As the first of a series of usability enhancements that we outlined on our roadmap this week, we're rolling out a small but significant change which we hope will really improve your day-to-day interaction with Gearset Deploy.
You can now save your own custom comparison sets and retrieve them next time you want to compare the same metadata types. No more manually selecting checkboxes every time: just select your custom set from the drop-down menu.
Here's how it works.
Saving comparison options
This is what the new comparison options dialog box looks like:
As you can see, we've moved some things around. The new drop-down menu in the top right allows you to select a saved comparison set, or one of the defaults (All types or None). The number in brackets next to each comparison set indicates how many metadata types are included in that set.
Selecting one of the saved comparison sets automatically selects the corresponding metadata types:
To create your own comparison set, start editing the selected metadata types as you normally would. The text box in the top left should enable. Once you're happy with the types you've selected, just enter a name for your new comparison set and hit Save. Your settings are now saved for next time!
Editing and deleting comparison options
If you want to edit a saved comparison set, first, select it from the drop-down menu. Edit the comparison as you see fit - an asterix will appear at the end of the name to indicate that you've changed the comparison. To save your changes, just hit Save.
If you want to change the name of your edited comparison, edit the name before you hit Save. If you change the name, the new comparison set will be saved separately instead of overwriting the original.
Finally, to delete a saved comparison set, select it and then hit the X to the right of the drop-down menu.