PowerTerm WBT Change Log from Ericom

Change Log – PowerTerm® WBT

Release Notes for Version 8.1 December 2005

New Features

  1. 3-color Keyboard mapping dialog
    • Gray = Virtual (terminal) Key
    • White = OS character
    • Yellow = OS Dead character
  2. 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 mouse-outside-input-fields off
      • Description: Allows/disallows cursor to be positioned by mouse in a protected area (IBM emulations only)
    • set wyse-international-mode off
      • Description: Enables support for the escape sequence esc ~ 2/3
  3. 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 independently 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.
  4. Supports TVI955 program answerback:
    esc ^ text CtrlY
  5. Supports TVI955 Screen on/off commands where off is a blank screen.
  6. New escape sequenses for VT
    • Select dim (not bold): esc 2 m
    • Select a port number for the auxiliary port: esc [ number * u
  7. 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
  8. New code page 620 - Polish (Mazovia)
  9. Enhancement to multiple hosts
    • host1(lu-rule1a,lu-rule1b,...),host2(lu-rule2a,lu-rule2b,)...
    • 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.
  10. "LF->CRLF" in Terminal Setup, Printer properties tab.
  11. Faster serial connection speed.
  12. Communication LEDs on the status window to indicate communication activity.
  13. Evaluation of strings from the communication dialog to PSL.
  14. New SSH dll.
  15. SSL support.
  16. New XTerm terminal type
  17. SCO request current color sequence
  18. Caps-lock always on: turned on caps-lock, nothing release it
  19. Num-lock on, same for num-lock key, setup option only, no GUI.
  20. 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

Release Notes for Version 7.3

New Features

  1. New command line parameter
    • oem company name
      • Allows to activate/deactivate specific features for specific OEMs
  2. Keys for 122 keyboards, now available not on for CE:
    • VTK_RECORD, VTK_PAUSE & VTK_PLAY (psl names "record", "pause" & "play")
  3. Full 122/108 keyboard support

Release Notes for Version 7.2 February 2005

New Features

  1. 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
  2. New Terminal ID for VT:
    • VT510
  3. 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
  4. New grouping of emulation types in Terminal Setup | Emulation properties.
  5. New color dropdown list in Terminal Setup | Color properties

    For selecting the coloring method:    
    AttributeColors based on the attributes.
    For example, you can select different colors for bold, for underline, and for bold/underline.
    ANSIColors 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 & ANSIUses both Attribute and ANSI colors as explained above.
    DefaulUses 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Default ANSI color in Terminal Setup | Color Properties
    Select default color for the ANSI mode when no specific color was selected by the host.
  9. 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
  10. Send CODEPAGE in TN5250 to use code page other than the system default.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. NumLock button behavior for VT emulations

    A new checkbox, Terminal Setup | General | Keypad | Numlock, specifies the behavior as Numlock or PF1.
  14. PSL scripts run as a single instance throughout the session.
    This means that script variables can be shared.
  15. New wait option for PSL exec command
  16. SSH Private key
    Additional authentication option when using SSH security.
    Important: For SSH2, the DSA/DSS keys are only functional when using Compression.
  17. Support for Secure Shell (SSH) security. Supports both SSH-1 and SSH-2 standards.
  18. 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.
  19. Enhanced automatic LU/Device name generation according to rules specified by the user.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. Session icons appear on the toolbar to simplify navigation between multiple sessions. Alternatively the desired session can be accessed through the Sessions menu.
  23. Soft fonts are now scaleable. Default: On.
  24. New Greek Graphical User Interface.
  25. New code page 737 (Greek 437) - Greek IBM PC de facto standard.
  26. Printer definition files (*.ped) are now located in the "printers" subfolder.
  27. Support for True Type Fonts which are located in the "fonts" subfolder.
  28. Support for ANSI colors for VT emulations. The following escape sequences are implemented:
    • For foreground:
      <esc> \x02 A ## \r
    • For background:
      <esc> \x02 B ## \r
    (where ## is a number between 0-15).
  29. Linux is now listed as a Terminal Type.
  30. Languages
    The following Code Pages were added to the "keyboard" option of 3270/5250 display, to VT, and all other character mode emulations:
    • Windows 1250
    • Windows 1251
    • Windows 1252
    • Windows 1253
    • Windows 1254
    • Windows 1257
  31. Changing display colors
    • Disable host colors selected:
      ALL emulations - displays attribute colors.
    • Disable host colors not selected:
      VT emulations - will display both host colors and attribute colors.
      ANSI emulations (Sco, BBS,At386, AIXTerm) - will show host colors only.
      HP emulation - will show host colors only.
  32. A new setting was added in the setup file (ptdef.pts), applicable for 5250 and 3270 emulations. The setting forces a field-exit. If it is activated, it causes the cursor to advance to the next field once a field has been filled in.

    Force-Field-Exit = On
    Force-Field-Exit = Off

    where default is On
  33. Form Feed

    A new feature has been added to the AS400 printer session (TN5250 Printer), and is found under Terminal | Setup | Printer | Advanced Printing | Form Feed. It defines the form type of the printer. PowerTerm provides the following three types of form feed:
    AUTOCUTSingle-cut sheets are automatically fed into the printer.
    Most printers require a sheet feed attachment.
    CONTContinuous forms are used by printers that have a tractor
    feed attachment on the device.
    CUTSingle-cut sheets are manually fed into the printer.
  34. IBM 122-keys keyboard support
  35. Suport for upper status in Wyse terminals.
  36. Support for cursor progression input fields. For IBM 5250 emulations.

Release Notes for Version 6.3.5 June 2003

The PowerTerm WBT emulates the exact display of a chosen terminal. It presents host applications exactly as they would appear on an actual terminal. Once the PowerTerm WBT connects to a host computer, all host operations can be performed as if the PowerTerm WBT is an actual host terminal.

New Features

  1. Session Manager A new feature, which provides quick access to a list of user-configured sessions. - Select New Terminal, either from the File menu or in the Toolbar. The PowerTerm Session Manager dialog box opens. Select desired sessions to activate. Each activated session is represented by an icon in the toolbar and in the Session menu, thus allowing for quick switch between active sessions. - The Session Manager issues two warning messages: "Limit of 10 simultaneous PowerTerm sessions." "Strained resources." (When all the sessions are open it will cause slow response times and possible uncharacteristic down-time.)
  2. Font customization available in scaled screen. You can select font, style, size, and width.
  3. A floating menu for controlling menu components has been added. Through it you can show or hide the Main menu, Function menu, Status menu, and the Power Pad. Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<M> to toggle between show/hide.
  4. Improved GUI for the Keyboard mapping dialog box.
  5. Network printing support capability.
  6. Overall optimized performance.


  1. Connection to a TN5250 host (AS/400) over a gateway/firewall (VT100 input) is now available.
  2. 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.
  3. CICS Printing is now supported.
  4. 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)
      1144 (same as 280 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)
      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)

  5. Linux terminal supported. In Terminal Setup - select VT100 Terminal Type and Linux terminal ID.
  6. HP emulation is now supported.
  7. Tandem emulation is now supported.