MacWise Terminal Emulation for Mac OS X

January 29, 2007 in Software (F)

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MacWise allows a Macintosh to be used as a terminal -- connected to a host computer directly, by modem, local area network or over the Internet with telnet or ssh secure shell. The emulators support video attributes such as dim, reverse, underline, 132-column modes, protected fields and graphic characters sent from the host computer, as well as enhanced Viewpoint mode. Features include phone list and dialer for modems, on-screen programmable function keys, connection scripts and more. Works with desktop Macs, MacBook and PowerBook.

MacWise emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. Supports ANSI and SCO ANSI color. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode. AppleScript is also supported. Works with Intel or PowerPC Macs, MacBooks, Powerbooks and desktops. Connect to the host via serial, modem, telnet, ssh, via the internet or local.


1. Built in Modem
2. Telnet / TCP/IP
3. SSH Secure Shell
4. Serial ports via USB to Serial adaptor.
5. Also communicates directly with the Mac unix shell

Scroll Back

MacWise version 10 can scroll back to the past 40 pages of data. It remembers the last 40 pages that appear on your screen, regardless of whether the data has scrolled across the screen or the screen has cleared. Video attributes such as inverse and underline are also saved including colors.This means that you can use the scroll bar to scroll back to previous screens to look at the data or print a scrolled back page or copy a selection into the clipboard.

AppleScript Support

MacWise supports AppleScript commands. Many functions of MacWise can be controlled by a script (such as transferring data to and from the host, sending commands to the host and messages to the MacWise user.) Scripts compiled as applications can be run from "Run AppleScript" under the Special Menu. For instance, you can write a script to transfer data from the host to a file on your Macintosh and then tell another application to open that file.

Other Features

* Multiple-session support for up to ten windows simultaneously.
The user can connect to several different hosts, or run multiple sessions simultaneously with one host.
* Transparent windows. Transparency is adjustable by the user.
* On-screen text can be copied into the clipboard as an object or as editable text.
* Clipboard can be pasted back to the host computer.
* Programmable function keys.
* Large font option for easier reading.
* Host menu item selection by mouse click on screen
* Connection scripts automate the login process.
* Page forward/back capability
* Supports ANSI color and Wyse 370 Esprit Color
* Capture text and save to a file.
* Send a text file to the host.
* Secure settings for company managers prevent users from making changes.
* A separate telnet tool is no longer required. MacWise version 10 has telnet built in.
* AppleScript support - Over thirty AppleScript commands available to use.


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