PortAuthority 2.3 makes MacPorts easier to use

August 13, 2007 in Software (F)

[prMac.com] Code by Kevin has released PortAuthority 2.3, 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 2.3 includes the following improvements:
* Major enhancements in speed and responsiveness.
* All tree and table items return data with a single click.
* Searching and sorting information is now much faster; the list of ports is cached and updates by calling MacPorts only when a package is removed or added.
* When installing a port, user stays in the same table view when the installation is done; it no longer pulls away to the updated list of packages.
* The progress bar and beep are only called during long-running processes (installing, removing, upgrading ports). Simple or quick processes (fetching info, filtering by category) simply display the proper data.
* Bug fix: Preferences now update correctly.

PortAuthority is shareware; licenses are available for $20 and a 30-day demo is available. Version 2.3 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 http://www.codebykevin.com/portauthority.html.

Code by Kevin develops elegant, easy-to-use software for Mac OS X. For more information about our products, see http://www.codebykevin.com.


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