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By Decimus Software Inc.

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DTerm provides a context-sensitive command line that makes it fast and easy to run commands on the files you're working with and then use the results of those commands. Command line work isn't a separate task that should live on its own—it's an integrated part of your natural workflow.

No matter what application you're in, no matter what document you're working with, just hit DTerm's hotkey and it'll be there for you, already set to the working directory of your current document. When you're done, hit escape or just go on about your work, and it'll automatically fade out, leaving your screen clutter-free.

DTerm also has a number of other features to make it frictionless to get in and get out of the command line, like the ability to insert your selected files or current document into the command line, copying the results of a command and dismissing DTerm, or browsing back through your command history and results.

What's New in Version 1.6

• Compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion"
• Improved context scraping to work with more applications
• The usual variety of general tweaks, improvements, and fixes


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Customer Reviews

Fantastic App, with 1 minor issue

Until Lion, the App worked perfectly, and it brings together the best parts of what makes Mac OS X great, seamlessly integrating the Unix backend with the Easy to use UI.

Unfortunately, with Lion, in Finder, there is a minor issue where the Working Directory remains stuck to the Desktop, and does not shift to the Current Finder directory. However, this is most certainly NOT a dealbreaker, and the App is still definitely a must-buy for any Mac user who touches the Terminal in any way.

Note: I am rating this a 5* App, because that is how useful this app is to me. However, I am hoping the Finder issue is fixed soon. If it isn't, I will have to drop it down to 4* until it is.


This is an excellent application. I use it regularly. There is one shortcoming that I've found: the sudo keyword. If I want to use the 'make' command to install into a directory not owned by my user account (IE system folders), then I need to use sudo. A recommendation that I would make is to specify an askpass program that grabs the password from the preferences (or just allows you to input it. I think that that's overkill, though.) Not very secure, but I don't think that's a major problem if they got onto my user account in the first place. All-in-all, this is a great app.

Also, if you're having trouble cding this into the current directory on Lion, just type 'killall Finder' into this app. That will fix it.

Great app, but a little buggy on Lion

I love this app, except for one bug on Lion, which at least one other reviewer reported: sometimes (but not always), when I pop open a DTerm window, the current directory defaults to ~/Desktop, regardless of the actual directory I currently have open in Finder.

However, DTerm does always work properly on Path Finder. If you use Path Finder exclusively, you will have no problems with DTerm opening in the wrong directory.

I have to knock off 1 star for this bug, but if it worked just as well with Finder, I would easily give it 5 stars.

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  • Category: Developer Tools
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  • Version: 1.6
  • Size: 0.7 MB
  • Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later

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