The magazine of the Melbourne PC User Group

Terminate - the final terminal
Dave Mitchell

Terminate is one of the most powerful communications programs currently available and includes many of the things you would expect of a comms program, and probably more that you didn't think of. It is my comms program of choice because of its configurability and flexibility.

It is as easy to use for new users to communications, as it is for experienced users. All features are at your fingertips, and the comprehensive online help (in several languages) means solutions and directions are never more than a keypress away. No more sifting through pages and pages of documentation.

First off, installation is a breeze. Once you have your copy, all you need to do is run the install program and then the main program, which will ask you a few questions to help you get underway. It will determine what port your modem is connected to and, in most cases, select the best defaults by checking the modem. Terminate can, with other appropriate software installed, set up all standard options from other communications packages, importing from Remote Access, Frontdoor, BinkleyTerm, Telix, Portal of Power, and other communications and BBS software.

Once in terminal mode you can check through the rest of the options that Terminate has to offer.

Terminate has the capability to operate with many communications devices, from standard modem, to INT 14 and Digiboards, and can be used in many environments.

For text based communications Terminate is the answer; it supports Avatar, ANSI, VT100, and VT102 among others, and is ideal for Internet shell accounts, CompuServe, and use on any other BBSs.

Another helpful feature for new and experienced users is automatic login and Interactive Electronic Mail Standard (IEMSI) Identification, enabling your name and password to be sent automatically when you connect to a system. Using IEMSI it will set up some of your sessions without you having to press a key - very much like the scripting languages of other programs, but without the need to learn a complicated programming language.

The dial directory is also very well designed; multiple phone books enable you to separate all your entries into specified areas, or set up phone books for different people. You can import into your directory from many other different software packages such as Telemate, Telix, Procomm, Qmodem, and also from the BBS list. The dialling section provides for manual dial for those once-off calls, and also enables you to make voice calls. The voice call option can keep track of how long you have been speaking to someone.

Once connected to a system the program has many other features available at a keystroke to make navigating and logging a breeze.

There is an 800-line scroll-back buffer, enabling you to refresh yourself with conversations you are having, or to look back at a file list. The buffer can be stored to disk for later reference and access is easily achieved by the key combination, Alt+B (to exit press Escape).

Also in its arsenal is a powerful file tagger and manager, enabling you to store with ease the list of files you wish to download in your current session and in later sessions. The file manager moves, inspects, copies, or deletes files from anywhere on your system. It is quite flexible, and totally user configurable.

Once the files you are after have been selected you can download them with any of the internal protocols, including ASCII, XModem, YModem, ZModem, ZedZap, Kermit, and the Compuserve QuickB+ Protocol. Terminate also has many protocol definitions enabling you to get other external protocols - such as Bimodem, HSLink and Hydracom - to work.

Now that you have the files you can let the program decide the download destination. It has a download manager that enables you to download to a particular directory files matching a specific file spec. For example, a *.GIF selection pointing to C:\PICS will result in all files with a .GIF extension being moved directly to that directory.

Terminate also offers support for the visually impaired; it can be configured to route displays via the BIOS to synthesised speech software.

If you get bored with dialling out, you can set it up to receive calls in its Host mode. The host mode allows you to set up your own mini-BBS for friends, or for your own access from a remote location. Unlike others, this host mode takes about two minutes to set up. You can define multiple user specifications to control levels of access for different users, or classes of user.

The local registration site for support and information is Marcus Limosani at Infinity Communications on (03) 9852 1909 or 0412 633 262.

Reprinted from the June 1995 issue of PC Update, the magazine of Melbourne PC User Group, Australia

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