By Anders Borum
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Access Git repositories on the go. Clone, edit, commit and push while allowing other apps access to repositories.
Git is a important part of our work-life and iOS can take part in this. The ability to commit even when offline has added utility on a device that moves in and out of network coverage. Cloning repositories gets you a local copy on your iOS device with commits for all branches. You can browse the content from within the app and make changes. Other applications supporting the document picker, WebDAV or x-callback-url has access to these files. Changes made can be committed and the commits can in turn be pushed back to the remote.
The idea of doing significant programming on iOS might seem far fetched when you are used to a large screen, a physical keyboard and a full IDE. But just as it turned out that not every email is serious prose, then not everything that goes on in Git is significant programming. Sometimes you just want to update a TODO file or make adjustments to your Jekyll site. Sometimes you just need to add a file the designer sent after hours.
If you ever make reminders about small things to do with the code-base, then you should give Working Copy a try. You will spend less time moving stuff around and you will get much better commit messages when you write them for fixes that are still fresh in your mind. You won't be leaving your computer behind any time soon, but sometimes it is faster to just fix things with the device in your hand.
Even if you never edit a line of code on iOS, Working Copy is a great companion for reviewing and discussing code. Repositories are cross indexed and with powerful fuzzy search you can quickly jump from a symbol to the declaration or reverse from the declaration to all usages. A graph of your commits lets you zoom out for a overview of of the commit tree or zoom in for specifics about each commit, with speed and beauty you won’t find in desktop Git applications. Review the changes your files have gone through with a diff viewer that is great for text and images. There is even hex-dump mode for that obscure occasion.
Working Copy is a free download but you need to pay to unlock the ability to push commits back to remote servers. There is no venture capital, large company or ads funding development and your support through in-app purchase directly sustains development.
What's New in Version 3.1.0
This update is all about iOS 11, bringing your Git repositories to the Files app with rich Drag and Drop support on iPad.
Working Copy appears as a Location in the Files app showing your repositories, with all subdirectories and files. Open files, rename, move, tag, mark favourites or import files from other Locations where all changes end up in your repositories ready to be committed inside Working Copy.
Drag and Drop between apps is exclusive to iPad, and makes it much easier to get files into or out of your repositories.
Drag files from your emails, the Files app or any other supporting app to add to your repositories. When files already exist you can import as a new file or overwrite the existing one and when the existing file in your repository is already committed overwriting is automatic, saving you a little time, as it is very easy to Revert to get back old files.
Directories can be dragged into repositories or to the repository list to import a new repository and zip archives can be decompressed as they are dragged making them act like directories.
When dragging files out of Working Copy the result will depend on the target app. Dragging files into emails will attach them and dragging into the Files app will export to this location. Textastic and other editing apps that support this can receive a reference to files or directories letting them edit in-place such that changes are made inside the repository.
When searching your repository use quotes to find "complete sentences".
Some users would like to use the dark icon with the light color scheme or vice versa. Now you can toggle the icon right where you change the color scheme.
There is some bad news too. It has not been possible to support the iOS 10 document picker and the iOS 11 Files app at the same time. To avoid breaking the document picker capabilities this update is only for iOS 11. I hope to restore iOS 10 compatibility very soon and to keep supporting iOS 10 until June 2018.
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Sep 19, 2017
- Version: 3.1.0
- Size: 52.7 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Anders Borum
- © Applied Phasor 2017
Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch.
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