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Should we give Tera Term a face-lift? Please vote.

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:59 pm
by boris
As the time passes by, new terminal emulators are being released by other companies. While Tera Term still holds 2 main advantages
- it is open source, i.e. completely free and
- it has macro scripting language,
other products more and more often outplay it with the number of features and have more up-to-date user interface. MobaXTerm is one of the examples. It is even available for free with the limited feature set.

While I'm using Tera Term for over 15 years and have no intention switching to another program, I'd love to have more "conveniences" and appearance more like this:

MobaXterm.png
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All Tera Term versions that were ever released are built around the core developed in mid-90's. It will take a tremendous effort to add support off all these new fancy features. In fact, it might not be even possible without re-writing the whole thing. That's why Collector, TTMenu and LogMeTT are all separate add-ons and not the part of Tera Term itself.

So, how about building a new application (kind of mega-add-on) that will make Tera Term to look more like the image above? Here are the main features it could have:

- completely independent from Tera Term, acting as GUI wrapper, i.e. no single change of Tera Term source code should be required
- tabbed interface
- quick connect option (list of recent connections like in MobaXTerm and SecureCRT)
- macro tree functionality like in LogMeTT
- built-in macro editor functionality like TTLEditor
- few built-in tools like subnet calculator
- set of buttons that would send configurable command strings to the terminal
- other time-saving features

I've done initial research and looks like all this is doable, however developing such tool will require significant amount of time, which I do not have, i.e. we either need a volunteer, or I can find somebody who can do coding, however that won't be free. Apart from this, after every new release of Tera Term such tool will require regression testing and possibly updates to make sure it remains functional.

I'd like to hear what are your thoughts about such tool and please pick one of the 8 voting options above. Polling is open for all including not registered visitors of these forums.

Re: Should we give Tera Term a face-lift? Please vote.

Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:36 pm
by boris
This post got over 100 views, but only 2 votes (the 3rd was mine). I just wonder what is the reason. Is 1 mouse click too much to ask? May I remind that you are here on this website because you are using free tools that took others hundreds hours of personal time to develop. Could you please step up and show little appreciation of our efforts by making selection in the above list of choices.

Re: Should we give Tera Term a face-lift? Please vote.

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:46 am
by Trevor
Hi Boris,
I didn't vote because none of the options reflected my view. I would have no need for such a tool but I would not want to say/vote that such a tool is not necessary as others might well find it very useful (but I have no way of knowing). So if there was an option for "I do not need such a tool" then I would vote for that.
As you can see I don't have a strong opinion on this, I'm writing this post in an attempt to explain why some of us have not voted.

Re: Should we give Tera Term a face-lift? Please vote.

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:45 pm
by boris
Trevor,

I appreciate your feedback. I re-phrased the options. "I do not need" is the first. Hopefully we will start seeing more responses.

Re: Should we give Tera Term a face-lift? Please vote.

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:33 pm
by Trevor
Many thanks Boris for adding the new options, I have voted.

Re: Should we give Tera Term a face-lift? Please vote.

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:57 pm
by boris
Thanks Trevor! Unfortunately the overall tendency did not change. This is not the first time I am trying to run anonymous poll on our forums and by some reason very few people are willing to participate :worriedsad: