fTelnet

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A new release for the TouchPad was submitted today, which brings some changes to the UI that makes fTelnet look a little better, especially when used in conjunction with a bluetooth keyboard (the virtual keyboards can be hidden, allowing fTelnet to use a larger font, allowing more of the screen to be used).

Thanks to Chris for sending a bluetooth keyboard for me to test with!

Just uploaded a new release with an important HtmlTerm fix and a pretty cool new fTelnet feature. There were also updates to Client*.js, so make sure you incorporate those changes into your versions of the file (if you don't just want to overwrite your versions and start fresh).

The cool new fTelnet feature is scrollback mode! This has been on the TODO list pretty much since the beginning, and since several people asked about it recently, I finally got around to implementing it. Hit CTRL+UP ARROW to enter scrollback mode, and then UP/DOWN or PGUP/PGDN to navigate. When you're done, hit ESC to get back to "live" mode.

Just uploaded a new release. I don't think there were any fTelnet related changes, just a few fixes for HtmlTerm that were reported recently. WBA was also updated to make it a little more sane in its operation (the close button now really closes the form, and the minimize button will minimize it to the tray).

Been so busy with mobile stuff lately that I've been ignoring the original web based version. Well today I finally got everything cleaned up and have made a new release of fTelnet! There isn't a whole lot of new stuff, since the mobile stuff has been getting all the special attention, but one major improvement is the addition of a virtual keyboard that will allow users visiting your site on a tablet device to use fTelnet to connect to your BBS (before they could connect, but had no way to bring up the virtual keyboard). Make sure you check the ClientVars.js file to read about that setting if you're upgrading and don't want to overwrite that file.

I also rewrote a lot of stuff to support the web and mobile (and soon stand-alone desktop) versions, and so in the process of doing that it's entirely possible that I broke something, so please let me know if you run into any problems.

Already a few people have pointed out that the webOS virtual keyboard doesn't have arrow keys (and the bluetooth keyboard's arrow keys don't seem to be supported outside the core webOS OS), so I have an updated release in the queue that adds an arrow icon overlay to the bottom-right corner of the flash control. It's been 'Ready for Review' for a few days now, so hopefully it'll be updated and available any day now.In addition to a webOS version, I also ported fTelnet to run on the BlackBerry PlayBook as an AIR app. I really didn't have any interest in going further than the TouchPad, since that's all I own, but then I read about the free PlayBook tablet offer and couldn't resist! Just received confirmation earlier this afternoon that my app has been accepted, so it's now on RIM's BlackBerry App World! As with the webOS version, this one has a new release in the queue that will address the missing arrow keys, but it'll probably take somewhat longer for this update to appear since there's LOTS of developers trying to get a free PlayBook, so their review team is stretched pretty thing right now.

In the next little while I'll probably investigate porting fTelnet to Android, which also supports AIR apps, so it should also be pretty simple. Since my TouchPad is running an early alpha of "ice cream sandwich" I'm not sure how useful it will be for debugging, so I may or may not be able to work on this right away.

From what I understand iOS also supports AIR apps now, which means the $600 barrier to entry (bottom of the line Mac mini) should no longer exist, but until Apple removes the $99/yr developer program membership fee, don't expect to see fTelnet on your iPad.

Another oops...I uploaded the wrong WBA.exe yesterday, so Chrome 16+ was STILL broken! So if you downloaded 11.11.02 yesterday or earlier today, then please download it again. Hopefully that's got it fixed now!

Oops, totally forgot to upload the new release with the updated WBA, which added support for the latest version of Chrome. I've now finally uploaded it, although since it was only WBA and not fTelnet that was changed, I didn't bother increasing the version number. So if you use WBA, please download 11.11.02 again, and if you don't use WBA, then just ignore this post.On somewhat related news, fTelnet was finally accepted into the HP webOS App Catalog early last week! I've already got a second release in the review stage, so an update is already on the way. And in addition to that, someone pointed out there's no way to use the cursor keys (since the TouchPad's virtual keyboard doesn't have arrow keys, and the bluetooth keyboard's arrow keys don't work in Flash), so a new update should be coming shortly with an on-screen overlay that will allow you to use arrow keys.

Also on a somewhat related note, I've ported fTelnet to the BlackBerry PlayBook, since they're running a promotion giving free PlayBooks to developers right now. So anybody with a PlayBook can look for that in the BlackBerry App World soon! (They're backed up due to the large number of submissions they recently received, so I'm not too sure exactly how soon though!)

Happy New Year! Thought I'd share this screenshot of fTelnet running on my HP Touchpad! I picked one up during the fire sale awhile back, and haven't had much use for it until now! And the coolest part of all is that webOS allows me to embed a proxy server, so you can use it like a REAL telnet client, and not require the remote side to be running a flash socket policy server!

Also, for those of you using WBA, I'm hoping to get a new release out later tonight to support the latest version of Chrome (HtmlTerm currently won't work with it).

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