Surround SCM for Mac

Surround SCM for Mac

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Date Added:
May 19, 2005
Update; $595.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.1/10.2/10.3/10.3.9/10.4 PPC
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Additional Requirements:
Mac OS X 10.1 or higher

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  • 5 stars

    "The Only Truly OS X-Native CM App"

    July 27, 2004   |   By freevito

    Version: Surround SCM 2.1.5


    This review was originally posted on

      I've spent the last two months checking out configuration managment apps for OS X, and if you want one that is truly GUI-based, from server to client, they all pretty much suck...except Surround SCM.
      What's most amazing to me is that nothing else even comes close to Surround SCM for ease of use and functionality. Yeah, I know all about the various flavors of CVS and its variants, derivatives, and distant cousins, but gimmee a's ability to do command-line repository directory set-up doesn't make it any less a pain in the arse to have to actually do it that way.
      Here's the test for any software application's user-friendliness and intuitive approach to the task it's supposed to accomplish: Can you set it up and get it working without reading the manual? In Surround SCM's case, the answer is "Yes!"
      Well...not entirely, but it's pretty close. There's no way I'd have been able to set up the license server and the CM server without reading those instructions, onna counta you have to do it in precisely the right sequence to get it to work. It would have been helpful if the default administrator log-in procedure for the License Admin Utility had been more prominently displayed on the web site and in the set-up documentation, but since that was pretty easily resolved with an e-mail inquiry, I guess that's a minor gripe.
      I have to say that Seapine's pretty responsive. My e-mails were answered within 24 hours, and I suspect that the company is a first-class operation, judging by the quality of their software. I won't spend too much time reviewing this version (2.1.5) since they're going to be releasing version 3.0 tomorrow (2004, July 28).
      I have a couple of other gripes:
    • Why in God's name can't you remove and destroy a mainline branch??
    • The application will actually let the administrator inadvertently remove his own security privileges, leaving no one left with sufficient privileges to reinstate them, making the entire application useless if that happens!! That's a serious bug. Fortunately, I was still playing around with the setup when that happened, so I didn't lose any work, but Seapine definitely needs to fix that one.
    • The documentation is weak; not bad, but not great either.
      Still, it's hard to beat this app, and as of this writing, there isn't another one that's even in the running. I'll give it four stars despite the gripes listed above, and add another one for Seapine's allowing the app to have full functionality during the 30-day evaluation license period. I have very high hopes that version 3.0 will make what is already a great application even better. It's a bit pricey, but considering the fact that no other CM app has anything like the quality or ease of use, it's still a pretty good value.

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