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ManOpen is a MacOS X GUI application for viewing Unix manual pages, which is the standard documentation for Unix command line programs, programmer libraries, and other system information. It can open files directly or be given titles, in which case it will display the output from the `man' command-line program. An apropos interface is also provided, which is basically a quick-and-dirty search of the man page databases. Services are provided to other applications to open selected files/titles or do apropos searches using the selected text. A command-line `openman' tool is provided to easily open the GUI application from a more...

What's New

Version 2.6:
  • Requires MacOS X 10.4; works on 10.7
  • Updated to use more current MacOS interface
  • Added a "Copy URL" function to copy the current page URL to the clipboard (suggested by Quinn)
  • Handle versions of groff/grotty which use ANSI escape sequences (reported by Kim Holburn)
  • Preference on Lion to disable saving of open windows upon quit

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Zarquon Member IconComment+0
Zarquon
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The link seems to be broken.

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Version 2.6
YesThatAllen Member IconReview+12
YesThatAllen
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super fast, super great!

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Version 2.6
Negritude Member IconComment+1082
Negritude
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This listing is obsolete. There is now a pre-compiled Intel version listed under a separate entry:

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/40476/manopen

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Version 2.5.1
John-P-Hughes Member IconComment+1
John-P-Hughes
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If you are a Mac OS X 10.4.11 user, Man Handler offers a better way to add Man search paths - ManOpen does not show hidden directories!

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Version 2.5.1
chrischram Member IconComment+85
chrischram
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You don't have to wait for an Intel version of this app. it's quite easy to compile. Just download the source code from the dev's website, in Terminal navigate to the source code's folder, type make. That Easy. (You must have Xcode installed for this magic to work.)

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Version 2.5.1
Jobby Member IconComment+41
Jobby
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Main app works fine on Intel Macs, but the openman command doesn't :(

Any chance of a Universal build, please?

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Version 2.5.1
klktrk
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Yes, please. That would be nice. Thanks.

Spyro
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Note that the source code is available and it does compile well on an intel mac, though it is not said if one can redistribute a compiled version (so I don't, as I am not the author).

chrischram
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Adding to Spyro's comment: (You must have Xcode Tools installed for this procedure to work.) Download the source code from the dev's website. Double-click the archive to unzip and untar it. In Terminal type 'cd' (without the quites) and a space, then drag the 'ManOpen-2.5.1' folder to the terminal window, then . Type 'make' . In a few seconds you will find ManOpen.app and openman in the folder. Drag ManOpen.app to somewhere you keep your Applications. Drag openman to somewhere in your PATH. You're done.

iloveitaly Member IconReview+0
iloveitaly
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Awesome job! Simple, effective, now supporting the 'n' man pages!

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Version 2.5.1
reverb Member IconReview+3
reverb
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Works as advertised. My favorite of the current crop of graphical manpage readers.

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Version 2.5.1
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Anonymous
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Great program, but one annoyance: it grabs ownership of any files with names ending in .1, .2 etc, which royally messes up a lot of Classic applications that have version numbers in their names. Even after removing ManOpen from my computer, several of those apps still aren't recognised as applications at all.

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Version 2.5
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Anonymous
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Thank you for the update! I love this. So nice to be able to read the man page in one window while working on the command line in another. Room for improvement?
1) The little dialog box for opening man pages seems to always come up at the same spot, no matter where you move it, and is always hidden behind the man pages I open from the command line.
2) I've never had any success configuring the man path for the ManOpen application (using the preference dialog). I always have to resort to setting my manpath in the shell for this to work. Why allow the user to add man paths in the application, if they don't help the application find anything after all?

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Version 2.5
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Version 2.6
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Version 2.6
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Downloads 24,567
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Date 10 Mar 2012
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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