contained within the folder.

  6. The Compare View’s find bar supports standard find pasteboard

    Text selected for (or entered into) the Compare View’s find bar is published to other applications using the standard find pasteboard. Likewise, the contents of the find pasteboard are adopted by the find bar when Cornerstone is activated. (#1065)

  7. Improved Commit View

    A couple of minor improvements were made to the Commit View:

    • Include with Contents and Exclude with Contents were added to the change list’s right-click menu

      These function include/exclude the selected folder along with all contained items.

      Tree-based inclusion/exclusion of items in the change list has long been possible by Option-clicking items’ check boxes. Exposing these functions in the right-click menu will hopefully improve their discoverability.

    • Unchanged folders are now displayed differently in the change list

      The change list includes intermediary parent folders for modified items even when the folders themselves are unmodified. These unmodified folders are now displayed dimmed in order to differentiate them from folders with property modifications. (#903)

    • Tooltips are now displayed for columns in the change list

      Tooltips are now displayed for the action and property action columns, as well as for the inclusion/exclusion check box.

  8. Improved Timeline View

    A couple of minor improvements were made to the Timeline View:

    • Icons are displayed for items in the timeline

      File-type icons are now displayed for items listed in the timeline view.

    • Differences can be saved as a patch file

      The File > Save Differences as Patch… function (previously only available in the Compare and Browser Views) can now also be used in the Timeline View to save the differences in the compared files as a patch file. (#1089)

    • Directory selection message was improved

      The timeline’s compare view does not currently support the comparison of folders. The message displayed when a folder’s revision is selected was improved to make this clearer.

  9. Deselect All function was added to the Edit menu

    The Deselect All function can be used to clear the selection in the Browser Views as well as the Compare View and the Timeline View.

    The Deselect All function does not have a key equivalent. The two standard key equivalents found in Mac applications are Cmd+Option+A and Escape. We decided not to co-opt Cmd+Option+A as it is already in use for Select All Matches in the Browser View and Select All on Right Side in the Compare View. We did not implement the Escape key equivalent as the Escape key is reserved in Cornerstone for exiting the current navigation context. (#1057)

  10. Toggled view options menu items no longer display check marks for improved compliance with Apple’s HIG

    Prior to version 2.1, the menu items for Cornerstone’s view options (e.g. View > Show Ignored Items) displayed a check mark indicating whether the option was in effect.

    The combination of an imperative command (i.e. Show…) with a check mark to indicate the state of the option results in ambiguity: what effect does the function have when invoked when enabled. Does this Show the ignored items? Or does it uncheck the menu item, thus disabling the option? Apple therefore recommends against the use of menu items in this way.

    Cornerstone 2.1 improves compliance with the Apple HIG by replacing the check marks with dynamically-modified menu item text that unambiguously indicates the effect of the function. For example, View > Show Ignored Items is displayed as View > Hide Ignored Items when enabled.

    This change was implemented consistently for the following menu items:

    • View > Show Ignored Items
    • View > Show Repository Status
    • View > Show Contents of Externals
    • Compare > Show Differences in Whitespace
    • Compare > Show Differences in Line Endings
    • Compare > Show Line Differences
    • Compare > Show Annotations
    • Compare > Show Line Numbers
    • Compare > Show Invisibles
    • Compare > Show Image Information


  11. Preferences added for Compare View options

    Four new preferences were added to the General preference pane enabling the user to specify default values for the following Compare View options:

    • Compare > Show Differences in Whitespace
    • Compare > Show Differences in Line Endings
    • Compare > Show Line Differences
    • Compare > Show Invisibles


  12. Compare View now supports horizontal drag-scrolling

    The Compare View always supported vertical drag-scrolling. Auto-scrolling was improved for version 2.1 to support horizontal drag-scrolling when the mouse is dragged beyond the horizontal extents of the selected document. (#832)

  13. Compare Using External Tool function moved from File to Compare menu

    The Compare Using External Tool menu item (with sub-menu) was moved from the File menu to the Compare menu.

  14. Add to Working Copy with Contents item is always visible in Working Copy menu

    The Add to Working Copy with Contents menu item was previously only available in the Working Copy menu as an alternate (i.e. the item was only visible when the Shift key modifier was pressed).

    This behavior was changed for 2.1 — the menu item is now always visible — with the intention of improving the discoverability of the function.

  15. Update… menu item in working copy right-click menu is no longer visible by default

    The addition of the new Switch… function in the working copy right-click menu necessitated the pruning of redundant or seldom-used items.

    Previously, the right-click menu contained both the Update… and Update to Latest Revision items, so we decided that the Update… menu item should no longer be displayed by default.

    The Update… menu item is still available, but is now only displayed when the Shift key is pressed. Likewise, Revert… replaces Revert to Last Update… when the Shift key is pressed.

  16. Edit > Copy URLs menu alternate added for items in the Working Copy Browser View

    The new menu item (key equivalent Opt+Cmd+C) is displayed when the Option key is pressed. It copies the URLs for the selected items to the clipboard.

    The command is also available in an item’s right-click menu. The command is not visible by default but can be revealed by pressing the Option key.

  17. Improved display of repository location in inspector

    In previous versions of Cornerstone, the working copy item inspector displayed the URL of the selected item in a single, multiline field.

    The inspector was improved for version 2.1 to display the item’s location in two fields:

    1. Repository URL
    2. Location

    This results in better use of available horizontal space: the name of the selected item is not included in the URL, and the location (labeled Where) is displayed as a path relative to the repository.

    The full location URL is available in the field’s tooltip.

  18. Browser View search field now supports revision numbers

    The search field in the Browser Views (working copy and repository) now accepts revision numbers, allowing the user to search for all files committed in a particular revision.

  19. Most Recent filter added to Repository Browser View

    The new Most Recent (key equivalent Ctrl+R) filter shows only items which were changed in the displayed revision (normally HEAD). The filter’s title changes to This Revision when a revision other than HEAD is displayed.

  20. Refresh Automatically option was removed from the View menu

    The utility of the Refresh Automatically option decreased with improvements introduced with version 1.5 and in Cornerstone 2 only controlled whether a repository browser was refreshed after commits from a related working copy.

    The command was removed from the View menu to simplify the user interface and repository browsers now always refresh following commits from related working copies (as had previously been the default).


  1. Compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard

    Cornerstone is compatible both with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and the more recent Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

    Both Intel and PowerPC processors are supported on Leopard. Only Intel processors are supported on Snow Leopard.


Backwards Compatibility

Cornerstone 2.1 is fully backwards-compatible with 1.5 and 2.0. All configuration and settings are transparently migrated to version 2 when the new version is run for the first time.

Forwards Compatibility

The Cornerstone 2 configuration databases are forward-compatible with 1.5, i.e. you can run versions 1.5, 2.0 and 2.1 against the same configuration databases in your Application Support/Cornerstone folder.

Issues Resolved in Cornerstone 2.1

# Description
157 ‘Copy To…’ function needed in node browser views
427 Allow revision selection in repository browser view
483 User should be able to override file type UTIs to control how they are displayed in the compare view
520 Add switch function
774 Working copy URLs are not updated when a username is changed in the repository connection settings
832 Text compare view doesn’t support horizontal drag scrolling (i.e. autoscrolling)
886 Commit view’s change list statistics incorrectly includes unmodified folders
903 Icons for non-changed intermediate folders in the commit view’s change list should be displayed as partially transparent
925 Cornerstone should provide a function for undeleting/reanimating deleted files
1017 Sending Macbook to sleep with remote tasks running can cause lengthy timeouts while quitting application
1027 Add a ‘Kind’ column to the working copy and repository browsers
1057 Add a “Deselect All” function to the file browser views
1059 Descriptive text in the Export Files and Folders sheet is duplicated in “Additional Options” section
1061 Allow the user to increase the width of the ‘Description’ column in the merge ‘Change Preview’ view
1062 Store the values of the ‘Compare > Show Differences in Whitespace’ and ‘Compare > Show Differences in Line Endings’ settings between application sessions
1065 Add support for the system-wide find clipboard and inter-application searching
1068 Attempting to delete a folder in a locked working copy should raise an error and not fail silently
1073 Add a description of the ‘Clean’ command to Cornerstone’s Help Book documentation
1075 The ‘New Folder’ button in the File Import window is confusing and should be removed
1079 Toggled view option menu items (e.g. “Show Ignored Items”) should not display a check mark for consistency with Apple’s HIG
1084 The default text ‘Select one or more revisions from the timeline to compare’ when comparing folder revisions in the Timeline View is confusing. The text message should be improved
1085 Merges fail after choosing a “Merge from” URL using the open panel
1088 The “Help > Visit Cornerstone Web Site” application menu item does not work
1089 “File > Save Differences as Patch” is unavailable when comparing files in the Timeline view
1092 Selecting “Inspector” from the “Window” menu when the main window has been closed results in the inspector being displayed in a floating panel
1093 Activity spinner not shown in repository source list when displaying the contents of the repository for the first time
1094 Clicking the “Open” toolbar item in the compare view for deleted or missing files results in an error being displayed
1095 Change count capsules displayed in the working copy source list popover are not wide enough to accommodate 5-digit change counts
1096 The annotations popover appears when pressing the shift key when writing a log message (with a compare view with annotations)
1097 Clicking the “Update” button for a revision in the Log View ignores the value of the “Working Copy > Include Externals in Updates” setting and always updates externals
1100 The Timeline View can display an error if the user is mousing over a timeline when a refresh completes
1101 External folders are not always displayed with the [X] marker in the working copy browser view
1102 Hovering the mouse over the color column in the annotation legend window displays a tooltip with programming information about the color displayed. This should be removed
1105 Cornerstone raises an error when the font configured as the fixed-width font in the application’s preferences is missing
1107 Cornerstone encounters an unexpected error when searching for a term in the Compare View on a PowerPC Mac

Release Notes for 2.0.4

Filed under: Cornerstone,Release Notes — Administrator @ 6:44 am

2.0.4 is a maintenance release which solves issues uncovered since the release of 2.0.

2.0.4 is a recommended update for all users running 2.0.

Resolved Issues

# Description
Fixed a couple of minor memory leaks
1024 Cornerstone should keep track of the user’s last selected file repository compatibility setting
1026 The revision indicator in the repository browser’s status bar is not wide enough to accommodate 7-figure revision numbers
1037 Revisions displayed for cherry picking should be filtered based on the value in the “Merge from” field instead of displaying all revisions in the repository
1042 Cornerstone occasionally displays an alert with the text “An unexpected error occurred” after enabling annotations in the compare view
1043 Clicking “Merge Changes” in the merge view should cancel the running merge preview activity
1048 Cornerstone displays an error when the left/right/both selector is clicked in the compare view’s find bar
1055 Cherry picking merge UI should not start dry run for preview until one or more revisions has been specified by the user
1063 Compare view displays an error (“Cannot convert from ZSVNMineRevision to svn_opt_revision_t”) after resolving a conflict
1067 The diff3-cmd helper tool configured in .subversion/config should not be displayed while performing dry run merge previews
1071 The ‘Check out to’ field in the externals editor does not support folder names containing whitespace
1072 The document state for the externals editor window is not marked as modified when the property text is directly edited by the user

Release Notes for 2.0.3

Filed under: Cornerstone,Release Notes — Administrator @ 7:24 am

2.0.3 is a maintenance release which solves issues uncovered since the release of 2.0.

2.0.3 is a recommended update for all users running 2.0.

Resolved Issues

# Description
1010 The path type option (relative or absolute) has no effect when saving differences as a patch while the compare view is active. The option should be disabled and relative paths should always be used in the output file
1014 Cornerstone crashes after switch to the merge view for 1.4-format working copies checked out using the svn:// protocol
1015 Synchronization merging is not supported by Subversion 1.4 and should be disabled for 1.4 format working copies
1018 Software update-related preferences should be moved to a dedicated preference pane
1020 Exposé detects the compare view’s ‘Loading…’ bezel window resulting in incorrect Exposé layout
1022 Cornerstone crashes when a commit as part of a repository move/copy operation fails due to a blocking pre-commit hook

Release Notes for 2.0.2

Filed under: Cornerstone,Release Notes — Administrator @ 2:31 am

2.0.2 is a maintenance release which solves issues uncovered since the release of 2.0.

2.0.2 is a recommended update for all users running 2.0.

Resolved Issues

# Description
985 Resizing the main window to be smaller than the content in the default content view results in layout issues
987 Cornerstone raises an error when clicking ‘Show Contents’ for an empty text file
988 Path popover flickers if displayed when scrolling vertically in an externals window
991 Change Codesion banner text from ‘Cohesion in Code Control’ to ‘Cloud Services’
992 Add syntax highlighting support for the Lua programming language
994 Path popover in externals window is incorrectly redisplayed when scrolled back into view after previously being hidden
995 Path popover is incorrectly displayed when typing into a path field which has been scrolled out of view
996 Timeline’s popover tooltip is not hidden if the escape key is pressed to exit the view
997 Merge dry run errors (such as cancellations) that result from user interaction should not be written to the system log
998 Vertical scroll position of log message field in timeline popover tooltip is not always reset when switching between revisions
1001 The file browser’s search field drop down menu contains just a separator when no searches have been defined
1003 Disable auto-completion in the log message sheet for repository changes
1004 Cornerstone hangs when parsing LaTeX files which use the “\left[” or “\right[” commands
1005 Refreshing log view opened for a repository file or folder results in a “The folder is not a Subversion working copy” error
1006 Refreshing log view for working copy folder unnecessarily contacts repository resulting in the application blocking for a short time

Release Notes for 2.0.1

Filed under: Cornerstone,Release Notes — Administrator @ 12:42 am

2.0.1 is a maintenance release which solves high-priority issues uncovered since the release of 2.0.

2.0.1 is a recommended update for all users running 2.0.

Resolved Issues

# Description
989 An error occurs or Cornerstone crashes when registering license information on recent Macs with “Include anonymous system information” checked
990 Cornerstone fails to start on some Mac OS X 10.5.8 installations