When comparing Fork vs Sublime Merge, the Slant community recommends Fork for most people. In the question“What are the best Git clients for Windows?” Fork is ranked 2nd while Sublime Merge is ranked 12th.
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Pro Fast and easy to use
Pro Dark theme support
Pro Comfortable when staging line-by-line changes
This feature is superior to the one that is implemented by SourceTree as it does not reset the file scroll view to the top of the file after each stage.
If you do feature-specific commits after some time of development - it's very important to be able to easily compose the commit from different line-based changes.
Pro Highlights the difference within a line
Pro Smart Diff is very handy
Pro Merge Conflict Resolution is great
Pro Free (for the moment)
The majority of work on Fork is done in the developers' spare time and, despite requests from the Fork community (who are keen to support the app), the product is still free. The developers are open about the possibility that they might make it a paid app at some point in the future, but the price is expected to be low and it will not be on a subscription basis.
Pro Overall aesthetic
The GUI components are flawless on the Mac. It is expected to be a similar experience on Windows. Once you realize that you can filter by branch, your appreciation for the product will go up dramatically.
Pro Comfortable keyboard shortcuts
Pro Tabbed interface
Several repos can be open at once in individual tabs, so it's trivial to switch back and forth between them.
Pro Many cons aren’t true
Many of the reported cons are no longer true and should be deleted.
Pro Very keyboard friendly
All actions have either direct hotkeys or corresponding entries in the palette (same as Sublime Text). This means a very streamlined and fast usage.
Pro Pure Git behind the scenes
All actions are real Git actions which minimizes confusion and makes it perfect for beginners and professionals alike.
Pro Portable version
Windows portable version.
Pro No account info needed
No account- or server checkbacks (only for updates). All password handling is pure Git which means much less trouble and confusion.
Pro "Native" performance (Python based)
Very good performance.
Pro Lifetime testing
The product is paid but you can test for your life without paying (similar to sublime text).
Pro Using the trial version forever without limitations
Sublime Merge may be downloaded and evaluated for free, however, a license must be purchased for continued use. There is no enforced time limit for the evaluation.
Con Hard to see which repos have uncommitted changes at a glance
Have to click the repo names one by one to see the uncommitted changes. Remember Sourcetree Mac client having an indicator showing the number of uncommited changes.
Con Still a young client, thus not as feature rich
This git GUI client is quite young compared to industry old-timers like git-tower 2 or SourceTree. So it's not as feature rich as you'd like. Still a very capable client for a simple day-to-day work.
Con Requires granting access to your git projects for the developer of the app
Con No Linux version
This git client is not compatible with Linux making the life harder for the developers that work on both, MacOS and some Linux distro.
Con Too expensive
And they're continuing to increase the price over the time, from the $60 that was at the start.