Terminal in Mac OS X Lion Gets Full Screen Mode & Eye Candy
Terminal.app is getting a subtle facelift in Mac OS X Lion with a couple nice interface changes.
First up is the ability to adjust blur on opaque (transparent) terminal windows, the effect is done on the fly and anything behind the transparent terminal window gets blurred. The image above shows this with a blurred terminal window placed over the default Mt Fuji wallpaper. There are several of these theme choices available in the Terminal Inspector and appearance settings.
Second, is the ability to finally run Terminal in true full screen mode. This is actually the result of a system-wide Lion feature that lets you run any app as full screen, but the effect in Terminal.app is great for anyone who likes to work undistracted at the command line.
Full screen Terminal is made even more interesting when combined with some of the new multitouch gestures; a four fingered sideways swipe on a touchpad will smoothly slide between full screen apps and desktops. This screen shot was captured in the middle of one of these transitions:
None of this is as fancy and innovative as something like TermKit but they should be welcome changes to anyone who spends time at the command line. I’ve always wondered why there hasn’t been a full screen option for the Mac OS X terminal, the only way to achieve this outside of Lion is by booting into Single User Mode, which is hardly practical.
Thanks for the tips SE