TPS®/ MIX ( Multi-session
Interactive eXecutive ) allows ASCII terminal users to run multiple UNIX® sessions
from one terminal. This mult-session capability provides an enormous
productivity boost. Users can create new sessions and toggle
between multiple sessions without having to exit one application,
drill into another application, exit that, and drill back down
into the original.
Help desk operators and system administrators will also find
TPS®/ MIX a powerful tool. The montor function
allows the help desk operator or system administrator to see
exactly the image that the user sees. The takeover function
allows the person to drive the application. Both are helpful
if you need to give training, product demonstrations, or “live” problem
TPS®/ MIX also comes with a menu builder application.
It is a great tool for creating menu style screens that can
be used by users that do not know UNIX®. With
the menu screen, users can select an item on the screen instead
of needing to know the appropriate UNIX® command.
and toggle between multiple UNIX® sessions,
the functionality to create menus, and the ability to monitor
and even take control of users sessions—makes TPS®/
MIX a powerful user and administrator tool.
- Allows users to run multiple sessions from one terminal
desk or system administrators can take control of or monitor
- Dynamic session creation and deletion
for users needing multiple sessions to applications
- Menu builder
program to allow access to programs when users are not familiar
- Several handy pop-up applications included
(such as a calculator, personal phone book, and calendar)
productivity boost for users who need access to multiple
- Provides extra security through its password protected
screen saver function
- Adds screen print and cut-and-paste
to any application
- From TPS® Systems — with 25+
year tradition of excellence in providing network software
and support for large global enterprises
TPS®/ MIX is ideal when:
- Using ASCII terminals
- Users need access to multiple applications
or portions of an application The monitor function can provide
help desk or training support
- Users are not UNIX® gurus
The monitor function allows a help desk operator or system administrator
to instantly see the exact same image that the user sees. The
monitor screen is updated in sync with the user screen. The
takeover function allows the help desk operator to drive the
Additional uses include training, security auditing, product
demonstrations and “live” problem determination for
Some customers have found the monitor capability to be a compelling
reason to use TPS®/ MIX even though their users
only work with a single session.
TPS®/ MIX provides a major productivity boost
for users who need access to multiple applications or multiple
areas within an application.
This occurs frequently. Examples include programmers working
with editors, compilers, target applications and pharmacists
working with multiple screens within a pharmacy application.
Importantly, it allows for effortless navigation through applications
and an easier means of remembering your location within an application.
In addition, “long” jobs can be run in the background.
TPS®/ MIX provides added functions for any application.
These include screen print and “cut and paste”.
TPS®/MIX provides extra security through its password
protected screen saver function.
TPS®/ MIX includes the "tpsmenu" program. This
is a menu-builder program that allows easy integration of multiple
applications. It is highly customizable and very useful for eliminating
the need for users to “know UNIX”.
"Tpsmenu" allows programs to be run in separate TPS®/
MIX sessions or in the current foreground or background.
TPS®/ MIX provides a set of pop-up applications
that run “on
top of” the currently executing application. These include
a handy calculator, personal phone book, calendar and broadcast
messages that do not disturb the application.
TPS®/ MIX emphasizes high-end user productivity
at the expense of some system resources.
TPS®/ MIX itself does use some memory for screen
images and related session information. It also generates an
extra process per user, for the keyboard task, and a process
per session to allow applications to execute in the background.
Disk space is not generally a problem since TPS®/MIX
uses less than 2 MB.
The effect of running multiple applications or copies of
an application for each terminal usually far outweighs the
memory and process impact of TPS®/ MIX itself.
When users navigate by switching sessions, no application activity
takes place. This can be important when the alternative, navigating
through the application, would generate multiple database accesses.