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GLTerminal updated for Leopard

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Almost two years ago I discovered James McCombe's GLTerminal. Some people hacked it to work with Tiger, but I (and others) discovered after upgrading to Leopard that the Classic Terminal view was oddly scrambled, so to fix it I rearranged the character bitmap, as you can see under the cut:


scrambled character map

restored character map



new and worksafe
As others noted, the original icon was a little over-the-top (jwz quote: "most inappropriate fanboyriffic application icon evar."), so I made it something more work-safe, a VT220 screen with "GL TERM" in green text.
old and "animeriffic"


To make Classic Terminal mode work (the pictured green-phosphor look) you still need to open the Preferences and re-select the "Classic Terminal" plugin, then click Save. I re-ordered the tabs with "Renderer" being the default, so at least you don't have to click on the Renderer tab like you used to; click-count - 1. If someone could reverse-engineer it so this step wasn't necessary, that would be nice. If James McCombe would update it (or even release the original source), that would be even better. Petition him via email, if you like.

Oh, and lastly it works pretty well with Spaces in full screen mode, though the window doesn't display right when looking at all your spaces (not bad for an app made in 2002, five years before Spaces was even developed).

Download GLTerminal updated for 10.5, sil vous plait.

EDIT 20090904: it still works fine on Snow Leopard. fyi, on my Macbook Pro 13" it pegs the CPU at just under 10% usage in top.

EDIT 20101109: Wow, people are still using this after all these years (and still finding my abandoned LJ)! GLTerminal still works fine in Snow Leopard, but since there's been some confusion about the initial setting to change to get it to render properly, I uploaded a short video to YouTube demonstrating what you need to do. (I've embedded it below as well)



EDIT 20110216: If you like GLTerminal but realize deep in your heart that it will never see any more love or updates from its creator, check out Cathode. It has fully replaced James McCombe's ancient, broken, and Spaces-unaware GLTerminal for me. It degrades in quality until you purchase a license... brilliant! Go buy it ($20) and support an active Mac developer!

Comments

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 21st, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
thanks
(Anonymous)
Nov. 30th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
Thanks a ton! Man, the nostalgia this app incites is amazing. I can almost make myself believe that the net hasn't yet been flooded by millions of plebs, and is still a mysterious and sparsely populated place ruled by geeks and scientists.

Aie, those were the days. Much despair.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 16th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Awesome!
Yes very awesome. I wonder though if the bottom of the 'g' got mapped to the top f the 'w' I notice there's a little dash above the 'w's.

Cheers,
Gordon
gthing
Jan. 8th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
Very cool - been looking for this for some time.

When I run it, though, with the retro renderer enabled, I always just see and ascii block for every character.

I have to go select classic rendering, save, then go back and select retro rendering to get it to work.

Any ideas?
riffraff
Jan. 10th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
It does that. I don't know why. Though you don't have to hit save, just select "classis renderer", pause for a second, then after the view changes, change it back to "retro", then save.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 10th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
thanks, but
glterminal is eating all 80% of my processing capacity. (i have a powerbook g4, 1.6ghz). any remdies?
riffraff
Jan. 10th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: thanks, but
it doesn't do this for me. does it consistently do this for you? I have the same class machine and it only uses 2-10% while idle, with small spikes up to 20 or 30 when i list large directories. The only way I get 70% cpu utilization from it is with "cat /dev/random" (which has the side effect of looking pretty).
(Anonymous)
Mar. 6th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
Re: thanks, but
I'm also getting about 50-60% CPU usage when using the "Classic Terminal" plugin (the usage is pretty low when using default) on a MacBook Air. Is this just because of the crappy integrated graphics? Or is there some sort of optimization that can be done?

Thanks for the effort you put into this.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
broken again
I'm getting reports on irc.freenode.net, #macosx that this was broken again by 10.5.1. :(
(Anonymous)
May. 30th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Brilliant!
Wow - this is just brilliant. Works great on Leopard - thank you!! Would be nice if the bug is fixed so that you can save the default session settings, but I can put up with that. Perfect for IRC and MUD. :)
(Anonymous)
Jul. 3rd, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Excellent App
Love. This.

Thanks for a great geek nostalgia trip. I feel like I'm back as a noob on the old VAX machine…
(Anonymous)
Jul. 31st, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Cool!
Really cool! So many details that are there...

Reminder: remember to flip to classic mode in the Preferences... I almost threw away the app before I read the instructions again describing it all above.
aylira_tesayon
Jan. 9th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Can I get the old icon back?
riffraff
Jan. 12th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Certainly you could:
  1. download the "original" hacked 10.4 app.
  2. unzip it.
  3. select the app that just unzipped. File > Get Info... on the app. click on the icon in the get info window. Edit > Copy.
  4. select my updated app with the boring icon. File > Get Info... on it. click on the icon in the get info window. Edit > Paste.


and the icon should be reset to the original, animeriffic one.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
thanks!!!!
this is awesome. i have been looking for an easy way to switch into a full screen terminal window without having to logout and login as >console and this does it. amazing. thanks a ton!
klevin
Nov. 9th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
Still working?
It doesn't seem to work. I'm on a iMac 27". All I get is an empty white window with what would be a scroll bar (but nothing to scroll, so no slider to grab); although the window title seems to make sense (and even changes accordingly as I change dimensions). Any suggestions?
riffraff
Nov. 9th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Still working?
It still works. You have to change your rendering preferences. I made a short video demonstrating this here. Sorry the link didn't work in my comment above.
glymph
May. 25th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Still working?
Unfortunately there seems to be a problem with this under OS X 10.6.7, as I've removed and re-downloaded the application (which I believe resets the settings) and cannot get it to display anything but a blank window after following the suggestion in the youtube video to choose 'Classic Terminal'. If there's another configuration file, or this is more likely a display issue for NVidia cards on Macbook Pro systems, I would be interested in knowing, but generally I would just like to use this nice little terminal replacement again.
riffraff
May. 25th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Still working?
You appear to be correct. I am running 10.6.7 as well, and now after switching the rendering mode the glyphs do not display. The glyph cache analyzer shows only black as well. RIP, GLTerminal, for I do not know how to fix this. I do not know if this is also only a Macbook/Nvidia issue (I only have a Unibody 13" Macbook Pro with 9400M GPU to test it on).

Solutions? Downgrade to 10.6.6 (impractical) and continue to use GLTerminal, or, preferred: going forward, use Cathode!

here is my brief summary of Cathode:
If you like GLTerminal but realize deep in your heart that it will never see any more love or updates from its creator, check out Cathode. It has fully replaced James McCombe's ancient, broken, and Spaces-unaware GLTerminal for me. It degrades in quality until you purchase a license... brilliant! Go buy it ($20) and support Colin, an active Mac developer! http://www.secretgeometry.com/apps/cathode/
jerronimo
May. 25th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Still working?
"use cathode"? cop-out response, kim! Come on! update it! ;)

tee-hee!
riffraff
Feb. 16th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Cathode, by Secret Geometry
To all who have downloaded GLTerminal or posted a comment here about it, you may be interested in the following:

If you like GLTerminal but realize deep in your heart that it will never see any more love or updates from its creator, check out Cathode. It has fully replaced James McCombe's ancient, broken, and Spaces-unaware GLTerminal for me. It degrades in quality until you purchase a license... brilliant! Go buy it ($20) and support Colin, an active Mac developer!
(Anonymous)
May. 5th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
using gl terminal for design
I was wondering what command I can use on this program that will allow me to just type... I'd like to use it to "draw" with the characters, or if at all possible, pixel by pixel. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance!
Dreama.
riffraff
May. 5th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
Re: using gl terminal for design
I am unsure if I know what you mean, but I'll take a stab at answering your question:

1. GLTerminal, like other terminal emulators, provides a fixed-width matrix into which characters can be printed.
2. You can use a text editor running in GLTerminal, like vi, or nano, or pico, to type any characters you like into this matrix.
3. Characters cannot overlap; characters cannot span grid boundaries.
4. It only draws whole characters, not pixels.
5. You *could* type things into GLTerminal, and then capture the window with Command-4, then process it further and draw on it in Photoshop or an image editor.

I am not sure if this answers your question...
jerronimo
May. 25th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
Re: using gl terminal for design
You want something like an ANSI text graphics editor.... like people used in the BBS days. Not sure if one's available for OS X, but that should give you enough to start googling with.
riffraff
May. 25th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
Re: using gl terminal for design
Also, here's a nice font that is similar to the glyphs GLTerminal uses:
http://sensi.org/~svo/glasstty/
jerronimo
May. 25th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Update it for 10.6+, dude!

You touched it... you own it now!

:D
riffraff
May. 25th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
:-P
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