A new beta version (1.1b4) of the ZTerm Mac modem tool is now Mac OS X compatible.
ZTerm is a long-time terminal emulation program that folks have used to connect to Bulletin Board Systems and download files. Though the Internet has stolen most of the BBS thunder, ZTerm is still a useful utility for those systems that only offer dialup connections and for connecting to devices through a serial port, like many routers, according to its author, Dave Alverson. For newer Macs that don't have a normal serial port, ZTerm can talk to ports on USB to serial adapters, through the appropriate driver software supplied with the adapter.
When ZTerm 1.1 is finished, there'll be separate versions for Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X. The former won't use CarbonLib so it should work on older Macs. The latter will get its list of serial ports from IORegistry. ZTerm 1.1 will support the Mac operating systems' Appearance Manager and Navigation services.
For more info on the beta version or to download a copy for test-driving, go to the ZTerm Web site. (Thanks to MacCentral reader Martin Totusek for alerting us to this item.)
This story, "ZTerm gains Mac OS X compatibility" was originally published by PCWorld.