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Tower 1.x

Tower LogoTower has left beta and is now available in 1.x form for purchase – and I did.  Really, I can’t imagine using anything else for Git repository management.  It’s awesome.  I have no affiliation, but I appreciate a nice piece of software.

Good job Tower team.

Tower

Tower LogoOver the last few weeks I’ve tried out numerous Git UIs under OS X. Nothing even comes close to Tower, which I discovered yesterday. It actually feels like a Mac app, not a hacky port. Just look at these beautiful screenshots (inline comments are mine, not part of the application)…

Tower Screenshot 1
Tower Screenshot 2

Some features that I just love include:

  • List of all Git projects so you don’t have to dig around in Finder or Terminal looking for them. This is especially good since I will often make, say, a WordPress theme the root of my Git repository, but it’ll be nested under ~/htdocs/somedomain.com/wp-content/themes/theme_name.
  • The number of uncommitted files is easily visible from the Dashboard and the desktop (Launcher, Cmd-Tab) icon. This acts as a call-to-action and motivates me.
  • Extremely easy to add new repositories. No command-line required.
  • Easy access to Stash, a fantastic Git command which I didn’t even know about before trying Tower.
  • Pleasing to the eye. Yes, I know, this really shouldn’t be part of the criteria for a developer’s tool… but it is, and I like it.
  • Easy, easy, easy. I’ve learned more about Git just from poking around in the menu options than I did in weeks of looking up “how do I do X” on Google.

Tower is currently beta. I have no affiliation. I also have no idea how much it will cost when it’s released, but compared to the other offerings out there I don’t think they’ll have trouble selling it.