Thanks, Rick!

It is true that having two drop-downs would be a little ugly, and
perhaps not in the "Mac" idiom of minimalist GUI design. However, I
think that would actually be the best short-term idea.

1. Some developers I know (few of them, admittedly) actually prefer
different tools for diffs vs. 3-way merges. Dual drop downs would
allow you to make that distinction easily.
2. The 3-way drop down could auto-populate with the selection from the
other drop-down. I envision a checkbox above the second drop down
saying something like "Use same program for 3-way merges". When the
checkbox is on (the default), the second drop-down is greyed out and
not changeable, and it will auto-populate to whatever you select via
the first one. If the first one does not support 3-way merges, then
the dropdown should say that. "Selected comparison tool does not
support 3-way merging" or something.
3. It's still pretty easy and at least it's consistent with the
comparison approach.
4. Most users of tools like this are not average computer users, they
are programmers or at least power users, so the complexity is less
intimidating to them.


Cheers,

Chris


On Nov 28, 8:29 am, Rick Fillion <r...@blackpixel.com> wrote:
> Hi Chris,
>
> Great post, I'm sure that'll help out a lot of people.
>
> I'm currently the lead dev on Versions, so I figured I'd take a crack at 
> answering the question of "Why doesn't Black Pixel already have this in 
> there?"
>
> The easy answer: we (Black Pixel) haven't done a release yet since getting 
> these apps from Sofa.  I've got a bug fix release that's just about ready to 
> roll out.  Give us a bit of time and we'll try to impress you. :)
>
> That's not a very good answer though.  Since I never worked at Sofa, I can't 
> give you a definitive answer for why this feature isn't present in Versions.  
> My gut feeling is that because not all diff'ing apps support 3-way merge, it 
> might be non-trivial to generalize that in a way that won't confuse users.  
> Having one drop down for "what diff tool would you like" and another for 
> "what merge tool would you like" for cases where the 3rd party diff tool 
> doesn't support 3-way merge, well that's a little messy for the user.
>
> The fact is, I don't know why this feature isn't currently present.  I'll 
> take this as a feature request, and we'll see what we can do about that in a 
> future version.
>
> Cheers.
>
> Rick Fillion
> Black Pixel
>
> On 2011-11-27, at 11:10 PM, Chris Ozeroff wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > Hey everyone,
>
> > For those of you interested in custom scripts for Versions, I created
> > a simple app to make it easier to launch a 3-way merge in DiffMerge
> > from Versions. See my blog post here:
>
> >http://chrisnchris.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/3-way-merging-using-versi...
>
> > And to Black Pixel: Why isn't 3-way merge integration with popular
> > diff tools supported inside the app? Or did I miss where to set that?
>
> > Cheers,
>
> > Chris
>
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