MacTerm for Mac

MacTerm for Mac

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    Mar. 05, 2015
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Looking for the most sophisticated terminal software with Unix-like options to access your Mac's system? MacTerm for Mac is a very powerful application, with tons of features, customization options, and a basic interface.

MacTerm for Mac is a free application that is currently in beta. This application doesn't have a native installer, but nevertheless it downloaded and installed quickly. If you are used to Apple's OS X Terminal application, after initiating the program you will be greeted with a very familiar interface, only with new icons and features on the toolbar. The application is basically a more advanced Apple OS X Terminal with extra features like Growl integration, shortcuts, advanced search, etc. The level of customization this application offers is pretty amazing and will be welcomed by advanced users. One of our favorite features is the Macro function that allows you to run complex tasks by just pressing a few key combinations. Although the application is still in beta, it runs surprisingly well and with no hiccups. However, the application is still not optimized for the new Retina Display, so the text and icons will be a little blurry for Retina users.

With plenty of features to offer, MacTerm for Mac seems to be a very powerful terminal application. This application is suitable for users who use their Terminal app very often, such as developers, programmers, administrators, and gamers.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.1.0.b.20150303

New in 20150303:

  • "Completions" for words can now be found by invoking the "Show Completions" command of the Edit menu (or using the Option-Escape key sequence). The base for search is either the currently-selected text or the word that is nearest the terminal cursor. Conceptually, completions behave as if you had performed a dynamic search for the base text in the terminal, and "double-clicked" each matching location to produce whole words.
  • "Completions" enter only a subset of the chosen string, based on the text currently at the cursor position. For example, if the characters at the cursor are "he" and you select the completion "hello", only "llo" will be sent to the terminal.
  • "Completions" display numerical key equivalents for the first few choices. And, like any menu, you can navigate items via the keyboard (use arrow keys, type letters to select items, or press Escape to dismiss the menu).
  • "Completions" do not require a text selection (the word nearest the cursor is used) but the existing keyboard-based text selection mode can be useful if a selection is desired. Namely, you can often hold down the Shift key and press arrow keys to highlight text prior to requesting completions.
  • "Completions" define "words" based on the same rules as double-clicks, which incidentally can be overridden using the Python API. Note that this can cause completions without punctuation to be included even when a base word has punctuation.
  • "Completions" can only match words that are somewhere in the terminal buffer. In particular, if your scrollback settings allow some unique text to scroll into oblivion, it can no longer appear in a completion.
  • "Completions" match any part of a word. Example: if the lower-case letter "e" is the base selection and the words "hello, "Echo" and "lace" all appear on the terminal screen or in its scrollback, all 3 words will be shown as completions.

New in 20150101:

  • Preferences now exist for automatically starting a file capture when a session begins. Currently, this can only be set using the beta version of the new Preferences window that is available from the debug interface. A file may have a constant name or it may contain template variables (\D for the date in YYYY-MM-DD form, \T for the time in HHMMSS form, \\ for a backslash).
Publisher Kevin Grant
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Release Date March 05, 2015
Date Added March 05, 2015
Version 4.1.0.b.20150303
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.08MB
File Name macterm-latest.dmg
Total Downloads 2,711
Downloads Last Week 4
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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