iLike iTerm, iDo

by M. David Peterson

PLEASE NOTE: Regarding the title: iSorry. ;-)

So anyway, Sylvain arrived here in the U.S. of A. on the 13th,

Sylvain_arrival_SLC_Int.jpg

... and the two of us have been heads down ever since preparing to release this at that. The day before his arrival I paid a visit to my local Apple Store to pick up his development machine. As such, he too is now discovering just how wonderful development life on a Mac can be.

Of course as wonderful as life can be there is one thing that has really irked me: The lack of a good tabbed shell/terminal client. What surprised me is that no matter how hard I looked it didn't seem like anybody either noticed and/or cared enough to do anything about it. But as Sylvain just discovered, apparently I was wrong,

iTerm

iTerm is a full featured terminal emulation program written for OS X using Cocoa. We are aiming at providing users with best command line experience under OS X. The letter i represents a native Apple look and feel of the program interface, and an emphasis on complete international support. iTerm was merged from two projects, CTerminal and TerminalX, both of which were based on JTerminal project. The current version is still in beta stage. It is however very much functional and usable.


SWEET! I feel like I just rediscovered Firefox!

iTerm.jpg

Thanks, iTerm developers! :D

8 Comments

Toby
2007-09-27 04:10:41
I tend to find iTerm unbearably slow.


However, Terminator fulfils all my needs, with the added bonus of complete Unicode support that Just Works.

Sylvain Hellegouarch
2007-09-27 07:12:10
Nice to put a picture of me after 14 hours of plane :D


Toby: Slow? Didn't notice that. Unbearably slow ? Wow, I must really have missed something.

M. David Peterson
2007-09-27 10:16:26
@Toby,


Thanks for the info and the link! Downloading now to try it out.

M. David Peterson
2007-09-27 10:18:28
@Sylvain,


> Nice to put a picture of me after 14 hours of plane :D


Youuuuu'rrrreee welcome. :D

Toby
2007-09-27 12:56:35
@Sylvain - I hadn't used iTerm in probably a year. To be fair, I just downloaded & tried out the latest version, and it seems much more responsive now than I remember it being, certainly good enough for real work.


I'll be sticking with Terminator though, for the UTF-8 support.

John L. Clark
2007-09-27 13:47:55
> I'll be sticking with Terminator though, for the UTF-8 support.


And for the name. ;-) Though, UTF-8 support is a great thing to have. Maybe someday (like when 10.5 is released), I'll have a shiny Mac of my own to try thi... hold on now, it's cross-platform in Java? Well now, that IS interesting. It claims that it replaces PuTTY; does it have a built-in ssh client as well? That would be AWESOME.


Oh, and welcome to the US, Sylvain. Wish you weren't still just as far away, but we can't have everything, can we? I hope you and MDP end up being greatly productive!

M. David Peterson
2007-09-29 00:11:10
@Toby,


>> I'll be sticking with Terminator though, for the UTF-8 support. <<


I've tried it out, and it's VERY nice! I'm using it more than I do iTerm at this point, though there are some features of iTerm that are pretty nice, so I have keep them both open :d


Thanks again for the tip!

M. David Peterson
2007-09-29 00:15:12
@John,


>> And for the name. ;-)


Yeah, no doubt! The name *ROCKS*! :D


>> Though, UTF-8 support is a great thing to have. Maybe someday (like when 10.5 is released), I'll have a shiny Mac of my own to try thi... hold on now, it's cross-platform in Java? Well now, that IS interesting. It claims that it replaces PuTTY; does it have a built-in ssh client as well? That would be AWESOME. <<


Don't know for sure. Running "which ssh" on both Terminal.app and Terminator both return /usr/bin/ssh, but if SSH isn't already present maybe it uses it's own built in SSH implementation?


Anyone know for sure?


>> Oh, and welcome to the US, Sylvain. Wish you weren't still just as far away, but we can't have everything, can we? <<


My guess is that before too long Sylvain will get itchin' to do some traveling. You're in Cleveland, correct?


>> I hope you and MDP end up being greatly productive!


Me too! :D


Thanks, John!