Cornerstone

Notice note about newly released Cornerstone Subversion application at Daring Fireball. Download Cornerstone. Launch it and connect to my free Beanstalk account (a.k.a. Mr. Sandbox). Create folder. Notice typo in folder name. Select folder and hit enter in order to rename. Fail. Right-click folder and look for rename option. Fail. View Info pane. Fail. View Properties pane. Fail. Go through every menu and sub-menu for a rename option. Fail.

Open up Versions beta. Connect to Beanstalk. Right-click folder and choose Rename option. Rename folder quickly and easily. Hooray!

Have a thought. Switch to Cornerstone. Click folder once, then hover cursor over it for a second or two. Folder name becomes selected with a typing cursor. Oh. Right.

Exit out of the renaming, since the folder is no longer typo-a-rific in the repository. Check toolbar for a way to refresh the repository. Fail. Right-click the main area. Fail. Double click the repository nickname in the sidebar. Fail. Right-click the repository nickname in the sidebar. Doesn’t even have a context menu. Open the gear menu in the sidebar (bizarrely positioned at the top). Fail. Go through every menu and sub-menu a second time. Fail. Attempt to rename the folder in the hopes that it will encourage the repository to refresh itself. Fail. Bizarre error message.

Quit Cornerstone. Trash Cornerstone. Hope for Versions to be a real product soon.

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  1. foljs says:

    Quit Cornerstone. Trash Cornerstone. Hope for Versions to be a real product soon.

    Tried with another repository?

    Could the problem be in how that repository was set up, connection problems or something?

    It sure sounds like its just a simple bug that can very easily be fixed, and that was triggered by this specific setup.

    Either that, or Cornerstone is completely broken, which I don’t believe to be the case.

  2. Ian Beck says:

    Nope; no problem with the repository. The problem was that Cornerstone has an interface that, although clean and good-looking at first glance, fails to make simple tasks like renaming and refreshing the view easy to do.

    From a functional standpoint, Cornerstone appeared to work just fine. My negative first impressions were entirely thanks to the interface design.

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