Dec 272017
 
Lean and mean DESQview aware comm program with VT100, VT52 emulation, scripts, macros, file transfers in 65K with DSZ more with PCZ and PUMA.

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RBcomm is a lean and mean DESQview-aware
comm program by Ralf Brown. Freeware.
Main features of v3.40: .
* runs in as little as 46K .
* DESQview-aware to minimize CPU usage; .
provides some extra features under DV .
* 250-number dialing directory .
* ANSI/VT102, VT52, AVATAR/0 emulations .
* seamless file transfers using DSZ, etc.


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Lean and mean DESQview aware comm program with VT100, VT52 emulation, scripts, macros, file transfers in 65K with DSZ more with PCZ and PUMA.
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AVATAR.HLP 1803 811 deflated
AVATAR.MAC 2924 690 deflated
AVATOPUS.HLP 1803 811 deflated
AVATOPUS.MAC 1873 811 deflated
BAREOPUS.MAC 566 316 deflated
CIS.MAC 1200 571 deflated
COMM.COM 33544 24639 deflated
CPOINT.MAC 260 195 deflated
DDJ.MAC 488 313 deflated
DVPWIDTH.COM 408 350 deflated
EMACS.HLP 1819 794 deflated
EMACS.MAC 1080 447 deflated
EXAMPLES.MAC 3962 1535 deflated
FILE_ID.DIZ 367 250 deflated
LK201.MAC 1456 561 deflated
MACRO.COM 12594 7508 deflated
OPUS.MAC 2179 939 deflated
OPUS170.MAC 567 324 deflated
PCBOARD.MAC 369 193 deflated
QDECK.MAC 2085 776 deflated
R1-PIF.DVP 416 85 deflated
RB-PIF.DVP 416 75 deflated
RBCOMM.DOC 111586 35668 deflated
RBCOMM.HLP 1995 806 deflated
RBCOMM.MAC 1374 684 deflated
RBCONFIG.COM 27467 15840 deflated
RBROWN.TXT 20937 9294 deflated
README 6529 2574 deflated
RZ-PIF.DVP 416 81 deflated
TERMCAP 854 432 deflated
VT100.MAC 1610 525 deflated
VT3270.MAC 1906 749 deflated
VT52.MAC 1258 415 deflated
WORDSTAR.MAC 365 218 deflated

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Contents of the README file


RBcomm is a lean and mean DESQview-aware
comm program by Ralf Brown. Freeware.
Main features of v3.40: .
* runs in as little as 46K .
* DESQview-aware to minimize CPU usage; .
provides some extra features under DV .
* 250-number dialing directory .
* ANSI/VT102, VT52, AVATAR/0 emulations .
* seamless file transfers using DSZ, etc.
RBcomm v3.41 -- list of changes since v3.41

Mostly bugfixes--that'll teach me to try to release five packages on the
same day! 🙂

1. RBCONFIG would abort with an "out of memory" error when attempting to
interactively edit the dialing directory. Fixed by combining two menus
to slightly reduce the size of the executable (my personal copy had
worked because it was compiled with 80186 code, which had saved nearly
500 bytes).

2. WAITFOR and WHEN would fail when parity stripping was enabled. Fixed.

3. The macro compiler would sometimes generate spurious error messages
when compiling multiple files, because the key definition table was not
being cleared. Fixed.

4. SENDFILE got broken by the change in how file transfer commands are
specified. Fixed.

One minor new command has been added:

STRIP_PARITY ON|OFF
Specify whether RBcomm should strip the parity bit.

There is still one known bug for which I do not yet have a fix:

OPEN_LOG will execute a BREAK when inside a MULTI. The workaround
is to use #defkey to put the OPEN_LOG on a "key" of its own and
call that macro instead.


------------------------------------------------------------------------

RBcomm v3.40 -- list of changes since v3.31

If you have been using RBcomm v3.36 or earlier, you will need to
recompile all of your macro files, as the internal structure has changed.
However, no harm will result if you forget to do so since RBcomm v3.1+
will complain on outdated macro files.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
See RBCOMM.DOC for full details on the following:

Removed macro commands
----------------------

UI_MENU (use LOAD_MACRO "" instead)
SAVE_MACRO
AUTO_ZMODEM (alias for AUTO_XFER)

Changed macro commands
----------------------

DISPLAY "msg"
The message now undergoes variable expansion.

EXIT errorlevel
"errorlevel" added

LEARN
no longer asks which key to bind. The learned string is always
sent by the RECALL command, bound to Alt-N in the default
keybindings.

LISTDIAL "list"
if "list" is empty and numbers remain from a previous multi-number
dial, the previous list is automatically presented as the default.
The list is no longer a single character per entry to be dialed,
but rather a list of entry numbers separated by commas or blanks.

MESSAGE row col "msg"
The message now undergoes variable expansion.

MESSAGEBOX "msg"
The message now undergoes variable expansion.

NOTIFY "msg"
The message now undergoes variable expansion.

SOUND freq dur
make a tone of the specified frequency in Hertz for the specified
duration in clock ticks.

New macro commands
------------------

ALARM
execute the macro bound to the Alarm pseudo-key, or the BEEP command
if Alarm is not bound.

AVATAR on|off
enable/disable AVATAR emulation commands.

DVEXEC on|off "DVPcommand"
execute a program in another DESQview window, optionally disabling
serial port handler and waiting until other program terminates.

EXPAND_BLANK on|off
specify whether the TYPE command expands completely empty lines to a
single blank.

LTRIM CUTBUFFER "trimchars"
remove "trimchars" from the beginning of the cut buffer.

MUSIC on|off
enable/disable ANSI music for the ANSI-BBS terminal emulation.

PLAY "music-string"
play the notes specified by the string.

RBCOMM_CMDS on|off
enable/disable RBcomm's private terminal commands.

RECALL
transmits the last string entered with the LEARN command to the
remote system.

RTRIM CUTBUFFER "trimchars"
remove "trimchars" from the right end of the cut buffer.

SOUND freq dur
make a tone of the specified frequency in Hertz for the specified
duration in clock ticks.

TFLUSH
discard any unsent characters still pending in the transmit queue.

TRIM CUTBUFFER "trimchars"
remove "trimchars" from both beginning and end of the cut buffer.

New pseudokeys
--------------

Alarmaction(s) to perform on connecting to a remote system,
completing a file transfer, and executing the ALARM macro
command

AutoDL set up autodownload/autoupload triggers and actions

#download_x overrides command string for downloading with protocol 'x'

#upload_xoverrides command string for uploading with protocol 'x'

New variable expansions
-----------------------

%F insert files to be transferred (or transfer parameters)
only valid in file transfer command strings
%/ insert slash unless preceded by slash or backslach
%\ insert backslash unless preceded by slash or backslash

New commandline options (not case-sensitive)
--------------------------------------------

-B use BIOS calls to display characters received from the serial
port


New environment variables
-------------------------

n/a


------------------------------------------------------------------------

The dialing directory may now contain up to 250 entries.

Puma autodownload is no longer enabled by default.

The DESQview mouse pointer is now hidden while inside the RBcomm window.

RBcomm now supports 115200 bps.

File transfer commands are no longer built up from pieces which basically
assume the use of DSZ, but are instead given in full, permitting the use
of a different program for each protocol (if desired).

------------------------------------------------------------------------

The macro compiler no longer decompiles previously-compiled macros. As
a result, the commandline format has changed.

Usage: MACRO srcfile [srcfile ...]
Compile each source (text) file to an RBcomm macro file with the extension
.RBM. If no extension is given for a source file, the default extension
.MAC is used.

------------------------------------------------------------------------

The RBcomm private emulation commands have been switched around
somewhat to accomodate full-time AVATAR availability:

^R (clear rest of screen) is now "start reverse video" (formerly ^V)
^U now cancels both underline and reverse video
^V is now the Avatar command character in all emulations
^W (cancel reverse video) is now delete character (formerly ^Y)
^Y is now "repeat character" in all emulations
^F5 is now "clear to end of screen" instead of "repeat character"


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