Code by Kevin releases PortAuthority 2.2, GUI for MacPorts

July 31, 2007 in Software (F)

[] Code by Kevin has released PortAuthority 2.2, 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 2.2 includes the following improvements:

* UI improvements: Standard Mac toolbar, standard Mac search field, three-pane layout, integration of installed ports with main table view. More intuitive and simple to use.

* Live resizing of window view.

* Expanded documentatinon: now includes an introduction to MacPorts as well as documentation on PortAuthority.

* Now checks for updated version of application.

* Now re-sets demo period for new version.

PortAuthority is shareware; licenses are available for $20 and a 30-day demo is available. Version 2.2 is a free upgrade for users with a valid serial number. PortAuthority is a universal binary and requires Mac OS X 10.4. For more information, visit

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