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BetterConsole is an application that you can use to display messages written to the console, or any sort of log file. It makes the Console application that comes with Mac OS X look like a sissy. Although Apple's console has come a long way since it was part of the Workspace (e.g., BetterConsole is no longer 25 times faster), it still leaves much to be desired. Features include:
  • Follows multiple files, including rotating log files.
  • Better control of hide/show options.
  • Supports filter rules for ignoring unwanted output.
  • User selectable font.

What's New

Version 4.0:
  • Completely did away with .better files.
  • Added the ability to hide window controls. With a transparent background, this gives the ability to do "desktop" consoles that some people like. We never have enough desktop visible for that sort of thing, but we stuck it in here anyway.
  • Revamped the document setting inspector.
  • Removed window transparency setting.
  • Added a File more...


Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later

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Pacman Member IconReview+89

Heh, you gotta bugfix BetterConsole a bit.
I got it to work after messing a bit with it.
By using Apple's Console.app, I found a few problems, which stops BetterConsole from showing output.

-[NSTextView setFont:]: nil NSFont given.

First message I got. I clicked (incorrectly) on the set color toolbar button.

-[ConsoleDocument windowChangeColor:]: unrecognized selector sent to instance 0x18b6f0
(This happens when I try to set the text color)

Assertion failure in -[NSColorWell setColor:], /SourceCache/AppKit/AppKit-949.54/AppKit.subproj/NSColorWell.m:496
13/11-09 07:52:54 BetterConsole[2592] Exception raised during posting of notification. Ignored. exception: 'Invalid parameter not satisfying: aColor != nil' invoked observer method: '*** -[ConsoleDocument windowDidBecomeMain:]' observer: 0x158870 notification name: 'NSWindowDidBecomeMainNotification'

-Anyway, it's working now, and seems to be great so far. :)

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Version 4.0
FredB7 Member IconComment-2

Doesn't work in 10.4.4

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Version 4.0
Capn Hack Member IconComment+2
Capn Hack

This app wouldnt do anything until i clicked clear on the first window. after that it agreed to open log files heh.
not a bad little program, certainly has more options than the standard console (although you have to show info instead of using the preferences menu item).

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Version 4.0
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Downloads 4,021
Version Downloads 2,496
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 31 May 2003
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price $10.00
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