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Professional terminal communications for the Commodore 64
©Copyright 1985 RML Labs
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(Excerpt from the BobsTerm Pro Users Manual)

Introduction

Welcome to the world of telecommunications on your Commodore 64. BOBSTERM PRO is a sophisticated terminal communications program designed to make interacting with other computer systems a simple and rewarding experience. This Program allows the user to control virtually every communications parameter that is likely to be encountered, and even offers adjustments and escape routes to handle some of the RS232 limitations of the C64.

The manual begins with information necessary to get you online quickly, and then goes on to explain, in depth, each command and feature. The appendices at the end of the manual discuss in detail telecommunication problems unique to the C64, and offer solutions around them.

Following is a brief overview of the features of BOBSTERM PRO. Do not be alarmed if some of the terminology is unfamiliar to you; everything will be explained in explicit detail in the following sections as we take a tour through the fascinating world of telecommunications.

Advertised Feature List

MODEM COMPATABILITY

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Commodore1650 Automodem

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Commodore 1660 Modem 300

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Commodore 1670 Model 1200

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Westridge

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Mitey-Mo

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Hes I and II

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Total Telecommunications

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Hayes Seart modem 1200

UPLOADING/DOWNLOADING

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Straight Ascii

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I Straight Binary

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Seq Line with prompt wait

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XON/XOFF

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OC1/DC2 Capture

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PUNTER Protocol

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MODEM Protocol

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Entire Disk (C64 to C64)

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All protocols are active to/from disk

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or to/from buffer

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All transfers may be viewed on screen

BUFFER FACILITIES

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28,500 Bytes

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Fill from keyboard, disk or from

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specified file byte #

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Dump to screen, printer or disk

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Adjustable partial dumps

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Forward/Reverse page flipping

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9 View Markers

BUFFER EDITING

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Full Screen cursor control

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Forward/Reverse scroll

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On screen readout of buffer position

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On screen Range settings

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On screen Hex, Decimal and Binary

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character value at cursor position

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Direct entry of Hex or Decimal values

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Edits Binary as well as Seq data

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Add and Remove linefeed cmds

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Insert Line mode

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Delete Range mode

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Zero Parity Bit cmd

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Strip character cmd

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Convert to all Lowercase cmd

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Convert to all Uppercase cmd

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Convert to Ascii cmd

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Convert to Petscii cmd

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Set Start Range cmd

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Set End Range cmd

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Instant on screen Help menu

 

STATUS LINE

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Onscreen Status Line displays:

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Carrier detect condition

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Buffer on/off

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Buffer bytes retaining count

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Local Echo on/off

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Linefeed In filter on/off

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Linefeed Out filter on/off

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Caps Lock on/off

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Screen Format (Word Wrap) on/off

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Ascii/Binary Mode

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Control character display on/off

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Transfer display on/off

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Time of Day clock or stopwatch timer

USER ADJUSTABLE PARAMETERS

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Character, screen, border and

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status line colors

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RS232 word length and stop bits RS232 parity and duplex

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Baud rate up to 2400 baud

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Adjustable baud timers for creating

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non-standard baud rates

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Default disk drive and device # Busscard switch

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Printer device # up to device 7

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Printer secondary address up to 31 Printer auto LF on/off

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Ascii or Petscii printer output

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14 character printer control string Tone or pulse dialing

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Pulse make, break and digit times Carrier detect switch

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Carrier detect phase

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Nulls

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Line delay up to 900 ms

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Character delay up to 90 ms

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Char wait for echo delay

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Char correcting wait for echo delay

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CRCK or CCITT Cyclic Checksum

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XON/XOFF and DC1/DC2 characters

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 XMODEM SOH, EOT, ACK, NAK, CAN and EOF characters

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IMODEM block and character start #

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Backspace, htab, clr screen and bell characters

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Auto answer back character string

10 CUSTOM CHARACTER SETS

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7 built in fonts

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3 user defined fonts

 

BUILT IN FILE CONVERSIONS

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Program to Seq

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Seq to program

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Ascii Image to program

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Program to Ascii image

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Strip source code comments

IMAGE ADJUSTABLE PARAMETERS

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Actual/Two's compliment checksum

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Offset start add = zero or prgm load add

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Byte count on/off

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Separator byte on/off

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Bytes per record length

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1 or 2 byte checksum

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Header length

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Prompt character

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Header character string

UNLIMITED PHONE BOOK STORAGE

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Auto dial and logon strings for each #

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All program parameters save with each #

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UNLIMITED MACRO STRING STORAGE

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Programmable Macro strings can automate all program keyboard commands

ADDITIONAL SPECIAL MACRO COMMANDS

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Pause 1/2 sec

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Comkey prefix equivalent

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All cursor movement equivalents

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Run/Stop key equivalent

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Carriage Return equivalent

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Wait for next character

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Wait for string

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Jump to next macro

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Wait for quiet line up to 9 sec

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Start same macro again beginning

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At character 0-9

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Transmit following string

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If-Then conditional wait

FULL FEATURED REMOTE NODE

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Allows remote caller access to all DOS

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commands and file xfer protocols

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User definable entry code and welcome msg

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

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Split screen Line entry mode for CB

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8 programmable Function Key strings

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Atari clock macro and logon delay start Online printer on/off

 

Reviews

Info Magazine (May/June 1986)
"With all these features, you might think BobsTerm Pro is complicated to use but its intuitive operation really impresses me. Both version’s ease of use, multitude of features and extensive but highly readable documentation prompt me to recommend BobsTerm Pro without qualification for beginning and power users alike.” Peggy Herrington

Commodore Magazine (November 1986)
“If you prefer to be on the calling end of the modem, you’ll need a terminal program like Proterm 128 or BobsTerm Pro128. The first will get you in the game with very few dollars invested, and the second will keep you in the game with style and professional options. The occasional user should consider Proterm 128, while the power user will probably be happier with BobsTerm Pro 128 (considered by many to be the best terminal program ever written (and for good reason).” Gary V. Fields

Guide to Computer Living (November 1986)
“BobsTerm Pro on the C-64 has established a reputation as one of the most flexible and able terminal programs around. BobsTerm Pro on the 128 translates that excellence to the increased power of that machine, giving access to the 128’s increased RAM, 80 column screen and other nifty features. Boot up BobsTerm and immediately realize that this program was built for efficiency. If this review sounds like high praise for BobsTerm Pro, consider it so. From its detailed and copious range of features to the well written spiral bound users manual, BobsTerm Pro for the C-128 sets new standards in Commodore telecommunications.” Bob Lindstrom

Commodore Magazine (February 1987)
“There seems to be an unwritten rule that requires productivity software to be either simple and easy to use, or powerful but difficult to master. BobsTerm Pro 128 is a wonderful exception to the rule. It is both powerful and flexible, yet simple enough for the first time user to handle. Telecommunications couldn’t be much easier, but to use just those few BobsTerm Pro 128 features would be like buying a whole orchard and tasting only one apple. What makes BobsTerm Pro 128 so outstanding is the fact that you can use only the features you need now and master others at your leisure. This means that the more you get into telecommunications, the more serious BobsTerm Pro 128 can be. Getting a chance to review the newest software for the 128 is always exciting, but when I get to review a product which is not only worth telling others about but I can use myself , the task becomes a double treat.” Gary V. Fields

Computei’s Gazette (October 1987)
"I had looked at other terminal programs, but never switched loyalties because they didn’t offer enough new features to justify learning a whole new set of commands. But BobsTerm Pro is so powerful and has so many options that I’ve made the switch. It is easily one of the best terminal programs ever offered for a Commodore eight-bit computer.” Todd Heimarck.

Commodore Magazine (December 1987)
BobsTerm Pro 128 voted THE BEST OF 1987 in the Productivity category.

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"Little Names Behind the Big Names"

By Gary V. Fields

Run Magazine (October 1989)
“Just over four years ago, Bob Lentini wrote what was considered to be the consummate commercial eight-bit terminal package- BobsTerm Pro 64. To this day many people feel that BobsTerm Pro 64 and its successor, BobsTerm Pro 128, are the finest terminal packages available for the 64 and 128.”

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