Chapter 1: Introduction to PowerTerm Pro

This chapter presents PowerTerm Pro and describes its main features. A quick guide to PowerTerm Pro is also provided in this chapter. It describes the basic steps for users who are familiar with accessing remote terminals.

What is PowerTerm Pro?

PowerTerm Pro Features

System Requirements

PowerTerm Pro Setup

A Quick Guide Through PowerTerm Pro

What is PowerTerm Pro?

PowerTerm Pro is a fully functional terminal emulator for Microsoft Windows. It emulates various terminal types, including UNIX, HP, VMS, Tandem and IBM. PowerTerm Pro enables you to connect to a single or multiple hosts via both network and remote connections.

PowerTerm Pro provides two main features to enable the PC to act and feel like a real host terminal:

Once the PC connects to a host computer, all host operations can be performed as if the PC is an actual host terminal.

PowerTerm Pro includes a special programming language, Power Script Language (PSL), which enables you to create scripts for automating tasks. For example, you can create a PSL script which logs you into the host automatically. Scripts can be used to start PowerTerm Pro, or anytime during a PowerTerm Pro session. PSL is intended for users with programming skills.

PowerTerm Pro enables you to use the standard Microsoft DDE mechanism to communicate with other Windows applications as a DDE client or DDE server application.

PowerTerm Pro also provides various options to customize and optimize the working environment:

PSL commands can be assigned to the Power Pad and soft buttons to enable additional functions with a click of the mouse.

PowerTerm Pro Features

System Requirements

PowerTerm Pro Setup

To enable PC - host interaction, you need to define two sets of parameters: terminal parameters and communication parameters. These are both saved in a terminal setup file. A terminal setup file has a .PTS extension. The PowerTerm Pro default setup file is called PTDEF.PTS.

The communication setup file has a .PTC extension.

The keyboard definitions file has a .PTK extension.

PowerTerm Pro provides the option to work with a single host or multiple hosts. You can create different setup files for working with each host to enable each user a customized working environment.

Working with a Single Host

If you only need to connect to a single host, you should use the default terminal setup and communication file called PTDEF.PTS.

When you select PowerTerm Pro, it automatically uses the parameters in the setup file to start the system.

Working with Different Terminal Emulations

If you are working with different terminals with unique emulations, you may need to use individual setup files for each emulation. To create a setup file, you first need to define the terminal setup and communication parameters, and then save these parameters to a terminal setup file. These files will have a .PTS extension. For more information, see the section Running a Script upon Startup.

A Quick Guide Through PowerTerm Pro

The following workflow provides a quick guide for using PowerTerm Pro.

For further information click on the desired step.

For a more detailed description of these steps, see PowerTerm Pro Workflow

Step 1: Start PowerTerm Pro

To start PowerTerm Pro, click the PowerTerm Pro shortcut on your desktop. The PowerTerm Pro window is displayed:

When PowerTerm Pro is used for the first time, the PowerTerm Pro window is automatically displayed together with the Connect dialog box. After the connection parameters have been defined, the Connect dialog box is no longer automatically displayed when you open PowerTerm Pro. See Step 4: Defining Modem and Communication Settings

PowerTerm Pro opens with the default terminal setup file PTDEF.PTS. You can also open PowerTerm Pro using a customized setup (.PTS) file (see Starting PowerTerm Pro with a Customized Setup File), or script file (see Running a Script upon Startup

The most important feature of the PowerTerm Pro window is its work area, which emulates a host terminal screen by displaying data entered on your terminal and data received from the host.

Step 2: Select a Terminal Emulation

Select the Setup option from the Terminal menu. The Terminal Setup window is displayed:

Select the Emulation tab.

You can select a terminal for the current session, or open a previously defined terminal setup (.PTS) file, as described in the following paragraphs:

The emulation type that you select changes the number of setup tabs and, for IBM emulations, the PowerTerm Pro window display.

To define terminal settings for the current session, click the relevant tab in the Terminal Setup window and then define setup parameters (for example, Display, Keyboard or Printer). After you have defined the settings that you require, click the OK button.

To save these terminal settings in the default setup file (PTDEF.PTS), from the File menu, select Save to save the current settings file.


select Save As, specify a setup file name and click OK. The file is saved with a .PTS extension.

You can start PowerTerm Pro by creating a shortcut (Windows 95).


select a setup file in the Connect window (see Step 3).

Step 3: Connect to a Host

After you have selected a terminal emulation, you can connect to a host. Select Connect from the Communication menu to display the Connect window:

Before connecting to a host, you need to define communication parameters for the current session, or select a previously saved session from the sessions list.

You can save session parameters by clicking the Save As button in the Connect window. Specify a session name and click OK. Saved sessions are displayed in the Sessions List.

Click the Connect button to connect to a host computer.

Step 4: Work with a Host

PowerTerm Pro provides the following options for working with a host:

Step 5: Exit PowerTerm Pro

PowerTerm Pro provides options when exiting PowerTerm Pro, end a session automatically or be prompted with a confirmation message prior to closing a session.

To exit PowerTerm Pro, select Exit from the File menu.

for more information on PowerTerm Pro preferences when exiting PowerTerm Pro see Exiting PowerTerm Pro

If you have changed terminal settings, PowerTerm Pro displays a warning message asking if you want to update the terminal settings file (.PTS). The message will point to the name of the setup file currently loaded (PTDEF.PTS, if you used the default). Click OK to update the file, or No to cancel the latest changes and restore the default setup (PTDEF.PTS) file.

From the Options menu, select the Keyboard Map option. The Keyboard Mapping dialog box is displayed:

Slide the mouse pointer over the different keys. The bottom line of the dialog box shows you the corresponding PC and terminal keys. For example, if you point to the "t" key of the VT Keyboard, you see that the corresponding PC key is "T".

In the Keyboard Mapping dialog box, drag a key from the upper terminal keyboard to a PC key on the lower keyboard.

Click the <Shift> or <Control> keys on the terminal keyboard to display additional key functions. For example, if you click the <Shift> key, the alphabet keys on the terminal keyboard are displayed in upper case. You can then map (drag) these keys to your PC keyboard keys.

From the Options menu, select the Keyboard Map option. The Keyboard Mapping dialog box is displayed.