TELEMATE 4.20, Powerful comm program, 1 of 4
TELEMATE is a multi-threading communication
program. Featuring ANSI/Avatar/VT52/VT102
terminal, editor, viewer, huge backscroll,
clipboard and many unique functions. Built-in
mouse support provides easy access to all
functions. This high quality comm program
gives you OS/2-like power in a DOS program.
Telemate 4.20 14 June, 1995
Telemate 4.20 is now available in the following BBSs as TM420-1.ZIP,
TM420-2.ZIP, TM420-3.ZIP and TM420-4.ZIP or .ARJ's.
Land of the Gypsy's 503-297-0626 28800 V34 Louisiana
S.R.O. BBS 817-542-7388 28800 DS Texas
Terminator BBS! 414-867-3670 28800 DS Wisconsin
The Blackboard 914-354-1913 14400 V32bis New York
Com-Dat BBS 503-681-0543 14400 V32bis Oregon
Crystal Bear BBS 360-446-1849 14400 V32bis Washington
In CompuServe, you will find TM4201.ZIP, TM4202.ZIP, TM4203.ZIP and
TM4204.ZIP in IBMCOM forum Library 3/Comm program.
In Internet, you can obtain TM420-1.ZIP, TM420-2.ZIP, TM420-3.ZIP
and TM420-4.ZIP in europa.com [188.8.131.52] through FTP under the
/outgoing/telemate directory; or at a later time in oak.oakland.edu
[184.108.40.206] under the /simtel/msdos/modem directory.
All ZIP files are compressed using PKZIP v2.04g and come with an
Authenticity Verification with our name and address in it.
The phone directory SUPPORT.FON is provided so that you can access
our support BBS and distribute sites easier.
Installing a new Telemate
The following steps show how to install Telemate on the C drive of your
hard disk drive. You can use any other drive by substituting the letter
of your drive in place of C in the example below.
1) Make a subdirectory for the Telemate files by typing MD \TM.
2) Change to the Telemate directory by typing CD \TM.
3) Copy all Telemate files to C:\TM.
4) Start the installation program TMINST.EXE and set up your Telemate.
Now you are ready to run Telemate TM.EXE.
Upgrading from v4.1x to v4.20
Upgrading from 4.1x is sample, you can replace the following
files with the new ones
TM.EXE the main program
TM.OVL the main program (overlay)
TM.RES the resource file
TM.HLP the help file
TMS.EXE the script compiler
TMINST.EXE the installation program
TMSTAT.EXE the statistic program
TMPHONE.EXE the phone maintenance utility
HOST.EXE the self-extract host scripts
TOOLBOX.EXE the self-extract toolbox scripts
There is no change in the configuration file format.
Note: DO NOT change the version number inside TM.CFG. It should
read 4.11 even you are running 4.20.
The old script files (both *.SCR and *.TMS) are compatible with the
new ones. However, a v4.20 script may not run correctly in an older
version if the script contains the new Query/Set QuoteString,
Query/Set ScriptEcho, Query/Set AltKeys and WaitFor -1 commands.
What's new in Telemate
. @ListFile, e.g. @FILELIST.TXT, is now supported in the transfer
file input window. The content of the ListFile, e.g. FILELIST.TXT
(without the '@'), will be used as a list of files.
. [Center] key is now redefinable. If not redefined, the [Center]
key will bring up the Back window. VT102.PAD has an escape code
assigned to the [Center] key, so you cannot activate the Back
window in VT102 terminal, unless you take out the [Center]
definition under the Macro | Keypad dialog.
. The terminal now supports escape sequence like ^[[1;m which reset
the terminal and then turn on high intensity.
. Enhanced BIOS support, up to 38400 baud can be used in the BIOS
connection if an Enhanced BIOS is detected.
. The UART routine now supports serial card with SMC665 or SMC666 chips.
Previously it may lock the system.
. When dialing, the dial bar holds the current position until there is no
more user interaction. This makes selection while dialing easier.
. When dialing, clicking on the lower portion of the dial window will
insert the entry into the dial list. Previously, clicking on any
part of the dial window will dial the next entry.
. Screen saver hotkey [Alt `] can activate the screen saver even if the
screen saver setting is set to 0.
. Leading space in the DOS command window is now trimmed
. In the File dialog, typing in the file name will position the list
box to the closest-matched file. And you can press the [Down] key to
go the the list box and quickly select a file.
. TMS supports a new /D option which will enforce Variable Declaration.
Undeclared variable will be considered an error when this option is
specified. This option is most helpful when programming larger script.
All provided scripts are updated to declare all variables.
. TMINST.EXE allows you to disable the printer completely by setting the
Printer to NULL. This option is most helpful to override and disable
the printer commands sent by the remote system.
. TMINST.EXE now accepts 14400 and 28800 as the baud rate. These
baud rates are converted to 38400 baud automatically when you
. TMSTAT can process the CONNECT and ONLINE statement in a usage log in
. New commands in TMScript
1. "Set ScriptEcho, 0" will cause Telemate NOT to display the
incoming characters. This flag is reset to 1 each time you
run a script. The incoming characters will resume to display
when the script is terminated.
2. "Query ScriptEcho, flag" will put the current ScriptEcho
setting into the variable.
3. "Set AltKeys, 0" will disable all the ALT keys, [PgUp], [PgDn],
[Ctrl PrtSc] and [Ctrl Home]. Use this setting carefully because
the user cannot stop the script or exit Telemate. This flag is
reset to 1 each time you run a script. The disabled keys will
resume to operate when the script is terminated.
4. "Query AltKeys, flag" will put the current AltKeys setting into
5. "Waitfor -1", "Waitfor s1, s2, ..., -1". Setting the waiting
time to -1 will cause the WAITFOR statement to return only
if a waiting string is matched or a key is pressed on the
. When dialing, press [Del] many time result in a strange dial list
. When a Zmodem auto-download occurs during chat mode, the
chat mode is now turned off automatically
. When a Zmodem auto-download occurs during doorway mode, the
transfer window did not go away until a key was pressed.
. Batch upload did not display the bottom half of the transfer window.
. Files larger than 999,999 bytes in DSZLOG were not considered as
an external protocol transfer.
. SUCCESS variable did not reflect the correct value for an external
. GETCH command lost a lot of characters. This command is given
higher priority so that the script can process all the incoming
. CONCAT may cause a system error
. After a large script cannot be loaded due to memory error,
smaller script cannot be loaded as well. This problem is fixed.
. HOST script did not set up the download path correctly
. HOST now send '.' to the remote system when the password
is entered locally. Previously it send both the password
and the '.'.
. When the user press ^) in the HOST script, it disconnected
the host. This problem is fixed.
What's new in GIFLink
. When the -tm is specified, GIFLink now takes the COM base address
and IRQ from the Telemate configuration file.
. When viewing or transfering a large amount of files, GIFLink
may display a negative percentage. This problem is fixed.
Telemate 4.12 20 July, 1993
. ANSI showed characters in high intensity even if normal attribute
should be used. Although the change was intentionally so that it
worked the same way as in version 3.xx and before, it is now changed
back to the way as in version 4.00.
For those who want to use high intensity all the time, please run
TMINST.EXE and set the terminal window color to "black on black". Then
Telemate will understand you like high intensity and use "bright white
on black" in the terminal window.
. Version 4.12 no longer give up timeslice to Windows. Windows does not
give back the control to a background Telemate for several seconds (7
seconds in my computer) if Telemate nicely give up the timeslice.
Although OS/2 has a similar problem in heavy load, you can override it
by setting MAXWAIT=1 in CONFIG.SYS. This means that if a program is
without timeslice for one second, it gets a higher priority for a
while. By default it was 3, so Telemate may ran only once every 3
Two OS/2 specific files are added: TMOS2.CMD and TMOS2.ICO. TMOS2.CMD
is a REXX script. It asks if user wants it full screen or windowed,
creates the object and after getting users permission makes sure user
has MSMouse for mouse in TM.CFG. TMOS2.ICO is an OS/2 format icon file.
They should be in the same directory with TM.EXE and TM.CFG and the
TMOS2.CMD should be run in OS/2 command line or by double clicking the
TMOS2.CMD icon. Since the icon has name TMOS2.CMD, it is shown for the
TMOS2.CMD. When installed, the icon will be used for the Telemate object.
. In the screen saver, if remaining transfer time is not available, the
number of bytes transfered is shown.
Note: The screen saver hot key [Alt `] is only available when the
'Enhanced Keyboard' option is turned ON under the Options/Mouse &
Keyboard dialog, because the non-enhanced BIOS does not return the key
code for [Alt `]. On some foreign keyboards, [Alt `] is equivalent to
pressing [Alt] together with the key left of the  key.
. A window position check is added to the transfer window so that the
whole transfer window is visiable. Previously, if the window is placed
too low, only part of the window is displayed and the content may jump
up and down.
. Uploading with an external protocol showed 'Receive' in the usage log.
. In the keyboard translation table, setting a translation character to
ASCII 0 now translate the character to nothing! Previous implementation
sent out an ASCII 0 or print an ASCII 0 on the screen (printing an
ASCII 0 on screen produces nothing, anyway).
About the Butterfly virus
It is unfortunate that the previous distribution of
contains a self-extracting VESA.EXE. Inside the VESA.EXE,
are infected by a new "Butterfly" virus. If you see any of the ZIP files
in a BBS, please ask the sysop to remove the files immediately. The files
have since been replaced by
The virus is not found to be dangerous. It is based on the Civil War
Virus. It is only infects .COM files increasing length by 302 bytes. The
virus is 307 bytes long. On execution of an infected program the virus
will search for and infect the next .COM file in the directory list.
The virus can be detected by
F-Prot 2.08a in heuristic and quick scan modes
ThunderByte anti-virus 6.02
Norton anti-virus 2.1 (21A08def)
ThunderByte and Norton anti-virus can disinflect the files. F-Prot is
working on a removal program. Unforetunately, McAFEE SCAN 106 DOES NOT
detect the virus but McAREE said SCAN 107 will be able to detect it.
To ensure this distribution is virus-free, we scan all the files with
six independent anti-virus softwares, namely
McAfee SCAN 106
ThunderByte anti-virus 6.03
InVircible anti-virus 5.01
Telemate 4.11 17 June, 1993
What's new in Telemate
. Multiple upload directories can be defined by adding ';' between the
directories. If a file is not found in the first directory, Telemate
will search the second and so on. If the file name contains wildcard
characters, the search will stop when a match is found. For example,
if the upload directory is C:\TM\UL\;C:\QWK\ specifying *.* will only
upload all the files in C:\TM\UL\.
. Multiple download directories can be defined by adding ';' between
the directories with the wildcard between '(' and ')'. You can
specify multiple wildcards for the same directory by adding ','
between the wildcards. For example, if the download directory is
*.QW? files are put into the C:\QWK\ directory, *.GIF and *.PCX
are put into the C:\PIC\ directory, and all other files are put
into the C:\TM\DL\ directory.
. Batch upload status.
. Batch Zmodem download status (if remote protocol drivers transmit the
information, such drivers include DSZ and GSZ).
. High IRQ support, run TMINST.EXE to select IRQ number and interrupt
. Initial guessing supports "By: ".
. Hot key to the screen saver [Alt `].
. Add remaining transfer time in the screen saver.
. Video Cache option which update the screen every several lines (best
for Windows, OS/2 or slower machine with high speed modem).
. Give up timeslice to OS/2 and Windows directly if not downloading.
. Remove "phantom drive" from the file directory dialog.
. Avatar emulation now turns off XON/XOFF flow control automatically.
. VGA 40 line screen height.
. TMScript adds two commands:
SET QUOTESTRING, "..."
QUERY QUOTESTRING, "..."
. WIDTH.SCR is added to help setting up 132 column mode.
. The host script is modified to adopt multiple directories. However, only
the first directory is used.
. The host script now produces three usage logs:
"Host: Begin session"
"Host: Connect to user name"
"Host: End session"
. TMSTAT calcuates total host session time.
. Auto Redial function did not work correctly if the user hangs up
manually and the modem hangup string contains a delay.
. The Clear Screen toggle in phone directory did not work the same way
the Clear Screen function worked.
. Zmodem recovery with date check is fixed, previously it may
not recover even if the date check pass.
. File name conversion did not convert ".login"-type file to a valid
DOS file name.
. Extended pacing did not work.
. The Log Filter did not strip off ASCII 0.
. The Save function in the editor caused a share violation if the
Backup Source option is turned off.
. The Cut item was in the View menu.
. The DIR command in the DOS command window might display a false label.
. The INS command in the DOS command window did not work with ARJ 2.39.
. The screen update function did not work correctly under DesqView.
. Keystroke macro did not work when dialing.
. A bug in TMScript STRINS command is fixed.
. The READ command in TMScript can now read a string up to 512 bytes.
. The name of a printed phone directory produced by TMPHONE had one
Telemate 4.00 5 January, 1993
What's new in Telemate
. Quick dial: Pressing [Ins] in the dial window replaces the dial
list with the entry under the dial bar and starts dialing.
. When it is dialing, the [Ins] key inserts the entry under the dial
bar to the end of the dial list. This allows you to easily add
entries to the dial list without stopping the dialing process.
. Quick search in the Dial window no longer needs the [Ctrl] key.
For example, pressing the [D] key now jumps to the next entry that
start with a 'D'.
. The phone entry dialog allows an external protocol to be defined
as the default protocol.
. VT102 now have an improved transparent print routine.
. VT102 supports [g, a non-standard code that
display as the ASCII character.
. Select multiple files with [Spacebar] in MULTIPLE directories when
. In the file dialog, the whole file name field is erased if the
first input character is '\'. This allows you to input a full path
. Zmodem download adds a Skip function. If you select the Skip button
after you press [Esc], the current file is skipped and the next file
begins immediately without interrupting the download process.
. A date check is added to Zmodem recovery. A file with a different
date (e.g. a QWK mail package) will not be resumed but will be
. New entries in the DSZ.LOG are imported to TM.USE automatically after
an external protocol is called and the SUCCESS variable in TMScript
reports the correct status.
. Backspace is stripped from the log file when the Log Filter is on.
. The first 2 characters are used in the guessed initial if the
person's name has only one word.
. The default TM.CFG now have CTS/RTS flow control turned on and have
GIFLink set up as protocol 'F' for Zmodem and 'Q' for CIS QuickB.
. More DesqView friendly, Telemate will give up control to the
multitasker when it is idle.
. Host script allows open and close system.
. RTS/CTS is now ON by default in TM.CFG
. The /N option did not work if /T is used as well.
. When the dial list was deleted, a random number appeared in
the dial list.
. A closed log file was not saved into disk until the user exited
. Ymodem-G did not send files smaller than 1024 bytes.
. DOS command window did not allow ASCII 128-255 characters.
. Space was not allowed in the password macro.
. Set AddLineFeed did not work in script.
. Query LastCall did not return the actual date of the last call.
In this release, we introduce GIFLink - a X/Y/Zmodem/QuickB protocol
driver that displays transmitting GIF images in stunning SuperVGA
graphics! It is the first protocol driver that uses full screen computer
graphics in SuperVGA mode.
GIFLink is distributed with Telemate as the 4th package and it is also
available as a stand-alone Shareware. Telemate registered users are
entitled to a special discount for GIFLink registration.
. When transfering GIF files, GIFLink shows the GIF images in the
optimal size so that the full image always fits in the screen. It
also displays a number of useful information such as COM port, baud
rate, estimated transfer time, average cps, image resolutions, etc.
. GIFLink supports most of the popular file transfer protocols such as
Zmodem, Batch Ymodem, Ymodem-G, Ymodem, Xmodem and CompuServe QuickB.
If the files being transmitted are not GIF images, GIFLink will work
just like a normal protocol driver. So GIFLink will transmit any
files, not just GIF images.
. Not only can GIFLink shows the GIF images while you are transmitting
them, it has a special VIEW mode so that you can look at the received
GIF images in a slideshow format or preview the images you are going
. Almost all SuperVGA adapters and VESA compatible adapters are
supported in 256 color mode or 64 grey-scale level up to 1024x768.
Standard VGA is also allowed in 16 grey-scale level.
. GIFLink supports connection through its own COM interrupt routine,
FOSSIL driver or BIOS INT 14H, 16550 FIFO, non-standard COM port
address and IRQ, slow handshake and many more options.
. GIFLink provides direct Telemate support and optionally reads TM.CFG
and writes TM.USE. Most DSZ environment variables are accepted as