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RBTools 0.5.1 released

RBTools 0.5.1 is out, with many important bug fixes, some new features, and improvements to our API.

We've addressed the bulk of the problems people hit with the new commands in RBTools 0.5.0. In particular, several crashes with Perforce, Subversion and Bazaar have been addressed.

Most of the RBTools commands now have a --repository-type option, which can be used to specify the type of repository, instead of RBTools having to guess. This can also be set in .reviewboardrc by setting the REPOSITORY_TYPE setting. Setting this will dramatically speed up creating and updating review requests, and prevent problems with nested repositories.

You can use post-review --list-repo-types or rbt list-repo-types to see the valid values for this new setting.

To upgrade your copy of RBTools, just run:

easy_install -U RBTools

See the release notes for the full list of changes.

Private beta for Review Board Enterprise

We've been working toward a set of enhancements to Review Board for larger installations that we're currently calling Review Board Enterprise. The functionality we're targeting initially includes:

  • Support for repositories on GitHub Enterprise.
  • Ability to scale across multiple servers, to handle larger numbers of consecutive users.
  • Faster diff viewer rendering. Diffs will begin generating immediately upon upload, outside the Apache process, and this can be scaled out as well.
  • Pre-built Review Board VMs for quick installation and scale-out.

Depending on interest, future versions may include:

  • Enhanced diff features. Due to the new way we can process diffs, we can start enhancing what the users see, speeding up their review process, and thus saving companies time and money.
  • Multiple SSH keys. Associate different SSH keys to different repositories.
  • Single sign-on. Integrate with existing SAML-based services.

These are changes we've been using on our hosting service, RBCommons, and are working to make available to a larger audience.

We're collecting sign-ups from anyone interested in giving this a try. We'll send out an announcement with a beta download once it's ready.

If you're interested, you can sign up here.

This will be a for-pay addition to Review Board, and will help directly fund the continued development of Review Board itself.

PDF Review Beta Released!

We're proud to announce that we've released an initial version of the PDF Review extension. This extension allows viewing PDF attachments directly in your browser, and you can add comments on the content.

If you're curious about how this works, we have an overview of the functionality over on our blog. If you'd like to get access to the beta, please fill out the signup form and we'll be in touch.