Creating a Custom Configuration

The TinyTERM MSI file is the complete product install. It can be customized using any MSI editing tool, including automating the install. Automating the install consists of two parts: making the necessary customizations, and building the custom installer.

Customizing the TinyTERM Configuration

  1. Install TinyTERM on a PC. Note the destination directory. Common destination directories are:
    1. 32-bit Windows versions: C:\Program Files\Century\TinyTERM
    2. 64-bit Windows versions: C:\Program Files (x86)\Century\TinyTERM

  2. Run the TinyTERM Emulator. Enter the activation key when asked.

  3. Customize the connection information by going to the Edit menu and selecting Settings. Note that the settings will be common to all installs past this point:
    1. Session - Enter the hostname or IP address. Select the connection type and terminal emulation. Set the Establish connection on open check box to have TinyTERM connect automatically when opened.
    2. Login - Automatic login can be configured here if needed.
    3. Attributes - Colors, underline, blink, etc., can be changed here.
    4. Fonts - If another font is desired, click the Add button to select it. Use a monospace font such as "Courier New" or "Lucida Console" in that case.
    5. Keyboard - Custom keys can be configured here.
    6. Other changes can be made as desired. When done, click the Apply and OK buttons to complete the changes.

  4. When customization is done, go to the File menu and select Save Session As to give the connection a name. This should be the name you expect to use for the shortcut icon as well. Do not use default, default3270 or default5250 as the file name. These files already exist in TinyTERM.

  5. The new .tpx file will be saved in the TinyTERM install directory as noted in step 1. Double-click the file to ensure that TinyTERM starts, and that all connection settings are correct.

Files Changed During Configuration

This completes the configuration for TinyTERM Plus. All changed files will be written to the user's Documents\TinyTERM folder. This leaves the files in the TinyTERM install folder in their default state.

The following files may have been created or changed in the Documents\TinyTERM folder, depending on the specific edits made in step 4 above:

  • attr.dat - custom attribute schemes: colors, etc.
  • keyboard.dat - custom keyboard mappings
  • login.dat - custom login schemes, but not usernames or passwords
  • *.tpx - connection files, including usernames and passwords
  • license.crt - activation key and related information

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