Getting Started with CollabNet GitEye

We released GitEye a couple weeks ago.  See my earlier blog post Introducing CollabNet GitEye if you missed it. This is a followup blog post that is aimed at new users and should help get you started using GitEye as your Git client. I have created three initial videos that walk through different aspects of using GitEye.  The videos are all short, just a few minutes, so you should be able to just watch the videos you need. For example, the first video shows how to setup an SSH key. If you do not need help with this, or do not use SSH you can just skip it. With that out of the way, here are the videos.

SSH Key Management

This video shows how to create a new SSH key pair using GitEye as well as how to upload the public key to GitHub. If you are using another Git service that has a web interface, such as CloudForge or TeamForge, the instructions would be identical. You would simply paste your key into a different service.


Managing Git Repositories

I started off with the SSH video because if you want to access a service like GitHub, you probably want to use SSH, or will need it eventually. So I figured I would introduce SSH before moving on to cloning repositories. This video shows how to bring your Git repositories into the GitEye client. It covers cloning repositories from a variety of different services such as GitHub, Gerrit, CloudForge and TeamForge. It also shows how to bring your existing Git repositories into GitEye.


Window Management

I thought this would be a useful topic for all users. It is less about Git, and more specifically about GitEye and how you can arrange the windows within GitEye to your liking.



Hopefully you found this post useful and it will help you to get started using the GitEye client.

This is the first time I have created and posted videos to the blog, so I would appreciate comments and feedback on how this works. Do you prefer this over text and screenshots? Was the quality OK? I made the videos using the Quicktime recorder that is built into OSX and I just used the built-in microphone of my Macbook. The audio seems OK overall, unfortunately, you can hear my laptop fan kick in by the end of each video. I did not find it distracting when listening to the video over computer speakers, it might be worse if using headphones.

Mark Phippard

Engineering manager for several teams at CollabNet, including CloudForge, Subversion, Subversion Edge, Git and our Desktops and Integrations. Project owner for the Subclipse project, which provides Subversion support in Eclipse. Also a full committer for the Subversion project. Product owner for GitEye, Subversion Edge and the CollabNet Desktops and Integrations.

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7 comments on “Getting Started with CollabNet GitEye
  1. Susan Bradeen says:

    Great video content, easy to follow along, clear sound. The fan noise is noticeable through headphones, but I personally didn’t find it distracting, and it does not diminish the voice quality. The videos start out a bit fuzzy visually (in both Chrome and Safari), but then clear up after a few seconds into the video. Overall, nice job.

  2. Matthias says:

    Thank you for the videos. I found you very helpful and of fine quality. Are more videos planned?

  3. Matthias says:

    Thank you very much! I find the videos useful and quality in order. Are more videos planned?

  4. volandoc says:

    As an example:
    Gerrit gives me a link for cloning: git clone ssh://username@address:port/path

    U have the username and password.
    How can i clone this repo?

  5. Vig says:

    Hello, I followed your video to clone a remote repo from Github. I completed the task but when I go to the GitFiles window, I don’t see the repo. Instead, I see “No repository selected”. How do I select the repository I just cloned? Thanks!

  6. Jamie says:

    Very helpful, thank you! I greatly prefer these to text/screenshots. Easy to follow and a good length (long enough to show the necessary steps but not too long).

  7. Howard Brown says:

    I think this is great, but it seems like these ‘getting started’ leave off just at the point where they should talk about actually using the tools to checkout and checkin files from/to the remote repository. I’m using CloudForge and GitEye, and while there are lots of videos about how to use these products, I’m looking for a simple overview of how to conduct software team development using them, but so far everything has been too complex and lacking in these details. This really isn’t a jab at these product, but rather a request for direction from people who use the products.

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