PowerTerm Pro Series Change Log from Ericom

PowerTerm® Pro/Enterprise

Release Notes for Version 12.0 - October 2017

New Features

  1. Windows 2016 compatible
  2. Updated EXE installer
  3. New MSI installer for silent installations
  4. Updated SSH functionality to support 7.x connections
  5. Fixed keyboard-interactive SSH setting

Release Notes for Version 11.0 - November 2015

New Features

  1. TLS 1.2
  2. Windows 10 ready

Release Notes for Version 10.2 - July 2014

New Features

  1. New openssl (version 1.0.1h)
  2. New hllappi
  3. Support for Windows 2012R2

Update for Version 10.1 - January 2013

New Features

  1. Support for Windows 8, Windows 2012

Update for Version 9.2 - July 2010

New Features

  1. Support for Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2
    NOTE: - Vista OS can only save the SSL certificate in the default folder when 'User Account
    Control' is disabled
    - PowerTerm DDE is not supported in Vista.
  2. New PSL commands:
    • set recv-file-overwrite [true | false | ask]
    • set word-wrap [on | off]
    • 3270 word-wrap on continues fields
    • set display-disconnect-message [on | off]
    • option to disable the disconnect on-screen message
    • set keyboard-lock [on | off]
    • [on] locks the keyboard until [off] command
    • set autoprint-ff [on | off]
    • option to ignore form-feed in autoprint mode
  3. New pc-key "lk-less"
    "< > " key on lk keyboards has a unique name.
  4. 3270 print SCS tabs
  5. 3-color Keyboard mapping dialog
    Gray = Virtual (terminal) Key
    White = OS character
    Yellow = OS Dead character
  6. New psl commands:
    • button right left-dbl-click
      Description: Defines that clicking the right mouse button will act as if you double-click the left mouse button.
    • button right left-action
      Description: Defines that any right mouse button action will act as if you did the same action on the left mouse button.
    • (**)set ibm-history-scroll on/off
      Description: Enables the history scroll in an IBM emulation. (IBM emulations only)
    • recv-file zmodem
      Description: Receives a file from the host via the zmodem protocol.
    • (**)set select-key-highlight on | off
      Description: Determines whether or not a PowerTerm user will be able to highlight text using the keyboard keys or not. (IBM emulations only)
    • (**)set column-mark Unicode-hex-value
      Description: Replaces the character currently used as the column mark (column separator sign). (IBM 5250 emulations only)
    • set win9x-print-unicode off
      Description: Causes PowerTerm to print in the Windows code page (8 bit mode) instead of Unicode on Win9x machines.
    • set wyse-international-mode off
      Description: Enables support for the escape sequence esc ~ 2/3
  7. The auxiliary port is a valid device for slave printing (autoprint and controller mode). Read (send to host) and write (print) can be opened/closed indepedently of each other. The status will now show the aux port state as follows:
    "Status" [Description....] Display on Screen
    "<AUX " [Host < PC (send)]  
    ">AUX ^" [Host > PC (print)] [printer + screen (Auto)] Data displayed on screen.
    ">AUX -" [Host > PC (print)] [printer + screen (Controller)] No data displayed on screen.
    "=AUX ^" [Host = PC (bidi) ] [printer - screen (Auto)] Data is also displayed on screen.
    "=AUX -" [Host = PC (bidi) ] [printer - screen (Controller)] No data displayed on screen.
  8. Supports TVI955 program answerback:
    esc ^ text CtrlY
  9. Supports TVI955 Screen on/off commands where off is a blank screen.
  10. New escape sequences for VT

    Select dim (not bold): esc 2 m
    Select a port number for the auxiliary port: esc [ number * u
  11. Supports bidirectional printing (only via COM port)

    Escape sequences for AUX connection (VT/ANSI only):
    Allow auxiliary input mode - Esc [7i
    End auxiliary input mode - Esc [6i
  12. New code page 620 - Polish (Mazovia)
  13. (**) Enhancement to multiple hosts


    Up to 10 lu-rules for each host.
    "lu-rule" is any valid data that can be put in the lu/device-name field such as DEV*, DEV+++, DEV3-, etc.
  14. "LF->CRLF" in Terminal Setup, Printer properties tab.
  15. Faster serial connection speed.
  16. Virtual LEDs on the status window to indicate communication activity.
  17. New SSL and SSH dlls.
  18. Added XTerm terminal type.
  19. SCO request current color sequence.
  20. (**) Better light-pen (selector) support. (IBM 3270 emulations only.)
  21. New emulation types:
    • WYSE 50+
    • WYSE 370
    • TVI 910+
    • TVI 920
    • TVI 955
    • IBM 3151
    • ADDS VP a2
    • HZ 1500
    • Tandem 6530
    • HP 700/92
    • HP 700/96
  22. New Terminal ID for VT:
    • VT510
  23. New Terminal IDs for IBM 5250 display:
    • 3477-FC // 27 x 132 monochrome display
    • 3486-ba // 24 x 80 monochrome display
    • 3487-ha // 24 x 80 monochrome display
    • 3487-hc // 24 x 80 color display
    • 5251-11 // 24 x 80 monochrome display
    • 5291-1 // 24 x 80 monochrome display
    • 5292-2 // 24 x 80 color display
  24. New grouping of emulation types in Terminal Setup | Emulation properties.
  25. New color dropdown list in Terminal Setup | Color properties

    For selecting the coloring method:
    Attribute Colors based on the attributes. For example, you can select different colors for bold, for underline, and for bold/underline.
    ANSI Colors based on host defined colors. For example, the host sends "red foreground on blue background" but you can select the default ANSI color. Different attributes do not affect colors.
    Attribute & ANSI Uses both Attribute and ANSI colors as explained above.
    Default Uses the default color type for each emulation type: VT and Siemens = Attribute & ANSI colors
    ANSI and HP = ANSI colors
    All others = Attributes colors (Not affected by setting to a different value.)
  26. ANSI 8 color mode in Terminal Setup | Color Properties
    For ANSI emulations only.
    In the old ANSI behavior, foreground text is always bold (bright) and the background never bold. Now, when the ANSI 8 color mode is enabled, the bold attribute has no meaning.
  27. Color Frame in Terminal Setup | Color Properties
    The frame color is selected by the frame-color item in the dialog box instead of using the normal background color.
  28. Default ANSI color in Terminal Setup | Color Properties
    Select default color for the ANSI mode when no specific color was selected by the host.
  29. The multilingual keyboard mapping dialog:
    Shows the correct characters for each language, in all cases including Shift, Alt, Ctrl, and Caps Lock. It also shows right-Alt or AltGr, as needed.
    Shows Dead-keys (keys that has a meaning only with other keys such as ^).
    Solves the problem of mapping to keys like Z and Y for Czech or Q and A for French.
    PT windows edition Supports any keyboard selected
  30. Send CODEPAGE in TN5250 to use code page other than the system default.
  31. Limit Font Size in Terminal Setup | Display Properties | Dimensions
    Allows PowerTerm fonts to use only the exact font size, specially for frames.
    Not recommended for normal text on large screens.
  32. ASSOCIATE for TN3270 printer in Communication | Connect
    A new checkbox,"Associate", implements the TN3270E ASSOCIATE command, when checked.
    The requested LU is the LU of the associated DISPLAY session. That is, the MF will return the printer LU that is associated to that display (by the MF administrator).
  33. New Key maps
    For 5250 emulations only.
    normal return = Enter
    normal right ctrl = new-line
    shift return = new-line
    ctrl return = Enter
    ctrl numpad - = Enter
    ctrl numpad + = Enter
  34. NumLock button behavior for VT emulations
    A new checkbox, Terminal Setup | General | Keypad | Numlock, specifies the behavior as Numlock or PF1.
  35. PSL scripts run as a single instance throughout the session.
    This means that script variables can be shared.
  36. New wait option for PSL exec command
  37. SSH Private key
    Additional authentication option when using SSH security.
    IMPORTANT: For SSH2, the DSA/DSS keys are only functional when using Compression.
  38. SSL Security
    SSL security level can be selected in the Connection dialog.
    SSL security settings can be configured under Communication | SSL Setup.
  39. Caps-lock always on: turned on caps-lock, nothing release it.
  40. 3 modes of Caps Lock in Terminal Setup, Keyboard properties tab. (Windows only)
    • Caps-lock (Unix) - Locks alpha keys on main keypad in uppercase.
    • Shift-lock - Locks alpha and numeric keys on main keypad in shifted setting. Touching Shift will release shift-lock mode.
    • Reverse-Lock (Win) - Same as caps-lock, but Shift reverses the Caps operation.
  41. Supports TAPI (Telephony Application Program Interface) (Only for Windows 98 and higher.)

Update for Version 8.8.3 June 2007

New Features

  1. Vista and IE7 support

Release Notes for Version 8.8.3 May 2004

New Features

  1. Supports Secure FTP
  2. Supports SSH Private Key

Release Notes for Version 8.8.2 July 2003

New Features

  1. Terminal Server Edition (TSE)
    With a TSE license, PowerTerm Pro Series can be used by multiple users at any given moment.
    Note: The TSE is incompatible with the Unprotected PowerTerm Pro Series version.
  2. Multisheet Paste - Enables printing/pasting of data that does not fit onto one page, as is performed by the Print Screen function. It is very useful for printing/pasting long records in the same screen format.
  3. Advanced Printing
    Margins can be set by the user.
    Specific LPI/CPI can be assigned in Graphics mode.
    Autofit can be enabled for the non-Graphics printing mode.
  4. Enhanced automatic LU/Device name generation according to rules specified by the user.
  5. Languages
    The following Code Pages are also supported:
    • For VT and all other character mode emulations:
      7 bit Slovenian
      Code Page 848 Cyrillic, Ukrainian with Euro
      Code Page 872 Bulgaria, Serbia-Montenegro, FYR Macedonia (855 With Euro)
    • For IBM (EBCDIC) emulations:
      3270 and 5250:
      924 USA, Canada (French), Netherlands, Portugal, France, Finland
      1158 Cyrillic, Ukraine with Euro
  6. AS/400 File Transfer support. Data download activated by selecting Receive File from the Communication menu. This functionality may not work on Windows 95.
  7. Configurable setting to determine the display of position marker for hidden fields in the emulation screen. By default, no such marker is displayed. To enable marker, set the Invisible-Field-Show flag to "On" in the default setup file (ptdef.pts).
  8. Optional printing of header message for graphical printouts generated using the Print Screen function. In order to enable this feature, enter a text (within quotation marks) for the Use-Print-Header-Text flag in the default setup file (ptdef.pts). The next time Print Screen is performed, either from the File menu or the toolbar icon, the Print Header Text dialog box will appear with the specified text. This text will be used for the duration of the PowerTerm session.
  9. ANSI keyboards
    All keyboards now use numlock.
    All keyboards are now affected by "Backspace sends delete" (i.e. send backspace (0x08) by default and delete (0x7F) if this value is set). <Ctrl>+<backspace> sends the opposite value.
  10. Session icons appear on the toolbar to simplify navigation between multiple sessions. Alternatively the desired session can be accessed through the Sessions menu.
  11. Soft fonts are now scaleable. Default: On.
  12. New code page 737 (Greek 437) - Greek IBM PC de facto standard.
  13. Printer definition files (*.ped) are now located in the "printers" subfolder.
  14. Support for True Type Fonts which are located in the "fonts" subfolder.
  15. Support for TVI950 emulation is now available.
  16. New 'set' PSL commands
    The following PSL commands can now be used at runtime to enable customization of the work area:
    1. You can now show or hide the function buttons, the status bar, and the toolbar.

      set hide-buttons [on|off]
      set show-buttons [on|off]
      set hide-status-bar [on|off]
      set show-status-bar [on|off]
      set hide-toolbar [on|off]
      set show-toolbar [on|off]

    2. You can employ your preferences (as listed above) either through the setup file or via the registry user profile. The following command, in the setup file, enables you to determine which one to use:
      read-from-setup [on|off] default: on
      If it is set to 'on' it will use your preferences from the setup file. Otherwise, it will use those from the registry user profile.

Release Notes for Version 8.8.1 September 2002

New Features

  1. Support for PC command (STRPCCMD) for 5250 emulations.
  2. Support for AUX port printing. The following escape sequences are implemented:
    "<csi> 1 {"   to start
    "<csi> 2 {"   to stop
  3. Support for ANSI colors for VT emulations.
    <esc> \x02 A ## \r   for foreground
    <esc> \x02 B ## \r   for background
      while (## is a number 0-15)
  4. Linux is now listed as a Terminal Type.
  5. Support for PowerGUI in VT emulations

Release Notes for Version 8.8 November 2001

  1. Supports Window® XP.
  2. Customizable Connection Failure message.
    For example, add to ftp.cfg file under the [Settings] Title, the command below:
    Failed To Connect Message = Desired Message

    Failed To Connect Message = Bad Network Connection
    This message will be displayed instead of "Failed to connect!"
  3. Vary the boldness of the printed characters in a 3270 printer session by adding the following command:
    Print-Font-Weight = 0-1000
    in the setup file (default =400)
  4. A pop-up window for SSH username and password is now available when logging on to the SSH secured host. In the Connect dialog choose SSH as the security type, click the Options button which will display the SSH Security Window where you select "Show SSH Login Dialogue On Connection".
  5. New items to be activated with the "remove-menu-items" command. As an example, remove-menu-item Web page, remove-menu-item VBMagic, remove-menu-item Word, remove-menu-item Excel, remove-menu-item Emulation Screen, remove-menu-item Container
  6. adding into Wyse 60 :
    ESC G D (top half of double high double wide) and
    ESC G E (bottom half of double high double wide)

Release Notes for Version 8.7 July 2001

  1. Languages - The following Code Pages are supported:

    For VT and all other character mode emulations:

    7 bit Slovenian
    Code Page 858 : 850 with the Euro character

    For IBM (EBCDIC) emulations:

    3270 and 5250

    924 : USA, Canada (French), Netherlands, Portugal, France, Finland

    New for 3270

    1140 : 037 with Euro character
    USA, Canada (French), Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil, Australia, New
    Zealand 1141 : 273 with Euro character
    Germany, Austria
    1142 : 277 with Euro character
    Denmark, Norway
    1143 : 278 with Euro character
    Finland, Sweden
    1144 : 280 with Euro character
    1145 : 284 with Euro character
    Latin America (Spanish), Spain
    1146 : 285 with Euro character
    United Kingdom
    1147 : 297 with Euro character
    1148 : 500 with Euro character
    Belgium, Switzerland (French), Switzerland (German)
    1149 : 871 with Euro character
  2. SSH2 is now supported.
  3. SSH Password is not saved under the setup file rather a dialog prompts re-login.
  4. The ftp client changes according to the communication line speed.
  5. Modified the Auto Answerback format to retrieve the client's IP address. For example in a Citrix platform: "\[%d.%d.%d.%d\]" retrieves the Citrix client's IP address and not the Citrix server IP address.
  6. In ptdef.pts setup file there is a new option called form feed that is included in the Print-Skipped-Lines section designed specifically for 3270 end-of-medium (0x19) to send form-feed. Setting Print-Skipped-Lines = form-feed (default is On) sends a form feed command to the printer every time the printer emulation receives an end-of-medium chararcter (0x19).
  7. A new PSL script command was added: set wyse-esc-b off This command ignores any Esc b sequences in wyse 60 application.
  8. o specify a bit map screen as the background in PowerTerm, a menu option Terminal|Setup|Colors|Show BMP was added. The desired bitmap should be named pt_bg.bmp and should be copied to the PowerTerm folder.
  9. In 5250 emulation, the F13-F24 buttons are now also displayed when accessing the Options|Keyboard Mapping menu option.
  10. A combination of [ctrl] z, or [ctrl] y keystrokes or [break] will cause an ASCII/Binary File Transfer Operation to terminate.
  11. The number of Soft Function keys can now be expanded up to 24. This is achieved by sending the following PSL command: set-func-cols DesiredNumber For example: set-func-cols 20 will generate 20 soft function keys.
  12. In the 3270 and 5250 printer sessions, the following printing information appears on the screen: Print to:
    Job Status
    Bytes received
  13. Color Attributes added/modified in 3270/5250 emulations
    Power GUI enabled
    Modified Name
    Background ====> Power GUI Background
    Power GUI Edit Box - The Power GUI edit box's color is now modifiable. Power GUI Button - The Power GUI buttons' color are now modifiable. Power GUI disabled
  14. FTP
    Using the Hide Ftp Window setting in the Ftp.cfg file hides the PowerTerm FTP Client window (main window) while allowing the File Transfer ASCII mode progress indicator to be displayed.

Release Notes for Version 8.6 September 2000

New Features:
  1. Connection to a TN5250 host (AS/400) over a gateway/firewall (VT100 input) now available.
  2. Capability of entering control characters by typing in their ASCII number (less then three digits). In order to do so, hold down the [ALT] key and enter one or two digits (the ASCII number in decimal representation) using the numeric pad, then release the [ALT] key. Previously you had to type [ALT] 013. This feature is enabled by the script command: "set use-alt-key-up on". Example: Hold down [ALT] key, enter "13" with the numeric pad, then release the [ALT] key. Result: <CR> character is generated.
  3. Save-Lock-State = On in the [General] section of the setup file. This option "remembers" the caps lock state when you return to the session, even if you changed it in any another program or session. Save-Lock-State = Off Default) , The caps lock state is global for all sessions / applications (Windows standard).
  4. The psl command "set mouse-report on" enables mouse report responses. Mouse report responses are disabled by default.
  5. Keyboard mapping (key selection by right clicking on it) options has been expanded to: Cut, Copy, Paste, and Enter Command Script.
  6. Keyboard property page has been added.
  7. Now the user can determine (from the Terminal Setup| Keyboard tab) whether the System Wait in the IBM 3270 emulation will act as a System Wait in a non SNA terminal.
  8. CICS Printing is now supported.
  9. Keep Alive feature now available on Telnet connection- Periodically sends a NOP (non operation) command to the host when any number greater than zero is entered in the appropriate field. For example: you want to send a "keep alive" every 10 minutes- enter 600 (seconds) in the appropriate field.
  10. Languages - Code Pages are supported for the following:

    For VT and all other character mode emulations:

    • DEC Multinational
    • ISO Latin 1 (USA)
    • ISO Latin 2 (East European)
    • ISO Latin 4 (North European)
    • ISO Latin 5 (Turkish)
    • ISO Latin 6 (Nordic)
    • ISO Latin 7 (Baltic)
    • ISO Latin 9 (western with Euro Sign)
    • DEC Cyrillic
    • ISO Cyrillic
    • DEC Greek
    • ISO Greek
    • HP Roman 8
    • Code Page 437 (PC USA)
    • Code Page 775 (Baltic)
    • Code Page 850 (Multilingual)
    • Code Page 851 (Greek)
    • Code Page 852 ()
    • Code Page 855 (Cyrillic)
    • Code Page 857 (Turkish)
    • Code Page 860 (Portuguese)
    • Code Page 863 (Canadian French)
    • Code Page 865 (Nordic)
    • Code Page 866 (Cyrillic)

    FOR IBM (EBCDIC) emulations:

    • 037 (USA/Canadian)
    • 273 (German)
    • 277 (Danish)
    • 278 (Finnish)
    • 280 (Italian)
    • 284 (Spanish)
    • 285 (UK)
    • 297 (French)
    • 423 (Greek)
    • 500 (Swiss)
    • 836 (Simplified Chinese)
    • 870 (Multilingual)
    • 871 (Icelandic)
    • 875 (Greek)
    • 880 (Cyrillic)
    • 1025 (Cyrillic)
    • 1026 (Turkish)
    • 1047 (Latin-1/Open System)
    • 1140 (same as 037 but with Euro sign instead of the international currency symbol)
    • 1141 (same as 273 but with Euro sign instead of the international currency symbol)
    • 1142 (same as 277 but with Euro sign instead of the international currency symbol)
    • 1143 (same as 278 but with Euro sign instead of the international currency symbol)
    • 1145 (same as 284 but with Euro sign instead of the international currency symbol)
    • 1146 (same as 285 but with Euro sign instead of the international currency symbol)
    • 1147 (same as 297 but with Euro sign instead of the international currency symbol)
    • 1148 (same as 285 but with Euro sign instead of the international currency symbol)
    • 1149 (same as 871 but with Euro sign instead of the international currency symbol)
    • Cyrillic (same as 277)
    • Danish (same as 277)
    • English-UK (same as 285)
    • English-USA (same as 037)
    • Finnish (same as 278)
    • French
    • German (same as 273)
    • Greek (same as 423)
    • Icelandic (same as 871)
    • Italian (same as 280)
    • Spanish (same as 284)
    • Swiss (same as 500)
    • Turkish (same as 1026)
    • Latin-1/Open System (same as 1047)
    • 3270 and 5250: The default mapping for the left square bracket "[" is no longer "�". The default mapping for the right square bracket "]" is no longer "|". In order to use these characters, they are available by pressing <'shift'> on the IBM keyboard section.

  11. 3270 and 5250: The default mapping for the left square bracket "[" is no longer "�". The default mapping for the right square bracket "]" is no longer "|". In order to use these characters, they are available by pressing <shift> on the IBM keyboard section.
  12. vt emulation: Backspace Key depending upon its designation, sends either a delete or an actual backspace. By pressing [ctrl][backspace] yields the non designated function of the [backspace] key. For example, if it set to [delete], it will yield a [backspace], vice versa, if it is set to [backspace] it will yield [delete].
  13. DDE Time Out is modifiable. To change the default: Use the new version of PowerTerm and save the setup file. Open the ptdef.pts setup file in Notepad. There is a setting DDE-Timeout = 3. Change the DDE-Timeout from the default (3 seconds) to any number of seconds. * If you write 0, it will use TIMEOUT_ASYNC that is needed for asynchronous transactions. Save the setup file which will apply this newly modified DDE timeout setting.
  14. Linux terminal supported. In Terminal Setup - select VT100 Terminal Type and Linux terminal ID.
  15. Includes all fixes and enhancements since version 8.0 was released.
  16. CR -> CRLF In slave printing mode: Clicking this option will add a line feed after each single carriage return (one that has no line feed following it).
  17. Full-screen mode is available through Options menu.

PowerTerm Pro Version 8.0 (Released January, 2000) :

  • Supports Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) enabling users to create customized, integrated solutions that meet specific business needs.
  • Supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) thus protecting information from unauthorized parties.
  • HP emulation available.
  • Extensive VBA help.
  • Supports TAPI connection.
  • Supports OLE Automation.
  • Microsoft Word Report File feature, which prints a report automatically into a doc file, was added to allow the user to format the report as desired.
  • New About dialog including System Information.

PowerTerm Pro Version 7.0 (Released June 1, 1999) :

  • WORD, EXCEL and Container views now offer File Menu Options including
    New, Open, File Save As, and Print (Printing icon on Toolbar
    is still not available).
  • On a computer without a Web browser installed, PowerTerm Pro now successfully loads.
  • Printing from within the Internal Browser is now possible.
  • Insert Object from file is now possible in Container View.
  • Word and Excel windows now "remember" the last file opened.
  • Build Number now appears in the About Dialog.