SmartSVN 8.5 Available Now

We’re happy to announce the release of SmartSVN 8.5, the graphical Subversion (SVN) client for Mac, Windows and Linux. SmartSVN 8.5 is available for download from our website here.

Along with several bug fixes and enhancements, SmartSVN 8.5 makes the critical move from SVNKit to JavaHL, the same back end as used by the Subversion command line client/server.

Major Improvements

Whilst it may not look different, this release signifies a huge change in that we’ve moved away from SVNkit and SmartSVN now uses JavaHL. This is the same library used by command line Subversion, and has given SmartSVN 8.5 much improved stability and a huge speed boost. Some comparison tables:

Text files
Jpg files
Operation 7.6.3
time (s)
8/8.0.1
time (s)
8.5 (JavaHL)
time (s)
7.6.3
time (s)
8/8.0.1
time (s)
8.5 (JavaHL)
time (s)
Checkout 72.21 78.86 7.34 118.13 120.35 10.92
1st Add 133.60 201.94 37.49 64.19 98.61 15.47
Revert 47.14 75.06 16.89 41.19 77.15 8.85
2nd Add 131.75 186.18 34.64 60.87 101.76 13.81
Commit 314.44 440.23 85.70 167.34 252.85 42.46
Remove 13.86 1146.77 13.76 6.76 553.41 8.70

We’ve also added support for Subversion 1.8.8 and the file:// protocol for local repository access.

For a full list of all improvements, bug fixes and other changes please take a look at the changelog.

Have your feedback included in a future version of SmartSVN

Many issues resolved in this release were raised via our dedicated SmartSVN forum, so if you’ve got an issue or a request for a new feature, head over there and let us know.

You can download SmartSVN 8.5 from our website here.

Haven’t yet started with SmartSVN? Claim your free trial of SmartSVN Professional here.

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