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The ACP, CLIX, and Xfile have been written about extensively; CLIX has been featured in UniversMac, in iCreate Magazine where it was selected as the #1 power tool for OS X, and in the 2007 summer worldwide edition of Mac|Life magazine. The ACP is considered the only general purpose toolset for OS X professional developers and system administrators. Now Xfile is getting all the more attention.

AppleCore Project Licence: 90 Developer Tools

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dealmac.com 2008-05-14

 'One of the largest software and tool bundles we've seen.'

Rixstep offer an AppleCore Project Licence which includes the use of over 90 applications for $89. It's one of the largest software and tool bundles we've seen for OS X. This bundle includes such tools as Xfile System, Clipothèque, Lightman, S3, Undercover, and more. Hotness: 5/5.

Supercharged Mac file manager ships

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Macworld UK 2007-08-10

 'A powerful bundle of OS X file management software.'

The developers at Rixstep have released a powerful bundle of Mac OS X file management software applications specifically for system and network administrators in the academic sector.

ACP-Academic is a discounted bundle that contains Xfile and fifteen closely integrated file management utilities. The collection costs just $34.95, but is available only to users who can prove their education connection.

Xfile is the only file manager for OS X that's capable of seamlessly handling all file systems - fdesc, HFS+, HFS+ case-sensitive, UFS, volfs and ZFS. It's also able to detail all file information available on Mac OS X, and offers full editing capabilities for them.

Xfile manages all elements of a file's data, including user and group IDs, device numbers, memory blocks used - absolutely all system level information. None of this is available using the Finder or any other file browser.

Additional included utilities allow manipulation of two Unix and five HFS time stamps; batch and recursive mode and time stamping; an analysis tool; complete access to 'legacy MacOS' filesystem data; and more.

The bundle also includes file system scanner Xscan for quickly locating items in the file systems and for conducting system security audits. Xscan can scan an entire OS X computer, listing all files in eleven columns of file data in one or two minutes. It can also scan entire networks at the same speed.

Xfile is part of Rixstep's Apple Core Project (ACP), a research project exploring how to optimise application development on Mac OS X.

A trial version of the bundle is available.

Xfile: Überfast File Manager for OS X

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MacPro.se 2007-06-04

'It's undeniably easy to be spoiled and after several hours the Finder feels very distant.'

Rixstep today released an update for their file manager Xfile which is supposed to be the world's fastest file manager for OS X. If you want to handle fdesc, HFS+, HFS+ case-sensitive, UFS, volfs or ZFS directly in your file manager Xfile may be something for you. It's undeniably easy to be spoiled and after several hours the Finder feels very distant.

More info, screenshots, and other useful information can be found at the Rixstep website.

Rixstep släppte idag en uppdatering för sin filhanterare Xfile som skall vara världens snabbaste filhanterare för OS X. Vill du hantera fdesc, HFS+, HFS+ case-sensitive, UFS, volfs eller ZFS direkt i filhanteraren kanske Xfile är något för dig. Det är onekligen lätt att bli bortskämd och efter några timmars användning så känns Findern högst avlägsen.

Mer info, skärmdumpar och annan nyttig info hittar ni på Rixsteps webbplats.

Filhanteraren Xfile utmanar Finder

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MacWorld Sweden 2007-05-03 16:21

 Med Xfile får du full kontroll över alla filer.

Den som har behov av att kunna läsa mängder av olika filsystem på sin Mac bör titta närmare på filhanteraren Xfile från Rixstep. Dessutom utlovas blixtsnabb sökning över nätverk.

I MacWorld nummer 10/2006 testades ett stort antal alternativ till Finder. Nu har det dykt upp ytterligare en utmanare: Xfile från Rixstep.

Xfile ingår i ett paket med dussinet andra verktyg som är tänkt att förbättra filhanteringen i OS X. Bland annat finns avancerade sökverktyg med namnen Xfind och Xscan som låter dig söka av hela nätverk i jakten på en specifik fil. Enligt uppgift ska det ta max 90 sekunder att söka igenom ett nätverk.

Xfile har dessutom fullt stöd för filsystemen HFS+, fdesc, UFS, volfs och ZFS. Något som gör programmet unikt i dagsläget.

Den som vill kan ladda ner en demo (tyvärr enbart för PowerPC) som fungerar maj månad ut. Gillar man programmet kostar en fullversion 45 dollar (motsvarande 300 kronor exklusive moms).

Systemkravet för Xfile är Mac OS X 10.3.9 eller senare. Fullversionen är Universal Binary.

CLIX Englisch, Download im heise Software-Verzeichnis

Heise Security March 2008

Kommandozeilen-Interface für Mac-Rechner, um die Leistung von Unix besser und einfacher zu nutzen; enthält eine umfangreiche Sammlung von über 1.000 nützlichen Bash-Kommandos, etwa zum Aufrufen des System-Status, zum Bereinigen der Festplatte von Datenmüll oder zum Anzeigen sonst versteckter Einstellungen für Dock, Finder, Spotlight oder Dashboard.

Revitalize, Restore, and Renew Your Mac

Mac|Life 14 March 2007

System tweaking utilities like TinkerTool (free, www.bresink.com) and OnyX (donationware, www.titanium.free.fr) put a friendly GUI on powerful Unix commands that you could fire off yourself if you knew them. But you'll never learn anything that way. Try Rixstep's CLIX (free, rixstep.com/clix), short for 'Command Line Interface for OS X'. It's just the right mix of power, ease of use, and helpful education.


FreeMacWare.com 9 January 2006

Here's another UNIX utility, but this one is also for people that thought Terminal stuff wasn't for them. CLIX ('Command Line Interface for OS X') is a GUI front end for UNIX commands. It comes with over 1,000 commands so you can perform many tasks that are only available through the Terminal. For example, you can delete the browser history of all your browsers with just one command.

Advanced users can modify or write their own commands and save them as libraries of commands. Then just double click a task to run it.

CLIX makes it easier to harness the power of Unix

Wooden Ships 23 August 2005

ココアなコマンドラインツールの総合商社、CLIX が、デフォルトのコマンドライン集追加でアップデート。占いでは UNIX と称された私も、コマンドラインはまだまだ、参考書片手に悪戦苦闘中。この CLIX があればよく使うコマンドはもちろん、自分用にカスタマイズしたものや、ウェブで見つけた便利なコマンドラインを追加しておくことも可能。起動させたコマンドを見やすいウインドウ内に表示することも出来て、初心者には嬉しいアプリですね。もちろん自己責任モードなコマンドも含まれていますのでご利用は慎重にお願いします。

CLIX from Rixstep

Kim Komando Shareware Picks May 2005

CLIX unlocks disk cleaning tools normally reserved for the command line. You can clean out temporary files, desktop files and caches. You can also clean out Mail, Camino and Safari files. CLIX has over 20 options to clean your disk and save space.

CLIX also offers other handy tools including a disk repair. It uses OS X features otherwise available only as commands in Terminal. CLIX categorises them so you can search them easily. You can find cleaning tools you never knew existed.

Requirements: OS X 10.2 and newer
Cost: Free

Point and CLIX

Dan Frakes Mac Gems Macworld 15 March 2005 (April 2005 Issue)

You may love Mac OS X, but using Terminal can be a bit intimidating. If you've used a few Terminal commands that you've seen on the Web but you don't really understand the ins and outs of the command line, you're a prime candidate for Rixstep's free CLIX 1.5 Command Line Interface for OS X, a utility for storing and running Unix commands.

CLIX includes a default database containing more than 450 Terminal commands that perform useful actions in OS X - many of them usually inaccessible - categorized by the aspect of the interface they affect (Dock, Finder, Security, and System, for example).

Double-click on any command, and CLIX presents a dialog box that shows a title, a category, and a description, as well as the command itself. To execute the command, click on the Run button (you can use the Copy button to copy this output to the Clipboard for pasting into another application). You can also edit or customize commands in the Command Line field.

Because you're working with valid, proven commands, CLIX is a useful tool for learning Unix. But what really won me over was CLIX's ability to store personalized commands - either in the default database or in a new database. This feature is so useful on its own that CLIX may become a reference guide for your collected Unix tidbits even if you never touch its default database.

Some of the commands in CLIX's default database do pretty serious things, so read a command's description before running it; if you don't understand the command, then don't run it. This is especially true for commands that require administrative access.

Zugang zur Unix-Befehlszeile

Walter Mehl Macwelt.de 11 January 2005

Die Unix-Befehlszeile erreicht man über das Dienstprogramm Terminal. Doch dort ist es nicht einfach den Überblick zu behalten - viel besser klappt das mit Clix von Rixstep.

Basis von Mac-OS X ist Unix, das Betriebssystem, das in unzähligen Varianten seit 1970 auf allen Arten von Rechnern im Einsatz ist. Wer einmal selbst in den Befehlszeilen stöbern will, war bisher auf die dicken Unix-Bücher angewiesen; Lernprogramme gibt es so gut wie nicht.

Das ist die richtige Stelle für den Auftritt von: Clix. Die kostenlose Software stammt von Rixstep, einer Gruppe von Programmierern, die einige Erfahrung mit Unix, Nextstep, Windows und Mac-OS X haben. Clix wird mit einer Liste von Unix-Befehlen ausgeliefert (in der Datei '_default.clix'), die man in Clix auch ausführt. Ein Doppelklick auf einen Eintrag in der Liste, öffnet ein kleines Fenster mit vier Knöpfen Close, Copy, Run, Save. Save ('Sichern') macht klar, das Clix mehr ist als die bebekannten Unix-Tools wie Cocktail oder Onyx - es ist ein Lernprogramm, in dem man (vorsichtig!) eigene Schritte in der Befehlszeile von Unix üben kann. Klappt die Sache, speichert man den geänderten Befehl oder legt mit 'Edit > Add' einen neuen an.

Die 450 mitgelieferten Befehle decken so gut wie alles ab, was man in der Befehlszeile der Standardinstallation von Mac-OS X (ab Version 10.2) machen kann. Beispielsweise kann man das Dock links, rechts, unten oder oben (!) am Bildschirmrand platzieren. Oder ausgeblendete Programme mit einem leicht transparenten Symbol kenntlich machen.

Vielleicht steht einem aber auch der Sinn nach einem Blick in die Innereien der Ordner, zum Beispiel in das Verzeichnis mit den Protokolldateien oder in die wunderbare Welt der Steine und Tiere, die mit dem Geburtsmonat in Verbindung gebracht werden (/usr/share/misc/birth). Alles ist Teil der Standardinstallation von Mac-OS X und über Clix sofort nutzbar.

Einziger Haken an der Sache: Das Programm sowie alle Hinweise und Erläuterungen sind in Englisch, so dass man ohne solide Englisch-Kenntnisse nicht allzu weit kommt. Außerdem sollte man beherzigen, was die Programmierer von Rixstep auf ihren Internet-Seiten schreiben: Clix macht auch einige zerstörerische Befehle zugänglich, die aber samt und sonders erst nutzbar werden, wenn man das Kennwort des Administrators eintippt. Deshalb gilt die Regel, dass alle Befehle, die ohne Kennwort funktionieren, einigermaßen harmlos sind. Alle anderen sollte man nur ausführen, wenn man verstanden hat, was der Befehl in Mac-OS X bewirkt.

Point and CLIX

Dan Frakes Mac Gems Macworld 21 December 2004

Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: You're not an über-geek, but you appreciate learning little tidbits that make your day-to-day computing life easier. When you read about a clever tip or hint, you write it down on a piece of paper, or perhaps type it in a text file, email, or database for future reference. You've built-up a decent collection of these little snippets and refer to them when you can't quite remember how to accomplish something.

Chances are, a lot of Mac Gems readers fit into that category. Now here's another description; see if it sounds familiar: You love Mac OS X but you're a bit intimidated by Terminal. You've used a few Terminal commands that you've seen around the Web or in a book on OS X, but you don't really understand the ins and outs of the command line. You may have even tried to learn a bit about Unix shells and Terminal by reading a tutorial or book, but found the abstract nature of these guides to be less than satisfying.

If you've got both hands raised right now, you're a prime candidate for Rixstep's free CLIX 1.4a (Command Line Interface for OS X), a utility for storing and running Unix commands.

CLIX includes a default database containing over 450 Terminal commands that perform useful actions in Mac OS X, categorized by what aspect of OS X they affect. For example, Dock commands alter the behavior or appearance of the Dock, whereas Safari commands enable or disable features in Safari - many of them features that aren't normally accessible.

To work with a command, double-click it; you'll be presented with a dialog that shows the title, category, and description of the command, as well as the command itself (in the Command Line field. To actually run the command, click the Run button - the command will be executed and any text output will be displayed in the output box. (You can use the Copy button to copy this output to the clipboard for pasting in another application.)

But you can also edit or customize commands directly in the Command Line field. For example, the Birthday command searches Unix's calendar database for famous people who had birthdays on a particular date; the default command is cat /usr/share/calendar/calendar.birthday | grep 01/01 . If you wanted to find out who was born on August 30, you would simply edit the date so the command reads cat /usr/share/calendar/calendar.birthday | grep 08/30 . To run the customized command just this time, click Run; to save the command as the default, click the Save button.

Warning: Some of the commands in CLIX's default database do serious things, so be sure to read the description of a command before running it; if you don't understand the description of a command, don't run it. This is especially true for those commands that require administrative access. (The Edit: Sudo command will let you enter your admin-level account password to enable this access.)

Because you're working with valid commands - things that are known to work - CLIX is a useful tool for learning Unix commands, especially when used along with a good command-line tutorial. You can look at a command and try to figure out how and why it does what it does.

However, even though the default CLIX database is great for running the built-in commands, what will win many people over is its ability to store your own commands - those you've found on the Web, read in a book or magazine article, or painstakingly created from your own research - either in the default database or in a new database you create just for your own commands. Simply choose Edit: Add and then type in a name and category for the command, your own description, and the command itself. Click Save to save the new entry. You then get the same options as you do for CLIX's default commands. This feature is so useful on its own that CLIX may become a reference guide for your collected Unix tidbits even if you never touch its default database.

CLIX - hjælp til unix-kommandoer

Per Madsen Macnyt Denmark 4 December 2004

Som det måske er de fleste bekendt, så er MacOS X bygget på Unix. Apple har givet deres brugere mulighed for at tilgå det underliggende system via den såkaldte 'Terminal', der er at finde i programmappen under 'hjælpeprogrammer'. Vil man arbejde i terminalen, er det nødvendigt at kende diverse unix-kommandoer, og det er noget, der umiddelbart kan skræmme de fleste væk.

Dels kan det være svært at huske de forkellige kommandoer, og dels kan kommandoerne forekomme forvirrende for de 'ikke-unixkyndige' (incl. undertegnede). F.eks kan det forekomme lettere uforståeligt at kommandoen 'sudo ls -ailoR /private' (incl. diverse mellemrum), viser indholdet af mappen 'private'. Er man lidt 'terminalforskrækket' og nybegynder udi unix, er der dog hjælp at hente.

Softwareproducenten Rixstep har nemlig frigivet et lille program der hedder CLIX, der indeholder en lang liste af gængse unix kommandoer, en beskrivelse af deres funktion samt mulighed for direkte, via programmet, at afvikle kommandoerne.

Det er en god måde at stifte bekendskab med de, umiddelbart, lidt forvirrende kommandoer, og når man er blevet lidt mere rutineret, kan man måske hoppe direkte over i terminalen og fortsætte der. Programmet indeholder, som tidligere nævnt, en lang liste af kommandoer, der ligger som en fil ved navn '_default.clix'. Dvs. man skal dobbeltklikke denne fil for at få glæde af listen. Helt præcist ligger der 451 kommandoer (en reference til Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451'?!), men man kan selv let tilføje flere.


MacFLOSS 11 October 2004

'Sell a man a fish when he really needs to know how to fish himself, and you're ripping him off.'

Con esta filosofía CLIX ('command line interface for OS X') nos 'muestra' el funcionamiento de 250 comandos del terminal de MacOSX con un interface gráfico muy sencillo.

Los comandos están agrupados por categorías (system, dock, finder, preferences...) y acompañados de una pequeña explicación sobre su utilidad.

Con un simple 'click' sobre un botón podremos ejecutarlos y comprobar el resultado sin peligro para nuestro sistema.

También permite añadir nuevos comandos a la base de datos.

Una utilidad básica para nuestra 'carpeta de herramienta'.

YDL FAQ :: Moving from Mac to Linux/Stories

Richard Gill 14 June 2004

Is it sacrilege to go back and edit your own quote? If it is, here I go a-blaspheming. There is an app that can help ease the transition from GUI dependence. CLIX. I actually came across this nifty little app some months ago (recently reminded of it through the ADC newsletter) and went 'pah, who needs that? Real men can read a man page! I can raw code html!'

If I had access to a utility like this when I first actually opened a man page, I would have gone running to this website instead of pulling what's left of my hair out.

I highly recommend CLIX to any newbie trying to make sense of the command line. It comes with a stock OS X/Darwin dictionary, but is extremely customisable and looks like it could become a handy reference tool for even intermediate to advanced users.


David Riddle Mac Lab Manager 26 April 2004

This appeared from a member of the MAC_SUPPORTERS list I run.

It may be useful to some members if you're not UNIX people like me!

Hope someone finds it useful.

The CLIX package includes a starter command database file with over 250 system commands for investigating your system status, for cleaning out your junk files, for getting at secret settings for the Dock, the Finder, and all of your most used applications - and all sorted for easy access, any way you wish.

David Riddle, Senior Micro Officer (Macintosh Systems)
Goldsmiths College London


Not Good With The Command Line? CLIX Is Here To Help You Learn

Apple-X 16 April 2004

If you are a n00b when it comes to the Terminal, but want to learn to get at the underbelly of OS X; then CLIX is for you.

Straight from the start, it comes with about 250 preset commands that you can run and learn how to run. It shows you what each program the command is for, a description of the command, and the actual command that makes it run. This program will also run the command for you. The commands range from showing secret files and folders, to clearing out all the unneeded files that accumulate after time and just general cool little secrets that you can access. Along with helping you to learn the command line, this neat little app can also remember your own favorite commands, and run them for you. You can also save changes to the preset commands if you have found a way to tweak it, and make it better. Overall, this is a great little program for a UNIX newbie like myself, and maybe the experienced user will find something useful.


Wow! This program is really great for people like me. I never really took the time to learn the terminal but recently I wanted to and didn't know where to start. This program will be really useful.

Ta kontrollen över dina program

Björn Andersson MacWorld Sweden 15 April 2004

Rixtep har lanserat CLIX - 'Command Line Interface for OS X'. Ett grafiskt program som låter dig komma åt inställningar som annars bara går att komma åt via Terminalen eller genom att manipulera xml-filer i en ordbehandlare.

Programmet innehåller ett paket med över 250 systemkommandon för att bland annat undersöka systemets status, slänga skräpfiler, nå dolda inställningsmöjligheter för olika program, exempelvis Dock och Finder.

Programmet består av en rad kommandon listade efter namn, funktion och Terminalkommando. På så vis så lär man sig förhoppningsvis kommandot så att man senare kan utföra det själv i Terminalen.

Want To Harness Command-Line Power Under OS X? Try CLIX!

Monday's Mac Gadget John F Braun The MacObserver 12 April 2004

CLIX 1.1 (Freeware) Rixstep

Sure, the Mac OS X Finder is one of the best graphical interfaces on top of a UNIX core, but there are times when you may want to experience the power of UNIX via a Command-Line Interface, otherwise known as a CLI. Getting at this interface is easy enough; just launch the Terminal application, located in the Utilities folder, which is inside of your Applications folder; but what do you do once you have a Terminal window? CLIX (a CLI for X, get it?) provides a way to both learn and use important CLI commands...

CLIX contains a database of over 250 UNIX commands that let you explore your system status, clean up the gunk that can accumulate under a UNIX system, access 'secret' settings, and more. This information is stored in a _default.clix data file, which you can easily view and edit using your favorite text browser, but you probably want to start by double-clicking on this data file, which opens it with the CLIX application. The CLIX application shows the command name, category, description and the actual content of each command.

Once you double-click on a command, you'll then be presented with an expanded window that shows the same title, category, description and command line information as the main CLIX application window. You can, of course, execute the command by hitting the Run button. The command will be executed, and you'll be shown any output generated by the command. Here's where CLIX gets interesting, however; you can edit the aforementioned fields, and save them by hitting the Save button. Plus, since CLIX shows you the raw UNIX command, it serves as a great tool for you to learn how to issue your own UNIX commands, without the help of CLIX.

So start on the road to learning and using the command-line power of OS X, and give CLIX a try!

CLIX é a solução para quem não conhece Unix

MacWorld Brasil 12 April 2004

A Rixstep lançou o CLIX, um utilitário desenvolvido para usuários sem conhecimento do ambiente de linhas de comando do Unix. Descrito como uma interface visual para linhas de comando do Terminal, o pacote inclui uma coleção de mais de 250 comandos de sistema incluindo opção para limpar arquivos desnecessários e configurações secretas para o Dock e Finder.

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