Porticus

Version: 1.8 || Release Date: 2009-11-17 || License: Freeware Developer: Richard Laing | App Owner: alittledrop

Porticus is a Cocoa GUI for the MacPorts package manager. MacPorts provides ready to build open-source software packages modified to compile and run on Mac OS X. The MacPorts project provides a TCL command line tool to manage installation, update and activation of the port packages. Porticus provides a GUI front-end to this tool.

This release fixes a bug which broke French localisation and includes some other small bug fixes, more details at http://porticus.alittledrop.com.

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v1.6.3 seems to have fixed most of my problems

This app has never worked for me. Outputs permission errors whenever trying to install. Crashes after clicking around it for a few minutes. Very unstable, I'd recommend not bothering with it.

The complaint that I made below has been addressed. All is well. :)

Why is the close window button in the titlebar deactivated? If they wanted the app to be a one-window application, then they should have designed the app to quit when the window is closed. As it stands right now, the app's behaviour is different than nearly every other app on Mac OS X.

My comment below should actually say: "A little odd that Porticus itself isn't open source".

A little odd that Porticus itself isn't freeware, but a good app nonetheless. The bugs that I ran into back in the 1.0 beta days seem to be gone with v1.4.2.

The Porticus website is actually at: http://homepage.mac.com/rlaing/Porticus/

The latest version (1.0.b3) solved the problem of display my installed and available ports. Must say I like what I see so far.

Says I have 85 ports installed, but nothing shows up on the list--both the left panel and main window are entirely empty

I've been pretty disappointed with MacPorts GUIs--Port Authority wasn't integrated well enough (I believe it used wxWindows), and this isn't a good first impression--I'm sticking with the command line--especially since both of the aforementioned aren't freeware.

However, the version number did throw me off--I figured there had been releases prior to maybe one other beta, but I guess not. I like the Cocoa apps, so I hope this works out--I just wish it was open source--ya know, kinda like MacPorts and all its 4,000 packages :P

Also, the applications' homepage says the beta will expire 30th <b>JULY</b>, 2007...not June as stated in the description.