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The best software can connect with mainframe application

I search a best product can connect and create a session for end user to use mainframe application from windows
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Hi, what kind of mainframe are you talking about? I know of a company I worked for was using a WRQ/Attachmate product for this. The current Attachmate product is here: http://www.attachmate.com/Products/Unisys/unisys.htm I'm not aware of their price range btw.
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giltjrCommented:
In addition to what kind of mainframe, what type of application?

Is is 3270 based, HTTP, standard ASCII telnet, ssh, RPC, something else?

Mainframes can run darn near anytype of application you want, plus some you have never heard of.
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giltjrCommented:
If it is 3270, in addition to Attachmate:

IBM Personal Communications
Rocket Software Bluezone
X3270 (Free Linux based emulator, will run on Windows using Cygwin)

Although a lot of vendors will disagree, if you need a basic 3270 terminal, most of them all do a good job.  It comes down to price.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Right, price is important. In my company, I don't have to buy software :)
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giltjrCommented:
I should have said TCO (total cost of ownership).  Sometimes the least expensive product, may cost you more in the long run due other factors, such as maintenance costs and man hours to distribute to the users.  

Without getting into a lot of details we had a product that cost us $50K a year in maintenance and support fees that we replaced with on that cost $10K a year.  

The problem is that on the $50K product we maybe spent 40-80 man hours a year when it came time to do upgrades or make configuration changes. The cheaper product, is more like 400-800 man hours a year.

The difference was the way the software was designed to distribute updates (either configuration changes or upgrades).  

In the long run the "cheaper" product has cost us much more money, but the bean counters don't see it because they would be paying us no matter what.  They don't see what is not getting done because we have 10 people working on an upgrade instead of 1.
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egovernmentAuthor Commented:
Hi giltjr

The IBM Personal Comminication available as demo edition we can use it ?
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giltjrCommented:
On for a short timeperiod.  IIRC it something like 60 or 90 days.  After that it dies.
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egovernmentAuthor Commented:
Hi giltir

Can you give me the link of IIRC to I can download it ?
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giltjrCommented:
IIRC means If I Remember Correctly.

Meaning, I beleive that PCOMM demo is realy a 60 or 90 day trial.  After 60 days it stops working.

However, after checking IBM's site, it seems they do not offer a trial/demo for PCOMM
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stevebowdoinCommented:
See www.mochasoft.dk.  They have a product for $299 for a corporate license.  I have used their TN5250 product.  It works great.

Steve
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egovernmentAuthor Commented:
I will test all product
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egovernmentAuthor Commented:
I search a product can support Arabic / Laten, printing on sharing printers.
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giltjrCommented:
I'm not sure about language support.  I know that IBM's Personal Communications (PCOMM) did support multiple languages, but I'm not sure which.

However, please be aware that the 3270 screens will appear in whatever language they are coded in.  Even if you install PCOMM with Arabic support, PCOMM's messages and menus will be in Arabic, but the 3270 data will be in whatever language they are coded in.  Just like if you had Arabic Windows/Internet Explorer installed.  Windows and IE message will be in Arabic, but the web pages will be in whatever language they are coded in.

As for printing, if you want to do just plain screen prints, any 3270 emulator should support printing to any printer defined to your desktop.

However, if you mean actually printing from a 3270 mainframe based application.  That requires that you have a TN3270 server that support 3287 printer emulation, you have a TN3270 emulator that support emulating 3287 printers.  On top of that, the mainframe application must be programed to support printing and somehow the application and the mainframe environment must be setup to know which 3287 printer to print to when you request print.
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egovernmentAuthor Commented:
Hi giltjr

Thank you for answer

I want to tell you I'm using Extra for Mainframe to create printer session and Rio to create display session but I have a problem with printer session i can't change the margen from top but there available an option for that
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egovernmentAuthor Commented:
The IBM personael commnication can used for display and printer sessions ?
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giltjrCommented:
IBM's PCOMM can be used for display and printer emulation.
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