NewDeal Hot Tip 1108
NewComm Capture and Script Hints
When you activate the Capture To Text File command, NewComm will
place all text presented on the screen in a text file that you
can open later with Text File Editor or NewWrite. A child window
will appear, with a Done button. Pressing the Done button closes
the file. Once the child-window appears, it is active and highlighted
since it was the most recent window to appear. You can highlight
something else to work on.
Here are a few tricks:
- Although it appears that while NewComm is capturing text,
you cannot interact with the other computer, that is not so.
Just drag the header of the child-window and move it out of
your way. Then interact with the other system as usual, while
NewComm records your keystrokes and responses from the other
system. Then you can use NewWrite to view the file, using a
font like URW Mono.
- While you are capturing to a text file, you cannot download
a file or highlight text to copy to a file directly. To do
either of these tasks, you must click on DONE, thereby closing
the file. NewComm will not let you append one capture text file
to another capture text file. In the case where you have
two or more capture sessions while using a BBS, you might
number the capture files in sequence. That way, you can append
the files later in NewWrite or Text File Editor.
- Script files: How to make them? Don't bother. Copy
the two that you have for GEnie and CompuServe to new file
names ending with .MAC, inspect them with Text File Editor
and modify them. Simple. You get a guide to script files and
it's relatively painless.
- NewComm can be used while you're working with other
applications. For example, you can download a large file that
takes 20 minutes or more to receive. While that is happening,
you can open NewWrite and review the information you captured.
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Last Modified 2 Mar 1999