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Connecting to a Server

To connect to a server, click the menu button (the lower left button on the silkscreen area, or the equivalent key if you have a keyboard) and then select Connect... from the Server menu. You may also click on the "Connect" button on the welcome screen.

If it is the first time you use PalmVNC, the Connection Properties will open, otherwise the list of available connections will be displayed.

To configure a connection, you must provide the following information:

  • Name: the name displayed in the list
  • Server address: the host name or IP address of the target server
  • Display: the display (screen) number. Usually 0 for a WinVNC server, 1 for a UNIX server.
  • Server password: press the button to set the password to use for this connection. If you don't provide a password here, you will be prompted for a password each time you connect to this server.

By clicking on the Advanced button, you can access advanced properties:

  • Begin at X, Y: the initial coordinates of the top left corner of the PalmVNC window
  • Scale: the default scale factor. Values other than 1 require the server to support server-side scaling.
  • NT user name / password: used for the NT Login function in the Send menu.
  • Base port: the base port used for network connection. Note that the actual port used is the base port + the screen number.
  • Enable desktop sharing: allows more than 1 VNC client to connect to the server.

To connect, select the connection you want to use, the press the Connect button.

When you have finished, use Disconnect to stop the VNC session, or Hang Up to stop the session and disconnect the modem.

Panning / Scaling

Once you have connected to the server, you will be able to see a portion of the desktop. To see more of the desktop, use the stylus to drag the black scoller box along the horizontal or vertical scrollbar.

You can also use the following buttons:

Button/Key Clié Jog dial 5-way Nav. Function
Scroll up Up Up Pan up
Scroll down Down Down Pan down
Button 3 (ToDo)   Left Pan left
Button 4 (Memo)   Right Pan right

The number of pixels that is shifted for each button press is 32 by default, and can be changed in the VNC preferences.

Use the View menu to scale the desktop. Important: scaling options other than 1:1 require a VNC server that supports the scaling extensions (see the FAQ).

After using the Whole Desktop scale option, tapping on the screen will zoom in on that point in 1:1 scale.

Mouse / Cursor Control

The stylus works like the left mouse button. Tap the stylus on the screen to single click. You can also double-click by tapping twice in rapid succession, or drag the stylus across the screen.

Pressing the PhoneBook button (button 2) will cause the stylus to act as the right mouse button. Press the DateBook button (button 1) for the middle mouse button.

Button/Key Function
Button 1 (DateBook) Simulate middle mouse button
Button 2 (PhoneBook) Simulate right mouse button

Note: it may be necessary to wait a few seconds after using the stylus before the screen is updated.

Text Entry

The Graffiti area may be used to enter text in the normal way, including the shift and shift-lock strokes. No shift state icon will be shown on the screen.

If you have a keyboard, you should be able to use it as well.

Special Functions

The Send menu allows certain special functions to be performed.

  • Palm Clipboard will transfer the contents of the Palm clipboard into the server's clipboard buffer.
  • Ctrl-Alt-Del will send the 'three key salute' to the server. This is only supported for Windows NT servers running WinVNC as a service.
  • Alt-F4 can be used to close applications running on Windows servers.
  • NT login will send the username and password specified in the Preferences dialog to the server. Logout, lock and reboot will perform the appropriate function on the server. You should send Ctrl-Alt-Del before using these commands. NOTE: this will only work on English-language versions of Windows NT
Special Keys

The "Special Keys" keyboard is a pop-up keyboard that will remain in the bottom-left of the screen, and allows keyboard controls to be used that are otherwise unavailable on the Palm. To show the "Special Keys" keyboard, either use Special Keys on the View menu or tap the "abc" or "123" dots on the Graffiti area. Repeating this will hide the keyboard again.

The special keys work as follows:

  • ESC: This is the "Escape" key on a normal keyboard. Tapping this button will send the Escape keycode to the remote server immediately.
  • SHIFT/CTRL/ALT: These keys simulate the shift, control, and alt keys. A single tap will depress the key, and it will remain latched until the key is tapped again. NOTE: The shift key will NOT modify numbers or punctuation characters, as these vary depending upon the keyboard layout used. Lower-case letters will be converted into upper-case, however.
  • FN: This key behaves in a similar manner to the SHIFT/CTRL/ALT keys. However, when this key is pressed, writing the numbers 1 through 0 on the Graffiti area will send the function keys (F1 through F10) to the remote server.

All special keys will automatically be disabled when the "special keys" keyboard is hidden, and re-enabled when the keyboard is shown again.



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