Software

I develop and maintain free software in my spare time. Most of the software packages available here are for Apple's macOS. They are distributed as free software under various permissive open source licenses. Some of them are on GitHub if you want to lend a hand.

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Platypus

Platypus

Platypus is a developer tool that creates native Mac applications from command line scripts. Such scripts can then be run transparently as applications through the macOS window environment instead of running through a terminal client.

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Sloth

Sloth

Sloth is a Mac application that displays a list of all open files and sockets in use by all running applications on your system. This makes it easy to see which apps are using which files and sockets. It's basically a nice GUI for lsof.

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FastDMG

FastDMG is a macOS utility to mount .dmg and other disk images quickly, efficiently and without any unneeded nonsense. It is a very fast and reliable replacement for Apple's DiskImageMounter.

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ManDrake

Native man page editor for macOS with syntax highlighting, live mandoc syntax validation and a live-updating rendered preview of the man page during editing.

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Phew

Phew is an open-source FLIF image viewer and QuickLook plugin for macOS.

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searchfs

Command line tool to quickly search by filename on HFS+ and APFS volumes. Searching takes place at the driver level using the file system catalog. This means the volume's entire directory tree can be scanned much faster than with a standard recursive filename search.

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Mentat

A lightning fast, lightweight personal website management system written in Perl. A bit long in the tooth these days, but still superior to anything I've found out there.

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osxiconutils

A set of Mac command line utilities for retrieving, setting, converting and working with Mac OS X icons.

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IconScanner

Inspect icon assets (.icns) on your system.

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Really old and obsolete stuff

PowerBlinken A silly application that turns your PowerBook or MacBook Pro into a blinking lightshow, using the backlit keyboard and LCD. Some of the functionality may still work on modern machines. Caveat emptor!
Tapir Mac development tool which makes it easy to create your own global Status Items in the menu bar, based on shell commands or scripts. Now no longer maintained. Some (but not all) of Tapir's functionality can now be found in Platypus.
ManOpen for Intel Extended Intel build of Carl Lindberg's ManOpen, a superior man page viewer.
Vox Machina GUI for the Mac OS X Speech Synthesizer. Can save spoken text as audio, features lip syncing animations, MP3 encoding and more. Now no longer maintained.
osxutils Obsolete Mac-specific command line utilities for viewing, editing and manipulating HFS file metadata such as labels, comments, file/creator types, Finder flags etc. Hasn't been maintained for ages and is almost certainly broken.
Explicit App to split AVI video files so they fit on burnable CDs. Uses the mencoder engine. (OBSOLETE, PPC only)
Leopard MenuHack Hack to remove the translucency of the Mac OS X 10.5 menu bar (Obsolete, functionality now in System Preferences)
MacRPM A Mac OS Classic program for viewing RedHat Package Manager package contents and extracting files from them. (MacOS Classic only)
MacDeb A Mac OS Classic program for extracting files and data from Debian .deb packages. (MacOS Classic only)