SVN Time-Lapse View 1.6

SVN Time-Lapse View is a Java viewer that downloads all revisions of a file and lets you scroll through them by draging a slider

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GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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Jonathan Aquino and Kim Tiedemann
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SVN Time-Lapse View
SVN Time-Lapse View is a cross-platform viewer that downloads all revisions of a file and lets you scroll through them by dragging a slider. As you scroll, you are shown a visual diff of the current revision and the previous revision. Thus you can see how a file evolved, and you can easily find the revision at which lines appeared, disappeared, or changed.

SVN Time-Lapse View is a powerful visual alternative to the Subversion "blame" command. It is inspired by the excellent Time-Lapse View in the Perforce version-control system.


To start the program, simply double-click SvnTimeLapseView.jar or type java -jar SvnTimeLapseView.jar at a command prompt. The SVN Time-Lapse View window will appear.

Now let's examine all of the revisions of one of your files. In the "File Path/URL" field, enter the file's SVN URL, for example,

or the path to the file in your Subversion workspace, like


If necessary, enter your username and password in the next two fields. The last field lets you limit the number of revisions to download (default 100). Finally, hit the Load button. You'll see a progress bar as the revisions are downloaded.

Now comes the fun part. You can drag the slider at the top to scroll through all of the revisions of the file. Changes between each revision are highlighted in blue. As an alternative to the slider, you can click the left and right buttons in the upper-right corner.

The number of differences is indicated in the lower-right corner. There are up and down arrows for moving from one difference to the next. Additionally, a search box is provided in the lower-left corner.

You can also control the four arrow buttons using Alt+Left, Alt+Right, Alt+Up, and Alt+Down.

You might find it more convenient to view only the differences instead of the entire file. Try selecting the Show Differences Only checkbox at the bottom of the window.

To use the Browse Directories/Repository button ("..."), first enter a file path or repository URL into the File Path/URL field. Fill in the User and Password fields if necessary. Then press the "..." button. A file dialog or repository-browser dialog will appear, allowing you to choose a file.


· Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 5 or later - tested with JRE 6 on Ubuntu 7.10

What's New in This Release:

· Repository-browser dialog. Thanks to Kim Tiedemann for his hard work.
· Remember Password checkbox.

Issues fixed by Kim:

· Issue 19 : Problems with unicode encoded files
· Issue 17 : Filepath/URL textfield not updated when started with parameter

2007-11-08: Kim Tiedemann is joining the project. He has a couple of Google Code projects of his own, and has already given valuable assistance with a couple of issues on this project. Kim will be fixing issues (including allowing the user to select an encoding) and supplying a repository browser.

Last updated on March 2nd, 2008

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