• Subject: features
  • From: Sean Porterfield <sporter@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2000 08:23:36 -0500
  • Organization: Best Distributing Co.

"Jason M. Felice" wrote:

> There's one last option (this is for WAY long-term future).  I've seen it in
> another emulator but I forget who made it.  It has enough logic to be able to
> keep track of which screens you've been to and you can bookmark a screen and
> return to it from any other screen by clicking on the bookmark.  This also
> has the ability to start from any screen on the system.  This emulator also
> has the ability to use DDE or OLE to include active 400 data into another
> document using screen scraping (cut, then paste special in Excel).  Opening
> the Excel document automagically opens a hidden copy of the emulator, goes to
> that screen, re-scrapes it, and pops it into the document.
>

These features were presented in a product called New Look (or LANSA, I may be
confusing company and product).  I saw a demo at our software providor's users
group last fall.  Of course, I think it only worked on that OS from Redmond...
They were supposed to send info but never did, so I don't really know much about
it.  I remember you were no longer "trapped" into the screens designed by your
existing programs.  Everything could be customized, including the signon screen 
to
give it all a PC/GUI look and feel.  It alllowed the creation of display fields
that didn't exist - even calculations from other fields to build it.  I didn't 
get
a chance to play with any configuration, and the demo wasn't very good.  The
product looked pretty slick though.

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