Is there a legend somewhere to clarify what the purple line relates to? I find I get confused knowing which branch is which. I have only been using SourceTree for a few weeks so I am probably missing something.
You are definitely not the first to ask this question (try searching this site for "branch colors"), and the problem basically boils down to this: even though the name "branch" implies that it refers to a line of commits, on a technical level, a branch only refers to a single commit.
I wrote a rather detailed answer to one of these questions recently, hopefully it helps: https://answers.atlassian.com/questions/44220615
I've seen other git clients show a branch name next to each commit. The Bitbucket website does this also. But after you've done a few merges they ALL give up on doing that.
On the rare occassion that I know in advance I will need 10+ branches being worked on simultaneously and will rarely be merged, I get into the habit of prefixing my commit messages with the branch name.
The GitKraken program allows you to show/hide 1 or more branches like you would with layers in a Photoshop document. Sourcetree can only show/hide all local and all remote branches.
So if I have 15 branches, in sourcetree I can see either all 30 local+remote or just all 15 local branches.
But in GitKraken I can set it to only show 1 or 2 or 4 or 5 etc.
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