May 2020 by Julian Rothkamp

4 New Updates for Tower on Mac and Windows

Over the course of just 4 weeks, we've released 4 new updates: versions 4.4 and 4.5 for Tower on Mac, as well as versions 2.5 and 2.6 for Tower on Windows.

Let’s take a look at what these new versions have in store for you!

Pull Request Support for Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Server

Pull Requests are an important communications tool for dev teams. While Tower offers support for Pull Requests from GitHub, Gitlab, and Bitbucket for some time now, we are excited to add Pull Request support for Azure DevOps with version 4.4 on Mac and version 2.5 on Windows.

The features we offered for GitHub, GitLab and Bitbucket are now also possible for Azure DevOps:

  • create pull requests
  • view pull request conversations, commits, and changesets
  • check out pull requests     (currently only on macOS)
  • close conflicts
  • edit pull requests

Due to a shortcoming of the Azure DevOps API, however, comments on Azure DevOps Pull Requests are currently read-only.

If you would like to learn more about working with Pull Requests in Tower, our help documentation is a great place to get started.

Tower for Mac

On macOS, we also published version 4.5 which comes with a range of nice improvements:

  • Merge with --no-commit: In Tower's "merge" dialog, you will now find a new checkbox named "Directly Commit Merged Changes." This means that we now support the —-no commit option, which allows you to apply merged changes to the Working Copy instead of directly committing them.
  • Delete Tracked Branch: When deleting a local branch, you can now choose to also have its remote counterpart (the "tracked" branch) deleted in one go. This can save you from hunting down the remote branch or from forgetting to clean it up altogether.
  • Exclude Folders from Search: You can now also specify directories which Tower should exclude when searching for repositories. You can find this in Tower’s Preferences on the "Advanced" tab.
  • Improved Sorting in Dialogs: The sorting in dialogs received an upgrade as well. Remotes are now being sorted by relevance.

If you want to learn more, check out the full release notes for Tower for Mac on our website.

Tower for Windows

Besides our Azure DevOps release, Tower’s Windows version received another upgrade with version 2.6. This version brings some super-handy features from the Mac version to Windows.

  • First Parent Filtering: We introduced this to the Mac version earlier this year and it's now available on Windows as well: in a nutshell, this feature allows you to hide merge commits in the history view through filtering by first parent. It’s easily accessible and Tower’s Mac users already love it!
  • Gender-Neutral Avatars: We are also introducing gender-neutral avatars to the Windows version. If no avatar image can be loaded, Tower uses your initials instead of a placeholder image.
  • Copy Ref Names: Further improvements include the possibility to easily copy the names of branches, tags, and remote branches in the sidebar. There, you can now also check out tags by simply double-clicking them.

If you want to learn more, check out the full release notes for Tower for Windows on our website.

New Major Versions Coming Up

Apart from these 4 recent releases, we are already working on two new major versions for Mac and Windows. For a sneak peek of what's to come, read our blog post "Coming Up on the Roadmap".

If you already have a Tower account, make sure to update Tower to the latest version for free. And if you're not a Tower user yet, then download our 30-day free trial and take it for a spin!


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