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Man Page reader Manpower 4.0 adds Cocoa toolbar, printing

updated 10:30 pm EDT, Tue May 3, 2011

Update improves AppleScript support, more

Code by Kevin has launched an update to its Unix page-reader, Manpower, now at version 4. The software presents a three-pane display of Unix Man pages, giving a more easily read view of Unix software documentation -- the built-in manual -- normally accessed via the Unix terminal. It supports printing the man pages, or converting them to text or PDF. Other capabilities include search and browse support and bookmarking.

The v4 update adds a fully native Cocoa toolbar and native Cocoa printing. It can now be set as the default viewer of man pages. It also brings improvements to AppleScript, support for man page hyperlinks and integration with the native Mac help-viewer. The software is Intel only, requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, and costs $25.

by MacNN Staff




  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $25??? He's kidding, right?

    That kind of functionality should be worth $5, $10 tops.

    man -t [command] | open -f -a /Applications/

    There you go, replace [command] with the terminal command of your choosing and you'll get a decently-formatted PDF of the man page opened up in Preview.

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Good luck, kid.

  1. RonC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Uhh, no, I don't think so, but...

    ... it looks like a good project for a "First real OS X" application tutorial. Man pages are useful, and you could use many of the topics in such an app to drive the outline of the tutorial. Maybe I turn that into a book!

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