Best comm. package for GCG

Charles Bailey bailey at genetics.upenn.edu
Mon Sep 26 15:00:54 EST 1994

In article <361obj$m8o at crcnis1.unl.edu>, vwarwar at unlinfo.unl.edu (vitor warwar) writes:
>      Can someone inform which is the communication
> software suggested (if any) to use GCG via 
> phone lines (for PC and Mac).

The precise package is bound to be a matter of taste, but here are a few things
to keep in mind:

  - the terminal emulator in your software should do at least
    VT100 emulation, so programs like SeqED, GelAssemble, and
    LineUp will work well.  In particular, you'll want the emulator
    to get function and cursor-motion key assignments right for the
    type of keyboard you're using.
  - If you're planning to use GCG programs which produce graphic
    output, make sure your communications software emulates one
    of the graphics formats used by GCG (Tektronix and Regis are
    the most likely to be emulated, from what I've seen, but
    any one will do).  This allows you to view output on your
    screen, instead of having to print every run out.
  - The communications software should support at least one
    file transfer protocol which the host system supports, so
    you can transfer data, files to be printed, etc. back and
    forth easily.
  - If you plan to use a local printer heavily, you may want 
    communications software which allows you to redirect output
    from the screen to the printer.  Ideally, this will differ from
    screen capture in that the software won't try to interpret
    escape sequences and the like, as it would if it were formatting
    output for the screen.

Finally, don't underestimate the importance of the package's 'look and feel'. 
If you intend to use it frequently, picking a package which seems more
intuitive to you is probably better than picking a package with more
capability, but which you will be fighting all the way.  Similarly, if you're
going to recommend this to untrained users, it's to everyone's advantage for
the package to reflect the environment with which they're familiar (Mac, DOS,
Windows, etc.), while more advanced users may be more interested in scripting
features, menus filled with configrable settings, and the like.

Good luck with your selection.

                    Charles Bailey

!              Computational Biology and Informatics Laboratory
!         Dept. of Genetics, Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
!              Philadelphia, PA USA 19104     Tel. (215) 573-3112
!          Internet: bailey at genetics.upenn.edu  (IN

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