Glink Release 8.1 Professional and Enterprise Editions is available

This release is fully qualified and certified for Windows Vista, showing once again G&R's continuing commitment to development on new hardware and operating system platforms and timely delivery of state of the art products to our customers.

Gallagher & Robertson are proud to announce Glink Release 8.1. 

This is a significant release of Glink. It introduces:

  • Windows Vista certification
  • MSI installation
  • UAC (User Account Control)
  • Vista menus
  • Enterprise Edition can share licenses with Glink/GlinkWeb for Java and .NET
  • Support for IPv6 has been added for all TCP/IP interfaces
  • UTF-8 encoding for transmission/reception
  • Start up list of available configurations
  • Wallpaper selection list and facelifting previews
  • Many new IBM 3270 keyboard functions
  • IBM color enhancements
  • IBM 3270 transparent PCL print
  • IBM 5250 'host print transform'
  • TN3270/5250 automatic print session
  • FTP recursive directory upload and download

Release 8.1 highlights

Windows Vista

Windows Vista qualification and approval

This release has been qualified on the 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and has been certified under the Microsoft "Certified for Windows Vista" logo program.

MSI Installation

The Glink SETUP deliveries are now Microsoft Windows Installer MSI packages supporting 'per user' or 'all users' (default) installations. The packages also provide for administrative (silent) installations.


Glink supports UAC (User Account Control), concurrent user sessions and fast user switching scenarios. All executables are delivered with a digital signature and contain the program manifests for 'asInvoker' execution level (no elevated privileges required).

Vista menus

Glink has been updated to display Vista themed menus.

Vista/XP style variable fields

When available, edit control visual styles are used to display unprotected fields in the emulations, instead of using the 3D look.


The Glink setup program requests Vista admin rights when installing.

Glink for Java license server

Glink Enterprise Edition can use session licenses obtained from the Glink for Java license server, sharing with Glink for Java and GlinkWeb for Java and .NET.


IPv6 support

Support for IPv6 has been added for all TCP/IP interfaces. IPv6 addresses can be supplied in IPv6 formats or as DNS names.


Support for UTF-8 encoding for transmission/reception has been added for all host communications.

SSHD break and dynamic terminal resizing

Glink has been enhanced to allow sending a break and dynamic terminal resizing when using the PuTTY SSHD interface.

IBM 3270 and 5250

TN3270/5250 automatic print session

An option has been provided for specification of a printer LU or device name for TN3270 and TN5250 connections. When this is specified an additional printer session will be started automatically alongside of the normal screen session.

IND$FILE enhancements

The IBM IND$FILE host command is now configurable, allowing user-written CICS transactions to do file transfers. Transliteration for IND$FILE ASCII transfers can be configured by customers transferring files in various character sets

IBM 3270 keyboard functions

Many new 3270 keyboard functions have been added to allow keyboard configurations to be similar to other 'industry standard' 3270 keyboards: forward/backward/delete word, attribute commands, fast cursor move commands, cursor shape selection.

IBM color enhancements

A number of enhancements have been made for color support in IBM emulations: 3270 color emulations now support setting background colors, default low intensity colors are more readable, black background is the default for 3270/5250 emulation modes.

IBM 3270 transparent PCL print

Support has been added for direct host transparent printing and will automatically switch to Windows (text) print mode if necessary, allowing Windows (GUI) printing to be configured for normal host line printing.

IBM 5250 'host print transform' for transparent print

Support has been added for 'host transform' transparent printing and will automatically switch to Windows (text) print mode if necessary. Device information options for configuring 'host print transform' have been added to the TN5250 configuration.

Spread font to fit window

If you are using an emulation that allows the host to switch the screen size, for example IBM3278-4 (which can switch between 24 and 43 lines), then this option in the Settings=>Screen=>Font=>Spread font to fit window can be turned off to stop Glink spreading the font, and instead keep its normal size and centre it in the Glink window.


Tips when hovering

When hovering the mouse over a filename, they display more detailed information about the file including the actual LIST text returned by the FTP server.

Recursive directory upload and download

You can now select a directory for upload or download with GlinkFTP.

Symbolic files and directories

GlinkFTP now distinguishes between symbolic files and directories.

Filename conversion options

GlinkFTP can: convert between spaces and underscore, convert to upper case, convert to lower case or capitalize the name. It can also replace the extension automatically when transferring the file.

FTP create directory

A right mouse menu option has been added for creating directories.


Start up with a configuration list

An option can be used to display an initial list of available configurations.

Configuration wizard

A new 'wizard' guides you through the initial configuration options when starting Glink for the first time or using the Settings->New... option.

Wallpaper selection

The wallpaper file selection lists are preinitialized with all installed images in the Glink directory. The facelifting dialog also supports 'preview browsing' by immediately displaying the selected background and display options in the Glink window.

Keyboard transliteration texts

Glink 7/8-bit transliteration files can now be configured with a text description, default texts are applied to the standard files.

Color adjustment

The color adjustment dialog box has been redesigned and uses the standard Windows color dialog box to select the colors.

Initial window length

The initial length of the Glink window to be used at startup time can now be preconfigured.

Custom on-screen push buttons with wild cards

Enhancements have been added to the on-screen buttons to allow wildcard character searching.

Configurable Glink title

An option has been added in Settings=>General to allow you to configure the Glink title bar text.

Minimize to tray

An option has been added to tell Glink to minimize to the taskbar tray status area.

Quality of Service (QoS)

A Quality of Service (QoS) option is added to allow you to select any of the QOS templates available on the workstation.

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