Man Reader 1.4

View and search UNIX man pages available on your Mac computer through a well organized and user friendly graphical user interface.

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What's new in Man Reader 1.4:

  • Fix for plain text view not wrapping correctly for odd-sized fonts.
  • Fix for HTML text view over-riding font colors that may be invisible.
  • Search for missing entry (e.g. g++) no longer requires Enter or Return.
  • Better automatic selection of matching entries while searching.
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The UNIX man files available on your system can be accessed via the Terminal application, but the whole process is not exactly user friendly: to view their content while working on your project you must either open them in a separate window, or find other workarounds. Moreover, navigating the data can prove to be problematic.

Man Reader is a small but powerful Mac app designed to deal with these issues: upon launch, the app will scan your Mac for available man files, and allows you to view them in text or HTML mode.

Versatile solution for viewing and navigating UNIX man files

For your convenience, Man Reader organizes the available man files into various categories, but also integrates a search tool for finding specific pages. What’s more, the utility can bookmark certain entries: you will be able to access your favorite man pages with a simple mouse click, via the Bookmarks menu.

 In addition, the app can identify markers inside the man file to help you jump to specific areas in no time. Of course, you can also search for specific keywords.

Lastly, Man Reader provides seamless access to some of the most frequently used system tools: Activity Monitor, Console, Network Utility, Terminal, and Xcode.

Sand-boxed tool for viewing man files

Noteworthy is that the Man Reader sand-boxed version does not provide support for viewing man files used by utilities that are installed on your Mac, but have not been downloaded from the Mac App Store. You will be able to browse only the standard man pages. However, the developer also provides a Man Reader version that is not sand-boxed.

To conclude, if you are frequently working with man files and you do not want to go through the trouble of using workarounds to have their content available at all times, Man Reader certainly deserves a try.

Man Reader was reviewed by , last updated on March 11th, 2015

Runs on: Mac OS X 10.7 or later (Intel only)

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