Using the host terminal screen as you work

As you develop your ZIETrans project, much of your work will involve screens from your host application. You will use the ZIETrans host terminal to connect to and interact with your host application and use it for these tasks:
  • Creating screen captures to work with offline when you are not connected to the host
  • Creating screen events
  • Creating transformations
  • Recording and debugging macros
Each of these tasks is described in the following sections.
Note: You also use the host terminal when creating host simulation traces to work with offline when you are not connected to the host. For more information see Using host simulation in the ZIETrans User's and Administrator's Guide.

To open a host terminal session, select your project in the ZIETrans Projects view, then click the Open ZIETrans Host Terminal icon on the main tool bar to open the host terminal session. You can also open the host terminal from the pop-up menu by right-clicking any resource in your project, selecting Open Host Terminal, and then selecting the connection to use. If you leave your host session active, you can move around in it as you customize your project, creating screen events and transformations from the active screens. If you prefer, you can navigate to a few screens in your host application and click the Create Screen Capture icon on the host terminal tool bar to create screen captures that you can use to create screen events and transformations.

Table 1 shows the icons that appear on the host terminal screen.
Table 1. ZIETrans host terminal screen icons
Icon Description
Create Screen Customization
Create a new ZIETrans screen customization, based on the current screen. The drop-down list shows the screen customizations whose recognition criteria this screen matches.
Create Screen Combination
Create a new ZIETrans screen combination, based on the current screen. The drop-down list shows the screen combinations whose recognition criteria this screen matches.
connect
Connect this host session (disabled when the host session is connected)
disconnect
Disconnect this host session (enabled only when the host session is connected)
capture screen
Capture this screen
Create Transformation
Create a new ZIETrans transformation, based on the current screen
open macro
Open a macro. Use the drop-down list to select a macro.
play macro
Play a macro. Use the drop-down list to select a macro.
record macro
Start recording a macro
stop macro
Stop recording a macro
save macro
Save the recorded macro
step into macro
Step Into (F5) each macro action for debugging purposes
step over macro
Step Over (F6) the macro screens for debugging purposes
step return macro
Step Return (F7) in the macro for debugging purposes
resume macro
Resume (F8) playback of the macro
define macro screen recognition criteria
Define the screen recognition criteria for a macro
add a prompt action
Add a prompt action into the current macro (enabled only when recording a macro)
add an extract action
Add an extract action into the current macro (enabled only when recording a macro)
record a loop macro
Record a loop into the current macro (enabled only when recording a macro)
add prompt actions for all fields
Add prompt actions into the current macro for all fields on the screen (enabled only when recording a macro)
add extract actions for all fields
Add extract actions into the current macro for all fields on the screen (enabled only when recording a macro)
show/hide keypad
Show or hide the keypad in the host terminal window
show/hide OIA
Show or hide the textual Operator Information Area (OIA)
Note: When you use the host terminal through the ZIETrans Toolkit, different actions such as minimizing the terminal window or shifting to a new perspective can cause the terminal window to lose focus and not regain it. Click the terminal window at the cursor position to restore the focus to the terminal window.