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From: aa384 (Doug Wokoun)
Subject: DOCS: BobTerm 1.1
Date: Sat Dec 23 21:34:27 1989

                          BOB TERM v1.1  Documentation
                          A ShareWare Terminal Program
                              Robert Puff  06/11/89
                          GEnie Mail Address: BOB.PUFF
                          CIS Mail Address: 72377,2045
                          Suite 222  2117 Buffalo Road
                              Rochester, NY  14624

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         BobTerm is a fully featured Multi-Tasking terminal program for ANY
  Atari 8 bit machine with at least 48K of memory.  BobTerm has been fully
  tested under MYDOS, SpartaDOS, SpartaDOS X, TopDos, and Atari DOS 2, along
  with many others.
         BobTerm supports XModem, XModem-CRC, 1K-XModem, CIS Fast XModem,
  YModem (batch) and FModem (batch) protocols.  Also supported are floating
  buffer size (depending on your machine and DOS), chat window recall,
  online/real-time clock, RTime8 support, a dialing system, the ability to
  load modules for additional features (such as XEP80 and SpartaDOS command
  line support modules included), both RS232 ports on the 850 and P:R:, and
  much more!
         BobTerm is compatible with all known RS-232 interfaces, and most
  direct-connect modems.  If your modem is connected to a Black Box or MIO,
  no set-up is necessary.  If you are using an 850 interface or P:R:
  Connection, BobTerm will automatically load the handler from the interface;
  no disk handler should be used.  When using any other type of interface or
  direct-connect modem, a disk-based handler is necessary.  Handlers have
  been provided for the Atari SX212 modem, Atari 835/1030/XM301 modem, and
  the Supra/MPP 1000x modems.  Note that the SX-212 handler is only needed if
  you are using the modem 'direct-connect', and not through a RS232
  interface.  Either load the handler prior to running BobTerm, or rename it
  to "RS232.COM," and place it in your "default directory," which is drive 1
  for most DOSes.
         To create a BobTerm boot disk, boot up your DOS and format a blank
  disk.  Write DOS files.  Now copy the BOBTERM.COM file to this disk, and
  rename it to AUTORUN.SYS.  If you need a modem handler, copy the
  appropriate file  to this disk, and rename it to
  RS232.COM. Users of the Black Box, MIO, 850, or P:R: connections do not
  need and should not have a RS232.COM file, since the handlers for those
  interfaces are built-in.  Your BobTerm boot disk has now been created.  If
  you want to use any of the module programs for BobTerm, they should be
  placed on this disk as well.  See the section entitled MODULES for more
  information.  BobTerm loads a default dialing list when it first boots
  , so after adding all the entries to your dialing list, save
  it to this disk.
         BobTerm looks to the "default" drive for all support files, so MYDOS
  and SpartaDOS X users can place all files for the term in a separate
  subdirectory  for convenience.  All other DOSes will look
  to drive 1 for these files, which is why it is a good idea to make up a
  boot disk as described above.
         SpartaDos X users please see the file called "SDX.DOC" for more

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         BobTerm loads right from DOS as a binary file.  Use the [L]oad
  Binary File option of your DOS menu, or consult your DOS manual for the
  correct command.  Be sure to DISABLE BASIC is using SpartaDOS - use the 'X'
  command with SpartaDOS X.
                                Modem Parameters
  Note: Unless otherwise stated, the command within the [] brackets is the
  toggle for the command parameters.
         Changes your translation between ASCII, ATASCII, and VIDTEX.  ASCII
  is the universal text standard, and should be used on most national
  telecommunications networks, and non-Atari 8 bit Bulletin Boards (When in
  doubt, use ASCII).  ATASCII is the Atari-specific text mode only usable on
  boards which support it (typically, only Atari 8 Bit Bulletin Boards).  The
  VIDTEX mode is actually a combination of CompuServe's VIDTEX mode and VT-52
  emulation.  The ESC I sequence is the only VT-52 command not supported
  (because VIDTEX uses this for a different function), but some of the
  additional ST-specific VT-52 codes are supported.  When logging onto CIS,
  it is best to be in VIDTEX translation.  Do a "GO TERMINAL" and set your
  page length to 23 and your columns to 40.  Then make the settings
         This may also be changed while in terminal mode by pressing Shift
  Control F.
         The speed at which your modem and the other system's modem can
  receive information.  Rates supported are from 300 baud to 19.2K BAUD, but
  of course you cannot go any higher than your modem is capable.  Note that
  some modem interfaces (namely the 850 and P:R: Connection) will not support
  19.2K BAUD.  Baud rates like 9600 and 19.2K are used mostly for
  "null-modem" transfers, where you hook up the output of your RS-232
  interface to another computer's RS-232 port, through a special cable or
         Duplex controls how characters appear on your screen, that is,
  whether they are put on your screen by the terminal program, or echoed back
  from the host computer.  Full Duplex means that the characters are echoed
  from the host.  Half Duplex means the characters are sent from your
  keyboard to the screen.  Full Duplex is usually the default of most online
  services (except GEnie), so unless otherwise stated, try Full Duplex first.
  If you can not see what you are typing, go into Half Duplex.  If you see

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  double of each character you type, you should use full.  BobTerm also
  supports "Echoplex".  This is enabled by holding [START] while pressing
  [D].  This will cause everything to be reflected, just as a BBS does.
  Echoplex is handy for answering a call, when the other person is in full
  duplex.  Remember to switch into echo mode ONLY after connecting, and out
  of it after disconnecting.
         You may change the duplex while in term mode by pressing Shift
  Control D.
         This toggles the dialing mode of your modem.  PULSE dialing is
  supported by all telephone companies, but TONE dialing is MUCH faster.  If
  your call does not go through using tone dialing, switch to pulse.
                                Dialing Commands
         Provides you with various lists from which you pick the phone
  number(s) you wish to call.  See "The Autodialer and Entries" below.
  Allows your terminal program and modem to send a carrier to be answered by
  another modem.  An example of this is if you originally connected using a
  voice line, then wished to use your modem.  Use this command to connect to
  a BBS if you are dialing manually (with a telephone).
         Known on other terminal programs as "ANSWER MODE," this will send an
  answering carrier to the other computer.  If connecting to another person
  also using a term, one should Originate, and the other should "Answer," or
  send carrier.
         This will hang up your modem.  BobTerm first drops the DTR line; if
  it sees that a carrier is still present, it will send a +++, wait, then
  ATH.  This should take care most all modem configurations.  The online
  timer will stop.  The timer will restart when dialing manually, or if Shift
  Control T is pressed.
                                 System Commands
         The "Capture Buffer" is a feature that lets you record whatever you
  are receiving.  If there is a special message or something you want to
  save, simply enable your capture ahead of time.  When you type [C], it will

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  ask you for the destination filename.  Capture will then be turned on;
  characterized by the screen's border color turning red.  You may toggle the
  capturing by pressing [OPTION].  To close the capture (ending it), use this
  same option.  It will ask you "Close Capture?".  Press [Y].  You will now
  be prompted for the filename to write the file.  If BobTerm cannot save the
  file correctly, it will re-prompt you for a filename.
         While you are capturing data, you will see the buffer count on the
  top status line slowly decrease.  When it gets to around 256 bytes left, it
  will pause the other end, save the buffer to disk, and resume operation.
  You cannot change the disk in the drive you are capturing to, until the
  capture is closed.
         You may also start capturing by simply pressing [OPTION] (without
  first setting it up).  When the buffer fills, it will prompt you for the
  filename to save it as.  If you want to cancel the save, simply press
         If you want to erase the buffer , you can clear the buffer by selecting [C].
  Now hit [ESC] at the filename prompt, then hit [ESC] again to return to
  terminal mode.
         This will exit to DOS WITHOUT dropping carrier, allowing you to copy
  files, run other programs, such as ARC or UNARC, all without hanging up!
  To return to online, just reload BOBTERM (you may need to change
  translation, baud rate and duplex).  It is not necessary to reload your
  modem handler, if applicable.  If capturing was enabled, it will be saved
  before exiting.  BobTerm will NOT perform the BOOTUP.BTM modem
  initialization function if it sees that you are re-entering BobTerm, so no
  junk data will be sent if you reload the term while the modem is online.
          Use this when Downloading, or receiving a file or files from the
  host computer using a transfer protocol of XModem, XModem-CRC, 1K-Xmodem,
  YModem, CIS Fast XModem, and FModem. See below for "Send and Receive files
         This is the entry point for Uploading, or sending files TO the host
  computer.  In addition to the protocols listed above, you may also do a
  simple text upload (the exact opposite of capturing).  See below for "Send
  and Receive files explained."
          This sets your bootup terminal and system defaults, as well as
  macro editing.  See "[J] System Configuration" below.

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         This takes you to a menu which supports the most common DOS
  functions.  Use them just as you would from your DOS menu.  Note that the
  subdirectory commands may not be supported in your DOS (they work under
  MYDOS and SpartaDOS).  These are the options:
      [1] Rename File: Format is:  OLDNAME.EXT,NEWNAME.EXT
      [2] Delete a File: Asks for a filename.
      [3] Lock a File: Asks for a filename.
      [4] Unlock a File: Asks for a filename.
      [5] Format Disk: Prompts for device number to format.  It
          will format under the current DOS.  SpartaDos X users are
          taken to the SDX format menu.  This will format a disk in
          DOS 2 format if using SpartaDOS disk based.
      [6] Load a File: Use this to load the Sparta XINIT file to
          format disks.  This may also be used in the future
          to load utility programs for BobTerm.  Do NOT use this
          function with TOPDOS.
      [7] Set Directory: Used to set a working directory under a DOS
          that supports subdirectories.
      [8] Create Directory: Creates a new subdirectory under a DOS that
          supports them.
      [9] View a File: Allows you to view TEXT files.  Use
          the SpaceBar to pause, and ESC to quit.
         Pressing the appropriate disk device number will prompt you for a
  "PATH NAME or RETURN".  Simply pressing [RETURN] will display the main
  directory of the drive.  If your DOS supports subdirectories, you may enter
  the subdirectory name, followed by a [>].  If you just wanted to look at
  all files ending with .BAS, you could enter "*.BAS".  This function pauses
  at each page: pressing [RETURN] will continue, [ESC] will abort.
                            [J] System Configuration
         This area allows to set such things as macros, screen colors, modem
  port, etc., and optionally save them so that they will be loaded each time
  you use BobTerm.  There are two sub-menus that you encounter when you
  select this option.  The first sub-menu allows you to select from:
  [1] EDIT MACROS, ETC.: Takes you to the second menu area.
  [2] RELOAD DEFAULT PARAMETERS: Lets you reload the way
       BobTerm was set up by your BOBTERM.CNF file.
  [3] SAVE DEFAULT PARAMETERS: Saves your settings to a
       file called BOBTERM.CNF on the DEFAULT drive.
         The second sub-menu is entered by pressing the [1] key above.  This
  menu is the one that actually allows you to edit your macros, screen
  colors, and modem port.
         To modify your screen colors, use the arrow keys (CONTROL is not
  needed) until the screen color and intensity is pleasing to you.

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         BobTerm supports a total of 16 macros.  A macro is a series of keys
  which, when pressed, will send out a pre-defined message.  The macros in
  BobTerm are grouped by size and type of access.
         [A]-[H] Allows you to set the "Large Macros" of BobTerm.  These
  macros may be up to 31 characters long.  Large Macros are accessed by
  pressing the SHIFT, CONTROL, and a number key (from 1 to 8) all at the same
  time.  (In these docs, holding SHIFT and CONTROL while typing another
  character will be referred to as 'SHIFT CONTROL x', where x is the
  character.)  To define a large macro, just press the letter from A-H and
  type in the macro that you wish to store.  Note that you can use the
  standard Atari editing keys; use [SHIFT] [DELETE] to clear out whatever is
  on the line.  Press [RETURN] when you are finished entering the macro text.
  One special note about Large Macros A, B, and C: These macros are updated
  by the dialing list.  Any macros set by your BOBTERM.CNF file will be
  over-written by the dialing list, if used.  You may, however, reload the
  defaults AFTER dialing, and restore these three macros.
         [I]-[P] Allows you to define the "Small Macros" of BobTerm.  These
  macros are limited to 15 characters and are accessed by pressing the
  CONTROL and a number key (from 3 to 0) at the same time.  Entering these
  macros is the same as the Large Macros.
         [Q]-[U] Allows you to define five special one character macros that
  are controlled by the joystick in port #1 of the computer.  Typical uses
  for this would be the CONTROL-S or CONTROL-Q character to stop and start
  text flow on most BBSes.  To execute these macros, simply move the joystick
  or press the fire button.
         There are three "special" characters that may be included in the
  Large and Small Macros.  These are:
      CONTROL-P will cause a 3 second delay in the sending of the
                macro, then resume.  You may stack as many of these
                characters as you need.
      CONTROL-, (little heart) will cause the macro to execute as
                normal, but it will NOT send a RETURN at the end
                of it.  (Normally a RETURN is sent at the end.)
      CONTROL-M will send a RETURN, but still continue with the
                rest of the macro.
         An example of using the special macro characters might be to call a
  BBS, send a RETURN, wait, send your password, wait, and send your name
  without a RETURN at the end.  This would be coded in a macro as:
      ^M^P^Ppassword^M^P^Pmy name

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  (note that the ^P means CONTROL-P, and ^M means CONTROL-M.)
         If you are using an Atari 850 or P:R: Connection, BobTerm will let
  you use serial port #2.  This is useful when null-modeming between the
  Atari and other machines, because you can leave your null-modem cable
  connected to port #2, and your modem to port #1.  No cable swapping is need
  now!  You COULD hook a modem to port #2 as well, but since the carrier
  detect of port 2 is always forced on, BobTerm's dialer will not function
  correctly.  Pressing [V] in this config menu will alternate between ports 1
  and 2.  This has no effect if you are not using an 850 or P:R:.
                 [S] Send Files and [R] Receive Files Explained
         The first thing you will be asked for is the protocol that you wish
  to use to transfer a file.  This choice is based totally on what the other
  computer or system supports.  When in doubt, try standard XMODEM, since
  almost all hosts support this.
  The choices you have and a brief description of each are:
         This is a 128 byte block size with a mathematical checksum for error
  detection and correction.  It is supported by almost all BBSes and
  telecommunications networks.
         A 128 byte block size with a cyclic checksum for error detection and
  correction.  This protocol is supported by the vast majority of BBSes and
  telecommunications networks.  Whenever possible, you should use XModem-CRC
  over Standard XModem because the CRC option will catch almost all errors.
  This is a BobTerm exclusive: when uploading or downloading from CompuServe,
  use this protocol; yet tell CIS that you are using XModem.  I developed a
  modification to the XModem protocol that dramatically increases the
  transfer speed for the CIS host.  Its almost as fast as their own Quick B!
  This protocol should be used ONLY on CIS, as it will not work correctly on
  any other system.
  [4] 1K-XMODEM
  This protocol is basically XModem-CRC with a 1K (1024 bytes) block size.
  The advantage to 1K XModem is that there are fewer "header" bytes sent per
  file, therefore, making 1K-XModem about 15% faster than XModem-CRC.  Note
  that some systems incorrectly call this "YModem"; the difference being
  YModem is 1k XModem with batch capabilities.
  [5] YMODEM (batch)
  YModem is a modified 1K-XModem that allows the transfer of multiple files

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  at one time.  The file name and size are sent in a header block that
  BobTerm decodes for you.  This way, you can set up a transfer of as many
  files as you like, and the filenames will be automatically saved for you!
  You only set up the transfer once, and there are no limits (except your
  disk space) to the number of files you can receive!
  [6] FMODEM
  This protocol is used on some ST BBS programs and in the Puff BBS.  It is
  basically YModem with a 4K block size.  Note that this protocol is also
  capable of batch file transfers, as is YMODEM.  This is best used for
  null-modem transfers, because it gives the highest throughput of all
  This is a send ONLY protocol (use "Capture Buffer" to receive) that simply
  dumps ASCII text to the other computer.  Since this is not an actual
  protocol, there is no error checking that can be done.  Use this to upload
  messages while in the BBSes message editor, etc...  You can specify a delay
  rate of 0 through 9; 0 is no delay, and 9 is the largest.  A value of 3
  should be sufficient for most purposes.  XON/XOFF control is supported (^S
  to pause, ^Q to resume).
         For transfers using XMODEM, XMODEM-CRC, CIS FAST XMODEM, and
  1K-XMODEM, the following applies:
                                RECEIVE or DOWNLOAD
  1. Instruct the host to send (download) a file with the
     appropriate protocol.
  2. Press [R] from the BobTerm main menu.
  3. Select the appropriate protocol on BobTerm.
  4. Type the entire filename for the file, as you want it to
     appear on your disk, and press [RETURN].
     You will be returned then to terminal mode.
  5. Press [SELECT] to begin the transfer.
                                  SEND or UPLOAD
  1. Instruct the host to receive (upload) a file with the
     appropriate protocol.
  2. Press [S] from the BobTerm main menu.
  3. Select the appropriate protocol on BobTerm.
  4. Enter the source filemask and filename, if you know what
     it is.  If not, you can enter "*.*".  Bobterm will
     prompt you for each file it finds.  Type [Y] to send that
     file, [N] to keep looking, or [ESC] to re-enter the source
     filemask.  Once you have selected a file, you will be returned
     to terminal mode.
  5. Press [SELECT] to begin the transfer.

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  For transfers using YMODEM and FMODEM protocols, the following applies:
                                RECEIVE or DOWNLOAD
  1. Instruct the host to send a file in the appropriate protocol.
     For batch transfers, see the host documentation for how
     to specify more than one file.  Most often it is done by
     "marking" the files you want to download, then issuing the
     command to download.
  2. Press [R] from the BobTerm main menu.
  3. Select the appropriate protocol on BobTerm.
  4. Provide the device name, and path name ONLY.  BobTerm will
     take care of the filenames.  (An example of a pathname is
     "D1:" or "D2:DLS>".)  You will be returned then to terminal
  5. Press [SELECT] to begin the transfer.
                                  SEND or UPLOAD
  1. Instruct the host to receive a file in the appropriate protocol.
     For batch transfers, see the host documentation for how to
     specify more than one file.  Batch sending is rarely used on
     a BBS; it is meant more for term-to-term communications.
  2. Press [S] from the BobTerm main menu.
  3. Select the appropriate protocol on BobTerm.
  4. Provide the pathname (and filename, if known) for the files
     that you wish to send, one at a time.  If you used wildcards,
     BobTerm will display each file found and query you if
     you wish to send it.  Press [Y] to add it to the list, [N]
     to skip it, or [ESC] to enter a new pathname.  Depending on
     the size of your path and filenames, you may be able
     to mark up to 100 or more files to be sent all at once!  Note
     that the memory used to hold the dialing list is used for
     this list of files, so you will have to reload the dialing
     list to dial a new number.  To end entering filenames, simply
     press [RETURN] at the "Enter filemask" prompt.  You
     will be returned to terminal mode.
  5. Press [SELECT] to begin the transfer.
  The following applies to ASCII sends:
  1. Instruct the host to receive ASCII text.
  2. Press [S] from the BobTerm menu.
  3. Select item 7 for SEND ASCII.
  4. Provide path and filename to send.
  5. Provide a delay rate.  The delay rate determines the time
     between each character sent.  You will need to experiment
     with different BBSes and telecommunications services to
     determine what the delay rate should be.  A delay of 0
     is none, 9 is the greatest.  A value of 3 usually words
     ok for most BBS message editors.  You will then be returned

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     to terminal mode.
  6. Press [SELECT] to begin the transfer.
         BobTerm is the ONLY 8 bit terminal to remove the excess
  double-padding added to files by the online services.  The timing used in
  the protocols should be loose enough for any system, yet tight enough to
  maintain fast transfers.
         To abort any transfer, hold down the [START] key.  To retry an
  aborted transfer, press [SELECT].  This will try the exact same transfer
  again.  Note: if the transfer aborted because of an error on your end (like
  a wrong protocol, disk error, etc...) that has not been corrected, the
  transfer will simply abort again.
         Once you begin a transfer, you will see the BobTerm transfer
  display.  The top line of the file transfer window displays the file name
  including path, followed by the file size (for batch receives only).  The
  line under that shows the status of the transfer, the block number being
  transferred, and the number of tries for the current block.  The only time
  you will not see this display is when you are doing an ASCII send (you will
  stay in term mode for ASCII sends).
         If the transfer is aborted because of a disk error on your end, the
  transfer will first abort, then the disk error message will be displayed.
  Press [RETURN] twice to return to terminal mode.  If the transfer was
  aborted from thee other side or timed out, you will be returned to term
  mode, and the top status line will display "Xfer Aborted!".
        Holding [SHIFT] when entering the protocol number will select the
  ASCII <-> ATASCII translation mode.  This is used for text files only!
  When sending files, ATASCII files will be converted to ASCII format
  (CR/LF).  When receiving, ASCII will be converted back to ATASCII (CR,
  CR/LF, or just LF).  This allows you to let BobTerm handle the translations
  so you do not have run separate translation programs!  Just be sure you
  don't accidentally enable the translation on a file that is NOT a text
  file, else your file will be corrupted.
                              Setting up BOOTUP.BTM
         Some Hayes-compatible modems default to some parameters that are not
  what you want for standard terminal use.  For this reason, BobTerm will
  send whatever is in a file called BOOTUP.BTM on the default drive (drive 1
  for most users) to the modem at the default baud rate, when the term first
  loads.    It
  will input a line, send it to the modem, wait 1 second, then input again,
  etc., until it reaches the end of file.  A control M is not needed at the
  end of each line.  My suggestion might be to have something like this in
  your BOOTUP.BTM file:

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    ATX3 V1 L2 M1 E1 S7=30 &C1 &D2
         You could change S registers to perhaps increase dialing speed,
  etc...  Remember it is not necessary to have this file present; it's just
  there in case you have need of it.
                            Keyboard Command Summary
     CONTROL 3-0: 15 byte macros.  (All the rest are SHIFT CONTROL:)
     1-8: 31 byte macros (1-3 are the ones the Dialer updates)
  Q: Recalls last two chat buffers (alternates between the 3).
  W: Toggle word wrap,
  E: Toggle the chat window in and out.
  R: Reset the online time counter.
  T: Start/stop the online time counter.
  Y: Swap the online counter/real time on the top status line.
  O: Takes a snapshot of the term screen, and saves it in the buffer.
  P: Does a screen dump of the term mode screen to your printer,
     replacing any non-printable characters with a period.
  M: Toggle left margin between 0 and 2.
  9: Toggles the key click sound.
         When Word wrap is enabled, words will not be split if the text you
  are reading is formatted for something over 40 columns.  This has no effect
  on captures; it simply makes reading text a little easier, especially if
  the text is formatted for 80 columns.  BobTerm also accounts for
  backspacing in word wrap; so if it is enabled and you are typing a message,
  you can backspace to the previous line without fear of deleting too many
  characters, as is the case with other term programs.  Word Wrap is toggled
  by pressing Shift Control W, and its status is seen by the first character
  in the top status line.
         You may change the left margin to 2 (incase your TV has overscan) by
  pressing Shift Control M.  Note that this does NOT affect the edit window;
  the edit window remains in 40 columns.
                           Items Saved in BOBTERM.CNF
  Default Drive (for any filename input)
  Phone List Filename
  Last Number Dialed
  Long Distance Code
  Tone/Pulse Dialing Mode
  Term Translation
  Term Duplex
  Term Baud Rate
  Default File Transfer Protocol
  Delay Rate Used in ASCII Send Protocol

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  Status of the Keyboard (in upper case or lower)
  Which Type of Time is Being Displayed (On=Online, Rt=Real Time)
  Screen Colors
  Key Click Flag
  Chat Buffer Status (on or off)
  Word Wrap Status
  Left Margin Status
  RS232 Modem Port Number
  Joystick Characters
  All 16 Macros
                         [E] The Autodialer and Entries
         Pressing [E] from the BobTerm main menu will take you to the Dialing
  Menu.  The dialing menu has a number of choices as follows:
         This option allows you to add a telephone number to your dialing
  menu.  You will be prompted for the name of the entry, the telephone
  number, 3 macros (See section on System Configuration), the Baud Rate, the
  Translation, the Duplex, and the wait (amount of time to wait for the other
  computer to answer - should be 15-20 for average local calls).
         This option will continuously scan the "tagged" entries looking for
  a terminal connection.  To tag an entry, use the arrow keys to move to the
  entry, and press the SPACEBAR to tag it.  You will see a ">" in front of
  each tagged entry.  To clear the tag, press the SPACEBAR again.
         To delete an entry from your phone list, use the arrow keys to move
  to the entry, and press [K].
         By pressing [M], you may enter a phone number to dial from the
  keyboard.  Note, the current system configuration will be used for this
  number (ie: baud rate, translation), and a wait time of 30 seconds will be
         This option will save your phone list to disk.  You will be prompted
  for a device and filename, or you may use the last name used (by simply
  pressing [RETURN]).
         This option will allow you to just look at the entry.

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         This is the code that is used by long distance dialing services such
  as MCI, Sprint, etc...  Although it is not needed much anymore because of
  "equal access," some long distance telcos still have special numbers to
  call and require a special code.  Use this feature for those cases.  To
  execute the long distance code, simply insert an exclamation point (!) in
  the phone number at the appropriate place (normally in the very beginning).
  When you enter your long distance code from the dialing menu, it is saved
  as part of your configuration file.  For example:
    LD code: 950-1111,,,,123456781
    Dial: !716-247-8355
  would do the following:
    Dial 950-1111, wait 4 seconds, dial 123456781 (your LD code would be
  here), followed by 716-247-8355.
         Another use for the LD code is for those who have call waiting.
  Insert an [!] before every number in your list, and make the LD code be the
  numbers you have to dial to disable the call waiting feature.  If you ever
  want to dial the number without disabling the call waiting, simply erase
  the LD code.
         This will erase the current list from memory.
         This option allows you to make changes to any of the entries in the
  dialing menu.  First, select the entry to edit (by using the arrow keys),
  then hit [E].  Each item will be available for editing; press [RETURN] when
  done, or [ESC] to exit.
         Use this to load a new phone list from your disk.  This may be used
  to load something other than the default (if you have more than 1 list), or
  if you have batch sent some files (since the batch send function will wipe
  out the list in memory).
         Sends the current list to your printer.
         Exits back to the main BobTerm menu.
         Dials the entry highlighted.  (Use the arrow keys to move the bar to

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  the desired entry.)
         To interrupt the dialing process at any time, press the SPACEBAR.
         If your modem supports the BUSY string when calling a number that is
  busy, BobTerm will detect it and re-dial or continue the scan.
                          The Terminal Mode Status Line
         While in terminal mode, the upper line of your screen is being used
  as follows:
         The second line in the header is the changing status, which tells
  you if there are transfers pending, errors have occurred, etc...
                               Miscellaneous Notes
         One of the unique features of BobTerm is its multi-tasking.  You are
  ALWAYS in term mode; that is, any modem input is being printed to the term
  screen, even if you are not viewing that screen.  The only exceptions to
  this are disk I/O and file transfer.  You can be capturing, go do a disk
  directory, and come back to term mode all without losing any data (assuming
  the other end supports XON/XOFF)!
         Another feature is the extremely fast text screen handler.  Term
  mode can keep up with text at 19.2K baud, even while capturing!
         When BobTerm expects input from the user, [RETURN] will accept
  whatever is on the screen, and [ESC] will abort.  On any filename or other
  line-input needed, you can use the standard Atari cursor control to edit.
  To delete the entire line, press SHIFT DELETE/BACK SPACE.
         The edit window is another unique feature.  Used mostly for the
  "conference" section on the online services, this buffer is actually 3
  buffers in one.  When you press SHIFT CONTROL E, you will see three lines
  at the bottom.  You may now type away in the buffer.  Nothing will be sent
  out until you hit [RETURN]; then the whole buffer will be dumped.  The only
  exception to this is control characters.  CONTROL A through CONTROL Z will
  be sent when you type them; this is to allow you to pause the sender,
  etc...  By pressing SHIFT CONTROL Q, BobTerm will cycle through the last
  two "buffers" you typed and the current one.  Once you press [RETURN], the
  current buffer gets copied into buffer 2, buffer 2 into 3, and buffer 1 is
         Another feature that might come in handy is the buffer screen
  command.  Let's say you are on a BBS, and you're viewing a file that you
  just decided you want to capture, yet you don't have the capture turned on.
  Simply press [OPTION], then press SHIFT CONTROL O.  That last keypress will
  take a "snapshot" of the screen, placing it in the buffer.  Pressing

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  [OPTION] turned the buffer on, so now you will have saved everything that
  was on your screen, plus everything that will be coming, till you disable
  the capture (by hitting [OPTION] again).  When you [C]lose the capture or
  if the buffer fills, you will be prompted for the filename to save the
         BobTerm now allows the loading of modules, to allow for new features
  to be added to the program without having to come out with special
  versions.  Two modules have been included with this versions: a XEP-80
  driver, and a SpartaDOS command processor interface.  I will probably be
  writing a module to set the time for the real time counter, and a copy file
         When the term first loads, it looks on the default drive for
  MODULE1.BTM.  If it finds this module, it will continue and look for
  MODULE2.BTM, etc., up to MODULE9.BTM.  This is the only reliable way
  modules should be loaded into BobTerm, although you may have limited
  success with the LOAD A FILE option of the DOS functions.  It is not
  necessary to have modules present, but if you do have any, they should be
  consecutively named (module1, 2, etc.).
                                Support Shareware
         BobTerm has taken a fair chunk of my time, but has been very
  rewarding.  It started out to be just a transfer utility for null-modeming
  files between an 8 bit and ST, but it kept growing!
         This updated version fixes all known bugs with the earlier versions,
  as well as adds a few more features, one of which is the ability to load
  modules.  This is the way new patches, transfer protocols, and other things
  can be added to the program.  If anyone has COMPLETED programs that they
  wish to incorporate into the term, leave me E-Mail on GEnie, CompuServe, or
  my BBS .  The new version also accounts for bugs in Carina
  II batch transfers, and other incorrectly-written BBS file transfer
         I am releasing this program as "shareware," which means this:  You
  are encouraged to pass it around to your friends.  What I ask is that if
  you like the program, consider the time that went into such a program, and
  send a donation ($15 suggested) to the address listed at the top.  If you
  have any questions/comments, please feel free to write, or leave a message
  on one of the support boards.  Thank you!  Enjoy the term.
  Bob Puff
                            Support BBSes for BobTerm

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          Computer World (716) 247-8355
          The Moose BBS  (716) 381-5139
  The Breakfast Club BBS (916) 331-4722
  Many thanks to all those who helped in getting all those nasty bugs out!
  Special thanks to Marty & Gayle Albert and Glenn Garman for the
  documentation & testing; the CompuServe 8 bit sysops Keith Joins, Don Lebow
  and Bill Aycock for their many hours of testing, suggestions, and
  downloading MANY versions of the term; Jeff "Alfred" Williams for the
  dialer code, and Frank Walters for his many calls and helping to get things
  totally bug-free.
         Since the first release about a month prior to this writing, I have
  received many letters and messages from helpful people, too numerous to
  list.  A big THANK YOU goes out to them!

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PLEASE NOTE:  The information contained on this system is not
intended to supplant individual professional consultation,
but is offered as a community education service.  Advice on
individual problems should be obtained directly from a professional.

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