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Current Version: 5.0.5 / 10.2.1 (July 21, 2010)

Take dataComent, above, and add support for SSH1, SSH2, Kerberos 5, and SCP file transfers, and you've got dataComet-Secure. It's a stupendously good package with no real competition. The download below allows you to try the software out for 30 days; dataComet-Secure is priced at $70 per copy ($35 academic; volume discounts are available). Federal regulations mandated the switch to this pricing scheme for this version.

Version 5.0.5 improves performance when running in the OS X Classic environment and includes several minor bug fixes.

"dataComet-Secure X" is a release of dataComet-Secure built for OS X (Carbon), which adds support for local shell sessions (Terminal sessions), OS X serial devices, and drag and drop in addition to support for Telnet/TN3270, SSH1, SSH2, Kerberos 5, and SCP file transfers.

Version 10.2.1 - the latest release for Mac OS X - adds/changes the following:

  • The emulator screen position is now saved correctly when the session document is closed; in 10.2.0, the position was only saved if the window had been zoomed.
  • A zoomed emulator window will now appear on the same monitor when more than one monitor is in use.
  • Command-Clicking on a document window title now brings up the standard MacOS file path popup menu, allowing you to view the file path and open folders in the Finder easily.
  • The Window menu "Next" command (option-tab) now proceeds to the next open window rather than stopping the cycle if a Session window has a closed connection.
  • The appearance of emulator windows has been improved. The packet counters and timer are now greyed out when the session is closed, and the Rows and Columns fields at the bottom of the emulator screen now have more area allocated to them.
  • Dialogs have been fixed so the text cursor appears when the curosr is over the active text field.
  • The appearance and functionality of the "Find" dialog has been improved. The "Backwards" checkbox has been replaced by a "Previous" button. The "Replace" command now works correctly when the "Replace" text is empty.
  • The "Define Macros..." dialog now always displays the ASCII character zero (NUL), which is used in dataComet macros to terminate strings, as '\000' rather than the Comet Fonts "^A" character to avoid confusion.
  • The "Configure Terminal Session" dialog has been improved so that tabbing to the next field works in a sensible fashion, and clicking on a text field which does not apply to the current connection type produces a brief popup message rather than an annoying alert -- and now it's not possible to enter text in that field.
  • The default session type for a "New" session is now Telnet (or SSH for dataComet-Secure) rather than a "Shell" session.
  • Entering an empty address in the "Configure Terminal Session" "Connect to:" field now works correctly to connect to the machine's own IP address.
  • The File Transfer Progress dialog now displays byte counts with commas.
  • Fixed the File Transfer Progress dialog so the transfer counts are only updated once a second; this yields a substantial improvement (~80%) in file transfer performance when using ZModem.
  • IND$FILE IBM file transfers now display an update on the transmitted file length in the emulator prompt area.
  • Several problems with edit windows have been fixed; extra lines should no longer appear in the window when text is pasted into the window.
  • dataComet's edit windows now interpret linefeed characters in files so they display correctly, and saves them back to the file as linefeeds. Edit windows will now reliably load up to the maximum 32,767 character limit, rather than failing to load the last 2,000 characters of a file which is over 30,000 characters in length.
  • Saving a new Session configuration now always creates a new .edit companion text document, so a "Save text" command will succeed when the session document is reopened, even when the .edit document was not saved the first time around.
  • Changing the font in edit windows now takes effect immediately, rather than after the font size is changed.
  • The '<<' and '>>' "Shift Text" buttons at the bottom left corner of edit windows now repeat when they're held down.
  • Saving a new session document to the global sessions folder now updates the Sessions submenu.
  • Submenus have been fixed so they display more rapidly when you move the cursor over them to select an item from them.
  • The 3270/5250 menus no longer shift position when the 5250 menu is toggled on and off in the 3270 preferences panel. The Macros menu now always appears before the Window menu.
  • Window Minimize and Maximize events are now handled better; the window's menu item in the Window menu is marked to show the window has been Minimized, and you can expand the window by selecting the item.
  • SCP/RCP file transfers are now enabled in dataComet X, providing an alternative to using ZModem. SCP transfers in dataComet X are not encrypted (note that the "scp" file transfer protocol is the same as UNIX's "rcp" with a security layer wrapped around it.) Also, the SCP file transfer dialog no longer automatically brings up the Select File dialog when it's selected from the menu to perform an upload.
  • Emulator screen printing: color banding which appeared when printing an emulator screen in color has been improved, so it should not appear unless a font is being drawn in double-wide/double-high modes (VT100). Also, the emulator cursor position may have appeared in screens printed in a very small size; this has also been fixed.

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