I think the "build" tool had more potential.
Maybe, as it was, it just did not reach the threshold to be make it usable.
Many of us need build tools which automates things.
I really like the Outline tool...hoping that your implementation into the Planner is good.
The Build tool had great potential, but it was too complicated. We are going to implement a new feature first, allowing users to run shell scripts on actions, i.e. on commit, on remote servers. This will allow you to run build from there. We may create a new Build tool in the future. But I think the SSH tool will be very valuable. We are also improving our FTP tool to be more reliable.
The Outline tool was great also, it was just very complicated, we have a much simpler and powerful idea for Planner which will replace the functionality of the Outline tool.
We will not remove either of these tools for the time being until we have replacements, if the Build tool is working for you great, Outline will only be removed once the Planner (which does have a more elegant implementation) is fully featured.
we relied on Sites feature for more than a year. Application
installers on clients use it everyday. Please don't remove it!
I can't wait for an improved Planner. One feature that I hope makes it's way in is an easier way of grouping tickets/tasks under another ticket/story. Creating parent-child relationships via drag and drop is one way to go!
The systematic removal of the communications tools (Chat and Skype) is really making me question my commitment to Assembla. Over the last 3+ years I've become somewhat dependent on Assembla, and have run over a dozen student game projects with distributed teams ranging from a handful to as many as 30. Without an integrated communications tool, there does not seem to be a compelling reason to stick with Assembla any longer. I seriously hope you will reconsider your decisions on these tools.
When is it planed to launch be the SSH tool?
We do not have a definite date for the SSH tool yet, but we are reviewing the code now and plan to have it out very soon.
Just found out the hard way that my 15+ (mostly open source project) websites went down on 9/15. Guess I should have been reading the newsletters, eh? OTOH, if one customer account has 15+ websites (especially when apparently most customers didn't use the sites feature much), an infrastructure company that wants more of his business might be careful enough to notice that, and be sure that customer knows his websites are *all* going down on a scheduled date, in advance of that date. That did not happen in this case. And now I see that "Spring" means Aug 15. Ha Ha. Very cute.
The communications feature has been a key part of out distributed teams' communication. Without it we may have to start moving to another online collaboration too.
Your pricing chart (https://www.assembla.com/plans), as well as your documentation wiki, still mentions "FTP/Build" which is quite annoying. One of the reasons we just signed up with Assembla was the docs on the build tool. If you are going to remove the build tool, then you need to make sure to update all of your docs and your pricing/feature matrix. That's just poor business practice otherwise and it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Thank you for your post Robert. We will update our documentation soon.
@robert we are working on a new and improved build tool that will be available shortly
I assume this new build tool is the SSH tool you mentioned? I'm definitely interested in what it can do. My issue right now is that I'm currently configuring a new set of production servers that we will use with our move to Assembla. I was hoping to test your old Build tool. If you can't give us an ETA on the new tool, can you at least release some teaser documentation for it? It would let me evaluate the option and plan for it.
We use the outline tool extensively, because it's the only place you can nest tasks underneath their parent task. Please be sure include that feature in the Planner.