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While the full post is over on our blog I'd like to share the repositories sidebar changes we've got planned for 2019 here directly as well to keep the discussion going.
The development team truly values all your constructive feedback as you can hopefully tell in the demos below. We’re working on better transparency with our work and changes to improve communication are already underway. Please continue to share your thoughts so we deliver the best feature it can be!
Principal Developer, Sourcetree
Repositories sidebar/split view
In the 2.0 release for Windows we simplified the UI complexity for both design and performance improvements based on app usage and user feedback. Part of that included replacing the sidebar - which contained a nested list of local repositories, provided an overview of their status, and provided quick access by mouse or keyboard - with what we call the “new tab experience.”
While well received in general we heard from some that they weren’t able to be as efficient with this new navigational experience. Since then the ticket for its return become our second highest Windows request. For many it remains a reason to stick with the last 1.9 release due to the potential for disruption.
Empowering our users and ensuring they have a pleasant development experience remains our foremost priority. To achieve that we explored many different options while working in hand in hand with our passionate users and we’re excited to share the results of that effort.
These aren’t just shiny demos though. While we don’t have a specific ETA to share right now for either of the features it’s safe to say you’ll see them released during the first half of 2019. We’ve already started sharing betas for the sidebar with our friends in the Sourcetree Beta Program to gather feedback and we’d appreciate yours too.