for ReGIS Graphics
Reflection for Macintosh is a terminal emulation program for the Mac platform. It
allows any Mac user to access a Unix or OpenVMS system, emulating terminals ranging
from VT52 to VT400 to WYSE to UNISYS, and a handful of others.
is a commercial emulator, but falls short of what I expect from a commercial application.
I've seen freeware emulators which are more feature rich than Mac Reflection. Granted,
Mac Reflection supports high-wide characters and 132 column mode, which I have yet
to find in a freeware application, and it does support ANSWERBACK settings, as well
as a set of other custimizable features.
The one thing that is very weak in Mac Reflection is the window font. It does allow
you to change the font size, but the font itself is ugly. Freeware emulators have
a nicer looking font, and bumped up against PacerTerm, another commercial emulator
for th Mac, it doesn't even compare. In addition to that, Mac Reflection suffers
from stray characters when the graphics character set is invoked on the server.
The biggest let down of Mac Reflection is that its cousin, Reflection for ReGIS Graphics,
which runs on the Windows platform, has all of the features and customizations that
is wanted on the Mac platform. Users can close a session without properly logging
off the server, and in the PC version, there is a feature to prevent that. In the
Mac version, there is not. The macro (scripting) features of the PC client are far
richer, as well as the window, menu, and toolbar customizations. To get a good idea
of what Mac Reflection lacks, check out the review on Reflection for ReGIS Graphics. Most, if not all, of the
highlighted features for PC Reflection do not exist for Mac Reflection.
As a bare minimum emulator, Mac Reflection gives you the basic functionality required
to emulate other systems. In terms of custimization, user interface, and design,
Mac Reflection falls short of being a good commercial emulator.
- Supports highwide
and 132 column features
- Supports ANSWERBACK
- Week connection controls
- Ugly font display
- Buggy handling of
graphics character set
- Lack of commercial
quality interface and custimization
- Not built to the
same spec as the Windows version of Reflection (which is a great emulator)
Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 Mice.
I cannot recommend
this product. For basic emulation, you are better off using a freeware emulator.
For a feature rich emulator, try the commercial emulator PacerTerm.