The NATural 1.0b2 review

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The NATural is a GUI tool to manage the NAT settings of Mac OS X Server.

License: Freeware
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 240K
Developer: GDog Software
Price: $0.00
Updated: 14 Dec 2005
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The NATural is a GUI tool to manage the NAT settings of Mac OS X Server. The NATural allows you to configure many of the settings that Server Admin will pass to natd.

Apple's Server Admin software provides only a limited interface to control NAT routing functions. The underlying process, natd, can accept many more arguments. Although Server Admin does not provide an interface to these functions, it does respect all settings that natd supports. The NATural allows you to easily configure these settings.

The NATural was developed in response to my own need to configure NAT routing as an administrator of several Mac OS X Server systems. I quickly became frustrated with editing the natd.plist file each time I wanted to make a change. Furthermore, I was also annoyed that there was no quick and easy way to disable but save IP and Port Forwarding rules. Why couldn't configuring NAT be as easy as configuring the firewall? Now it is!

What's New:
no longer asks for password twice on first launch
fixed interface menu to read non-physical interfaces
added "Other..." option in interface menu
fixed several "Error in helper tool response" errors
error messages now more specific where possible
now asks to apply changes if necessary before starting or restarting NAT
port forwarding rules must now include both a target and destination port, this is a restriction imposed by serveradmin
punch_fw, custom divert ports, and remote IP/port specifications of port forwarding rules now hidden (ignored by serveradmin)
expanded help
log drawer performance and memory usage improved
better handling of malformed port forwarding and IP forwarding rules.

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