Let me start by once again reiterating our intent to improve Sourcetree by listening to your feedback. One of the top issues for Windows, SRCTREEWIN-7176, focuses on the removal of the bookmarks sidebar/treeview. Jens Schumacher, our Head of Product, summed up your well articulated frustrations with the current implementation:
difficult to get the status of repositories at a glance
Starting from these functional requirements we set out to explore what pattern(s) might work best. We put all the options on the table and evaluated the pros and cons of each. Before getting into what we're leaning towards I'll touch on a few of the concepts we discussed and why they didn't survive to the final round.
Ultimately each of these failed to deliver on our goals in one way or another. Some came with renewed performance concerns, others had a lack of information density and/or persistent visibility, and many lacked cohesion with either Windows, Atlassian, or Sourcetree for Mac.
In the end we settled on the following set of changes to offer the best balance for all our users:
As you might suspect this is a non-trivial amount of work to accomplish. It also requires revisiting certain fundamental assumptions in the Sourcetree for Windows architecture, especially around focus and state, and we want to make sure we get that right. The quality bar for this experience is high and we're committed to delivering a modern, flexible UX you'll be happy to use every day.
We've put this feature on the roadmap for later this year after we wrap up the current projects in flight. As we ramp up work on this we'll be sure to share more information. This isn't set in stone though - post your constructive feedback about our proposed direction in this discussion. We're listening and we'll keep the conversation going! (please keep it positive and encouraging)
Thank you for your enthusiasm, input, and patience.
Product Manager, Sourcetree
Update: check out this comment for a visual preview and clarifications
Hi folks, While the full post is over on our blog I'd like to share the dark theme we've got planned for 2019 here directly as well to keep the discussion going. The ...
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