New features, improvements, and fixes. Here are the recent updates for Tower.
Our latest update brings a completely redesigned merge experience, starting with our brand-new Merge UI! We also implemented some of the most requested features from our community, such as diffing improvements.
Watch this 4-minute video to learn everything that is new in Tower 9 for Mac!
Our new Merge UI will come in handy when you need to understand the status of merge conflicts. It will show you the number of conflicts left to resolve and the corresponding files. In case of a rebase, you will also know which step you're currently in.
When merging another branch or revision (by merging, rebasing, or pulling), the dialog will instantly let you know if conflicts will occur.
Snapshots are essentially stashes that are automatically re-applied to the working copy — which can be useful to quickly try out ideas.
You can create snapshots of your entire working copy or capture just a number of modified files. Your work can be retrieved later by accessing the “Stashes” view.
Tower can now automatically expand diffs in changesets.
You will now see a "Show Large Diff" prompt before Tower attempts to display it. You can adjust the threshold in the "Preferences" window.
You can now locate any commit, branch, or tag in Tower's History view.
Version 8 is all about easier branch management. Say hello to a whole new set of tools to review, pin, compare, and filter branches!
The highlights are presented below, but you can also watch this 3-minute video for more information about each new feature:
You can now compare a branch against a different local branch to quickly review all the changes that were introduced.
If merging will lead to merge conflicts, a warning sign will be displayed, which you can click to access the conflicting files' file paths.
A new view in the Workspace with several filtering options that allows to quickly pinpoint which branches have been stale/obsolete or can be safely deleted.
You can now pin any branch so that it is always there when you need it. Pinned branches will appear in a new "Pinned" section in the sidebar.
Use the input field at the bottom of the sidebar to quickly filter branches, tags, and submodules as you type.
In the "View" menu, you now have the option to see only the newest 50/100/250/500 tags or remote branches.
At the same time, the editor itself is now customizable: set your own character limits and choose if you want to have soft or hard line wrappings.
Finally, a powerful new way to work with Git's "fixup" and "squash" actions has been implemented: try starting your commit subject with the "fixup!" or "squash!" prefixes and see for yourself!
From new and redesigned icons all the way to a full-height sidebar and a streamlined toolbar, Tower’s new design feels right at home on Big Sur.
In addition, Tower is now compiled and optimized for the new Apple Silicon architecture, resulting in better performance and battery life.
Highlight Inline Changes
Especially when a longer line of code is changed, it might be hard to spot what exactly has been changed. Tower can now highlight the exact change that occurred in a certain line, so you can spot changes at first glance.
Show/Hide Whitespace Changes
Depending on your use case and preferences, you might want to either explicitly hide or show changes that are made up of only whitespace. This much requested feature is now available in Tower's diff viewer.
Customize Tower’s diff view to your liking - change the font type, size, and color. You can either select one of our beautiful, pre-installed themes or simply create your own by customizing the font, the background color, and even the color used to highlight added and deleted lines. You can even share your themes with others.
Diffs for Untracked Files
Tower can now display the diffs of new/untracked files. And it even allows you to stage/unstage/discard parts of their changes - even though they are still untracked!
Deleting branches and files, staging changes, rebasing & merging branches, or even publishing a branch on a remote: many Git actions can now be undone in Tower, simply by using the keyboard shortcut CMD+Z. Correcting mistakes has never been easier!
GPG support has now come to Tower: you can connect GPG keys with your User Profiles in Tower, sign commits automatically and see which commits have been signed - and by who. All of that right from within Tower!
If you're often working with big repositories (i.e. thousands of remote branches, tags, etc.), then this update might be for you: opening such a repository, displaying the working copy, loading changesets, and many other actions are now up to 5x faster than before!
Along with Apple's introduction of a "Dark Mode" in macOS 10.14, we implemented a dark theme in Tower, too.
Tower now supports image diffs for a variety of formats (PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, JPEG2000, HEIC), in both the Working Copy and various history / changeset views. In future updates, we will further extend and improve this feature.
Create, merge, close, comment and inspect Pull Requests right from within Tower! Integrated into our clear, responsive, and powerful desktop interface, Pull Requests become so much more useful.
Interactive Rebase is an incredibly powerful tool - but also quite awkward to use on the command line. But now, in Tower, it has become as easy as drag and drop!
The brand new Quick Actions dialog gives you superpowers: Give it a branch name and it will offer a checkout. Give it a file name and it will present the file's history. Give it a commit hash and it will show it in the commit history. Fast as lightning, easy as pie.
We've added so many new levels of detail in the new Tower. And at the same time, navigating Tower is now as simple as browsing the web: with the new "back" and "forth" buttons and the improved "Navigation Bar".
We've reworked countless areas in the new Tower. Let's take the brand new "Commit Details" view as an example: with the changeset on the left and lots of space for the diff on the right, you can inspect and review a commit in a more focused manner.
A little-known feature, but one with enormous power: Reflog can restore lost commits or branches, move back to a rolled back state, undo a cherry-pick or commit... and is now available in Tower!
We have redesigned both the "File History" and "Blame" views from scratch. They have become much more useful and informative.
Search functionality in the new Tower has become much more powerful. You can now search for files almost anywhere: in the Working Copy, in a historic file tree, or even inside the changeset of a commit!
Actions include deleting branches and files, staging and discarding changes, rebasing & merging branches, and even publishing a branch on a remote. Correcting mistakes has never been easier!
Version 3 comes with a fresh, new look and a beautiful dark mode.
One of Tower’s most popular features is now available on Windows. Quick Actions gives you superpowers: it’s easily accessible with a simple keyboard shortcut (Alt + Shift + A) and gives you instant access to a wide range of actions.
You can filter all the relevant commits by commit message, author, and committer. You can also search for a file name to see all the commits that affected that specific file.
You can now group your repository's commit history by day, week, or month, to easily find the commit(s) you are looking for.
We've added the possibility to navigate back and forth between the different views available in the Workspace.
Faster, snappier, smoother - version 3 ships with significant performance improvements across the board.
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