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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE

A Monthly Newsletter - November 2002

In this issue, we focus on taking advantage of the control and flexibility offered by customizable menus and toolbars in SecureCRT(R) 4.0. Whether you are a network administrator needing to give end users a simple, no-nonsense interface, or a power user looking for ways to customize your environment, this feature lets you adapt the software to your requirements.

Also available this month are new maintenance releases for CRT(TM), SecureCRT, SecureFX(R), VShell(TM), and Entunnel(TM).


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Contents
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1. Key Features - Customizing Menus and Toolbars
2. New Releases - Maintenance Releases Now Available
3. Tips - Resetting Default Menu and Toolbar Configuration
4. Current Releases
5. Recommended Reading - "The Inmates Are Running the Asylum"


"It's been said, 'To err is human; to really screw up, you need a computer'."
--Alan Cooper, "The Inmates are Running the Asylum"


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1. Key Features - Customizing Menus and Toolbars
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Whether you are a network administrator or power user of SecureCRT 4.0, take advantage of the control and flexibility provided by file-based menu and toolbar configuration. The SecureCRT 4.0 interface can be as simple or as fully featured as necessary, depending on connectivity and technical requirements.

Components of the user interface that can be customized include menu items and submenus on the main window menu bar, the system menu, right-click menu, and the toolbar. Accelerators, toolbar buttons, ToolTips, and status bar messages can also be redefined. A graphical button can be created to issue a command, run a script, or open a session. The end user simply clicks the button to open the session and begin work.

If you administer a network, you can control the options available to individual end users or set up a common interface for workgroups. Unnecessary features can be removed, reducing support time and providing a simpler, easier-to-use interface for the end user.

Kiosk.mnu (available in the Menus folder of the SecureCRT 4.0 program) is an example of a configuration file that provides a limited menu and toolbar set. Running Kiosk.mnu, end users cannot change global and session options or keymaps.

If you are a power user needing to adapt the interface to your preferred work environment, scripts and sessions can be attached to toolbar buttons. For a streamlined, uncluttered SecureCRT interface, place the menus and commands into the right-click menu. With this configuration, you run SecureCRT in full screen mode and have quick, one-click access to the menu system.

A sample of this Right-click.mnu configuration, the Kiosk.mnu text file, and screen shots can be viewed at:

http://www.vandyke.com/products/securecrt/config_sample.html

Be aware that customizing the SecureCRT 4.0 interface can be a complex process. Some programming knowledge will be helpful (file formats are loosely based on the Microsoft(R) .rc file format). For detailed instructions, see SecureCRT 4.0 Help.


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2. New Releases - Maintenance Releases Now Available
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Maintenance releases are now available for VShell 2.1.1, Entunnel 1.0.1, CRT 4.0.1, SecureCRT 4.0.1, and SecureFX 2.1.1.

You can download these releases at:

http://www.vandyke.com/download/latestreleases.html

Maintenance releases for CRT 3.4.7 and SecureCRT 3.4.7 are also available. If you need quick access to download links for any previous official releases, go to:

http://www.vandyke.com/download/prevreleases.html


License Parser Wizard

Entering your license information into SecureCRT, SecureFX, VShell, Entunnel, and CRT just got easier. New official releases of these products have an improved License wizard that can parse the information from the Clipboard and fill in the fields automatically. Simply copy the license information -- or the entire letter -- from your registration letter and start the License wizard. Like magic, all of the fields are filled in for you!


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3. Tips - Resetting Default Menu and Toolbar Configuration
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If you need to undo changes made to menus and toolbars, use the following procedure to return SecureCRT 4.0 to its default configuration. Delete or rename your existing .mnu file, or clear the "Custom menu and toolbar file" entry box in the "Global Options / Advanced" dialog. Restart SecureCRT. This will return SecureCRT to its default values.


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4. Current Releases
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Here are direct links to download individual products:

SecureCRT 4.0.1 - NEW - Public Key Assistant
http://www.vandyke.com/download/securecrt/download.html
CRT 4.0.1 - NEW - Wyse 50/60 emulation and file-based configuration
http://www.vandyke.com/download/crt/index.html
SecureFX 2.1.1 - NEW - Public Key Assistant
http://www.vandyke.com/download/securefx/download.html
VShell 2.1.1
http://www.vandyke.com/download/vshell/index.html
Entunnel 1.0.1
http://www.vandyke.com/download/entunnel/index.html
AbsoluteFTP(TM) 2.0.4
http://www.vandyke.com/download/absoluteftp/index.html

For a complete list of official releases go to:

http://www.vandyke.com/download/latestreleases.html

All VanDyke Software products may be downloaded and evaluated at no cost for 30 days. Purchasing a license includes one year of free upgrades and unlimited access to our expert technical support.


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5. Recommended Reading - The Inmates Are Running the Asylum
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This month's pick explores the question of why computer technology has not resulted in products that are easy to use and make our lives run more smoothly.

"The Inmates are Running the Asylum: Why High-Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity," by Alan Cooper; Publisher: SAMS; ISBN: 0672316498; (1999)

Cooper argues that the products people interact with need to work the way people think and behave. According to Cooper, this goal has been hampered by traditions embedded in the software design
and development process. Making "interaction design" (the part of design that directly affects the end user) the first consideration in the design process, will result in more useful and usable products.

Book News, Inc. wrote: "Armed with solutions to the dilemma of how dependent every one of us is becoming on electronic products, the author argues that, despite appearances, business executives are simply not in control of the high-tech industry. He explains how talented people continuously design bad technology-based products and uses his own work to show businesses of all sizes
how to harness talent to create products that will both thrill users and grow the bottom line." (Book News, Inc.(R), Portland, OR)

Read a great book lately? Submit your recommendation to newsletters@vandyke.com. If publish your selection, we'll send you a gorgeous VanDyke Software T-shirt, so be sure to specify L or XL.


Quote of the Month

"It's abundantly clear to most of us that common folk don't know the difference between a token ring and a mood ring. We need these creators of 'faster, stronger, better' innovations to be sure that the creations actually improve our work and lives - not simply drive us crazy."

--from Alan Cooper, "The Inmates Are Running the Asylum"


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