Feature - Added SCO ANSI emulation. All emulations now work with SCO
(Wyse, Viewpoint, VT100, VT220, Televideo). SCO ANSI colors, cursor
positioning and a 25-line screen are supported.
Feature / Fix - Added a telnet option, "Use the tc shell to
When this option is enabled, MacWise first logs into the Mac unix tc
shell before issuing telnet commands. This option provides more
compatibility with host computers that request the terminal type.
Fix - VT100 / VT220 emulation problem. Screen could get scrambled
by an incorrect ESC [ ascii code sent from the host. MacWise now absorbs
the invalid code.
Also, ANSI Colors was not being enabled by the host automatically when
that option was enabled in MacWise preferences.
Fix - Rare Array Bounds Error message.
Feature - Added a new Preference option to enable Alternate Keypad
mode for VT100 and VT220 emulation. This forces the keypad into alternate
mode even if the host does not enable it. It converts the top row of
keys into PF keys. ( Clear , = , / , * becomes PF1, PF2, PF3, PF4
Feature - Added a new Preference option to disable mouse clicks in
the MacWise window. Otherwise, when you click the mouse on text, it
will send text to the host or send the cursor position to the host.
This option does not affect the ability to click on fkey buttons.
Fix - SSH secure shell options would not work unless you put a space
at the end of the option field. (Additional Login Options in the Secure
Shell Connection... window)
Fix - Print Scrollback Buffer was not working if the PrinterTemp file
file was empty.
Fix - You could get a Port Error message if “Receive Faxes on
this Computer” was checked.
Only seems to happen on a Mac with a Dash modem. Changed the message to tell
user to uncheck “Receive Faxes on this Computer” in the Print &
Fax System Preference.
Fix - MacWise installer was installing MacWise into the user Applications
folder. Changed back to installing in Applications folder at the root
level. This apparently happened when some version of OS X was released.
Fix - Array Bounds Error at line 13556
Fix - 24-Point window size was not being remembered when you upgraded
MacWise if you had the option to remember window positions turned on.
Fix - Hang Up would not work with internal modem on fast G5 Macs.
Fix - Printing jobs under host control with form feeds should now
work correctly with all paper sizes.
Cosmetic - Moved Break menu item down one and added a divider above
Fix - Page Setup settings are now remembered when you quit and run
(printing routines completely re-written for OS X carbon).
Feature - Added the option to Print the ScrollBack Buffer.
Fix - When printing multiple pages, the print dialog box would always
say that there were 9999 pages. Now displays the correct number of
Fix - MacWisePrinterFont was printing small spaces between some graphic
Fix - Left and top margins of printed pages too small and causing
text to be clipped on some printers.
Fix - Left Arrow was not working if Backspace
= Delete option was enabled in Wyse mode.
Fix - Would get Array Bounds
error if you re-sized the window in a 24-point font window in 132
col mode with 9-point font selected.
Fix - If anything under the Dialer Menu was selected with the
emulate window closed, you would get a Window error. It could
also corrupt the MacWise settings files. Now opens the window
if it is not open.
Fix - Could not open the modem port on newer Macs using Motorola modem
(Specifically, internal Jump modems with Motorola driver sm56k version
Feature - Added progress windows while opening a serial connection
to show when MacWise is getting the port status and opening the port.
Fix - If the Carnation Software Prefs folder did not exist, MacWise
would not create a new one. Instead, it would store the settings files
in it’s own MacWise folder.
Fix - Array bounds error when switching between 80 and 156 column
mode in the 24-point large window.
Fix - If a connection is already open and you open another connection
within the same window, the old connection will be closed first. This
prevents an operator from inadvertently opening multiple connections
to a telnet host.
Fix - Cursor positioning for Viewpoint and Prism emulators
was not working if the host was sending Char 11 and Char 16 codes to
position the cursor.
Fix - You can now capture text lines wider than 255 characters. This
applies to text captures for the clipboard, a file or the printer.
Screen Textwrap must be un-checked for this to work.
Previous versions would get an error, "Length > 255 while adding strings".
Fix - Scrolling large amounts of data to the screen is much faster
now when 24 point font is used.
Fix - When scrollback buffer fills, screen updates much faster now.
Fix - When scrolling back to previous pages, duplicate rows of data
could appear if the scrollback buffer was full.
Fix - Don't clear the screen when different font sizes are selected.
Fix - Could not use 24 point font if window resolution was exactly
Fix - Clicking on a URL to launch a web page was not working.
Now if a URL or email is displayed on the MacWise screen, you can click
to launch your browser or email program.
Feature - New 24 point font and large window option. If you have a
monitor with at least 1280 width resolution, you can use the new large
Fix / Feature- New MacWise TrueType printing fonts added.
now uses TrueType printing fonts, enabling you to print graphic line
drawing characters and international characters. Previous versions
required you to use the graphic printing mode, "print screen
to print these special characters (was essentially a screen shot).
you get razor sharp printing when using the "print screen as
option in Printer Setup using MacWiseFont.
Fix - All pages printed after the first page could possibly change
the font size to a different size than the first page.
Fix - Mac To Host data transfer now much faster when "Display Text
During Transfer" is enabled.
Fix - Could get "> 255 adding strings" error when doing a
Host-To-Mac Transfer with Convert to Spreadsheet turned on.
Fix - MacToHostTransfer AppleScript would not work with blank file
name. It should prompt the user for a file name and use that file.Was
prompting the user but not using the file.
Fix - When printing scrolling text with no page breaks, only the first
page would print.
Fix - Host-To-Mac transfer window would not open if using serial connection.
Fix - Could not print more than 88 pages in Wyse Transparent printing
Feature / Fix- Telnet options can now be entered into the Telnet Connection
You can now specify a telnet escape character to avoid conflicts with
Fix - Multiple Cursor up/down commands from the host will now scroll
the screen when necessary.
Fix - Some Macs could get "MacWiseFont not found" message even though
the font was installed.
Fix - Modem Init Strings. If an init string ended with a number, the
modem init would fail. For example if your init string forces the connection
at 9600 baud using this string...
The above string now works as it should.
Also, modem init errors are now reported to the user during dialing.
Fix - VT100 / VT220 keypad top row now functions as PF1 thru PF4 when
in alternate keypad mode.
Fix - Graphic characters would turn on but would not turn off when
foreign NRC text characters were selected by the host computer.
Feature - Foreign country keyboards now work with 7-bit NRC character
Fix - MacWise could crash when displaying the two-day expiration notice
attempting to launch the IE browser.
Fix - More Panther fixes. Color menus were missing some
Fix - Edit Fkeys pop-up menu was missing some fkeys when used with
Panther (Mac OS X 10.3).
Fix - Some menu items were missing when used with Panther (Mac OS
Feature - SPEED! Up to 20 times faster. Optimized for OS X.
Feature - FTP File Transfers Menu item added under the File Menu.
Fix - When upgrading to a new version, the window would return to
standard smaller size. Now stays large if the user had it set that
Note: There is a fee for this upgrade.
Fix - VT100 / VT200 video highlighting. Some characters were not returning
back to normal video after being inverse video. This is now a user
option "Carriage Return does not reset normal text"
Fix - When you hid the function keys, they would not stay hidden until
you quit and restarted MacWise.
Fix - "Clear Screen to Background Color" option was not being remembered
when you quit.
Feature / Fix - Add preference option to allow host to enable Ansi
colors. You can now prevent the host from turning on Ansi colors if
you want to select your own colors in MacWise.
Fix - Alternate keypad keys 4,5,6,7 for VT100 / VT220
Fix - VT100 / VT220 left arrow would stop at second column.
Fix - System Builder Menus would crash MacWise when you got 6 levels
Fix - Closing the modem port with Option C could hang MacWise.
Fix - If two windows were open using two different serial ports, switching
between windows would not show which port was being used in the Settings
Fix - VT100 / VT220 Emulation - scattered m's and h's on screen when
connected to some hosts.
Alternate Keypad keys were sending an extra null character. Up-arrow
Fix - When you selected "Register MacWise..." from the Special
Menu, nothing would happen.
(broke with version 10.5)
Feature - AppleScript support added.
Over thirty AppleScript commands
available to use.
For instance, you can
use AppleScript to send commands to the host and then get data from
specific locations on the MacWise screen.
a new capture
Send data to the clipboard.
Transfer data from the MacWise screen to another application.
Fix/Feature - Faster with unix connections. Eliminate the pause after
each 1024 characters read.
Fix - Close Connection problem. If modem port was in use and Serial/Modem
was the connection method, MacWise would hang on some Macs when trying
to close the connection.
Fix - Registration problems. If MacWise expired, it could load the
online registration form and erase the order form you were working on
while trying to get the program number.
Also, if anything was changed in the Network Preferences, the registration
Feature - Menu shortcuts added to the Capture and Connection menus.
Fix - System Builder Mouse now works.
Wyse emulation fix - Escape A sequences were causing problems resulting
in unpredictable screen characteristics.
Fix - Standard Break for serial ports was not working. Command B now
works as break.
Fix - Now more compatible with Apple UI Element Scripting.
Feature - Added SBMac Color and graphic drawing boxes.
Fix - If window was closed and then opened with a serial port open,
it would ask you to select a serial port again.
Also, would not remember the serial port used if window was closed when
you quit MacWise.
Fix - Telnet connection to some hosts may have no characters echoed
when you type until you hit return.
Feature - Added menu item "Function Key Sets..." to the Emulate
Menu to open the FKeys folder in a Finder window.
Just double click on a fkey set to load the set into MacWise.
Feature / Fix - Clearing the screen with Command K or Command E now
resets top and bottom margins.
Feature / Fix - Ansi colors will now automatically be enabled if ansi
color codes are received from the host.
Previous versions required that you manually turn on Ansi Colors.
Fix - Connection Scripts more reliable. Now work with Mac unix shell
Fix - Shifted function keys now work with iBook using fn - shift key.
Fix - 7-bit word length selection was not working.
Fix - "Disconnect Modem Upon Quit" was not working with external
Feature - Added 115200 baud for serial connections.
Fix - Top and bottom margins now supported in VT100 and VT220
Fix - If Ansi colors were enabled, multiple cursor stepping would not
Fix - When using the 16-Point Font and large window, upgrading to
a newer version of MacWise would cause MacWise to unexpectedly quit
when you tried to run it.
Fix - Another VT220 Fix.
Feature - Transparent Windows. You can now adjust the transparency
of MacWise windows to see through them.
(look under the Window menu for this option).
Fix - VT220 emulation fixes problems with 132 column cursor addressing.
Feature / Fix - 16-Point font window is now larger and font has been
re-designed for easier reading.
Fix - Control P was sending # to the host instead of Control P.
Feature - Added option for verbose login for telnet and secure shell
Fix - Fkeys now work when struck quickly.
Fix - If modem port was open when you quit, you could get a system
kernel panic crash
Fix - Paste was causing a screen refresh flicker
Fix - Wyse hidden attributes in Video Attribute Options was not being
remembered when you quit unless it was the standard Wyse setting.
Caused by version 10.2.5
Feature - Supports more ANSI colors in Wyse mode.
Feature - Added light yellow window color option.
Feature - Added Color menu item to the Window Menu.
Feature / Fix - Preference option to warn user when window will close
and connection is open.
Fix - If user selected the same color for text and background, MacWise
Fix - String larger than 255 error when ASCII display mode was selected.
Fix / Feature - Mac unix shell connection now sets number of scrolling
rows according to window height.
Fix / Feature - Hidden attributes now changes automatically when you
change the emulation type.
Fix - If ANSI colors selected, opening a settings file could cause
Fix - Various problems with settings files when using Multiple Session
Feature - Added preference option to send column and row position to
host when mouse is clicked.
Feature - Added DEC Multinational Graphics option.
Feature - Added option to lock settings files for corporate users.
Feature - Added text data transfer (Host-To-Mac and Mac-To-Host) ported
from MacToPic program.
Feature - Added Special Host Commands ported from MacToPic program.
Fix - When entering a new QuickDial number, it might dial the old number
the first time.
Feature - Added VT220 emulation
Fix - Don't allow dialing unless Serial / Modem Connection selected.
Fix - Enabling Connection Scripts could cause the terminal type to
be ignored by the host and prevent the login script from working if
the host asks for a terminal type.
Fix - Settings were not saved with Command S if second window was opened
from a settings file.
Fix - Some hosts would not recognize MacWise as a VT100 terminal.
Fix - If using a telnet connection and the connection was not open,
doing a command K to clear the screen would cause MacWise to crash.
Fix - Selecting ASCII display with no connection open could cause MacWise
Fix - If selecting Serial / Modem from the Connection menu and no serial
port was previously selected, the Serial / Modem menu selection would
Feature - Record to Clipboard. (Capture everything that comes to the
screen and send it to the clipboard.)
Fix - Copying data to the clipboard too many times was causing an out
of memory error (FBCtnrCopy error)
Fix - Changing the connection method in a window and then closing the
window would not remove the window item from the Window Menu.
Feature - Multiple Session Windows. Now supports up to 10 windows.
Each window can connect to a different host or the same host.
Feature - Settings Files. Each window can have it's own settings and
can be saved to disk for recall at a later time.
Feature - Connection Scripts. You can automate your login procedure
with scripts. This lets you automatically log in with your user name
and password without typing it. It also works for hosts that require
answerback to authenticate login.
Fix - Printing the screen as a graphic in Jaguar would just print a
Fix - Can now lasso a section of the screen to the clipboard from right
to left (previously only worked from left to right).
Fix - Secure shell connections were not setting the unix environment
to the TERM type. Symptom was that some hosts did not know what kind
of terminal you were and emulation did not work properly. This also
affected the emulation for Mac Unix Shell logins.
Fix - Baud rates are now dimmed if unix, telnet or secure shell are
Fix - Characters could be misplaced on the screen and extra characters
could appear intermittently.
Fix/Feature - Registration window now allows you to paste your registration
number instead of typing it.
Feature - Now supports SSH Secure Shell logins.
Feature - Preferences are now selected from the MacWise Menu and are
contained in a dialog box instead of under the Edit Menu in a sub menu
(Standard Mac OS X method).
Fix - Clicking on a URL or email address was not launching the appropriate
Fix - MacWise could crash if you did not have a serial port selected
and tried to login to unix.
Fix - Open Connection upon Startup was not working for all types of
Fix - Modem port was getting unchecked when you switched to unix. Now
stays checked so you can switch between the two more easily.
Fix - Telnet sessions might not close connection completely due to
Fix - Print Screen in graphic mode would not work in Jaguar.
Fix - Slave printing was causing "International not found"
1. Now supports telnet and direct connection to the Mac unix shell.
1. This was the first version for OS X and PowerPC.
The previous version was 4.4.2 for classic Macs. (There were no versions 5 thru 9)
2. Supports internal modem and serial ports. Telnet and ssh coming
MacWise version 16 history
MacWise version 15 history
MacWise version 14 history
MacWise version 12 history
MacWise version 11 history
MacWise version 10 history
NOTE: MacWise version 1.0 was originally released January 1, 1996 as a slimmed down version of MacToPic. Over the years, it became a full featured app.
(MacToPic was released in 1989).
Here is the complete History of MacWise