PortAuthority 2.6 released
kw at codebykevin.com
Mon Aug 4 16:10:44 PDT 2008
PortAuthority 2.6, my GUI for MacPorts, is now out.
PortAuthority provides a graphical user interface for the MacPorts
package management system for Mac OS X. MacPorts is a powerful
command-line tool for installing and updating a variety of Unix-based
applications for the Mac. Its power, though, comes at the cost of some
complexity; in the past the only way to utilize MacPorts was to type in
various commands into the Mac's Terminal application, which can be
intimidating for those users without a Unix background.
PortAuthority aims to bring the power of MacPorts to the traditional Mac
user by providing a user-friendly graphical interface to MacPorts. Using
a familiar combination of windows, icons, and menus, PortAuthority users
can search, install, update, and remove MacPorts programs and the
MacPorts infrastructure itself.
Among the features and improvements in this release:
* Faster display of all MacPorts packages: only queries MacPorts
database on startup and when package is installed or removed, not when
"All" is selected from tree view.
* Growl support: Now displays Growl notifications on systems with Growl
* Adds standard Mac "window" menu to better fit with system interface
* Preferences now update immediately on window close; no need to hit
"save" button. Better compliance with system interface guidelines.
* No longer connects to server on every startup to check for new
version; user controls this process.
* New "license" menu item displays user's serial number.
* User help now online; eliminates use of OS X help viewer.
PortAuthority is shareware; a license costs $24.95 and a 30-day demo is
available. Mac OS X 10.4 is the minimum supported OS. PortAuthority is a
For more information about PortAuthority, including download links, see
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