April 15th, 2009
As originally published on A2Central.com, ProTERM is now available here at the Lost Classics Project.
After a nearly 23 year run as the premier Apple II Communications package and after collecting accolades, including two Awards of Excellence for the Best Apple II Software, of which ProTERM won this award twice and no other Apple II software ever took the trophy, and the best now gets even better!
Starting with the release of the Terminal program that set standards and took the Apple II community by storm in 1987 when Greg Schaefer of GBBS fame brought us ProTERM 1.0, ProTERM continued to set standards with constant releases through version 2.1. In the Spring of 1990, ProTERM changed publishers to InSync Software, they were in-sync with what Apple II users demanded when they delivered an improved ProTERM 2.2. Many asked why 2.2, and not 3.0? Well, this was just a teaser of things to come. In the Fall of 1991 after an intense 18 month development, InSync proved once again that the best can be made better and ProTERM 3.0 was released to rave reviews.
It didnt stop there. After yet another 15 months of fine tuning, and after InSync became InTrec, ProTERM 3.1 was released to keep up with then current technology. InTrec and Greg may have outdone themselves with that release as it lasted all these years and was able to adapt to all the modem changes over the years.
Today, with the warmest regards to the entire Apple II community of both then and now, from InTrec Software, Jerry Cline, Greg Schaefer, Tony Diaz, Dave Miller, that we bring you ProTERM A2 version 3.1, for your everlasting enjoyment.
ProTERM has enjoyed tremendous support from the community throughout its entire existence. It was even said that Nine out of Ten Pirates preferred ProTERM. So while Talk is Cheap, ProTERM is now Free. ProCOMM? No, ProTERM is the real Pro. So quit MouseTalkin around, click on over and discover the end all, get all, premier Apple II Telecommunications package today!
ProTERM will be available soon via the newly returning Apple II Lost Classics Project repository. An online support forum has been created at http://16sector.com/forum/
Along with the application itself, the 340 page users manual has been converted to PDF, and released alongside ProTERM. The ProTERM manual alone was worth the price of the entire package, and in that, I mean even just the chapter on modem configuration and commands alone was worth the entire price. InTrec really put out a prime publication.
With the change of status to (C) Freeware, please realize that InTrec can not give one on one support for ProTERM any longer and that support has now been transferred to the community at large.
I am proud to have been able to arrange for, and prepare ProTERM 3.1 and its 23 years of history for release to the Apple II Community. Please enjoy it.
Tony Diaz/16 Sector
ProTERM 3.1 is (C) 1991-1993 Greg Schaefer, and the ProTERM package and documentation are (C) 1991-2009 InTrec Software.
ProTERM may be distributed on disks and other media as long as this original archive is used and it is of course, complete with this notice. With regard to electronic distribution please link right here to the Lost Classics Project site (http://lostclassics.apple2.info) to always have the latest release available. Yes, ProTERM is pretty well vested, but even as ProTERM is released this 15-April, 2009, things have been changing and folks have been doing updates. It’s our intention to work these into the archive and make updated releases. By linking or referring to the Lost Classics Project, you will be assured of always receiving the latest availalble archive and it’s associated items.
Did you know you can change file types with ProTERM?
Yes, you can. You can use ProTERM to fix the $E0 file type on downloaded Shrinkit Archives that have had their file type lost.
ProTERM also has an excellent text editor integrated right into it. Everything except the actual packing of the archive, having to do with the Apple II specifics of releasing ProTERM was done with ProTERM itself. Files copied, this information file created, etc.
Once again, Enjoy ProTERM- It’s for all of you.
Thank you for all the years of honoring the distribution. This is your reward.