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18. Program Options

Select Tools and then Options... from the pull-down menu, and the following dialog will appear where you can specify various program options.

(First click on a category on the tree, then click on a sub-category).


Here is a brief description of the above controls:


Audible Alert

Enable audio alert

Makes sound after major tasks such as file transfer and data save. It is useful especially when the mode is set to auto-sync. In that case, locally modified files are transferred to the remote host in the back ground and an audio confirmation becomes very convenient.


Keystroke mappings

Allows you to map the keystrokes to main functionalities of the program.


Trace Info

Allows you to view intermediate steps of text conversion. Useful to trace any problems from the conversion engine. It affects performance.

Text Conversion

Work mode

Allows you to chose one of the two mode of text conversion - (1) Interactive mode, (2) Batch mode, as default mode. If the default is set to Batch mode,  Text Conversion button will open the Batch mode dialog, while Shift+ would open the Interactive mode dialog. The converse follows.

Text Conversion

Close Dialog

Close Library dialog after clicking Export button. Used exclusively for convenience.



Specify editor to open files

If you double-click on an file item in the list, it is opened in Notepad (by default) or in the editor of your choice. Specify the absolute path and name of the editor's image in this field. USe browse button to locate the image if necessary. For example,

C:\Program Files\TextPad 4\TextPad.exe

will open files in TextPad.

Note, only the files whose extensions are listed here are opened through Notepad (or TextPad). All other files are opened by Windows shell.



Use single click to open files

If this control is checked, you can open a file in your editor of choice using a single click, instead of a double-click.



Specify telnet client of choice

When you click on Launch telnet button, image specified here will be launched for the telnet session. This is convenient when you have a pre-configured telnet client and you want to use it straight from TextMaestro.


It is convenient if the editor of your choice has the option of launching 'single instance'. In that case opening a file from TextMaestro by double-clicking on it will have just one instance of the editor.

For TextPad this is how you set single instance.

Select Configure | Preferences... | General (first item on left tree) | Uncheck Allow Multiple instances to run (second item on right side).



Auto-update icons for modified files

If this control is checked, TextMaestro enters in an auto-update mode where it checks every second if any of the current session files have been modified by any applications in the local system since the files were last transferred or mounted to the session. If such files are found, they are considered 'dirty', and their icons are changed to.

In similar fashion, if a file is missing from the local area, it assumes icon.

If this control is not checked, then the user is expected to click on Get status of local files button from FTP toolbar occasionally and determine the 'dirty' and/or missing files.



If this control is checked, files from the current basket are checked. Otherwise, all the baskets are checked.

If you have a lot of baskets full of files in current session, you are better off with this item checked. That way, it will save some CPU required for auto-update.

Once the 'dirty' files are determined manually or by auto-update), information about them is stored aside and they can be readily transferred to the corresponding remote systems by clicking on Manual sync to remote button found on FTP toolbar.

It is customary to have Auto-update icons for modified files checked. Then you can work on the session files and if any files are modified, auto-update will mark the modified files with 'dirty' icon. Then you hit the Manual sync to remote button to transfer these modified files to the remote system. However, if you feel that clicking on Manual sync to remote is one too many step, then click on Auto-sync button found in Main toolbar. In that mode, the 'dirty' files will be transferred to the remote system automatically.


If you have a relatively slow PC and the session has a lot of files (say 1000), then this Auto-update icon feature may cause unacceptable hick-ups. In that case it is recommended not to check on this control. Instead, use Get status of local files button from FTP toolbar occasionally.


Turn Off

If a session contains a large number of files, auto-update may become very cpu-intensive. To avoid this undesirable situation, you should specify a limit under this option so that if your session contains files more than the limit, auto-update will automatically turn off. Strongly recommended 1000 (default) or less.

FTP Options

Record Info

Record remote file information after each FTP

If this control is checked, TextMaestro records the remote modification time of files just transferred to or from remote system. To receive the remote modification time, FTP needs to send one extra command to the remote systems, which amounts to about 10% extra time.

Consider the Get status of remote files button in FTP toolbar. For this feature to work, the above check-box needs to be checked. The following discussion will clarify as to why.

After a file is transferred to or from the remote system, its modification time of the remote copy is requested and noted in TextMaestro data manager. Later when you click on Get status of remote files button, TextMaestro requests and receives the current modification time of remote copies of the session files. This information is compared with the modification time that were recorded earlier after file-transfer. Any discrepancy in this comparison marks the corresponding file with icon to denote that this file had been modified in the remote system by a third party after it was transferred.

In addition, files with icons can be transferred to the local area by clicking on Manual sync to local button.

FTP Options

Mark Binary

Specify file extensions (separated by blanks) to denote the files that to be marked as binary when being added to the session. After a file is marked as binary it will be always transferred under BINARY mode, unless you toggle it back to ASCII. After a file is marked as binary, it assumes one of these two icons or , where the former denotes the file has been transferred at least once, and the later, file has never been transferred.