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CLIX, ACP Web Services 1.8.0a

Rixstep update two popular freeware tools for OS X.


Rixstep are pleased to announce the immediate release of CLIX 1.8.0a and ACP Web Services 1.8.0a, two popular freeware software packages.

CLIX, the 'command line interface for OS X', is enhanced in the new version with additional security features and further commands bringing the tally close to 1,500.

The ACP Web Services, which comprise the service module, the web service browser, and the service menu manager, are now updated for OS X 10.3.9 and provided in 'universal' builds.

Don't Sell a Man a Fish

'It's just the right mix of power, ease of use, and helpful education', wrote Mac|Life. 'The #1 power tool for Mac OS X', wrote iCreate magazine. It's used by scientific institutes around the globe. This is CLIX - a rolodex of important Unix commands all assembled in topical document files and ready to run right from the program itself.

And today CLIX has so many security features it's actually safer to use than the command line (Terminal.app). And there's less chance of making a mistake, as all the included commands are tested extensively before release.

From the outset CLIX has been marketed as free software because 'certain things - like knowledge itself - must remain free'.

Mrs Hudson Knows

The ACP Web Services surfaced during the war between Sherlock and Watson - and showed there was an easier and more flexible way to access web services than either of the two could muster. Using a simple OS X services module, the AWS allow the user to coordinate any type of web resource into an immediate contextual menu item capable of recognising text anywhere on the desktop, anywhere in the system.

The ACP Web Services package comes with over 1,000 important web resources and a resource browser program to sift through them. It can take whatever resources the user selects and immediately make them available on the Services menu.

The package also comes with a Services menu editor for putting the final touches on things. And all of this is completely free.


The 1.8.0a builds for both CLIX and the ACP Web Services are further optimised and arrive as 'universal' builds capable of running natively on both Intel and PowerPC computers running Apple's OS X operating system. CLIX comes with a new feature to flag incidents of 'sudo prompts' to thwart attempts by interlopers to inject code along one's command path. Previous security safeguards have been further fortified, making CLIX easily safer than Terminal in all possible respects.

Further Info

Further information on CLIX is available at http://rixstep.com/clix or by contacting Rixstep at the address below; further information on the ACP Web Services is available at http://rixstep.com/aws or by contacting Rixstep at the address below.

About Rixstep

Rixstep are a constellation of programmers and administrators concentrating on Objective-C/NeXTSTEP/OpenStep/Cocoa software engineering. Their 'ACP' (AppleCore Project) has won considerable acclaim, in particular their file manager Xfile and their GUI version of the Unix command line CLIX. They also provide a series of free topical newsletters on security and industry events and offer online courses in Unix and Cocoa programming.

Credentials include programming consulting and training assignments for British Aerospace, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, SAAB Defence Systems, IBM, Microsoft, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Barclays Bank, and Sony/Ericsson.


Sydney Phillips
Email: contact@rixstep.com


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