GitFinder, a new Git client for macOS with Finder integration

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  1. milke macrumors newbie

    milke

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    Hi guys. I’m developing a new Git client for macOS, as the first product of my small company ZigZag. Its major feature is Finder integration, thus it aims to be what TortoiseGit is for Windows. Hence its name, GitFinder. The application is still in an early beta stage. Since it still isn't ready to be shown very publicly, I have decided to start with the closed beta, so potential beta testers will have to register in order to try it. The number of beta testers is limited at the moment, so that I don’t get overwhelmed with duplicated reports of same bugs and feature requests (as there will probably be many of them in this stage of development). If you are interest to give it a try, just go to https://zigz.ag/GitFinder, enter your e-mail address (you will need to verify it back in the e-mail message sent to you) and you'll be set to go.

    Some more details about the application…

    GitFinder is something like Dropbox application in the way that it needs Finder Sync extension enabled to show file badges and contextual menu items in Finder. Once you browse in Finder into a directory under Git version control, you’ll notice icon badges showing Git status of files in the repository. While in that directory (or any subdirectory), both Finder contextual menu and GitFinder toolbar item (added into the toolbar automatically) will provide (customizable) menu items, with which you can perform many Git commands, show diff, repository browser etc.

    GitFinder (and its sync extension, XPC services and all other binary components) is sandboxed and as such, it requires explicit permission from users to access their files. Therefore you need to add directories where your Git repositories are to make them accessible. This is easily done from the preferences, and on first launch (or any time your list of repo directories is empty) GitFinder will remind you. You don't have to add separate folder for each repository you have, if they all are children of the same parent directory, adding only a parent is enough. Once you add a directory, no window or anything will appear for that repository; you simple browse to it in Finder and you'll see files having badges and contextual/toolbar item menus having Git related items.

    I would be very thankful if you give GitFinder a try, especially if you use Git on a daily basis and are looking for a way to quickly perform some common Git commands from file browser. Any advices, ideas or suggestions are more than welcome. I will also gladly engage in any discussion you may start about the application.

    Thank you in advance and enjoy.
     
  2. milke thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just want to shortly chime in and inform everyone interested that I've released a new version (1.0b5) of this application with added repository and remote settings and some other improvements and fixes. It's still closed beta, so everything mentioned in my first post still applies, but I plan to make it public in about a month time.

    Feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance and enjoy.
     
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

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    I am potentially interested in this application, but reluctant to leave an email address on such an empty page. This post here is just to let you know that I will be paying attention and check it out once you decide to show more of it!
     
  4. tdiaz macrumors 6502

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    I'm anxious to see how it works with Path Finder, rather than Finder.

    Got a few archive projects going and wanting to start from "scratch", this is a good way to do it..
     
  5. milke thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm afraid it won't "just work" with Path Finder. Finder Sync extensions are loaded and controlled by the OS and used only by Finder. The primary communication is based on a couple of private frameworks, which in turn are based on XPC services for interprocess communication.

    I think I've read somewhere, possibly Path Finder support forum, that developers will try to make the upcoming major version (or one of the further updates) of Path Finder to use Finder Sync extensions just like Finder does, but I can't find the link to it now.
     
  6. milke thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here is an update of the status of this application; as of today, GitFinder is available as public beta download. You can get it at https://zigz.ag/GitFinder. No registration is required anymore, so all people resistant to leave their e-mail address on the previous private beta page can now go on, download the application and give it a try.

    The feature set and UI are pretty much set for the first official version planned. The idea is to make it a public beta during the next 3 - 4 months and polish it, iron out rough edges and fix remaining bugs.

    As already said, I would be very thankful if you give GitFinder a try. Any advices, ideas or suggestions (even regarding pricing) are more than welcome. I will also gladly engage in any discussion you may start about the application.

    Thank you in advance and enjoy.
     
  7. i90rr macrumors newbie

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    Hi @milke, Martin C. here (from .ar); I just found this thread so I believe it's a pretty good place to follow GitFinder evolution, let me know if you prefer to keep in touch via the support email.

    Anyway, I was wondering if it's in your plans to translate the app? I tend to believe that English is the standard for n3rds/techies but I'm sure that also a lot of people would prefer to use GitFinder localized to their language. I can help with the Spanish (Argentina) localization so more people will hopefully be compelled to try it.

    Cheers
     
  8. milke thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think for specific problems that you may have as an user the support email is still better and fastest option. This forum thread (if it attracts more people in the future) would be better for some general discussion about feature requests development direction and similar.

    Yes I do, but that's not the focus at the moment. The plan is to implement a few bigger features on my list and release the application officially. Then, I'll dedicate time to localisation. Anyway, whenever that happens (perhaps even during the beta period) I'll let you know, so we can arrange "ar" localisation.
     

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