Developer: Secret Geometry

Current Version: 2.4.1

Last Updated: 9 months ago

Download Size: 5.3 MB - Download


Vintage Terminal

Fully Featured:
- Fast and Accurate Emulation
- Dynamic Scrollback Buffer
- 256 Colors
- Unicode*
- 12 Retro Fonts

Great Mac Integration:
- Drag and Drop Files
- Customizable Keyboard
- Mouse Copy/Paste
- Command-Click to Open URLs
- Save/Recall Favorite Commands

Special Effects:
- Choose from a large collection of themes spanning every era.
- Tweak to your heart's content with a dozen real-time sliders.
- Effects include screen curvature, burn-in, scan-lines, and transparency.
- Glowing halos simulate the human eye's reaction to intense brightness.
- Slow down the bitrate like an old modem.

Dirty Details:
- The quirks of old electronics are charming to the modern eye.
- Watch the strange dance of horizontal desyncs and splitting colors.
- Turn up the static, jitter, and flicker to add an analog warmth.
- Pixels burn-in and slowly fade away when turned off.
- Slow-motion retrace lines show the picture being refreshed.

- Cathode's many lifelike touches constantly surprise and delight.
- Ray tubes burst open in new windows and bounce as they're moved.
- Dynamic perspective, lighting, and shadows raise the bar for app visuals.
- Customizable sound effects highlight your interactions.
- Use an image or webcam photo as glass reflection.

Full-Screen Experience:
- Immerse yourself and disregard thirty years of user interface progress.
- Impress curious onlookers at work, school, or the cafe.
- Zoom in on virtual pixels for blocky resolutions.
- Works great with multiple monitor setups.
- Hide the clutter of modern computing.

But Wait, There's More!:
- Cathode isn't just a terminal, it's also a great text editor.
- Use familiar dialogs, menus, key combos, and gestures.
- Open any image file to generate ASCII art.
- View your webcam feed as real-time ASCII art.
- Save screenshots.

- iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro: 2007 or newer
- MacBook, MacBook Air, Mac mini: mid-2008 or newer
- Unsupported graphics cards: Intel GMA 950 and X3100, ATI Radeon X1600


Release Notes:

- Faster bit-rates.
- Networking security improvements for macOS Sierra.
- Fixed a bug related to uninstalled fonts.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 2.0.2
Review by JJ-McMac

OK - this is just fun. - I am totally surprised at how much fun this app makes terminal sessions. If you have any sense of nostalgia, or if you just want something beyond the plain old mac terminal, you seriously have to check this out. Someone put a lot of time into this and I am totally enjoying it. This is the best thing that has ever happened to mac terminal - how the terminal was meant to be. Thanks!

Found helpful by 10 out of 10 people
Version 2.3.0
Review by kozlowc

Nice visual effects, hopelessly poor terminal emulation - The visual effects are nice and the author did a decent job here. A lot of the built-in presets are too distorted and/or annoying to be usable, but the C64 and 286 modes are solidly done and made me smile. The problem is that the terminal emulation is extremely bad. The program only offers “xterm”, “xterm-color”, and “xterm-color-256” as emulation choices, all of which should work and are fine with other terminals and the built-in terminal app, but not with Cathode. Something as basic as vi does not work. Logging into my Mikrotik router causes only the first line of the terminal to be rendered. That makes Cathode nothing more than a parlor trick, and as such I feel tricked indeed into spending five bucks on something I was hoping would be a usable terminal program.

Found helpful by 12 out of 15 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.4.1
Review by BigLebowskiTheDude

Great, but please add mouse support! - I realize that mouse support kind of goes against the ostensible vibe of retro console computing, but tbh i use the mouse all the time and appreciate the extra productivity it brings with programs like tmux and vim. Please add mouse support!

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 2.4.1
Review by BoringProgrammer

WHY!? - I simply don’t see the purpose of this app. This is app is what I would expect if (insert generic box store) were asked to design a shell manager. Gobs of “neat” options to make a terminal window worse. But to be fair, I don’t understand people who still play atari games. To each his/her/etc. . . own.

Found helpful by 0 out of 12 people
Version 2.4.1
Review by Murderizer9000

Probably the greatest thing to ever occur - This application is just so great. I know it might sound ridiculous, but I LOVE having the old-timey feel of a CRT, line-only computer. And this particular emulator is VERY well-polished and feature-rich. Because of this app, I’ve started using the command line much more, and have even loaded a word processor and web browser onto it because it’s just so fun to immerse yourself in the retro computer ecosystem. The nostalgia feels amazing. It’s well-worth the money, in my opinion. It gives an entirely new feel to the OS X terminal and really helps increase the entertainment value of even the most tedious command line work. Would absolutely recommend to anybody who is proficient with the command line.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 2.4.1
Review by Nike Mutante

Greetings, Professor Falken - Super cool app, nice work. I don’t think computer monitors made printer sounds at any point in history, but whatever

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people