CT3 Systems with a GUI Interface
April, 2001 -- One of the first things most
new users of CT3 Systems ask is -- "Can't I use my mouse?".
Up until now, we CT3 folks had to admit to being frightened of mice.
But now, we have a new friend and ally, and are ready to take on those
Any of our users, using Reflection version 7 or later, can now change
their configuration to work with a mouse. If you are not sure which
version you have on your PC, just click on "Help" up on your
Reflection toolbar, and then take a look at the "About Reflection"
option. Reflection is terminal emulation software and allows your PC
to look like an HP terminal when it communicates with your HP9000 server
(i.e., the big computer). Until version 7, Reflection did not
communicate mouse instructions to Speedware (CT3's applications are written
in Speedware), except for clicking on the [F1-8] Function keys.
Although mouse functions do not constitute all of what it means to be a
"GUI" Interface, using the mouse seems to be what most people mean
when they talk about a "Graphic User Interface (GUI)".
We will be glad to fax out instructions about how to change your
Reflection setup. However, most heavy users of CT3 applications will
probably find that they really do not use a mouse very much.
Because daily users are primarily entering data using the keyboard or number
pad, moving your hand over to use the mouse soon feels like an added and
unnecessary hand movement. Casual Users of the CT3 applications, such
as those occasionally running Production or Financial Reports will probably
benefit most. For them, it may be easier to work for a short time with
LMS using a mouse. Then it feels like less of a transition from the
usual type of PC applications they use during their normal
day. So, bring
on those mice. We are ready!