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I've been using Coda recently. It's a great program, but overkill for just a multi session Mac terminal app. Know of a better alternative, especially with a command snippet library function?

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Since I started using Visor I have completely forgotten about iTerm or anything else.

For what it's worth I never really liked Coda's terminal.

Update

While I liked Visor at the time, flipping in and out of it got to be a pain. Add in iTerm2's better features and I moved to that for my daily terminal usage.

Visor

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Visor requires SIMBL, which is likely to introduce stability issues. I would recommend against any input-manager hacks (that's what the "IM" in "SIMBL" stands for.) –  Alexander Burke Mar 25 '10 at 5:41
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I haven't noticed any stability issues. –  Josh K Mar 25 '10 at 16:43
    
Visor has been renamed TotalTerminal. –  user72923 Oct 15 '11 at 2:46
    
And TotalTerminal is not using SIMBL –  mikkelbreum Dec 12 '11 at 15:51
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I recommend iTerm2, which has some amazing features not seen in any other terminal.

Check out the screen shots here: http://www.iterm2.com/#/section/features

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Definitely use visor. It's about the best terminal I've used on any OS. It doesn't look too nice at the beginning, follow http://tech.xster.net/tips/the-perfect-visor-reborn/ to make it nicer

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Visor requires SIMBL, which is likely to introduce stability issues. I would recommend against any input-manager hacks (that's what the "IM" in "SIMBL" stands for.) –  Alexander Burke Mar 25 '10 at 5:40
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used it for about 4 years now... never had trouble yet –  Xster Mar 28 '10 at 15:44
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If you happen to have Fink or MacPorts installed, then you can use rxvt under x11/xquartz. You could also probably manage to compile it from source, but both of those projects make it a lot easier. Not sure about the requirement for a command snippet library function though, and I don't know if it'll allow you to drop a directory on the terminal window to get it's path automatically or not (never actually tried that).

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I personally really like iTerm

It works great for me with things like tabs (yes, I know Terminal has them too) and Growl notifications.

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Turns out Snow Leopard's Terminal is a total rewrite - see this video featuring the dev who coded it: http://visor.binaryage.com/#special-guest

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link fixed - it's a video of Ben Stiglitz about Terminal.app –  user32257 Mar 25 '10 at 3:54
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Visor is probably pretty nice, haven't used it but previously used similar applications on *nix, it's pretty handy. I'm not sure, but I think it will be hard to find a terminal that has a snippet functionality, since most people using terminals usually are proficient with the standard *nix-shell environment and write proper functions or command aliases when needed. It might be worth practicing the basics of *nix shells in general (learning it's syntax, how for- and while-loops work etc), it will pay off in the long run.

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...and btw, who needs a terminal emulator when you have emacs? it's already embedded! –  monotux May 12 '10 at 15:47
    
@monotux: If I could downvote that comment I would.... –  Wuffers Nov 4 '10 at 15:11
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