About SourceAnywhere for VSS

Remote access to Visual SourceSafe.

SourceAnywhere for VSS is a VSS remote/internet access (SourceSafe remote/internet access) tool. It enables you to use Visual SourceSafe easily over the Internet. With SourceAnywhere for VSS, you can perform most SourceSafe operations from any remote location using standard TCP/IP access. SourceAnywhere for VSS consists of a Server and a Client. They can communicate over any standard TCP/IP connection, including a PPP connection over a modem, an ISDN line, or an Ethernet connection on the same LAN as the Server.


Dynamsoft SourceAnywhere for VSS is a Visual SourceSafe remote access solution. As an add-on tool for SourceSafe, SourceAnywhere for VSS provides fast, reliable and secure remote access for users of SourceSafe 6.0 and SourceSafe 2005.

  • High performance SourceSafe remote/internet access
  • Cache server for your geographically distributed teams
  • Java client for cross platform
  • 128-bit SSL and Blowfish encryption
  • Password policy to protect your password
  • Eclipse plug-in
  • Visual Studio plug-in
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash plug-in
  • Delta transfer technology for high performance
  • Java SDK and COM SDK

Features and Benefits

High Performance Remote Access

  • 100+ times faster than VSS Explorer over internet
  • Delta Transfer (Professional Edition Only)
  • The data is compressed (zipped) before transfer
  • Compresses multiple files together to increase compression ratio and reduce the number of file transfer round trip
  • Multi-thread file transfer

Distributed Development

  • Client-server architecture. No file system access overheads
  • Cache Server. Requested server files are cached on the cache server to speed client access
  • Time zone offset management


  • 128-bit Blowfish is used to protect your data
  • SSL is used to protect your data
  • Password Policy. Protect your password with strong passwords
  • Client-server architecture. No need to expose the VSS database folder

Cross Platform (Professional Edition Only)

With a Java client, in addition to the standard Windows client, SourceAnywhere for VSS can run on any platform where a Java Virtual Machine can run, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, SCO Unix, FreeBSD and so on.

IDE Integration

  • Supports Eclipse IDE Integration/Eclipse plug-in  (Professional Edition Only)
  • Supports Macromedia DreamWeaver MX 2004 Integration (Professional Edition Only)
  • Supports Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 and .NET IDE Integration
  • Supports IBM Rational Rapid Developer 2003 IDE Integration
  • Supports Borland Delphi 8.0 IDE Integration
  • Supports the Microsoft Source Code Control Interface (MSSCCI)
  • Can be integrated with any MSSCCI compatible IDEs


  • Includes a Java SDK to build your own cross-platform SourceSafe remote access solution (Professional Edition Only)
  • Includes a COM SDK to build your own SourceSafe remote access solution on Windows platform (Professional Edition Only)


Almost all the VSS operations are supported: add files, create project, delete files or projects, get latest version, check out, check in, undo check out, move, deploy, share, branch, view, edit, show difference, set working folder, refresh file list, refresh project tree, stop current operation, show properties, show history, label, pin, rename, change password, cloak project, status search and wildcard search.

Broad Connectivity

  • Supports all TCP/IP connections, such as PPP, ISDN, ADSL, etc.
  • Supports SOCKS 4, SOCKS 5 and HTTP proxies

Miscellaneous Features

  • Similar GUI as Visual Source Safe VSS
  • Easy to deploy. Built from scratch in C++, SourceAnyWhere for VSS needs no additional components or frameworks
  • All operations are cancelable. The application never hangs up due to a network problem
  • Easy server management with the included Server Manager and Cache Server Manager