Abandoned Adobe Version Cue Users Rapidly Moving to Subversion

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Creative Professionals Find Subversion Delivers Exactly What They Need to Store and Manage Graphics and Animation Files


“We downloaded Subversion with the latest TortoiseSVN client on Windows from WANdisco, in addition to being easy for us to install a and use, the software has already proved its value in overcoming a problem we faced with CS3 files crashing in CS5.

WANdisco, the makers of Enterprise Subversion with the most active core developers from the project on staff, today announced that a number of organizations stranded by Adobe’s decision to abandon Version Cue in CS5 are finding that Subversion makes an excellent replacement. In addition to being free, as well as easy to install and use, these organizations are also finding that Subversion solves a number of issues they had with Version Cue.

“We downloaded Subversion with the latest TortoiseSVN client on Windows from WANdisco,” said Ian Calhaem, Technical Director at Forensic Imaging, Ltd, an Auckland, New Zealand based graphics consulting firm. “In addition to being easy for us to install and use, the software has already proved its value in overcoming a problem we faced with CS3 files crashing in CS5. Subversion makes it very simple to return to the original file and try again.”

Another problem Version Cue users faced was the lack of file locking in some versions of Adobe’s popular Indesign graphics package, resulting in data loss, “Adobe recently acknowledged the potential for data loss in some versions of Indesign, due to a lack of file locking,” said Calhaem. “Subversion, doesn’t normally need file locking, but it’s available as an option so Subversion solves this problem as well.”

In addition, with Subversion’s five million plus users, active, well-organized community and widespread corporate adoption and sponsorship, creative professionals have no fear that support will ever go away.

Subversion Live 2010

Registration is now open for Subversion Live, a series of one day conferences for developers, administrators and IT managers to be held at four locations in the US and the UK in September. Each conference will feature live sessions covering Subversion's future with the developers creating it, as well as expert-led best practices workshops focused on getting the most out of using Subversion.

During these one day sessions for developers, administrators and IT managers, you'll find out what's coming next from the core Subversion developers building it. You'll also spend time with experts who will show you how to get the most out of Subversion, whether you're just planning your first migration, or you've been using Subversion for years.

Demand is very high, early registration is highly recommended. Registration is available online at: http://www.wandisco.com/events/subversionlive2010.

Certified Subversion 1.6.12 Binaries Available for Free Download

WANdisco recently announced the availability of certified Subversion 1.6.12 binaries available for free download at: http://www.wandisco.com/subversion/os/downloads. WANdisco's certified Subversion binaries provide a complete, fully tested version of Subversion based on the most recent stable release, including the latest fixes. These freely available, certified Subversion binaries undergo the same rigorous quality assurance process that WANdisco uses for its enterprise products that support the world's largest Subversion implementations with over 40,000 users, 2500 repositories and 18 million transactions per day in a single implementation. Free community support for WANdisco's certified Subversion binaries is available with registration at: http://subversion.wandisco.com.

Automated Updates & Integration with Third Party Tools Such as Trac

Customers that combine a WANdisco Subversion support contract with WANdisco's Certified Subversion Binaries have the added benefit of automated access to the latest fixes and updates. WANdisco's Certified Subversion Binaries can be used with other open source software such as Trac, the popular issue tracker and wiki, and the many other software products that can be integrated with Subversion.

Buy a Support Contract & Support Subversion!

WANdisco also recently announced that the profits from the sale of its Subversion support contracts go directly toward the hiring of additional Subversion committers and supporting the activities of the community. Due to the success of its Subversion support services offerings, WANdisco has been able to hire senior Subversion committers such as Hyrum Wright, Julian Foad, Phillip Martin, Stefan Kung, Erik Huelsmann and others who have come on board recently.

Enterprise-Class Subversion Support Services

WANdisco’s Subversion support services are backed by a dedicated team of core Subversion development, QA and support professionals based at the company’s offices in the US and the UK. As a result, all of WANdisco’s Subversion support customers have access to secure, high quality live support and immediate fixes on a 24-by-7 basis regardless of where they’re located. This level of support is critical when problems arise and it’s the reason so many organizations that want the same support available with commercial enterprise software switch to WANdisco. The team is led by Hyrum Wright, WANdisco’s Director of Open Source. Hyrum has also been the release manager for the Subversion project since early 2008.
Support options include:

  • 24-by-7 Online, Phone and Email Support.
  • Guaranteed response times.
  • Global coverage from the United States and Europe.
  • Automated delivery of fixes and upgrades.
  • Technical Account Managers who act as a single point of contact for critical issues.
  • Indemnification coverage to protect against third party intellectual property claims.
  • Security solutions that deliver automated access control and audit reporting.
  • Semi-annual Subversion System Health Check.
  • Bug Buddy – A senior Subversion committer who champions customer enhancement requests.

WANdisco’s Subversion support services are described in detail at: http://www.wandisco.com/products/svn/support.php.

WANdisco also sponsors and contributes to the TortoiseSVN project, which develops the popular Subversion client for Windows. As a result, WANdisco is able to offer free downloads of the latest fully tested version of TortoiseSVN at http://www.wandisco.com/subversion/os/downloads . Information about enterprise-class support for TortoiseSVN can be found at: http://www.wandisco.com/products/svn/tortoise/support.php.

WANdisco Offers Free Online Subversion Training

WANdisco is currently offering a series of free online one hour bi-weekly Subversion training classes through August. The following classes are scheduled:

  • “Introduction to Subversion for Developers” on July 28, 2010. Subversion’s architecture and design principles will be covered and attendees will be introduced to using Subversion.
  • “All About Subversion Hook Scripts” on August 11, 2010. Hook scripts are server-side executables tied to various Subversion events. Attendees will learn how to implement hook scripts for email notification of events, commit validation, integration with issue trackers and other external systems and other common use cases.
  • “Subversion Locking” on August 25, 2010. During this course, attendees will learn how and when to use Subversion locking to control access to files during development. Alternatives to using locking to control file access will also be discussed.

Registration for these classes is available at: http://wandisco.com/webinar/subversion/training. WANdisco recommends early registration, as space is limited.

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About WANdisco

WANdisco is a leading provider of infrastructure software for replication, scalability and high availability, and a corporate sponsor of the Subversion open source project with core developers from the project on staff. By using WANdisco's totally unique replication technology, software development can now occur anywhere without any constraints. Fortune Global 1000 companies such as AT&T, Honda, NTT and Motorola rely on WANdisco's suite of source code management solutions. A recent Forrester Total Economic Impact (TEI) study of WANdisco's Subversion MultiSite revealed a 167% return on investment with a nine-month payback period. WANdisco is also a corporate sponsor of the open source Subversion project, and plays an active role with core developers from the project on staff. Subversion is recognized by Forrester as the sole leader in the Standalone Software Configuration Management (SCM) category. For more information, please visit us at http://www.wandisco.com.

About Subversion

Subversion (SVN) is a version control system initiated in 2000. It is used to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation. Its goal is to be a mostly-compatible successor to the widely used Concurrent Versions System (CVS). In a 2007 report by Forrester Research, Subversion was recognized as the sole leader in the Standalone Software Configuration Management (SCM) category and a strong performer in the Software Configuration and Change Management (SCCM) category.

Subversion is released under the Apache License, making it free software.

For more information, please visit us at http://subversion.wandisco.com


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