Perforce updates cross-platform interface for software versioning tool

Perforce Software has put out a new version of Perforce Visual Client, its cross-platform graphical interface for the company’s software configuration management offering.

Perforce makes software configuration management (SCM) tools. Software makers use its products to track the changes made to programs as they wind their way through development. Perforce’s SCM system manages source code, keeping track of which program made what change. The company estimates its products are used by 250,000 developers at 4,500 organizations.

The updated version of the Perforce Visual Client unveiled Monday sports a more native look-and-feel for the Mac platform. Aiding that effort are changes to the Revision Graph and Time-lapse View tools. The former displays a tree-style representation of the bran history of a specified file for improved visualization of branch and integration history. The Time-lapse View tool shows how the entire content history of a file has evolved over time in a single window, providing an enhanced visualization of the file history.

Perforce’s Visual Merge Tool offers graphical three-way merging and side-by-side file comparisons.

Other changes include better visualization between file versions with the Perforce Visual Merge Tool and the addition of a full-featured help viewer for easy searching and bookmarking.

Perforce Visual Client is bundled with Perforce’s server product. End-user licenses start at $800 per seat, with volume discounts available. Perforce offers a free two-user version of its server product; there’s also a 45-day trial version available for more than two users.

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