Step 3: Defining Settings for Terminal Emulation (Terminal Settings)

PowerTerm Pro enables you to define the terminal settings for connecting to a host. Once you have defined terminal settings, you can save them as a setup file.

A setup file can be activated at startup or opened manually during a PowerTerm Pro session. This file is saved with a .PTS extension.

The current communication parameters are saved in the communication setup file with the extension .PTC. The default setup file is PTDEF.PTC. For more information, see Step 4: Defining Modem and Communication Settings

The terminal settings provided by PowerTerm Pro are listed below. A description of each option and the functions it performs can be found below.

Emulation: displays supported terminal emulations and enables you to select a terminal type.

General: defines parameters for the terminal emulation type.

Display: defines display settings for the PowerTerm Pro window.

Keyboard: defines keyboard setup parameters.

Printer: defines printer parameters.

Tabs: defines tab stops in the work area.

Colors: defines color settings for the PowerTerm Pro window.

Preferences: defines parameters that determine PowerTerm Pro behavior and automate processes.

The options listed above can be accessed by selecting the Setup option from the Terminal menu. Each option is displayed in the format of a properties page in the Terminal Setup dialog box.

Toolbar Customization: defines which buttons and toolbars appear on the PowerTerm Pro main screen.

General Settings: determine how you want to access ERICOM’s Web page and the Script Editor.

The parameters that you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File.

Emulation Properties Page

The Emulation properties page displays the emulation terminal types available with this version of PowerTerm Pro for selection.

The emulation type you select changes the tabs displayed in the Terminal Setup dialog box. Some emulation types change the look of the PowerTerm Pro desktop. For example, on the 3270 and 5250 terminal types, the toolbar contains fewer options.

1) From the Terminal menu, select the Setup option. The Terminal Setup dialog box is displayed.

2) Select the Emulation tab. The Emulation properties page is displayed, as shown above.

  If you select an IBM terminal type, the PowerTerm Pro window changes to black and the toolbar consists of fewer options.

Available session types differ according to the selected terminal emulation.

Terminal ID: Determines the ID returned by the emulation program to the host. Make sure you select an ID that the host application recognizes.

A description for each session type follows:

Session Type

Description

TELNET

Uses the Telnet protocol over TCP/IP for network communication. For this session type, you must specify the host computer name or the IP address in the parameter’s Host Name text box. You can also specify the TELNET port number (default 23).

The WINSOCK.DLL file must be on the search path.

COM

Uses serial communication with the PC's COM ports. For this type, you must define the baud rate, port number, parity, stop bits and flow control. Optionally, you can specify a phone (dial) number.

INT 14

Uses BIOS interrupt 14. For this type, you must define the baud rate, port number, parity, stop bits and flow control. Optionally, you can specify a phone (dial) number.

BAPI

For TCP/IP connections with parameters similar to those of TELNET. Before you use this option, make sure you have installed the BAPI support software on your PC.

CTERM

Uses the DIGITAL CTERM protocol for network communication with a remote or local VAX/OpenVMS host via DIGITAL PATHWORKS 32. For this session type, you must specify the host computer name in the parameter’s Node Name.

LAT

Uses DIGITAL LAT protocol for network communication with a VAX/OpenVMS host via DIGITAL PATHWORKS 32. For this type, you must specify a service name and optionally a password, if required.

TN3270

TELNET for 3270. Select the Use TN3270E protocol box if you want to work with TELNET SNA extensions. You can also specify the LU name of the host (LU name or LU pool).

MS SNA Server

For connection via Microsoft SNA Server. Specify the LU Name (or LU pool).

NWSAA (IPX)

For connection via IPX to Novell Netware for SAA. Note that Service Name is the same as that of Novel’s file. You must select an LU Category. You can specify an asterisk as the server name and PowerTerm Pro will connect to the appropriate Netware for SAA server.

NWSAA (TCP/IP)

Same as previous for TCP/IP connection. You must specify the server's IP address or host name in the Server Name field.

TN5250

TELNET for 5250.

APPC

In System Name and Device Name, specify the appropriate AS/400 names. Select Auto SignOn if you want to skip the sign-on stage.

RLOGIN

Uses the RLOGIN protocol over TCP/IP for network communication. For this type you must specify the host computer name or the IP address. You can also specify the port number in the Host Name field.

SUPERLAT

This is a version of the LAT protocol for network communication with a VAX/Open VMS host, which requires Meridian's SUPERLAT. For this type, you must specify a service name and, if necessary, a password.

Once you have selected the emulation type, you need to define settings for each tab in the Terminal Setup dialog box. The remaining tabs on the Terminal Setup dialog box are described below.

The parameters that you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File

General Properties Page

The General properties page enables you to define parameters for the selected emulation type.

1) From the Terminal menu, select the Setup option. The Terminal Setup dialog box displays.

2) Select the General tab. The General properties page is displayed:

3) Select the general parameters that you require. These are described in detail below.

4) Continue to define the remaining tabs in the Terminal Setup dialog box, as described bellow.

The parameters that you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File

The parameters displayed in the General properties page are described below:

The selected emulation will determine the parameters displayed.

NRC Set: Determines the communication and keyboard character set for 7-bit data only. You can either select None or one of the languages available.

UPS Set: Determines the communication and keyboard character set for 8-bit data only. Select one of the available languages.

Online: This parameter is equivalent to selecting the On Line/Off Line button on the PowerTerm Pro desktop.

New Line: This parameter determines whether the <Enter> key generates only a carriage return or a carriage return/line feed combination.

Use 8-Bit Data Characters: If the communicated data is in 8-bit character format, select this parameter. For 7-bit characters, clear this parameter. If this parameter is cleared, the 8th bit is truncated.

If you receive 7-bit data, you can convert it to 8-bit data for printing on the slave printer.

User Defined Keys Locked: This parameter determines whether applications on the host system can override your user-defined keys (UDKs) when you have defined a function key that conflicts with how the host wants to use this key. Locked prevents UDKs from being overridden. Unlocked allows them to be overridden. UDKs let you use a single key for multiple keystrokes. To program the 15 UDKs, 256 bytes are available. The key definitions are loaded sequentially (from F6 to F20), so that if you reach the 256-byte limit, more definitions cannot be loaded.

Cursor Keys: This parameter determines whether the four arrow keys generate Normal ANSI-standard control sequences for moving the cursor, or generate customized Application program functions.

The selected host application will usually determine the default option.

Keypad: Determines the effects of the numeric keypad at the right of your keyboard.

Numeric

Keypad keys insert numbers (For example, pressing the 7 on the numeric keypad is the same as typing a 7 on the keyboard).

Application

Keypad keys generate control sequences which can be used by some applications.

The selected host application will usually determine the default option.

Cursor coupling: This parameter causes the cursor to remain visible during page scrolling.

The selected host application will usually determine the default option.

Status Line: The None option displays an emulation screen without a status line. Select Indicator to display the status line. Select Host Writable to display the status line sent by the host.

The selected host application will usually determine the default option.

Setup for 3270 and 5250

This section describes the parameters that are unique to the 3270 and 5250 emulation types. Their General properties page is displayed:

HLLAPI Names

Short and Long: Enables you to specify the short and long HLLAPI names.

Keyboard

Typeahead: Select this parameter if you want to be able to type data ahead (before the host responds).

Backspace Deletes: Select this parameter if you want to be able to delete characters by pressing the <Backspace> key.

Code Page

Host and PC: Enables you to specify the mode of a keyboard. This sends the correct keystrokes for a country's or language's keyboard layout.

Display Properties Page

The Display properties page enables you to define parameters which determine the appearance, or display, of the PowerTerm Pro window.

For non-IBM emulations only.

1) From the Terminal menu, select the Setup option. The Terminal Setup dialog box is displayed.

2) Select the Display tab. The Display properties page is displayed:

3) Select the display parameters you require. These are described in detail below.

4) Continue to define the remaining tabs in the Terminal Setup dialog box, as described in this chapter.

The parameters that you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File

The parameters displayed in the Display properties page are described below:

General

Determines the following general Display parameters:

Reverse Display Colors

Reverses the text and background colors in the work area.

Autowrap Characters

Word wrapping occurs at the end of a line and the cursor moves to the next line.

History Scroll Bar

For non-IBM emulations, the vertical history scroll bar is displayed along the right edge of the PowerTerm Pro screen. This enables you to scroll through the data displayed previously on the screen.

If the host transmits during scrolling, the display automatically scrolls back to its current position.

Cursor

Use these parameters to control the cursor display. Experiment with each parameter to view the cursor display options available.

Cursor Ruler

Use these parameters to display full-screen, vertical or horizontal lines as a cursor ruler.

Ctrl Characters

Click the Display option to actually display the control characters. The Interpret option displays normal text as affected by control characters.

Dimensions

Determines the number of characters per displayed line, and the number of lines to be displayed in the work area.

Characters are scaled according to the selected values. For example, if you select 132 Columns, PowerTerm Pro displays 132 (small) characters across a single screen line.

Scrolling

Determines the pace at which data is displayed in the work area as it arrives.

If you select Jump, you should determine the Jump Scroll Speed which is measured in number of line units. The higher the value, the faster the scrolling.

Select Unlimited in the Jump Scroll Speed area to display data without delaying communication, or Page to scroll data by full screens. The Smooth option is equivalent to a Jump Scroll Speed of 1.

Enable Soft Fonts: Enables you to work with VT soft fonts that are only available when working with a VT emulation. When VT soft fonts are enabled, fonts will be loaded from the host application.

3270 and 5250 Terminal Emulations

Alternate State

Columns, Rows and Enable : Select Enable to override the terminal alternate size. Type the required number of rows and columns.

Unscaled Screen: Select this parameter if you want to disable the feature that enables the characters appearing in the work area to be scaled when you change the size of the desktop.

Show Response Time: Select this parameter if you want to display the number of seconds that elapsed between the time data was sent to the host and the host response time.

Use 3270 New Code: Select this parameter if you want to use the 3270 New Code, otherwise the old code will be used.

Power GUI: Displays data in a window with 3D look and feel.

Keyboard Properties Page

The Keyboard properties page enables you to define keyboard parameters for your PC.

1) From the Terminal menu, select the Setup option. The Terminal Setup dialog box is displayed.

2) Select the Keyboard tab. The Keyboard properties page is displayed:

3) Select the keyboard parameters you require. These are described in detail below.

Backspace Key Sends: Determines what the <Backspace> key sends (a delete or an actual backspace).

The following options are available:

Auto Repeat

The repetitious display of the character whose key is being continuously pressed down.

Key Click

If you select this box, a click sound is issued when you press a key on the keyboard.

Local Echo

Determines whether keyboard input is displayed (echoed) on your screen. If Local Echo is selected, keyboard input is displayed even if the host system does not echo your input.

If Local Echo is cleared, keyboard input is sent to the host system without being displayed on the screen (unless the host system echoes the characters).

Use Emulator Alt Keys

Select this parameter to make an <Alt> key perform the operation assigned to it by the emulated environment.

Margin Bell

Determines whether the terminal sounds a bell tone when the cursor reaches the right margin.

Warning Bell

Determines whether the terminal sounds a bell tone for operating errors, mail messages and so on.

Use VT Keyboard Mode

Transforms your keyboard to Digital VT keyboard mode. In this mode, the PC keyboard operates as close to a VT keyboard as possible, and takes full advantage of LK450 Digital keyboards.

Use Shift Lock

Simulates Shift Lock. When this parameter is selected, the entire keyboard moves to Shift Lock status. For example, if you type "a", the keyboard issues "A".

Answerback Message: Enables you to specify an answerback message and how you want it displayed. Click the Clear button to delete the message. Click the Conceal button to hide the message (the message is not deleted). Click Clear to cancel the conceal command.

Auto Answerback: Determines whether the terminal automatically sends the message to the host system after you make the connection. This is useful if your answerback message is a command to the host system. For example, when you initially connect to an OpenVMS system, you may want to start the MAIL utility by sending an answerback message of MAIL^M. You can also send an answerback message by pressing <Ctrl>+<F5> when the VT keyboard mode is ON.

3270 and 5250 Terminal Emulations

This section describes the parameters that are unique to the 3270 and 5250 emulation types. Their Keyboard properties page is displayed:

Backspace Deletes: Specifies that the Backspace keystroke deletes the previous character.

Auto Repeat: Specifies the repeated display of the character whose key is being continuously pressed down.

Key Click: Issues a click sound when you press a key on the keyboard.

Typeahead: Enables you to type data ahead before the host responds.

Use Emulator Alt Keys: Enables you to make an <Alt> key perform the operation assigned to it by the emulated environment.

Reset Key Clear Capslock: If the keyboard is locked, a reset key sequence is generated prior to when you click on the tab key to advance to the next field.

Use Shift Lock: Simulates Shift Lock. When this parameter is checked, the entire keyboard moves to Shift Lock status. For example, if you type "a"; the keyboard issues "A".

Numpad Decimal Sends Comma: Determines whether the Numeric Pad sends a comma instead of a decimal.

Automatic Reset Key: If the keyboard is locked, a reset key sequence is generated prior to when you click on the tab key to advance to the next field.

Lock Numeric Fields: Determines whether the keyboard is locked when you try to enter non-numeric data.

Non SNA System Wait: Determines whether the System Wait in the IBM 3270 emulation will act as a System Wait in a non SNA terminal.

4) Continue to define the remaining tabs in the Terminal Setup dialog box, as described below.

The parameters you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File

Printer Properties Page

The Printer properties page enables you to define printer parameters for your PC.

1) From the Terminal menu, select the Setup option. The Terminal Setup dialog box is displayed.

2) Select the Printer tab. The Printer properties page is displayed:

3) Select the printer parameters you require. These are described in detail below.

Output Type

This option allows you to select a printing output channel. The possibilities are:

Option

Sends the Output

None

No destination was assigned.

Print Manager

Sends to the standard Windows Print Manager, in text mode.

Device

Sends to the DOS device you designate in the Device Name text box. For example, this can be a device such as prn, lpt1, com1. In the Device Name text box, you can also specify communication parameters. For example: COM1:9600,8.

File

Sends to the DOS file you type in the File Name text box. See the Device parameter below.

Screen

Prints to screen.

 If you chose Print Manager or None as the option for Print Device, the Device File Name field will be disabled.

File/Device Name: If a file of the same name exists, you can choose to add the new data to it, or to create a new file. You can do this using the File Creation parameters. To add the data, click the Append option; to create a new file, click the Overwrite option.

Use Form Feed: Adds a form feed (page eject) after each printing job, if you are printing to file.

Print Line Graphics As Text: Converts line graphics to text. This speeds up printing on a slow dot-matrix printer.

Print Screen Data Conversion: Converts data to IBM or Digital character sets. If you do not want to convert data, use the None option, or select Graphics from the dropdown list to print in Graphics mode.

Selecting the Graphics option will always send a print screen via the Print Manager in Graphics mode, regardless of the print device.

Slave Printer Data Conversion: Converts data to IBM or Digital character sets for slave printing. If you do not want to convert data, use the None option. Select the Graphics option from the dropdown list in order to print to a postscript printer.

Slave Printer Job Delimiter: When printing in slave mode, the job delimiter character that you select here will divide the data into print jobs instead of escape sequences arriving from the host application.

4) Continue to define the remaining tabs in the Terminal Setup dialog box, as described below.

The parameters that you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File

Tabs Properties Page

The Tabs properties page enables you to determine tab stops in the work area. Tabbed data received from the host will be laid out in the work area according to ruler settings defined with this option.

This option is only displayed for VT terminal types.

1) From the Terminal menu, select the Setup option. The Terminal Setup dialog box is displayed.

2) Select the Tabs tab. The Tabs properties page is displayed:

Tab parameters and their functions are described below:

Tab Stops

Set Every: PowerTerm Pro enables you to set tab stops in the work area. Type a number and click the Set Every button. PowerTerm Pro will set a tab stop in increments of that number.

Alternatively, you can set tab stops manually by clicking anywhere you want within the ruler (Tab Stops) area.

Clear All: Clears all tab stops.

3) Continue to define the remaining tabs in the Terminal Setup dialog box, as described below.

The parameters that you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File

Colors Properties Page

The Colors properties page enables you to define the color of data displayed in the work area. Color definitions are stored in the terminal parameters (.PTS) file.

1) From the Terminal menu, select the Setup option. The Terminal Setup dialog box is displayed.

2) Select the Colors tab. The Colors properties page is displayed:

3) Select the parameters you require. These are described in detail below.

Preview Box: The box above the Select Attribute area shows the result of your selections. Experiment with various attributes until you see the result that you want, and then click OK.

Enable Underline: Select this parameter to enable underlined characters. If data is transmitted with the Underline attribute, you can disable the underline by clearing this parameter.

Enable Blink: Select the parameter to enable blinking. If data is transmitted with the Blink attribute, you can disable blinking by clearing this parameter.

Disable Host Colors: Select this parameter if you want to disable the host color definitions and to work with your own (PC) color scheme.

Select Attribute: Click the attribute for which you want to define foreground and background colors. Notice that the attributes change according to the emulation type you selected in the Emulation properties page for non-IBM emulations. Generally, the attribute of the entire screen is Normal. The color for the Normal attribute determines the color of the entire work area.

Text: Click the color that will apply to the text (foreground) of the display.

Background: Click the color that will apply to the background of the text.

4) Continue to define the remaining tabs in the Terminal Setup dialog box, as described below.

The parameters that you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File

Preferences Properties Page

The Preferences properties page enables you to determine PowerTerm Pro behavior and automate processes. They remain active until you change them. For example, if you select to connect automatically at PowerTerm Pro startup, you will always be connected when you open PowerTerm Pro, until you change this setting in the Preferences properties page.

1) From the Terminal menu, select the Setup option. The Terminal Setup dialog box is displayed.

2) Select the Preferences tab. The Preferences properties page is displayed:

3) Define the required preference parameters. These are described in detail below.

On Terminal Setup File Open

These parameters instruct PowerTerm Pro what to do when you start the PowerTerm Pro program.

The following options are available:

Auto Connect

Connection is established immediately with the parameters saved in the default setup file (PTDEF.PTS).

Show Connect Dialog Box

Connection is not established immediately. The Connect dialog box opens, enabling you to select the connection parameters that you require.

Do not Connect

The PowerTerm Pro window opens. You decide what to do.

Window Title

This parameter enables you to give the currently active window a name of your choice.

History Buffer

This parameter specifies the size of the buffer in which data is stored, by selecting an option from the dropdown list.

Device

These parameters determine what to do when you close PowerTerm Pro.

On Session Exit

These parameters determine what to do when you exit a session. Auto Reconnect re-establishes communication. Auto Exit PowerTerm Pro closes PowerTerm Pro altogether.

Toolbar Customization

The Customize dialog box enables you to determine PowerTerm Pro toolbars’ appearance. They remain active until you change them.

  Click on Reset if you choose to use the default toolbar settings.

Show Tooltips: Select the parameter to provide tooltip when the cursor is pointing to a toolbar button.

Cool Look: Select the parameter to give the toolbar a non-button look.

Large Buttons: Select the parameter to make the buttons larger.

  Click on Delete if you choose to delete a selected toolbar that you personally added.

  Click on any button to receive its description.

  While the Commands properties page is displayed, you can simultaneously remove an undesirable button from the toolbar by click and dragging it back to the dialog box.

Click on the browser icon located on the External Applications Plus toolbar (alternatively, choose View menu, and then select Web Page). The PowerTerm Pro Internal Web browser toolbar is displayed:

  Click on the browse button () next to the Command line to find the program and its path.

  Click on Remove if you choose to delete a selected menu option.

General Settings

The General Settings dialog box enables you to determine how you want to access ERICOM’s Web page, Script Editor, Microsoft’s Word , Excel and VB Magic. In addition you can generate a Microsoft Word Report file.

Go to Web Page

Using internal browser: Decide whether to view the Web using the PowerTerm Pro’s internal Internet browser.

Open default browser: Decide whether to view the Web using your PC’s default Internet browser.

Script Editor

Inside PowerTerm Pro: Decide whether to view the Web using PowerTerm Pro’s internal script editor.

Open standalone program: Decide whether to edit scripts using the standalone script editor program.

Microsoft Word

Inside PowerTerm Pro: Decide whether to use Microsoft Word inside PowerTerm Pro.

Standalone: Decide whether to use Microsoft Word as a standalone program.

Microsoft Excel

Inside PowerTerm Pro: Decide whether to use Microsoft Excel inside PowerTerm Pro.

Standalone: Decide whether to use Microsoft Excel as a standalone program.

VB Magic

Inside PowerTerm Pro: Decide whether to use VB Magic inside PowerTerm Pro.

Standalone: Decide whether to use VB Magic as a standalone program.

Generate Microsoft Word Report File

Prints report automatically into a doc file, allowing the user to format the report as he wishes. In the Printer Properties Page of the Terminal Setup dialog two settings are modified:

  If the Data Conversion Type is set to Graphics the output will be sent to the Windows Print Manager.

Click OK when you have selected the General Settings.

On PowerTerm Pro Exit

The following options are available:

Save Terminal Setup

The new terminal parameters (if you changed them) are saved to the current terminal setup file. Select either Save Terminal Setup or Confirm Save or None.

Confirm Save

Terminal parameters are not saved automatically. PowerTerm Pro displays a dialog box where you can decide whether or not to save. Select either Save Terminal Setup or Confirm Save or None.

Save Window Size & Position

Saves the size and position of the emulation window. The next time you open PowerTerm Pro, the same window appears.

Confirm Disconnect Session

If you close PowerTerm Pro during a session, you will be requested to confirm disconnect.

4) Click OK to set the selected parameters and close the Terminal Setup dialog box.

The parameters that you define will only remain active for the current session, unless you save them in a setup file. For more information, see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File