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Old 05-04-2011, 10:40 PM
LazLong LazLong is offline
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Steps necessary to set SecureCRT session color scheme annoying!

Perhaps I am an outlier, but I find the steps necessary to set default global session color schemes to be entirely counter-intuitive!

One would think, or at least I do, that when one sets the color scheme in the Advanced Appearance properties of the Global Options menu item and saves settings, that the result would be that all future sessions would use the chosen color scheme, and perhaps even that current sessions might change as this is a "Global Option." But, alas, this isn't the case. Once one selects the color scheme of choice, saves options, and then re-opens the Global Options/Terminal/Appearance/Advanced to verify that the change has indeed occurred, one is not presented with the setting that one just set, but rather the "Monochrome" setting, as it was previous to one's vain attempt to cudgel SecureCRT into performing one of the most basic functions of a color-capable terminal emulator, namely displaying color.

Failing at this and against all logic, one might resort to attempting to set the afore mentioned setting in the Session Options followed by selecting Save Settings Now to achieve one's goal. But if one were foolish enough to attempt this, one would only be taunted by the appearance of the setting being changed, as the change would only be in effect for the current session.

Lastly, if one were to completely ignore all mention of "Appearance," "ANSI Color," and "Advanced" under the "Terminal" options within the "Global Options," and were instead to concentrate purely upon the General/Default Session category, one would be lucky enough to be presented with a set of categories confusingly similar to those within "Global Options," but different. If one's luck (or perhaps genius?) were to continue to be with one, one might indeed explore the "Appearance" category under "Terminal" and be presented with "Current color scheme;" at which point one might pray that perhaps this is indeed the True reference to the holy "Color Scheme" for which one has been questing, and reverently set the scheme to that which one fervently desires. Lastly, if one annoints one self with the perspiration of St. William of Microsoft and genuflects before the "Save Settings Now," one will at long last be blessed with the sacred color scheme for which one has so longingly desiderated.

It isn't that I am not a n00b to SecureCRT; I have used it for at least eight years. Perhaps I have not wound through the afore mentioned tortuous path frequently enough for it to have been seared upon my neural pathways, as I find enduring this gauntlet only necessary when I set up a new system, or perchance I am merely senile. In any case, I would like to take this opportunity to opine that the settings/options dialog boxes could use the attentions of a human interface design shaman to exercise their vile daemons.

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Old 05-05-2011, 12:42 PM
MrC MrC is offline
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The interface could use some love.

The Advanced area allows you to create/modify schemes. The dialog doesn't imply that one can set a Default here.

Rather, the SecureCRT way is currently to use:

Global Options->General->Default Session->Edit Default Settings

which all future new settings configs will use (and existing configs can be updated too when prompted).

While your post was entertaining to read, the irony of its obtuse wording confounds the impact and goal of your request. More to the point, how exactly would you suggest the dialogs/UI be implemented?
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:46 PM
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Hi LazLong,

Thanks for the feedback. I have informed the SecureCRT product director that our documentation does not accurately reflect the current behavior. I have also created a feature request to add the ability to set the default color scheme for all new sessions and the ability to set the color scheme for all existing sessions from the Terminal / Appearance / Advanced category in the Global Options dialog.

Should either of these features be implemented in a future SecureCRT release, we will post to this forum thread.

If you would like to be notified directly, please complete and submit the form at the following location:
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I am glad to hear that you did find the correct place to configure the default color scheme.

It is important to note that when making changes to the Default Session, one is prompted as to whether the changes should apply only to future sessions or to all existing sessions. One can also select multiple sessions in the Connect dialog, right-click on a selected session and select Properties from the context menu to edit the settings for multiple sessions at the same time.
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:39 PM
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Wow, after all this time, matters are still as complicated as they were when the original poster vented his frustration. Van Dyke listen - and then make software better!
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:58 AM
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Hi amster,

Thanks for the feedback. I can understand that you would like to see the color scheme interaction be less complicated.

Do you have any specific suggestions for improvements that you feel would simplify the process of creating, editing and defining color schemes?
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:35 AM
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Hmm, as a new user, this had me baffled as well. Thank goodness I found this thread, because it was very frustrating.

I would recommend that the easiest and simplest change would be:
Under global options, rename the section called "Terminal" to something like "Current Terminal Session".

Now, that being said, why not remove the current terminal settings from Global? It's not global!
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:43 AM
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Hi jspanitz,

Thanks for the feedback.

Every option in the Terminal category is a global option. Are you perhaps talking about a sub-category?

What specific option are you seeing that is not a global setting?

As a note, you may be interested in the tip that we create that explains color in SecureCRT. You can find it at the following location:
http://www.vandyke.com/support/tips/colorconfig.html
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