Improved repositories drop-down

By on July 1, 2011

For far too long, the repositories drop-down has been far from optimal. Something of an embarrassment in fact. While not completely unusable, the drop-down is unwieldy for users with access to dozens of repos:

Bitbucket's old repositories drop-down
Old repositories drop-down

Additionally, its appearance never really blew my skirt up.

I’m pretty pleased with what we’ve come up with to address these issues:

Bitbucket's new repositories drop-down
Improved repositories drop-down

We now limit the number of repositories displayed to ten. Ten relevant repositories. Plus, the drop-down is no longer an eyesore. Skirt. Blown. Up. (I hope yours is too.)

As always we love receiving feedback from other Bitbucket users. Let us know if you think of a way to further improve this feature.

  • http://twitter.com/zaelsius Julio Gorgu00e9

    I have access to 30+ projects so this is a much welcomed improvement :)

  • http://twitter.com/zaelsius Julio Gorgé

    I have access to 30+ projects so this is a much welcomed improvement :)

  • http://twitter.com/zaelsius Julio Gorgé

    I have access to 30+ projects so this is a much welcomed improvement :)

  • Latif Khalifa

    I can’t seem to find other people’s private repositories that I have been granted access to. When I go to the URL of their repo directly I can browse it fine.

  • Latif Khalifa

    I can’t seem to find other people’s private repositories that I have been granted access to. When I go to the URL of their repo directly I can browse it fine.

  • Latif Khalifa

    I can’t seem to find other people’s private repositories that I have been granted access to. When I go to the URL of their repo directly I can browse it fine.

    • http://davidchambersdesign.com/ David Chambers

      That’s a consequence of our recent changes. We no longer list every repository to which one has direct access, so the drop-down is no longer canonical. While the old approach worked well for users with access to a handful of repos, we hope the new drop-down will work well for all Bitbucket users.

  • http://twitter.com/prencher Thomas Johansson

    Nice. Although I’d like to see the list be unique – E.g. don’t show a recently updated repo in recently viewed and vice versa.

  • http://twitter.com/prencher Thomas Johansson

    Nice. Although I’d like to see the list be unique – E.g. don’t show a recently updated repo in recently viewed and vice versa.

  • http://twitter.com/prencher Thomas Johansson

    Nice. Although I’d like to see the list be unique – E.g. don’t show a recently updated repo in recently viewed and vice versa.

  • http://hameedullah.com Hameedullah Khan

    Awesome!!! Looks really nice.

  • http://hameedullah.com Hameedullah Khan

    Awesome!!! Looks really nice.

  • http://hameedullah.com Hameedullah Khan

    Awesome!!! Looks really nice.

  • http://nautilebleu.tumblr.com nautilebleu

    Maybe a 2 columns drop down would have be nice, so we can have 20 repos without having to scroll, especially if the repo are uniques within the 2 columns like Thomas Johansson said.

  • http://nautilebleu.tumblr.com nautilebleu

    Maybe a 2 columns drop down would have be nice, so we can have 20 repos without having to scroll, especially if the repo are uniques within the 2 columns like Thomas Johansson said.

  • http://nautilebleu.tumblr.com nautilebleu

    Maybe a 2 columns drop down would have be nice, so we can have 20 repos without having to scroll, especially if the repo are uniques within the 2 columns like Thomas Johansson said.

    • Jon Langevin

      Great suggestion, would be nice to have more repos displayed in an accessible manner. Perhaps hide any extra info until onhover? So if you had 2 columns, hovering a cell (repo) in the left column would have it expand to cover both columns, to display extra information?

  • av

    In the “commit” tab, which also changed, can we get back the green “branch name” tags on the commits from those branches? nnWith several feature branches going it was really helpful.

  • av

    In the “commit” tab, which also changed, can we get back the green “branch name” tags on the commits from those branches?

    With several feature branches going it was really helpful.

  • av

    In the “commit” tab, which also changed, can we get back the green “branch name” tags on the commits from those branches?

    With several feature branches going it was really helpful.

    • http://davidchambersdesign.com/ David Chambers

      Great suggestion, av. I’ve had an idea as to how we might differentiate branches in an intuitive way, but it’s not easy to describe in words. Suffice to say that we’re aware of this deficiency and are thinking how best to address it.

      • av

        to be honest since you’re already cutting into the commit messages, might as well put those branch names back in the same spot….and the column with “5 minutes ago” and similar messages could be drastically shortened to even “5m ago”, “9h ago”, etc.

        Thanks for addressing this issue though.

  • http://bit.ly/jan-killian iki23

    Looks good.nnnI wouldn’t remove dupes as Thomas suggests … ie. items both in Recently viewed/updated, as you lose the information on what you work on (viewed) and what was updated.nnBut I’d welcome if the Recently viewed/updated headers were clickable (or had All link at the right side to them), so we could get complete sorted list of last viewed/updated repos. This would be useful if you work with more than 5 repos actively.nnThanks for your effort!nJan

  • http://bit.ly/jan-killian iki23

    Looks good.

    I wouldn’t remove dupes as Thomas suggests … ie. items both in Recently viewed/updated, as you lose the information on what you work on (viewed) and what was updated.

    But I’d welcome if the Recently viewed/updated headers were clickable (or had All link at the right side to them), so we could get complete sorted list of last viewed/updated repos. This would be useful if you work with more than 5 repos actively.

    Thanks for your effort!
    Jan

  • http://bit.ly/jan-killian iki23

    Looks good.

    I wouldn’t remove dupes as Thomas suggests … ie. items both in Recently viewed/updated, as you lose the information on what you work on (viewed) and what was updated.

    But I’d welcome if the Recently viewed/updated headers were clickable (or had All link at the right side to them), so we could get complete sorted list of last viewed/updated repos. This would be useful if you work with more than 5 repos actively.

    Thanks for your effort!
    Jan

    • http://davidchambersdesign.com/ David Chambers

      Thanks for the feedback, Jan. I like the idea of having the recently viewed/updated headings link to complete lists, and will keep it in mind.

  • http://twitter.com/axolx Martin Rio

    Thank you – this is much better than the kilometric dropdown! One thing I’d love to see sometime is a live search to narrow down repos, either on the dropdown or the repo list on the sidebar. That way, if I’m looking for a given repo I can start typing to narrow the list either to that item or down to something manageable.

  • http://twitter.com/axolx Martin Rio

    Thank you – this is much better than the kilometric dropdown! One thing I’d love to see sometime is a live search to narrow down repos, either on the dropdown or the repo list on the sidebar. That way, if I’m looking for a given repo I can start typing to narrow the list either to that item or down to something manageable.

  • http://twitter.com/axolx Martin Rio

    Thank you – this is much better than the kilometric dropdown! One thing I’d love to see sometime is a live search to narrow down repos, either on the dropdown or the repo list on the sidebar. That way, if I’m looking for a given repo I can start typing to narrow the list either to that item or down to something manageable.

    • http://davidchambersdesign.com/ David Chambers

      I totally agree that searching for repositories is currently less easy than it could be. We’re working to improve this.

      p.s. I’m gonna refer to the old drop-down as the “kilometric” one from now on. :)

  • Daniel Gonu00e7alves

    Much better! Good work, thank you guys!

  • Daniel Gonçalves

    Much better! Good work, thank you guys!

  • Daniel Gonçalves

    Much better! Good work, thank you guys!

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  • http://davidchambersdesign.com/ David Chambers

    Great suggestion, av. I’ve had an idea as to how we might differentiate branches in an intuitive way, but it’s not easy to describe in words. Suffice to say that we’re aware of this deficiency and are thinking how best to address it.

  • http://davidchambersdesign.com/ David Chambers

    Great suggestion, av. I’ve had an idea as to how we might differentiate branches in an intuitive way, but it’s not easy to describe in words. Suffice to say that we’re aware of this deficiency and are thinking how best to address it.

  • http://davidchambersdesign.com/ David Chambers

    Thanks for the feedback, Jan. I like the idea of having the recently viewed/updated headings link to complete lists, and will keep it in mind.

  • http://davidchambersdesign.com/ David Chambers

    Thanks for the feedback, Jan. I like the idea of having the recently viewed/updated headings link to complete lists, and will keep it in mind.

  • http://davidchambersdesign.com/ David Chambers

    I totally agree that searching for repositories is currently less easy than it could be. We’re working to improve this.nnp.s. I’m gonna refer to the old drop-down as the “kilometric” one from now on. :)

  • http://davidchambersdesign.com/ David Chambers

    I totally agree that searching for repositories is currently less easy than it could be. We’re working to improve this.

    p.s. I’m gonna refer to the old drop-down as the “kilometric” one from now on. :)

  • http://davidchambersdesign.com/ David Chambers

    That’s a consequence of our recent changes. We no longer list every repository to which one has direct access, so the drop-down is no longer canonical. While the old approach worked well for users with access to a handful of repos, we hope the new drop-down will work well for all Bitbucket users.

  • http://davidchambersdesign.com/ David Chambers

    That’s a consequence of our recent changes. We no longer list every repository to which one has direct access, so the drop-down is no longer canonical. While the old approach worked well for users with access to a handful of repos, we hope the new drop-down will work well for all Bitbucket users.

  • av

    to be honest since you’re already cutting into the commit messages, might as well put those branch names back in the same spot….and the column with “5 minutes ago” and similar messages could be drastically shortened to even “5m ago”, “9h ago”, etc.nnThanks for addressing this issue though.

  • av

    to be honest since you’re already cutting into the commit messages, might as well put those branch names back in the same spot….and the column with “5 minutes ago” and similar messages could be drastically shortened to even “5m ago”, “9h ago”, etc.

    Thanks for addressing this issue though.

  • Jon Langevin

    Great suggestion, would be nice to have more repos displayed in an accessible manner. Perhaps hide any extra info until onhover? So if you had 2 columns, hovering a cell (repo) in the left column would have it expand to cover both columns, to display extra information?

  • Jon Langevin

    Great suggestion, would be nice to have more repos displayed in an accessible manner. Perhaps hide any extra info until onhover? So if you had 2 columns, hovering a cell (repo) in the left column would have it expand to cover both columns, to display extra information?