A new version of Visible Systems™ software configuration management product Razor® is now available for the Mac OS X 10.4 running on the Intel x86 and PowerPC. Additionally, Razor will support execution of its commands from a remote command line that will take advantage of SSH remote security features. These two features are among 25 other product enhancements that make Razor 5.2 the best value among integrated SCM solutions on the market today.
Razor Remote Command Line: The new Razor remote command-line interface (CLI) enables command-line functionality to be executed on a remote machine (other than the Razor server host). The Razor remote CLI requires the use of both 'ssh' and 'scp'. These two utilities are typically included as part of the OS installation for most UNIX platforms. Users running the Razor remote CLI will need to install PuTTY (http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/)
Razor remote CLI implementation notable exceptions are starting/stopping Razor databases and license managers. That said, the Razor remote CLI will allow users to perform the following Versions-related operations: check-in, check-out, un-checkout, promote, branch files, terminate branches, get read-only copies of files, remove, rename files/folders, rename files/folders, bump major version number of managed files.
Planned Eclipse Plug-in for Razor (5.3): The remote command line feature is the first of a two-step process towards the implementation of a Razor “plug in” for the Eclipse platform. Much like other SCM tools, the remote command line will represent Razor’s interface to Eclipse. All from within an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), you will be able to work with Razor’s command line features and many of the other tools that support Eclipse.
Custom Help Desk: Razor’s web based issues management tool, Issue Weaver, has been customized to accommodate the most complex help desk and document management situations. Just ask for a demo of what we did for the National Data Buoy Center at NOAA.
A short list of other enhancements in this release follows:
1. Enhanced the issue text panes so a date/userid entry is added when
the issue is updated. User may set a new Options entry to control this
2. Added new paper clip glyph to issues that is automatically set when
file attachments are present.
3. Updated ONE_OF_MANY_LIST rendering so the selected item is displayed
when the issue is opened.
4. Updated the Razor Desktop on Windows so it will start as a small
window at upper-left hand side when user shrinks the window and then
5. Updated the Guiffy diff/merge engine on Windows to the latest
6. Corrected the Guiffy diff/merge engine execution on remote
7. Corrected problem when terminating branches and not decrementing
8. Added a MAC OS X version of Razor.
9. Changed the location of Razor.ini on Windows to the user's $HOME
10. Updated the RCS archive engine on Windows to help with 'diff' issues
on Windows 2003 Server.
11. Added option to use ssh to authenticate remote users instead of
Please note, Razor 5.2 supports the following operating systems only:
Solaris 2.5 (Sparc), Solaris 2.6 and higher (Sparc & Intel), HPUX (10.x,
11.x), IRIX (5.x & 6.x), IRIX 6.5 (64-bit), AIX (3.x & 4.x, 5.x), Linux
(2.4.x and 2.6.x), Windows 2000/2003/XP (client), Windows 2000/2003/XP
Click the 'Demo Download' link in the Product Evaluation section on the left to download a copy of Razor v5.2
Razor®, an integrated problem tracking and configuration management tool, is an integrated suite of tools which combines a tailorable issue tracking system with traditional configuration and build coordination capabilities. Razor® integrates requirements definition so all check-ins and projects can be related to requirements. Each requirement, bug report, or change request is entered in terms of an issue and assigned a unique issue number. Issues can in turn be associated with files that are under version control. When it is time to gather files to perform a release, the files are then identified by their issue number. Razor's scope is easily extended to aid anyone within an organization. Its highly configurable interface allows for easy integration into a wide variety of environments. "The Razor Unix server with the NT client works great. It's extremely easy to customize, very easy to install, very well laid out in terms of directory structure and tools", stated Vickie Slingsby, Configuration Management Coordinator for MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (http://www.mda.ca).
Pricing and Availability
Razor is based on a floating license scheme whereby usage is not locked to particular clients or users. Its outstanding value and flexibility include every platform at no additional cost. You can obtain a copy of the latest release by clicking the 'Demo Download' link in the Product Evaluation section of the website.
Razor is an activity-based Software Configuration Management tool, providing process management, issue/problem tracking, version control, and release management in one integrated framework. Workflow, templates, rules, and controls can be customized to match a customer's process. Managers can conform Razor's problem tracking feature to their organization's processes and specify event triggers to notify project members of predefined actions, such as missed deadline, incomplete tasks, or inaction on an item.
About Visible Systems
Headquartered in Lexington, MA, Visible offers end-to-end, model-based solutions for developing and managing large-scale software and database applications. Visible has over 100,000 users of its products worldwide. Besides Razor, the company's products include Visible Advantage, an enterprise architecture planning and development tool. Visible Analyst, a powerful software analysis and design tool that supports UML, XML, round-trip, and structured software engineering in one integrated tool set. Visible Developer, a model-based, technology-neutral code engine for Visual Basic .NET and Visual C# .NET generation and Visible LCSIS a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tool. A growing list of Visible customers include AEA Technology, AT&T, BAE Systems, Boeing, Booz, Allen, & Hamilton, Computer Sciences Corporation, DASA Daimler-Benz Aerospace, Eagle Systems Inc., First American Bank, Federal Aviation Administration, Foster Miller, General Dynamics, Integral Systems, Johnson Space Center, Lockheed Martin, Long Island Railroad, Motorola, NASA - Kennedy Space Center, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center, Naval Air Warfare Center, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, National Security Agency, National Severe Storms Lab, NLX Corporation, NOAA, Northrop Grumman Information Technology, Orbital Science, Raytheon E-Systems, Robins Air Force Base, SAIC, Sandia National Laboratories, Sensis, Shell, Seagate Technology, Social Security Administration, State of Arizona, State of New York, Tundra Semiconductors and the US Navy Coastal System Station.
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