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Cathode for Mac

Vintage terminal emulator.

$4.99
In English
Version 2.4.1
4.6
Based on 6 user rates

Cathode overview

Cathode is a graphically-rich, vintage terminal.

Bask in the glow of over-bright phosphors that flash on and slowly fade away. Customize the screen's curvature, colors, and transparency. Slow the bit-rate to a crawl. Watch the strange dance of beam desyncs and shifting colors. Turn up the noise, jitter, and flicker to add a realistic warmth. Immerse yourself in full-screen mode.

What’s new in version 2.4.1

Version 2.4.1:
  • Added much faster bit-rates.
  • Network security changes for macOS Sierra.
  • Fixed a bug related to uninstalled fonts.
  • Fixed some crypto launch issues.

Cathode for Mac

$4.99
In English
Version 2.4.1
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4.6

(11 Reviews of Cathode)

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jaggedlines
jaggedlines
Jan 6 2023
2.4.1
0.0
Jan 6 2023
0.0
Version: 2.4.1
I absolutely used to love this app, is this a dead project? Wanted to recommend it to clients I'm designing CLIs for- so fun!
P=NP
P=NP
Jun 8 2014
2.1.3
0.0
Jun 8 2014
0.0
Version: 2.1.3
Download reads 2.1.2 when title states 2.1.3.
El-Duderino
El-Duderino
Sep 12 2012
2.0.1
0.0
Sep 12 2012
0.0
Version: 2.0.1
One aspect of Cathode that could still definitely be improved is the "Environment". For starters, there appears to be a bug so any picture you drag to the Environment window is NOT saved/remembered the next time you open Cathode. (In the previous version, no picture other than the default one would appear at all.) But the main issue is to do with not being able to control the prominence of the background image, the 'reflection'. Basically, if you want to keep the screen fairly dark (transparency very low or zero), as I imagine many would, there is no way to make the "reflection" beneath more conspicuous. Unless you spoil the setting by cranking up the brightness which doesn't look nice. There ought to be some sort of more straightforward opacity control so that the user can have the image's visibility dialled up or down in prominence to taste, independent of "lighting" control. Also, and I've said it before so why not again, support for the following in future updates would be nice too: - Special characters (or at least some as would be supported in the regular Terminal) - Tabs (impure I know) and Vertical Split Panes - Window appears in the position you last had it (and probably always have it!) and not just that default center - If there can be reflections, perhaps there could be animated backgrounds (.qtz, .saver files etc)
El-Duderino
El-Duderino
Aug 12 2012
1.8.0
0.0
Aug 12 2012
0.0
Version: 1.8.0
The issue preventing smaller scale has been properly fixed in 1.8.0, which is good of the developer. Only other suggestions for future updates that come to mind would be: - tabs and split panes (and even perhaps some sort of slide drawer feature as in TotalTerminal), even though this may be considered by some as alien to the old school aesthetic of it - a way to have a screensaver / quartz composition of choice faintly in the background - have Cathode remember the last size and position of the Terminal you were working on rather than just defaulting to centre on every reopen - also, and I just noticed this, to have option of all effects in Cathode continuing even when another App has focus (at present it freezes these, i.e. flickering, blinking etc, when not in focus)
El-Duderino
El-Duderino
Jul 19 2012
1.7.0
0.0
Jul 19 2012
0.0
Version: 1.7.0
Another version - 1.7.0. I acknowledge the addition of a scale feature. But the minimum font size is still too big. It is still bigger than the font size one would set on a regular terminal. On my favourite font Viti particularly, there is only 10. And Font size = "10" in this case is is nothing like "10" on any other well-known Mac application, like TextEdit or the Finder or anything really. "10" in Cathode is much bigger. Yes you can make the font size HUGE now, with the scale feature, but why in practice would you want that to actually work with... so the same problem remains you can only make Viti, 10 smaller by increasing the border, curvature, which means sacrificing that space and defeating the benefit of the smallness... It would be so simple just to make the minimum font or scale smaller so don't really get the development difficulty here. Maybe eventually it's going to be addressed, hope so. Minimum setting of scale still too large to be optimal. Also, at risk of sounding impure of concept, tabs would be a cool feature.
Rob Nespor Bellis
Rob Nespor Bellis
Jun 14 2023
2.4.1
5.0
Jun 14 2023
5.0
Version: 2.4.1
Hal-Itosis
Hal-Itosis
Feb 28 2012
3.0
Feb 28 2012
3.0
Version: null
Dylan-Mc
Dylan-Mc
Feb 22 2012
5.0
Feb 22 2012
5.0
Version: null
ylluminate
ylluminate
Feb 22 2012
5.0
Feb 22 2012
5.0
Version: null
garykn
garykn
Oct 10 2011
4.5
Oct 10 2011
4.5
Version: null
ecdltf
ecdltf
Jan 29 2011
5.0
Jan 29 2011
5.0
Version: null