File Menu Entries

pyILPER configuration

PIL-Box checkbox

Check this box if pyILPER is connected to a PIL-Box via a serial device. The name and the baud rate of the serial device is configured here. See the setup section of the installation guide for details.

Note: the baud rate must match the hardware configuration of the PIL-Box. See the PIL-Box documentation for details. If the baud rate is set to "Auto" pyILPER tries to determine the baud rate automatically.

The "Enable IDY frames" option enables the PIL-Box to transmit the IDY frames to pyILPER. This causes an increase of traffic on the serial USB device. This option is enabled by default and required to operate the virtual keyboard of the terminal emulator with the HP-71B or the thermal printer HP-82162A with the HP-41C.

HP-IL over TCP/IP checkbox

Check this box to use virtual HP-IL over TCP/IP. The configuration parameters are:

  • Port: the port to which the previous HP-IL device must connect
  • Remote Host, remote Port: the host and the port of the next virtual HP-IL device in the loop.

TCP/IP socket server (PIL-Box emulator)

Check this box to emulate a PIL-Box by means of a TCP/IP socket server. This allows for the connection of J-F Garniers DOS calculator emulators to pyILPER. The emulators must run in an appropriate virtual machine that allows the redirection of the serial port communication to a TCP/IP socket server. The server port must match the serial port redirection configuration of the virtual machine.

Note: you must first start pyILPER (server) and then the virtual machine (client).

Configuration of the working directory

This is the location of the log files for scope and the printer output (q.v.). Default is the $HOME directory of the current user.

Custom LIFUTILS location

pyILPER checks for LIFUTILS installations in the following order:

  • They are installed at the custom LIFUTILS location.
  • They can be called because the PATH environment variable is set respectively.
  • They are installed at the default location /usr (Linux) or /usr/local (mac OS) or the location can be found in the Windows registry.

Therefore the custom installation location must only be specified if the LIFUTILS were installed in a non standard way.

Configuration of the terminal, scope and generic printer display

You can alter the font size of the display. This affects all tabs or windows of that type. This setting can be overridden by local settings.

Configuration of the HP82162A

Configures the size of a printer dot in the printer display. The dot size of the PDF output is not affected. This setting can be overridden by logal settings.

Configuration of the HP2225B

Configures the width of the scrollable printer output window. A higher value scales up the presentation of text and graphics. This setting can be overridden by logal settings.

Configures the size of a printer dot in the printer display. The dot size of the PDF output is not affected. This setting can be overridden by logal settings.

Configuration of the drive directory listing

You can set the font size of the directory listing. This affects all tabs or windows of that type. This setting can be overridden by local settings.

Configuration of the paper size

You may choose "A4" or "letter" format. This controls the paper size of PDF output and the paper size setting of the virtual HP7470A plotter. A restart is required for take the changes to effect.

UTF-8 encoding option

This checkbox enables the addition of a byte order mark (BOM) to the UTF-8 text files created by pyILPER. Enable this option if other Windows programs do not recognize the UTF-8 encoding of pyILPER log files correctly. This option is only available on Windows. Note: Since the BOM is inserted at the beginning of a file all log files must be removed to have an effect when changing this option.

HP-IL device configuration

The initial configuration of virtual HP-IL devices in pyILPER is:

Device nameDevice type
ScopeScope
Printer1Generic Printer
Drive1Drive
Drive2Drive
Terminal1Terminal

With the device configuration dialog you can add or delete virtual HP-IL devices and change the position of their tab. To create a new device press the Add button, select the desired device type and assign an unique name. The device name must begin with a letter followed by up to 9 letters or digits. The device name is shown on the tab. For device types which have a logging facility the device name defines the name of the log file in the current working directory.

To remove or change the position of a virtual HP-IL device select the device from the list and click the appropriate buttons.

The position of the device tabs is corresponding to the position of the device in the loop inside of pyILPER.

Note: The scope tab can not be removed. If the configuration of virtual HP-IL devices was changed you have to restart the application for take the changes to effect.

Plotter pen configuration

With this configuration dialog the 16 predefined pens for the HP7470A plotter can be configured. For each pen the following properties can be specified:

  • Description
  • R, G, B color values (0 .. 255)
  • Transparency: Alpha (0..255)
  • Pen width in pixel (1..5)

Terminal keyboard shortcut configuration

With this configuration dialog you can define the key combinations ALT-A to ALT-Z as typing aids for the terminal. If you type one of these ALT key combinations the text defined for that key is sent to the calculator. The following shortcut types are available:

Shortcut typeAction
Input onlyThe text is sent to the calculator
Input+EndlineThe text is sent to the calculator followed by an endline
Input+2*Cursor leftThe text is sent to the calculator followed by 2 times cursor left. If yous specify e.g. "TAPE( )" as text the cursor is positioned between both parantheses.
Input+2*Cursor left+InsertAs above but toggeling insert mode in addition.

The Reset button restores the default configuration of the keys.

Note:The key combinations ALT-L and ALT-I are reserved and cannot be used as a user defined shortcut.

Reconnect

Restarts the application, if e.g. you forgot to plug in the PIL-Box when launching the application.

Quit

Terminates the application.