InfoConnect Desktop 16.1 SP1 Update 2 Release Notes

1.0 Introduction

InfoConnect Desktop products are full-featured desktop applications that allow you to run host applications, transfer files, and integrate host data into the latest Windows and Office software applications.

  • InfoConnect Desktop Pro for Unisys is a Windows-based terminal emulator that connects users to Unisys, T27, UNIX, Linux, OpenVMS, IBM, and HP 3000 hosts.

  • InfoConnect Desktop Pro for Unisys with X includes all the functionality of InfoConnect Desktop Pro for Unisys, plus Reflection X Advantage, an X server that allows you to view your UNIX desktop and work with X client applications from a remote workstation.

  • InfoConnect Desktop Pro for Airlines is a family of Windows-based terminal emulators, print delivery options, and software development tools built specifically for the airline industry. These products enable users to access and print from multiple systems, including TPF, ALCS, IBM, Unisys, UNIX, Linux, HP 3000, and Global Distribution Systems.

  • InfoConnect Desktop for Airlines Print and Transaction Router (PTR) is flexible print delivery software that complements InfoConnect Desktop Pro for Airlines with support for shared printers and host devices as well as for intelligent card readers, specialized ticket printers, and point-of-sale terminals.

  • InfoConnect Airlines Gateway NG is A TCP/IP-based gateway that connects Windows computers and networks to multiple TPF/ALCS and Unisys systems – including Amadeus, Apollo/Galileo, HP Shares, Sabre, and Worldspan – via a single connection.

InfoConnect Desktop 16.1 SP1 Update 2 includes several security improvements and a number of software fixes and enhancements.

Many of these improvements were made in direct response to suggestions from our customers. We thank you for your time and valuable input. We hope you continue to help us ensure that our products meet all your needs.

2.0 What’s New?

InfoConnect Desktop 16.1 SP1 Update 2 includes several new features and improvements.

2.1 Security Improvements

This update includes the following security improvements:

  • Added support for X.509 certificates on smart cards when using Micro Focus Host Access Management and Security Server (MSS) and Micro Focus Advanced Authentication.

  • Added support to send intermediate CAs along with the user certificate.

2.2 Enhancements and Improvements

Several improvements were added in this update:

  • Added the ability to capture up to 190 columns of data for VT terminals. This provides the same functionality as the “Capture Incoming Data” utility that is available in the Extra! and InfoConnect 9.x products.

  • Added a new Theme Mapper Action.

  • Added the ability to reference remote macros. You can save VBA macros in session document files that reside on a network share or other location and then configure local session documents to reference these shared documents. When the local session documents open, they load the macros from the documents that they reference.

  • Improved the format of documents exported from Screen History. Word documents generated from Screen History are now formatted to display two screens per page.

  • Added menu commands to launch the Context Menu Editor in the Classic and Classic MDI mode interfaces. The View | Context Menu command was added for IBM sessions and the Setup | Context Menu command was added for VT sessions.

3.0 Significant Changes in Behavior or Usage

Product performance improvements in this release may introduce new side effects during installation.

  • When running an msi to install the InfoConnect Desktop product, the progress dialog may display for a few minutes without notification. This is expected and the process will most likely require more time to complete than on previous releases.

  • After a patch that includes these performance improvements is removed, InfoConnect Desktop will display a repair message when it restarts.

4.0 Resolved Issues

This update includes software fixes that resolve previous issues. It also includes several product improvements.

4.1 General fixes

  • UTS Send Keys commands EditCopy and EditPaste did not work.

  • in UTS and T27 sessions, the color schemes of all sessions changed to match the current session when first opening, maximizing, or restoring the sessions, and after arranging the windows.

  • In UTS sessions running on workstations that used a WS-Discovery printer as the Windows 10 default, InfoConnect crashed and disappeared from memory when Print screen commands were selected.

  • Mapping RControlKey to Send Key Transmit did not work in UTS terminals.

  • Intermittent failures occurred when connecting to hosts via TLS 1.2.

  • HTTPS connections to Centralized Management were using TLS 1.0 only.

  • Problems with ribbon control properties occurred when they were added programmatically.

  • When connecting via SSH using terminal authentication, InfoConnect Desktop temporarily lost focus.

  • Clipboard paste options produced inconsistent results.

  • Certain scenarios that required heavy processing caused IBM 5250 terminals to hang.

  • The ReGIS graphics cursor did not display.

  • In CICS IND$FILE transfers, the Download button was disabled if an asterisk was specified as the host file.

  • The "Could not find file..." error message was displayed when opening .r4w files.

  • InfoConnect Desktop failed to start when metering was on and a network adapter was disabled.

  • VT Print output did not cover the entire width of the page.

  • Messages sent from the host related to password change were not displayed in the terminal window.

  • InfoConnect Desktop appended "1" to the device name during initial connections of AS/400 Sessions that were migrated from Extra!. This caused connection issues on some hosts.

  • In IBM 3270 sessions, running host side reports caused InfoConnect Desktop to hang.

  • The performance of InfoConnect Desktop was slow when opening legacy .rsf files (especially if the files contained numerous macros).

  • If multiple Public Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS)#11 Providers were specified in the pki config file, InfoConnect Desktop did not disconnect from the host when a CAC/PIV card was removed.

  • Trying to open older legacy-EXTRA! 5250 session files resulted in a "Could not read file (...).EDP" error.

  • When trying to set the Set Theme File action in the keyboard mapper, InfoConnect Desktop threw an exception.

  • In IBM 3270 sessions running on double-byte systems, the workspace mishandled 0x41. If the workspace received 0x41 in the data stream, it was interpreted as a language dependent graphic instead of as a forced space character. This caused the wrong characters to be displayed, and caused keyboard entry to fail.

  • In IBM 3270 sessions, copying extended characters with Use table format enabled added incorrect characters to the Clipboard.

  • When using InfoConnect Desktop with Citrix 7.X running on a Windows 2016 Server, the following message was displayed when opening a host session: “Unable to launch InfoConnect. Make sure InfoConnect is installed and registered correctly.

4.2 Mouse and Keyboard Input Fixes

  • Mouse double-clicking and triple-clicking did not select a word and group as they do with other emulation types (and other applications).

  • Ctrl + any key toggled CTRL Mode in T27 Sessions.

  • Pressing and releasing the ALT-key in Classic MDI mode not activate the relevant menu item.

  • Mouse double-clicking used only space as a delimiter. This was fixed so that anything other than a letter or a number is a delimiter.

4.3 Menu and Toolbar Fixes

  • When the window was resized in the Classic UI Mode, the menu bar did not resize. If the edge of the window covered a menu option, that option and its shortcut key were not available.

  • The names of toolbar buttons mapped to run Express macros changed to the default “Run Express” name after they were used.

  • Extra Basic Macros added to the InfoConnect Desktop toolbar failed to execute.

  • When a button mapped to run an Extra! macro was clicked on a legacy Extra! toolbar, InfoConnect Desktop prompted the user to enter the macro if the macro name did not include the .ebm extension. InfoConnect Desktop now runs macros in the default legacy user data directory without prompting, whether they have an .ebm extension or not.

4.4 VBA and .Net API Fixes

  • The Screen.Updated VBA property works in EXTRA! but did not work in InfoConnect Desktop 16.1 SP1.

  • VBA Legacy code was missing after applying SP1 and opening an .r2w file.

  • in the Legacy VBA API, the SetEncryptedString method did not set the password for 5250 file transfer.

  • .NET applications using the Terminal User Control (TUC) failed to connect because InfoConnect Desktop did not create the vbaproject.bin file.

  • Reflection Basic macros displayed "Reflection Basic Error: A read from a transport failed" when opening a file without a fully qualified path.

  • .NET API programs threw an exception when attempting to read the bottom two lines of a program screen when ShowOIA was False.

  • Problems occurred with dynamic mapping of RunMacro action sequences.

  • Extra! hotspots files that ran macros did not work unless the full file name (e.g., ebmacroName.ebm) was specified.

  • The "Could not read file..." error occurred when the SharedMacros file had the same Project name as the session being opened.

  • InfoConnect threw the "MissingMemberException" when using EXTRACOM "late bound" VB.Net syntax.

  • if VBA ProjectLegacy was password protected, the "Could not read file…" error message was displayed.

  • WaitForKeyboardEnabled did not wait for the keyboard to become enabled when called immediately after sending an AID key, and it did not wait any additional time specified by the duration argument.

  • The IScreen WaitForHostSettle method in the .NET API disabled input to the VT terminal.

  • .NET API calls to create or close embedded sessions regularly caused IPC exceptions.

  • Screen History did not capture responses to CANDE commands (for example, ?WRU).

  • When a CASL macro was run from a quickpad that did not specify a file path, InfoConnect looked in the current directory and displayed an error if it was not a trusted location.

  • Extra! macros that included the Set Screen = System.Sessions("Dallas").Screen line of code failed when running in Reflection Desktop. The following error message was displayed:

    '"Runtime error 450. Wrong number of args or invalid property assignment."

4.5 Reflection X Advantage Software Fixes

This update fixed the following Reflection X Advantage (RXA) issues:

  • Running Serena PVCS Version Master caused RXA to hang.

  • On certain custom X clients, after selecting a menu that displayed a sub-menu (a list of associated X clients), the sub-menu did not persist.

  • RXA failed to load the SafeNet smart card PKCS#11 driver.

  • Window Management problems were encountered on some custom X clients.

  • Stacking problems occurred on some custom clients.

  • The same number was being typed twice in the Gnome terminal when entering a number from the Numeric keypad in RXA Local Input Method Editor (IME) mode.

  • Using Microsoft IME incorrectly sent a newline.

5.0 Installing InfoConnect Desktop

Maintained customers are now eligible to download the latest product releases at You will be prompted to login and accept the Software License Agreement before you can download a file.

NOTE:Update 2 is a cumulative update since 16.1 and, hence, it is not necessary to first install Service Pack 1 (SP1) before installing Update 2.

For information about installing, see the InfoConnect Help and the InfoConnect Deployment Guide.

6.0 Previous Releases

For information about the InfoConnect Desktop 16.1 SP1 release, see the InfoConnect Desktop 16.1 SP1 Release Notes and the InfoConnect Desktop 16.1 SP1 Update 1 Release Notes.

7.0 Legal Notice

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