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iOS 8 Compatibility

Friday, September 19th, 2014

iOS 8 introduced a number of new features to iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches. We have updated our TinyTERM for iOS product line to match.

New Product

TinyTERM Plus for iOS

TinyTERM Plus for iOS is a universal binary that runs equally well on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It is fully iOS 8-compatible and replaces our discontinued products. TinyTERM Plus includes support for all our exact terminal emulations – VT420, SCO ANSI, Wyse, IBM 3270 and IBM 5250 and more – and is available directly from Century Software.

Upgraded Products

TinyTERM Lite version 2.1.1

TinyTERM Lite for iOS is a fully iOS 8-compatible universal binary with support for all our exact terminal emulations: VT420, SCO ANSI, Wyse, IBM 3270 and IBM 5250 and more. Previous versions of TinyTERM Lite are not compatible with iOS 8. It is available free from the iOS App Store.

TinyTERM Enterprise version 2.1.1

TinyTERM Enterprise includes all the features of TinyTERM Plus, and adds in a scanner-enabled Industrial Browser and configuration lockdown. Previous versions of TinyTERM Enterprise are not iOS 8-compatible. It is available from the iOS App Store, via volume purchase through the B2B store, or direct from Century Software.

Discontinued Products

Our previous TinyTERM ITX series will be end-of-lifed on September 12, 2014, as they are not iOS 8-compatible. They will continue to run on iOS versions 5 through 7, but they will no longer be developed. We recommend you back up your iOS device if you wish to retain these versions:

TinyTERM ITX 2  for iPad   for iPhone
TinyTERM Pro  for iPad   for iPhone
TinyTERM ITX 5250  for iPad   for iPhone
TinyTERM ITX 3270  for iPad   for iPhone
TinyTERM ITX  for iPad   for iPhone


keyChar Values 281-283 Send Incorrect Character

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

When creating a keyboard layout for any TinyTERM ITX product, keyChar values 281-283 no longer represent the numbers 0-2 on the numeric keypad. Instead they produce the letters v, s and t respectively. The correct keyChar values for the numeric keypad are:

CR 1099, documentation updated

Ctrl-J Sent to Host as Ctrl-M

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

TinyTERM ITX 2 and TinyTERM Pro for iOS both convert all Ctrl-J characters (ASCII 10) sent from the on-screen keyboard to Ctrl-M (ASCII 13) before sending them to the host. This change was made deliberately for customers who prefer the standard iPad keyboard. However, there is no way to revert this behavior if the ^J character is needed.

CR 1101, fixed in March 2013 releases

keyHeight Should Not Be Used at Beginning of Row

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

All TinyTERM for iOS products support the creation of custom keyboard layouts. When creating a custom layout, the keyboard key at the beginning of a row sets the default height value for the entire row. As such, using the keyHeight argument in the definition of the first key in a row changes the height for all subsequent keys. This causes display problems with the keyboard: either rows that are too short, or blank rows next to keys that are supposed to overlap the next row instead.

The workaround is to insert a thin blank key of standard height at the beginning of the row:


CR 1088

TinyTERM for Mac Ignores Custom keyboard.dat

Friday, October 19th, 2012

The hardware keyboard should be mappable on OS X by putting a keyboard.dat file into ~/Library/Application Support/TinyTERM-ITX. But doing so does not actually change the keyboard behavior. A similar problem affects TinyTERM for Linux.

CR 1081

Meta Key Support in iOS

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

TinyTERM products for iPad and iPhone do not include meta key support. This is needed for some applications, such as Emacs.

CR 1064

ATTN Key Does Nothing on iPad

Friday, August 17th, 2012

In TinyTERM ITX 3270 for iPad version 2.0.1, the ATTN key does nothing when tapped.

CR 1057

External Keyboard Key Mapping

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Currently only the on-screen keyboard can be remapped when using TinyTERM ITX products for iPad and iPhone. Century Software, Inc., has had a request for an interface that would allow remapping the keys on an external keyboard, connected to the iOS device either by dock or by Bluetooth.

CR 1020

Function Keys Fail from External Keyboard

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

TinyTERM ITX version 1 for both iPad and iPhone could not use the function or arrow keys on an external keyboard, whether connected via dock or Bluetooth. That behavior was directly related to the way the keyboard presented itself to the iPad or iPhone under early versions of iOS.

With the release of TinyTERM ITX 2 and TinyTERM Pro for iPad and iPhone in July 2012, the arrow keys are fully usable. The function keys across the top of the keyboard are still reserved by iOS for its own functions, but the <b>option</b> key can be used with the number keys to mimic F1-F10 on an emulator keyboard. option-1 is F1, option-2 is F2, etc. Also, option-A through option-Z are Ctrl-A through Ctrl-Z, option-[ is the Esc key, option-dash (-) is Page Up, and option-= is Page Down.

Shift-Tab Acts As Tab

Friday, December 30th, 2011

In TinyTERM ITX for Mac, Shift-Tab acts identical to the Tab key. Note that this is also true when using telnet or SSH from an OS X command prompt, but not within the Terminal app.

CR 992

Key keyChar value
keypad 0 61721
keypad 1 61722
keypad 2 61723
keypad 3 61724
keypad 4 61725
keypad 5 61726
keypad 6 61727
keypad 7 61728
keypad 8 61729
keypad 9 61730
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