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Last Updated: 2014-06-06 06:49:23
If you are in search of an application that will make it easy to transfer data to devices that are connected to your Windows PC via serial port and you’ve scoured the internet to no ends and have tried all others, don’t worry; we’ve got just what you need. CoolTerm is a simple application from Roger Meier that is geared toward hobbyists and professionals like you that need to exchange data with hardware devices such as servo controllers, robotic kits, GPS receivers, and microcontrollers that are connected via serial port. Great features and a simple to use and easy to navigate interface makes CoolTerm a great application for your data transfer needs.
Speaking of its features, here’s a list of some of the features that you can expect to get out of CoolTerm:
- The capability to utilize multiple concurrent connections if multiple serial ports are available.
- You will be able to display the received data in plain text or hexadecimal and you can save received data to text files.
- You can send data by keypresses, using a “Send-String” dialog that supports data entry, or via copy and paste into the terminal window.
- Send text files.
- You will be able to manually toggle line states of certain handshaking signals when hardware flow control is disabled.
And much much more…
CoolTerm is a mature program from an intermediate developer that makes applications for the world to enjoy all on his own. Even with external life happening all around him, Roger Meier has maintained CoolTerm and has released several updates with bug fixes, changes, and new features. Here’s a short list of some of the bigger changes Meier has made to CoolTerm since version 1.4.1:
- Changed the behavior of capturing received data to file when timestamps are enabled. Instead of appending a time stamp at every occurrence of CR and/or LF characters by default, it is now possible to specify the termination string at which to split the data. Furthermore, CoolTerm will now wait until the specified termination string is received until the data is captured to file.
- Changed the behavior of the text file capturing with regards to the state of the port. It is now possible to start capturing before the port is opened. In addition, capturing is no longer stopped automatically when the port is closed. This allows for capturing to remain enabled even when the connection state of the port changes.
- Added preference setting to select the date and time format used for timestamps. The user can select between the SQL Date/Time format (YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS) or the format determined by the users local system settings.
- Added options to choose the timestamp type and modified the code to fix an bug where the millisecond count and the Date/Time timestamp could get out of sync. It is now only possible to capture timestamps with millisecond resolution when selecting the relative timestamp format.
Although it seems that the development behind CoolTerm has all but ended since it's last update, it is still a great application and it does exactly what it should, nothing more nothing less. And I’m sure you will appreciate that. The interface is simple and easy to use. There are no unnecessary colors or UI enhancements, just a program does what it says it will do.
Download CoolTerm today and satisfy your data transfer needs.
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