|★ APPLICATIONS ★ DIVERS ★ AMSCOM SOFTWARE : Making the Amstrad RS232 user friendly ★|
|Asmcom Software - Making the Amstrad Rs232 User Friendly|The Amstrad User)||Applications Divers|
This program simply provides a more acceptable face to some of the commands held in the Amstrad RS232 ROM. But beware - it will not work with any other RS232.
Terminal mode as provided by the RS232 ROM is generally not very effective when used with bulletin boards as it is not Christianson protocol compatible, a standard which most boards require. Therefore it is of most use between Amstrad computer users, both of whom are using the Amstrad RS232.
The same applies to SUCK and BLOW. In addition, SUCK and BLOW are a little finicky to use and will require some practice. Unless you do not have a disc drive I recommend you use MODEM9.COM which is now widely available from user groups etc. MODEM9.COM provides Christianson compatible Terminal, Send and Receive files , etc. and is suitable for use between Bulletin Boards, other computers etc.
I have not yet worked out a way to have the program send a Viatel customer number automatically - perhaps you might like to try. The Viatel menu is reached by pressing the break key twice when on Viatel. The Viatel screen that is saved only takes 2K of disc space and is therefore obviously not a screen dump. You will save the Viatel screen that was being displayed when you pressed the break key.
A word of warning. Some of the RS232 operations, in particular SUCK will not terminate until an end of file code has been received. There is no check for the break key so it is impossible to break out from it. I have resorted to picking up the phone and asking the person sending a file to go into terminal mode and send CNTR Z to get me out of this. The alternative is to switch off the computer altogether!
Finally, you might like to pretty up the menu screens, and provide single keypress entry.