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Feedback for a git version tree viewer


I'm a long time reader and I would ask you feedback about a software I'm trying to publish.

It's a version tree viewer for Git, allowing you to browse depot or individual files history.

You'll find it at www.guitree.com

For the moment it's a freeware and depending on its reception I'll add features and try to publish it as a shareware.

I'm interested by every feedback or suggestion

Thank you
mpry Send private email
Friday, September 12, 2014
Why would I use this and not an IDE plugin or something like TortoiseGit?

Overall, this space is way too crowded with free and commercial tools:


Unless you do something that is (a) really unique (or spend a lot of effort on marketing your solution as such), and (b) not easy to copy, your project will go largely unnoticed.
Dmitry Leskov Send private email
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Thank you for your feedback,

TortoiseGit, Gitk and others provide a linear view of history ("railroad" version tree), which some people found confusing and tedious to browse.

The "core market" for this tool is people migrating from Clearcase to Git and in want of their beloved Clearcase version tree.

You can call it a niche market.

There are others attempts to have this kind of visualisation (OSS and commercial) :


So it looks like there is a real need, but maybe not enough to constitute a market, and as you said, even this niche seems crowded.

You are right, I'll need a lot of effort to convince people of the usefulness of my solution and distantiate it from others 'classical' Git browsers.

With hindsight, it seems I was guilty of a bad case of "scratching your own itch" aggravated by three mistakes : not having done a market evaluation, misjudging the market size and falling in love with my idea.

Well, maybe it's time put the source in Github

Thank you
mpry Send private email
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
One way to monetize this I can think of is to write a e-book about creating your own Git tools.
Dmitry Leskov Send private email
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Well, I didn't think about it.
Good idea,  we developers so much like to customize our tools.
It would be an ironic way of turning a disadvantage (crowded market) to an advantage.
Always better to sell shovels during a gold rush.

Thank you
mpry Send private email
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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