Pseudo
Pseudo 1.2.3
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Launch apps in OS X under admin or root privileges.   Shareware ($15.00)
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  • Pseudo has been discontinued
  • Developer
    Brian Hill
Pseudo is a drag-and-drop application that allows you to launch other applications in the OSX Desktop as the System Administrator or 'root'. To use: drop an application icon onto the Pseudo icon, or into the Drop Target window of an already running copy of Pseudo. You will be asked for your password, and the program will be launched with their administrative privileges. Recently 'Pseudo-ed' applications can be launched from the 'Open Recent' menu. Pseudo also provides it's functionality through a service
What's New
Version 1.2.3 is modified to work on OS X 10.2.
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.1 or later

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Pseudo User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 29 Mar 2014
Seems that none of these applications work or exist anymore, so I decided to make my own.
I just finished an AppleScript that works:

on open theFiles
repeat with oneFile in theFiles
set theFile to POSIX path of oneFile
set appPath to theFile & "Contents/MacOS"
set theName to name of (info for alias oneFile)

set theName to text 1 thru ((offset of "." in theName) - 1) of theName

set ShScript to "
cd " & appPath & "
" & " sudo ./" & theName

do shell script ShScript with administrator privileges

end repeat
end open
[Version 1.2.3]

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Mac Os X 4ever replied on 31 Mar 2014
oops, one change. I tried it on an app with a space in the name (path finder) and it failed, so I made an adjustment;
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on open theFiles
repeat with oneFile in theFiles
set theFile to POSIX path of oneFile
set appPath to theFile & "Contents/MacOS"
set theName to name of (info for alias oneFile)

set theName to text 1 thru ((offset of "." in theName) - 1) of theName

set ShScript to "
cd " & quoted form of appPath & "
" & " sudo ./" & quoted form of theName

do shell script ShScript with administrator privileges

end repeat
end open
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Lylehm commented on 03 Dec 2013
I'll miss this app.

To get similar functionality, follow this tip:

http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20030330175504453

In short: sudo path/to/application/Contents/MacOS/app_name &

Keep in mind that app setting will live in /var/root/. You'll have to copy your pref plist files to root's home folder if you want your app to use them.

As always, when using root access for anything, make sure you know what you're doing.
[Version 1.2.3]

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Chinarut replied on 03 Mar 2014
thank you for the sudo tip @Lylehm - back to basics! ;-)
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Mac Os X 4ever replied on 29 Mar 2014
This is easy to do from terminal, but has anyone found an AppleScript that can do it yet?
I have been looking all over for one so I can just drag & drop an application on it and have it prompt for the account and open it.
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Michael-Vilain reviewed on 17 Feb 2012
The developer's web site is not found. My guess is this utility is dead. It PPC-only so it won't run on 10.7.
[Version 1.2.3]


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chewei.chen reviewed on 27 Dec 2011
Good
[Version 1.2.3]


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pswandi reviewed on 26 Sep 2011
How can I download the pseudo?
[Version 1.2.3]


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JessiJON reviewed on 15 Sep 2011
will there be an update for compatibility with OSX 10.7+
[Version 1.2.3]


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Arizonaloco reviewed on 08 Jul 2011
It is currently not working on basic OS X 10.7 Lion.
[Version 1.2.3]


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Omich reviewed on 07 Jun 2011
Pseudo V1.2.3 is still PPC only and needs Rosetta. Any replacement in sight?
[Version 1.2.3]


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Laptopleon commented on 20 Jan 2009
This still works fine with 10.5 - for example using a text editor to edit /private/etc/apache2/php.ini
[Version 1.2.3]

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danco replied on 17 Feb 2009
Sooner or later Rosetta will cease to work. We need an Intel or Universal program that works like Pseudo.
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Danco replied on 01 Mar 2011
It looks as though Lion is going to drop Rosetta.
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Laptopleon replied on 01 Mar 2011
@Danco I don't think I have Rosetta installed. You don't need it to run Pseudo, I think Pseudo is a 'fat binary'.

Of course this is no guarantee it will work with Lion / 10.7 but Rosetta won't be the problem.
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Omich replied on 07 Jun 2011
@Laptopleon: wrong, Pseudo is PPC only and needs Rosetta!
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Laptopleon replied on 07 Jun 2011
@Omich Have you tried it or are you just hollering? I'm using a Mac Pro early 2008 / OS X 10.6.7 now. I just opened TextEditor by dragging it on the 'open apps by dragging it to this window' window of Pseudo. Works fine. Also, I can then get into folders of others user accounts on my machine. (I created those myself for testing)

When I use TextEditor as a normal user, without Pseudo, I can as usual, NOT look into other accounts' folders. Not sure if it works perfectly in all possible scenarios of course, after just this short test, but it seems to work fine with 10.5 eh.. and 10.6 now. It's certainly not a PPC only app.
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Omich replied on 07 Jun 2011
@laptopleon: just installed the latest version on a new, slimmed down MBP with SSD and no Rosetta installed. Upon launch, the System alerts me to install Rosetta first. So just don't post guesses or speculation, try it by hard.

For those who are looking for a solution:
http://www.limit-point.com/Utilities/LaunchAsRoot.html
is a universal binary and has a nice cm entry to launch an app as root, sadly no keychain support.
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Laptopleon replied on 07 Jun 2011
Hmm… First you post asking for a Pseudo replacement and a moment later you answer yourself by linking to a competitor. This is beginning to smell like an advertisement.

Why would anybody de-install Rosetta first? It won't make any difference on the performance of your new MBP. Besides, I don't think people who know how to do that need either Pseudo or your app.
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Omich replied on 07 Jun 2011
@laptopleon: are you really that narrow minded and blind? "with SSD" was meant to be an indication why HD space is limited for me hence I did not and never will install Rosetta. You have only speculated ("I don't think...") that Pseudo is universal and I can prove you wrong but you are unable to confess. Now you are offending me that I gave another tip for those who like to have a solution? Are you nuts? I am in no way affiliate or in contact with anybody mentioned here, in fact I bought Pseudo long time ago and installed it just today only to find out it was not updated for a long time and went further to find a solution which might help somebody.
ps.: Rosetta is not part of the default installation on current systems anymore.
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Laptopleon replied on 07 Jun 2011
Maybe I am that narrow minded and blind. Keep your pants on. I just note that it works on my Mac. There might be Pseudo users interested. If it were just about you, we wouldn't need to post about it here. By labeling it 'PPC only' you're suggesting it won't work on any Intel Mac. Well, it does. Maybe you need to install Rosetta, if you started with a clean system 10.6 install.

Obviously, most Mac users run updated former 10.4 or 10.5 systems and have Rosetta already installed. Or will just install Rosetta, because they don't need to compensate for a small SSD 'disk'.
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Drdul reviewed on 14 Jul 2007
I thought I should add a review here, as the previous one is two years old. Even though Pseudo is apparently a PPC app and nota Universal app, I use it on a brand-new Mac Pro with OS X10.4.10 with no problem at all. It's a handy app that save me from having to log out of my day-to-day account and log in to my admin account just to do some minor task.
[Version 1.2.3]


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Pboerner rated on 23 Oct 2012

[Version 1.2.3]



Shen Cheng rated on 17 Jun 2012

[Version 1.2.3]



Efsqaured rated on 27 Dec 2011

[Version 1.2.3]



Qicaicube rated on 08 Dec 2011

[Version 1.2.3]


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Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Shareware
Date:18 Aug 2002
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
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Pseudo is a drag-and-drop application that allows you to launch other applications in the OSX Desktop as the System Administrator or 'root'. To use: drop an application icon onto the Pseudo icon, or into the Drop Target window of an already running copy of Pseudo. You will be asked for your password, and the program will be launched with their administrative privileges. Recently 'Pseudo-ed' applications can be launched from the 'Open Recent' menu. Pseudo also provides it's functionality through a service in the Services menu of other applications, and through an optional system-wide menu.


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