Dan Harkless' Palm OS Terminal Apps Buying Guide

Application 80 column support on 320x320 Connection made indicator Connection types Copy & paste Interpret incoming LFs on raw ports as CR+LFs Local echo Log / scrollback buffer Talk to port 80 with Sprint Treo 300 Talk to port 80 with Sprint Treo 700p Treo keyboard support
Mocha Pocket Telnet 4.2 (URL) no no raw TCP port, SSH1 (versions 2.0 and 2.2 only), SSH2 (versions 3.0+), telnet no no no no yes, can GET a 1.2K HTML file, but 94.3K file stopped at various points between 37-39% through in my tests with 2.2 yes Alt/ListType doesn't work, but as workaround can use standard Palm OS onscreen keyboard for ASCII '&', ';', '<', '=', '>', '[', '\', ']', '_', '{', '}', '~', all Latin 1 accented letters, and a few Latin 1 punctuation characters; and macros (maximum 12) for ASCII '^', '`', '|', and other Latin 1 punctuation characters.
Online 2.2.0 (2.1.0+: Conklin Systems; 2.0: Mark/Space [archive.org copies of dead page], 1.6d3: Tucows) yes if connect via menu rather than clicking "On", that button will light up when connected raw TCP port, serial, telnet yes, but only entire screen can be copied no yes log to Memo Pad, Doc DB, or text/HTML file on memory card yes, can GET a 1.2K HTML file, but 94.3K file stopped at various points between 30-32% in my tests with 2.0 yes Alt/ListType doesn't work, but as workaround can use standard onscreen keyboard and macros (maximum 12) as described in Mocha Pocket Telnet entry, and can also assign characters to four hardware buttons.
Pocketerm II R7 (URL [archive.org copies of dead page]) no "Connected" IrDA, raw TCP port (but be sure and uncheck "Enable Telnet", or you get random crashes), serial, telnet paste only no yes log to Memo Pad yes, but when testing with R2 I found that it only works for small files, and even they don't make it all the way through -- 1.2K file stops with 372 bytes to go; trying to GET a 94.3K file causes the program to print the data to screen at an unusable 4 characters per second, even after the download has completed crashes when trying to configure connection Alt/ListType doesn't work in the main terminal area, but as workaround can use the buffered "Send Field" (where it does work) or macros.
pssh 2005-06-23 (URL) yes "Connected to host 'hostname'." SSH2 yes N/A N/A scrollback buffer with configurable length N/A N/A Alt key (app. requires OS 5) does not work, but available onscreen keyboards include one with Ctrl, Esc, and the punctuation characters not typeable without Alt.
Application 80 column support on 320x320 Connection made indicator Connection types Copy & paste Interpret incoming LFs on raw ports as CR+LFs Local echo Log / scrollback buffer Talk to port 80 with Sprint Treo 300 Talk to port 80 with Sprint Treo 700p Treo keyboard support
ptelnet (formerly PalmTelnet) 0.61 (URL) no cursor blinks raw TCP port (though prepends telnet control codes to your first typed line during each connection), serial, telnet "Paste Memo" or "Paste DOC" only no yes log to Memo Pad no -- tested 0.6 and found that prepended telnet control codes cause Bad Request error, and HTTP, unlike POP3 and SMTP, disconnects without giving you a chance to try again cannot type successfully (connected to any port) with either thumbboard or onscreen keyboard Alt/ListType doesn't work, but as workaround can use standard onscreen keyboard and macros (maximum 12) as described in Mocha Pocket Telnet entry. On Treo 300 with 0.6, if type the same character twice (as in the word "HTTP"), second instance won't register unless you wait about a second after typing the first.
PVTerm 1.0 (URL) Clié only "Connected." telnet no no yes no no -- get "Error connecting." when try to connect to raw TCP ports hangs after connecting to any port Alt/ListType doesn't work, and on the Treo PVTerm's custom onscreen keyboard does nothing when you tap it.
Top Gun ssh 1.3 beta (URL [on freewarepalm.com; author site was at http://www.offshore.com.ai/~iang/TGssh/ but is no longer available even on archive.org]) no "ssh Connection Progress" dialog replaced by terminal window SSH1 yes N/A N/A no N/A N/A Alt/ListType works because all input is typed in local input field then sent in chunks, like a non-optional version of Pocketerm's "Send Field".
TTY master PRO 1.1 (URL [archive.org copies of dead page]) no cursor appears raw TCP/UDP port, serial, telnet no no yes no yes, can GET a 1.2K HTML file, but 94.3K file stopped at various points between 31-39% through in my tests hangs after connecting to any port Alt/ListType doesn't work, but as workaround can use macros.
Application 80 column support on 320x320 Connection made indicator Connection types Copy & paste Interpret incoming LFs on raw ports as CR+LFs Local echo Log / scrollback buffer Talk to port 80 with Sprint Treo 300 Talk to port 80 with Sprint Treo 700p Treo keyboard support
TuSSH 0.83 (URL) yes "Connected" in full-time status bar at bottom of screen SSH1, SSH2 (in 0.60+; either doesn't work or is unusably slow on Treo 300) yes N/A N/A log to Memo Pad N/A N/A Alt/ListType doesn't work in main terminal area, but can type Ctrl, ESC, and '|' via menus, and arbitrary characters by calling up buffered "Command Line" input field (all of these have keyboard shortcuts).

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