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Glink Professional Edition Release 7.2 is available
Glink Professional Edition, Release 7.2 is now available. Your local distributor may download it for installation on production sites. This update is available free of charge to customers with a service contract for Glink Professional. Customers with a service contract for Glink Standard Edition can upgrade at a special discount. Customers with no service contract must purchase a license upgrade.
The release has been installed on our web site and is available for download and test by anyone giving us reasonable information as to who they are, and a valid e-mail address for the trial license.
Our distributors can download from the usual places.
This release, 7.2.0. is the first production version of R7.2. It is a new version that contains significant new functionality as compared to the R7.1 release.
This release contains a completely new edition, Glink Enterprise Edition which is licensed by number of simultaneous sessions and allows use of Glink from the web. A Glink license server must be set up to issue session licenses.
Glink Enterprise Edition includes the Glink web mode feature, which web-enables core business applications, making them available to end-users having only a standard browser installed on the desktop. Glink web mode requires no changes to the mainframe applications, and no installation of workstation software other than the browser.
The Enterprise Edition also includes web controlled workstation mode, allowing you to choose between running Glink on a web server with a browser interface, or running Glink on the workstation, installed by, and under control of, a web server.
The Enterprise Edition includes a working demo of Glink in both web controlled mode (in a window) and web mode (in a browser). These demos illustrate the ease of use and simplicity of configuration when implementing Glink in web, or web controlled, mode.
The Enterprise edition requires a Glink license server for issuing session licenses. The server can be setup to run as a service or run as a foreground process on the desktop. A monitor program is also supplied to display relevant status information.
Both the Professional and Enterprise editions of Glink include a new thin-client version of the GlinkApi COM+ object. This version of the API is a multi-threaded out-of-process COM+ server designed for client and server application use. All the user interface has been stripped out, optimising the object and minimizing the footprint. This new object is automatically registered when you install Glink and can be created using the GlinkApi.GlinkApi class name. The normal Glink.GlinkApi objects can still be created, in which case a standard Glink will be started.
The Professional Edition of the GlinkApi COM+ object is restricted for development of small-scale client or server-side applications. Support of many simultaneous sessions in a production environment requires an Enterprise Edition license.
A new SSH comms interface has been added for communication with SSHD daemons. This interface integrates the freeware utility called PuTTY into Glink. The software is distributed under the MIT licence.
Restricted user /R command line options have been added to disable settings and other menus, configuration options, script startup, dial directory, file transfer, toggles and the DSA host connection menu.
Use of the administrator /K option is now reserved for users with administrator privileges.
All modules delivered in this release are now digitally signed by G&R. Right clicking any executable and choosing Properties->Digital Signature should show a Thawte certificate issued to 'Gallagher And Robertson AS'. If this is not present then you are using a version that has been modified and should contact your distributor to ensure that you have the correct files.
Codepage options for Windows fonts has been added. This provides support not only for Latin-2 and Greek but also a number of others, for example Codepage 1250 (Eastern Europe), 1251 (Russian), 1253 (Greek), 1255 ( Turkish), 1257 (Baltic), 1258 (Vietnamese), 874 (Thai), 932 (Shift-JIS) character sets. Codepage support requires installation of NLS before use.
Support for Japanese Shift-JIS is enabled using dual-byte encoding from the host.
The clipboard interface supports Unicode format for correct transfer.
A new dialog between Ggate and Glink gives a list of available Ggate coname and parameters configured on server now visible in the DSA/DIWS Host configuration dialogbox for each Ggate coname. Note, this new feature requires G&R Host Links 6.1.1.
New models have been added for Ggate that allow for fully transparent eight bit communication, the DKU9107 and VIP9800 models. This removes requirement for SS2 usage on DKU. Note that upgrading the software at the host end will be necessary for these models to be available.
The IBM 5250 emulation has more options to control AS/400 error message states. These include allowing any command key to reset the error state, displaying the error messages in the status bar and suppressing the status line.