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Windows Command Prompt Alternative

What is concern to Windows, since it’s beginning, one of the greater miss (imho) is the windows console prompt, it’s very limited while comparing to linux shells. Ok, I agree that Windows Command Prompt is not a shell but it isn’t a console either. It can’t be maximized to the screen resolution, the default settings are very … urhg.

I know that developed the PowerShell Console, but they still have all the same “features” with a blue background, which is not very interesting.
They are some alternatives, one of the most rated is PowerCMD, a commercial software with one month trial. It’s is great, it is easy to use, support tabs, multi-window but is not free.

Searching trough the web i came across to Scott Hanselman about Console2 and i was impress about the supported features:

Console is a Windows console window enhancement. Console features include: multiple tabs, text editor-like text selection, different background types, alpha and color-key transparency, configurable font, different window styles

Is great but …… can’t be maximized.

Recently i stumbled with a project based on Console project, named ConsoleZ and if nothing was different, it support maximization :-). And for me was enough. Some of their features:

This is a modified version of Console 2 for a better experience under Windows Vista/7/8 and a better visual rendering.

This fork supports:

Splitting Tabs into views (horizontally and vertically)
Grouping views (so input sent to one goes to all of them)
Windows Vista aero glass theme
Windows 7 jumplist
Windows 7 wallpaper positions and slideshow
Windows 8 wallpapers on dual screen
Zooming with Ctrl-Mouse
Quake style console animation
Strict monospace font rendering
Settable opacity of text background color
Full screen

I’m pleased with this version. I have git, python, Perl and some other tools in my path that give that useful Unix user experience.

You should give it a try.

Windows Command Prompt Alternative:
Console2: http://sourceforge.net/projects/console/
ConsoleZ: https://github.com/cbucher/console



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