Manpower
Manpower 5.3.0
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GUI for UNIX (OS X Terminal) documentation.   Shareware ($29.99)
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Manpower is an OS X graphical user interface to the main system of Unix software documentation, the man page. Man pages are concise but thorough descriptions of the functionality and methods of the various Unix command-line programs; there may be hundreds of such programs installed on a Unix or Linux system. Man pages are typically accessed in the Unix terminal by typing the phrase "man program," with "program" being the specific name of the Unix tool you are trying to learn more about.

While accessing the man page system in this manner is efficient, it has limitations.
What's New
Version 5.3.0:
  • Improvements to Sparkle update engine.
  • Minor bug fixes.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.9 or later



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Scottyo commented on 19 Oct 2011
Get Bwana from MacUpdate. Runs in Safari (and Firefox too, I believe, though I haven't tried it.) It's free. It's fast. It's reliable. You want the text bigger, use Safari's standard display control tools.

With Bwana installed, type in Safari's location field (where you'd type http://...) man:whatever, e.g. man:ls, and if it has a man page it'll be presented in a standard Safari window, nicely typeset and scrollable. Links in the man page to man pages for other UNIX resource are clickable, especially handy for See Also items and getting to config file man pages.

If you run the Bwana application itself, you can request it display an index of all man pages for browsing (takes a few minutes, so patience required; the next time you request the index, it'll be quite fast).
[Version 4.1]


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David Costa reviewed on 11 Jun 2011
I just bough Manpower version 4.0 and I can't tell you how much disappointed I am. The application takes ages to start, before the main window appears several UI glitches occur. Once the main window finally stabilizes and the content is rendered the app is non responsive, menus are not accessible. It just freezes. The only way out is to use Force Quit!
I've uninstalled and installed the app several times. the problem persists.

I initiated the process at Mac App Store Support to get refunded of the 19.99 euros I spent.

I'm using MAC OS X 10.6.7 in the most recent MacBook Air 13''.
[Version 4.0]

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Wordtech Communications Llc (developer) replied on 11 Jun 2011
David: please see my comments in my user forum to see if we can figure out what is going on. I want you to be able to run the program!
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Mmueck commented on 26 May 2011
I originally posted this in the troubleshooting tab, but figured most people don't browse that. I'm always interested to read if an application is one of those crash or lockup on run affairs:

Downloaded this from the developer's website and couldn't get it to work. It briefly brought up a couple small malformed windows before yielding the main screen, and then a sheet was produced explaining that a demo period was in effect and it had a couple buttons for yes/no asking to buy it. I clicked on No because I wanted to try it and it didn't respond! It needed force quitting. Tried again, same deal. This is not ready for prime time yet...
[Version 4.0]

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Wordtech Communications Llc (developer) replied on 03 Jun 2011
Please contact me privately to troubleshoot this--the forums are not a good place for bug reports. The issue is likely a conflict with something else installed on your machine, but we can't be sure without some additional information.
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Wordtech Communications Llc (developer) commented on 02 May 2011
This is a significant update for Manpower, which incorporates all the fully-native integration I've been adding to my apps: native Cocoa toolbar, native printing, clickable links in the data display, and more. This release also allow you to set Manpower as the default viewer for man pages on the Mac. All in all, it's a worthy upgrade, and a good app to check out if you're interested in seeing just how much documentation is available under the Mac's Unix hood.
[Version 4.0]


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Gibhenry commented on 19 Oct 2010
Never have been able to get it to run on iMac aluminum under 10.6 through 10.6.4; it silently quits on launch (no report).
[Version 3.3]

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Wordtech Communications Llc (developer) replied on 02 May 2011
Try downloading version 4.0. It addresses these issues and is a nice upgrade.
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tzoi516 replied on 04 May 2011
Version 4.0 still doesn't work under 10.6, at least not on my Macs.
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Psychos reviewed on 16 Mar 2010
First impression: I get a little "AppMain.tcl" window next to the window asking if I want to buy a license. Fair enough, since this is shareware, but NOT good when the next thing (after clicking "No") is a "Manpower" window that briefly freezes and resizes. Took me a good 5 seconds to get into the app, on a 2.16GHz C2D. This is required on every launch unless you pay the developer to let you display the man pages that Apple includes for free with OS X.

Inside the app: there are 2 panes. There are visually 3 panes; however, they're arranged as the man section as the first part, then the man page short name and description as two more panes that line up with each other.

The single potentially useful feature I see is bookmarks. However, I ran into bugs adding bookmarks, and there are also no shortcuts set for adding/removing/displaying bookmarks. The one category that I give this app anything other than a 1 (worst) for is in stability, since it hasn't crashed on me, frozen up, or anything else. Thus it gets an automatic 3 there. Not that that means much, since 90% of "Hello World" apps would get a 3 or better.

Really, anyone using this app knows how to run 'man.' These man pages are obviously not useful if you don't know about Unix programming, and if you do, you would not be using this program.

*IF* the bookmarks section worked well (and that means things like cross-referencing with other manpages, etc), I might find this software to be worth $5 or less. But $20? Yeah, umm...no.
[Version 3.2]


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Psychos commented on 14 Oct 2009
Getting tired of posting comments on this obviously greedy developer's "tools."

Enough people have posted how to do this for free, in less time than it would take you to even read this page. Man pages for pretty much all of these tools are on the web, as well.
[Version 3.0]

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Wordtech Communications Llc (developer) replied on 24 Feb 2010
There are plenty of free tools for viewing man pages, but none that combine all of these features into a single package--browsing, viewing specific man pages, searching, bookmarking, saving, printing, all from a single window. Manpower is worth the price.
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Borlox commented on 16 Nov 2008
To convert the man page with title 'fubar' to publication-quality PDF:

Open a Terminal window.
Enter "man -t fubar | open -a -f Preview" (without the quotes.)

Yes, it involves some text entry, but if you're reading man pages you need to do that anyway.

Besides ManOpen, another free alternative to be aware of is Bwana.
[Version 2.0]

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dvdrtrgn replied on 30 Nov 2008
man -t fubar | open -f -a Preview
(transposed the f/a switches)
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Igaucho reviewed on 18 May 2008
I've tried out VuMan (which is now open source) by this developer and this is certainly better. At least it has an uncluttered UI and it does just what it says. Very simple and it allows you to save man pages. I really can't see too many people shelling out $20 for man page viewer when there are better alternatives. Sorry, there's just nothing groundbreaking here.
[Version 1.0]


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Gaoshan commented on 18 May 2008
Whenever I see a for pay application that has a solid, free alternative I feel like I should point out the alternative. If you need a man viewer this app may be perfect but you also owe it to yourself to check out the free ManOpen ( http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/6408/manopen )
[Version 1.0]

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Igaucho replied on 18 May 2008
I would recommend Man Viewer over ManOpen. Much better.

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/24058/man-viewer
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Mmueck had trouble on 26 May 2011
Downloaded this from the developer's website and couldn't get it to work. It briefly brought up a couple small malformed windows before yielding the main screen, and then a sheet was produced explaining that a demo period was in effect and it had a couple buttons for yes/no asking to buy it. I clicked on No because I wanted to try it and it didn't respond! It needed force quitting. Tried again, same deal. This is not ready for prime time yet...
[Version 4.0]


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sevenymedia had trouble on 25 Feb 2010
this 3.1 crashes on launch

MBP Snow Leopard 64-bit
[Version 3.1]

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Wordtech Communications Llc (developer) replied on 25 Feb 2010
Please report any problems to me via e-mail or at the user forum at http://www.codebykevin.com/forum/. MacUpdate isn't a good place for troubleshooting.
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Manpower is an OS X graphical user interface to the main system of Unix software documentation, the man page. Man pages are concise but thorough descriptions of the functionality and methods of the various Unix command-line programs; there may be hundreds of such programs installed on a Unix or Linux system. Man pages are typically accessed in the Unix terminal by typing the phrase "man program," with "program" being the specific name of the Unix tool you are trying to learn more about.

While accessing the man page system in this manner is efficient, it has limitations. It is difficult to read documentation in the Unix console; the type is usually very small, and can only be read one screen at a time, making scrolling and skimming through the material a tedious process. Manpower provides a simple, elegant three-pane interface that makes reading man pages as easy as reading e-mail.

Manpower compared to Terminal and other man page viewers:
  • Clean, three-pane interface: Reading man pages is as easy as reading e-mail.
  • Search, browse, display, and save new man pages in a single window.
  • Thorough user documentation via the "Help" menu.


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