March 9, 2017

Developer Workflows Supercharged in Helix Visual Client (P4V) 2017.1

Version Control

The 2017.1 release of the Helix Visual Client (P4V) gives developers and other contributors unprecedented freedom to work with project files and version their work in any way they choose.

  • About to jump on a plane? Clone down those project files so you can version your work while working offline.
  • Stuck somewhere with no internet access? Initialize a personal server (commonly referred to as a local repo by Git users) and spike out that tricky bug fix.
  • Bus with built-in Wi-Fi? Push your changes, including version history, to your remote Helix server for your team to share.
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This highly anticipated release includes five core functionalities that make it easy to work — and version your work — on a personal server:

  • Initialize a personal server directly from the New Connection dialog or from the P4V toolbar.
  • Quickly clone by context-clicking in the P4V depot tree or using a remote specification.
  • Fetch changes and resolve conflicts easily from the P4V toolbar.
  • Push changes to your remote, shared Helix server with a context-click of the mouse.
  • View, create and edit remote specifications using the P4V remote mapping builder.
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Distributed Version Control and Beyond

Helix is the only distributed version control system (DVCS) that allows developers to clone/pull only the files in their project that they need to work on, not the entire repo. This saves time not only during data transfer but also during code review. With P4V 2017.1, users only need to tie up specific files in a pre-commit code review as opposed to the entire repo.

Access Your Personal Server through P4V 2017.1

The 2017.1 release has added benefits for users of the Visual Client. No longer do P4V users have to type out lengthy commands to clone, push and fetch. Instead, they can choose between working with a remote Helix server or a personal Helix server from their desktop app. From a remote server, users can create remote mappings with ease or clone down project files — using shallow clone for long version history, work with files locally, and push them back using P4V.

Helix Visual Client 2017.1 boosts developer freedom, flexibility, and productivity with our robust, native DVCS capabilities right from the desktop app. It’s easy, intuitive, and available now!

Upgrade to 2017.1 today!