C.L.A.P. 1.5 review

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License: Shareware
OS: Mac OS X
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Developer: Walker Publishing Unlimited
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Updated: 29 Aug 2006
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C.L.A.P. stands for Command Line Application "Popper" or any other cool sounding "P" word you wish to use. C.L.A.P. is donationware (please go to https://www.paypal.com/xclick/business=davidacox%40speakeasy.org) if you like the program, please donate a few dollars (5 would blow my mind) to my paypal account as a way of helping keep me interested in improving this product and making more.
There are no bothersome reminders or limitations on the software.

The basic use of C.L.A.P. is to make switching between multiple CLAs (Command Line Applications) as easy as switching between multiple GAs (Graphical Applications). The reason this is so hard without C.L.A.P. is that all the CLAs are running in just one application (the Terminal.app program). You can click on the terminal icon in the doc, and it will bring all your running CLAs to the forground, but the only way to select a specific window is to click on it (if it is not behind other windows), use the mouse to select the correct window from the "Window" Menu (if you can tell which one it is), or try to cycle through all of them until the right one comes up.

But with C.L.A.P. all that is different. By using C.L.A.P. you can have an icon in the Doc for each of your favorite CLAs (these are C.L.A.P. generated applications). Just click on that icon, and the window associated with it will pop to the front, and be ready for work, just like any graphical application. If the window is not already open, the C.L.A.P. generated application will open it for you, and run your CLA inside of it. If the application is minimized, it will expand back to its original place.

C.L.A.P. generated applications are launcher agnostic. So you can use something like LaunchBar (my favorite) to switch directly to any CLA you want, as well as using the Doc.

Turn on "Enable access for assistive devices" in the Universal Access pane of the System Preferences application. This is needed to open new terminal windows with C.L.A.P. due to a bug in Terminal.App
Open "~/Library/Application Support/" and create a folder talled "Terminal" if one does not already exist. This is where C.L.A.P. will store the .term files that are used to hold you settings for each window.

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