Timeline integrates Photoshop with Subversion (SVN) for full version control
But that's OK -- I just keep buying terabyte drives. I'm a junky like that! The real problems occur when it comes to editing: sometimes I make destructive changes and save the file.
Now, any good graphic designer will tell you that destructive changes should always be avoided -- you never alter the original image! But the fact is, shit happens. Even if you never make mistakes, it's still very nice to have an entire changelog of every alteration you make. Maybe you change some text, save, close, go home for the day -- and then, the next day, your boss wants you to revert back to the original text.
That's where Timeline enters the fray. Timeline, through a neat, easy-to-use UI links Photoshop to a Subversion (SVN) repository.
Subversion, if you're new to version control, is a repository. Think of it as a vault that contains all previous versions of a document -- or image, in this case. You can leave notes when you update a file in the repository, and later produce a changelog that contains all of the changes made by all contributors (this is what you see when a new product is released!) You can also lock files, to prevent two people working on the same file at once -- pretty neat, when you're not in the same office, or collaborating over the Internet.
Because it's just a front-end, there's no real tricks up Timeline's sleeve. It's handy, and it can certainly be a life-saver if you're working on something important, but it's hardly an exciting tool. You could achieve the same effect by installing SVN and submitting your files to the repository manually -- $60 seems a little steep for a plug-in that automates the process.
I'm sure Timeline could be a 'must have' tool for photographic enthusiasts or commercial design studios -- give the 30-day trial a go, if you want to make sure before forking out the money.
[We'll be running a giveaway for five (5) licenses later today, so stay tuned!]