Code by Kevin releases PortAuthority 2.0, GUI for MacPorts

April 27, 2007 in Software (F)

[] Code by Kevin has released PortAuthority 2.0, 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.

Version 2.0 includes the following improvements:

* A significantly redesigned interface for greater ease-of-use.
* Browse categories with tree display.
* Keeps history of search terms.
* Bug fix: Keyboard shortcuts streamlined.

PortAuthority is shareware; licenses are available for $20 and a 30-day demo is available. Version 2.0 is a free upgrade for registered users. PortAuthority is a universal binary and requires Mac OS X 10.4. For more information, visit

Code by Kevin develops elegant, easy-to-use software for Mac OS X. For more information about our products, see


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