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Features Guide
New Features in OfficePower/Xtra V1
Features History
OfficePower/Xtra V1 was released in Spring 1996


OfficePower/Xtra Version 1



OfficePower/Xtra is a major development in the OfficePower programme. This release supersedes OfficePower Version 7, providing new and better services.

OfficePower/Xtra delivers an increasingly rich set of groupware services to Windows users, while continuing to add functionality to the server-based personal applications. The new features added to the core functionality have been developed in close co-operation with customers.

OfficePower/Xtra, through OfficePower for Windows, offers Windows users tight integration with their chosen PC applications, and an optional no-compromise Windows interface that will evolve to meet developing needs. The interface provided to terminal users can also be used by Windows users if preferred.

OfficePower/Xtra offers new features in:

  • Mail management.
  • Alerts management.
  • Database management (UDAP).
  • File Management (folder update).
  • Document production (OfficePower-Word and CA-20/20 spreadsheet).
  • Print management.
  • Document management (PowerSearch).
  • OfficePower for Windows.
  • System Administration.


Summary of new features

Mail management

  • Mail filtering.
  • Filter examples.
  • Filter log showing status of filtered mail.
  • Filter log references to filter.
  • Mail filtering API.
  • Alerts setting.
  • Improved attachment handling.
  • User preferences.
  • New softkey 'orig att' on reply.
  • New softkey 'text to att' on send/forward/reply.
  • Automatic filling of blank text field from attachment on receipt.
  • Softkey refer log now works on replies.
  • Softkey 'forward' in mailbox copies original subject field.
  • Purge mail.
  • 'Auto-correlation' of replies and reports (view/delivery acks) in log mailbox.
  • Improved mail performance.
  • Mailstore.
  • Attachment size check before posting a mail item.
  • Directory search.

Alerts management

  • A new capability allowing users to customise the management of events e.g. new mail item from manager.
  • Alerts management available on terminals but on PCs with a richer Windows interface.
  • Alerts displayed as record list.
  • Alerts lists can be filtered/ordered.
  • Alerts can be manually actioned.
  • Alerts can be received for events relating to other users:- proxy alerts, colleague on leave has received new mail.
  • Alerts receivable from range of applications.
  • Alerts: supported from mail/reminder/calendar/forum.

Database management (UDAP)

  • Multi-user UDAP (also known as Record-Locking).
  • System In-fills.
  • Date/Time Arithmetic.
  • Computed field expression functions.
  • Unique Fields.
  • Owner-Only Record Deletion.
  • Automatic Record Numbering.
  • Long Search Field.
  • Ordinal Date Picture Formats.
  • Lookup Tables on Indexed Fields.
  • Date Search by Month.
  • Default Sort Order.
  • Custom Field Navigation Order.

File Manager (folder update)

  • Creating new folders.
  • Folder Preferences.
  • Copying objects to current folder from another folder.
  • Marked set to move several objects.
  • Sending marked set of objects as mail attachments.
  • Transferring objects to and from a PC.
  • Changing permissions and unlocking objects.
  • Compressing/decompressing objects.
  • Long descriptions (optional) for OfficePower/Xtra word documents.
  • Hierarchical display option.

Document production


  • Box drawing.
  • Interline spacing field on Word (and Merge Print) print form.
  • Word user preferences.
  • Default document templates.
  • System Infills.
  • Non printing text.
  • Colour enhancement.
  • Graphics in columns.
  • Downloadable Logos.
  • Support of bitmap graphic in a document.


  • Automatic backup at intervals option.
  • Write softkey to save a spreadsheet.
  • Number pad for +,-,* and / enabling without impact elsewhere.
  • Programmable softkeys increased from 4 to 13.
  • Undo/Redo command for action on a cell.
  • Erase command: content of cell erased but format maintained.
  • User default printer.
  • Display/print with or without a border.

Print management

  • Printing: support for Inkjet printer; colour using PCL5; noncolour/no scaleable fonts: PCL3.
  • Printing: support up to 200 printers.

Document management with PowerSearch

  • Search on multiple object types (MS Word, AmiPro, WordPerfect, OfficePower-Word).
  • Results presented using folder/update style.

OfficePower for Windows: support of Windows users

  • Offline working.
  • New windows Mail client.
  • New 'file manager' workspace working with the OfficePower filestore.
  • Automatic launching of PC applications, for example PowerPoint.

System administration

  • Message of the Day ( MOTD ) - automatic deletion.
  • Message of the Day - limited scope.
  • Message of the Day - delegated issuing.
  • OfficePower User File - Merge Store / Merge Print.
  • OfficePower Password File - Print / Merge Store / Merge Print.
  • OfficePower MOTD File - Print.
  • OfficePower Printer File - Print / Merge Store / Merge Print.
  • Security checking.
  • Checking / correcting .opprofiles.
  • Adding empty /etc/wt_permissions files.
  • New users.


Detail of new features

Mail management

OfficePower/Xtra offers users the capability of processing incoming mail more effectively. Users can set up their own rules for what happens to their mail. This can vary from very simple rules like informing senders that they are on holiday, to much more complicated rules such as collating updates to spreadsheets and automatically onward mailing a summary chart at the end of the week.

Users can now set up a personalised intelligent mail system.

Features in detail

  • Mail filtering.

    This is a major new capability that can be described as offering intelligent mail for each user. Users can now apply their own rules to their incoming mail.

    It is the capability for each user to filter incoming mail and apply optional (multiple) actions to:

    • store mail item in specified mailbox
    • reply with message
    • forward with message
    • run UDK
    • run script
    • run program (in later releases)

  • Filter examples.

    To help users get started with filtering. You can also copy other users filters (subject to permissions).

  • Filter log.

    Shows the filtering applied to incoming mail.

    Now has 'refer' to filter/action.

  • Mail filtering API.

    IT staff can build shell applications/services that can process mail to be run from filters

  • Alerts setting.

    Alerts can be raised for new mail or new phone messages. This feature can also be combined with mail filtering to give users new mail alerts in any specific mailbox.

  • Improved attachment handling.

    Optionally the user can control where and what conversions are applied on attaching or extracting objects and viewing. Many PC based applications attachments can be directly viewed on a PC

  • User preferences:

    • Automatic view acknowledge.
    • Use default word processor on viewing attachment.
    • Move 'view as' softkey to front rank.
    • Save attachments in OfficePower folder, UNIX/PC directory.
    • Attach objects from OfficePower folder, UNIX/PC directory.

  • Internet addressing.

    Providing an easy way of setting up Internet addresses.

    • Search directory and key in mail send.
    • Ability to enter directory names on mail send form.
    • New softkeys:
      • 'orig att' on reply: copies across received attachment.
      • 'text to att' on send: copies text field to attachment.
      • 'to text' on receipt: fills text field with first lines of first attachment.
      • 'forward' in mailbox copies original subject field.

  • Refer Log now works on replies.

    This displays the mail item to which this item is a reply.

  • Purge mail.

    Systems administrators can set options for automatic deletion of users mail items - over a certain age

  • 'auto-correlation' of replies and reports (view/delivery acks) in log mailbox

    This shows users the delivery/view/reply status of each recipient of a sent mail item. It also alerts users when further information is available.

  • improved mail performance

    Multiple 'mail processes' allow incoming mail for different users to be processed at the same time.

  • Mailstore.

    Users can archive mail to a document store, saving on mail central filestore.

  • Attachment size check before posting a mail item.

  • Directory search.

    Directory Search enables you to find entries in both your personal and public Directories. You can then use matched entries in mail items or you can copy them to distribution lists.

    Your personal Directory is created from the distribution lists on your search sequence, whilst the public Directory contain all other users in your organisation's network.


Alerts management

OfficePower/Xtra offers users the general capability of handling effectively requests communicated to them through their computer system. Normally such requests come in an ad hoc way, for example a personal reminder to prepare for tomorrow's meeting, a phone message relayed by a secretary. The user is being alerted to take some kind of action. With alerts manager, the user can decide how they want to deal with 'alerts', and be presented with alerts in a uniform and structured way. The user may wish not to be disturbed when working on some key task. Then when the users is able to process their alerts they wants to be able to handle them in a systematic manner. Alerts manager allows the user to do this, and offers the capability of handling some alerts automatically. The user sets up rules for handling specific instances or types of alert. Alerts manager allows for applications to cause alerts for users by providing an API. Mail for example takes advantage of this capability. The user can choose to use alerts manager instead of being alerted by the familiar 'new mail' flag (or 'OfficePower status window').

Alerts manager introduces the capability for applications to allow users to react to events in a structured way. It allows users to determine how best to deal with these events.

Features in detail

  • User Interface.

    A windows and character based client is available for PC users and character terminals.

    The interface displays a list of all of the Alerts currently active on a particular user. Each alert record contains summary information relating to the event that has occurred, for example an Alert record might contain something like; 'Urgent mail relating to customer XYZ arrived in your Work in progress mail box at 10:05' today.

    The user controls their view of the Alerts list by specifying the sort order of the list and detailing which Alerts he is currently interested in, so for example the view could be restricted to only show high priority Alerts relating to a given search criteria (say customer XYZ).

  • Alerts.

    The user is made aware of new alerts when they arrive regardless of the OP application being used (even on character terminals)

    The user is able to delay the delivery of certain classifications of alerts so that they, for example, only 'alert' daily or hourly or at a specific time.

  • Actions.

    Each Alert has an associated action, this action is specified by the raising application and in the case of mail will usually invoke mail update on the relevant mail box. To invoke the associated action the user needs only to double click alert that he is interested in and the action will be performed (for example launching the mail update program on the Work in progress mail box)

  • Proxy Alerts.

    It is possible for a user to receive alerts which relate to another users objects, so for example a secretary can be made aware of new mail in the manager's mail boxes.

  • Applications.

    Applications that are suitable for raising alerts include:

    • Mail (including mail filtering).
    • Reminder.
    • Telephone messages.
    • Forum.

    Additionally a UNIX Shell interface is made available which will enable STK programs to raise OfficePower Alerts.

    Text terminal viewer now has an indicator to show when a view is out of date, i.e. a [2]+ to show there are new alerts. This is similar activity to the lightbulb in the windows based application.

  • Message of the day.

    New pop up message box.

  • For windows users:

    • Option to allow the application to minimise on invoke at Program Manager.
    • Faster alerting as Alerts no longer uses polling to register the item.
    • Various actions on the arrival of an alert by priority, i.e. pop up when a priority 1 alert arrives.
    • Ability to play .wav files on the alert arrival options.
    • Automatic update of view when the alerts manager is open but the user is working in another application.



The key development to UDAP is its new ability to allow users to share in updating the datafile. Users can update different records simultaneously. UDAP locks the record being updated ensuring database integrity. This development expands the potential use of OfficePower/Xtra's database management capability from personal, small workgroup usage to much larger groups which have multiple updaters.


UDAP for OfficePower/Xtra can process UDAP datafiles created on OfficePower version 7, and vice-versa.

Features in detail

  • Multi-user UDAP (record-locking).

    OfficePower Version 7 UDAP only allows one person at a time to edit a given datafile, with concurrent editing policed by locking the entire datafile against other users for the entire editing session.

    A datafile can now also be edited in 'shared mode' via a new function 'data.share'. This allows multiple users to do concurrent changes provided they do not attempt to edit the same record. A given user can refresh their view of the datafile (or just individual records) to see changes made by other users.

    Concurrent editing in data.share is policed by checking that the user's view of the record is up to date (with respect to changes made by other users) before allowing them to edit it, and locking the record against other users while the edit is being done (i.e. until the change is ACCEPTed).

    Since changes made by a user are available to other users immediately they are ACCEPTed, data.share does not have a WRITE softkey, or a 'Save Work and Exit?' prompt on ending the edit. Nevertheless, changes made by a given user in an editing session can be undone provided they don't clash with changes made by other users subsequently.

  • System in-fills.

    OfficePower Version 7 UDAP allows default values to be filled in for fields when a record is initially created. For Text and Time fields, this must be a simple fixed value of the appropriate type, but for Date fields, it can also be the special value '0', signifying the current date.

    With OfficePower/Xtra the user can request more general in-fills by specifying a default in-fill value of the form:


    where the variables can reflect the current date or time, or environmental information such as the name of the datafile or the user editing it.

    For Text fields, the specification can request multiple fixed or in-fill values concatenated to form an arbitrary string, for example:

       Created by ${firstname} ${surname}

    The default value can be evaluated:

    • At record creation (as at OfficePower Version 7) (CREATE RECORD).
    • At record creation or duplication (PASTE).
    • On completion of a record update (ACCEPT) if the field is empty. This allows a user to re-calculate a previously filled-in value by clearing it.
    • On completion of a record update (ACCEPT), regardless of current field value.

  • Date and time arithmetic.

    OfficePower Version 7 UDAP allows virtual numeric fields to be computed from arithmetic expressions involving numeric constants and the values of other numeric fields (real or virtual).

    OfficePower/Xtra UDAP extends this to provide similar arithmetic facilities for date, time and duration fields, and provides conversion between these and numeric fields:

       duration field = duration2  duration1
       duration field = time2 - time1
       duration field = duration / number
       date field = date  duration
       duration field = duration * number
       duration field = date2 - date1
       time field = time  duration
  • Computed field expression functions.

    At OfficePower Version 7, all the functions available in UDAP field expressions operated on values derived from a column of records (e.g. max(), min() ), and so were only available in report writer.

    The following extra functions will operate on values derived from the current record, and so will be available for interactive use as well:


    The round() function allows a number to be rounded to a specified number of decimal places. This is of particular benefit where the number represents money with implicit decimal places (e.g. pounds and pence). Since values calculated from them are held at much greater precision, this can result in rounding anomalies when a column is totalled.


    The date(), time(), and duration() functions allow date, time, and duration values to be constructed from numbers. Arguments to these functions can be left empty to assume default values.

       days(duration)    month(date)        day(date)
       year(date)        minute(time)       second(time)
       hour(time)        minutes(duration)  seconds(duration)

    These functions allow date, time and duration values to be decomposed into numbers, for example.

       today=date(,,)   tomorrow=today + duration(1,,,)
       now=time(,,)     daystoxmas=date(,12,25) - date(,,)
       dura=duration(2,3,4,5)    days(dura) is 2.13
       hours(dura) is 51.07      minutes(dura) is 3064.08
       seconds(dura) is 183845
  • Owner-only record deletion.

    A datafile can be marked with a 'owner-only record deletion' property, in which case users can create and edit records as normal (subject to datafile permissions), but only the datafile owner may delete or cut records from it. In conjunction with system in-fills describing when a record was last edited and by who, this can help the owner to audit changes to the datafile.

  • Unique fields.

    UDAP with OfficePower/Xtra allows the application designer to specify that records within a datafile be checked for uniqueness with respect to one or more data fields. Whenever a user attempts to create a record that would be non-unique, they are warned of this and prompted whether to correct the error or continue anyway. In addition, a UNIQUE softkey allows any existing non-unique records in a datafile to be marked for ad hoc manual correction.

  • Automatic record numbering.

    Automatic record numbering makes it easy to generate a new and increasing numeric value for given field(s) of a record without the user having to type it in, and is made available via the autonum system infill available as a default value for text and number fields.

    If the field is also unique (see above), then this can provide a unique serial number feature.

  • Long search field.

    With OfficePower Version 7 UDAP provides a 66-character field to enter a search pattern. To handle more complex searches, a longer field is required. OfficePower/Xtra UDAP provides an option to enter search patterns on multiple lines.

  • Ordinal date picture formats.

    At OfficePower Version 7 the day of the month can be formatted for output by specifying either 'd' or 'dd' in the picture of a date field, according to whether leading zeros are to be suppressed or not.

    With OfficePower/Xtra a new alternative picture element '#' will allow the day of the month to be output as an ordinal value (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc.).

  • Lookup tables on indexed fields.

    At OfficePower Version 7, lookup tables and validation conditions can only be specified validly for single-line fields.

    For OfficePower/Xtra, choosing a lookup table menu entry will put it into the appropriate line of the field. In fact, options can be selected from a different lookup table for each of the individual lines which make up the field. This effectively makes multiline text fields work in the same way as single line fields. Expansion and validation of lookup table entries takes place on selecting ACCEPT, or on leaving the individual line of the field (even if only moving to another line of the same field).

  • Date Search by Month and Entry by Dayname.

    OfficePower Version 7 UDAP provides limited support for partially-specified values in date fields, in that it allows searches for a named day of the week, but does not allow a dayname to be entered into a field. Conversely, fields cannot be searched to match a specified month or month range, but a month number can be entered.

    OfficePower/Xtra UDAP removes these limitations to allow search by partial dates ranges made of dayname, month and/or year, and to allow date entry via dayname. This enhancement applies to both UDAP and Calendar.

    For example, entering 'Tue' into a date field in data.update or cal.update will mean next Tuesday. Searching for Dec<->Jan will find any records with dates in December or January of any year.

  • Default sort order.

    With OfficePower Version 7 the ORDER softkey requires the user to manually enter the desired ordering on first use.

    At OfficePower/Xtra, the user can edit the 'default sort order' field of the datafile descriptor via data.desc-ed. Any such value is then provided as an initial default fieldname list for ORDER.

  • Custom field navigation order.

    OfficePower/Xtra UDAP allows the form designer to specify a custom field navigation order when the user selects TAB and BACKTAB, rather than just the default left=>right, top=>bottom traverse.


File Manager (folder update)

OfficePower/Xtra brings the benefits of being able to manipulate files and groups of files.

Previously File Manager was a separate product which has been enhanced and is now offered as standard part of the OfficePower/Xtra product. It is particularly useful to the terminal user who does not have the file management capabilities offered to the Windows user of OfficePower/Xtra.

A number of features have been added to improve the presentation and use of Update Folder. This includes a hierarchical display, with the ability to display only the top level, the first two levels or a complete list of the contents. Indentation is used to indicate the relative levels of the folder or object.

Features in detail

  • Creating new folders.
  • Folder Preferences.
  • Copying objects to current folder from another folder.
  • Marked set to move several objects.
  • Sending marked set of objects as mail attachments.
  • Transferring objects to and from a PC.
  • Changing permissions and unlocking objects.
  • Compressing/decompressing objects.
  • Long descriptions (optional) for OfficePower/Xtra word documents.
  • Hierarchical display option.


Document production

OfficePower/Xtra offers users of OfficePower-Word and CA-20/20 increasing functionality. The new features reflect the specific requirements of OfficePower Version 7 users.

OfficePower-Word: word processing and printing features in detail

  • Box drawing in Word.

    In Box Drawing Mode box drawing is easy! In box mode, selected by softkey, the box characters are written into the text using the number pad.

  • Word user preferences.

    This function allows the user to specify user preferences for the word processor. The user can use this function to change the default settings for the following:

    • PS toggle.
    • Block insert value.

  • Default document templates.

    When creating a new document the user can supply the name of an existing document held either in the username/forms/language folder (where language is that currently set in Misc:update Preferences) or the Public folder public/defdocs/language, where the language is the default language at your site. This document will then be used as a template for creating the new document.

  • System infills.

    System infills behave similarly to automatic numbering in that once entered the system generates a string dependant on when and where it is displayed/printed.

    The infills available are:

         print date     current time    current date
         print time     username        document name
         modify date    surname	
         modify time    firstname
  • Non printing text.

    By selecting a non-print softkey, text can be entered that is not to be printed. Any such text will appear as spaces in the document when sent to the printer.

  • Colour enhancement.

    By selecting a Colour softkey, text can be entered that is to be printed in one of 8 selected colours when sent to one of the OP supported colour printers.

  • Graphics in columns.

    By selecting the Graphic softkey a graphic object can be inserted anywhere in a document including a matched (that is, not in wrapped) column area. When printed the graphic will be centred and scaled to fit between the current left and right margins.

  • Downloadable logos.

    A small mono bitmap graphic (up to 1.4 inches) which was created by a Windows application can be inserted into a word processor document and printed.

    Users can therefore design their logos using a PC application which are to appear in their documents when printed.

  • Support of bitmap graphic in a document.

    From a PC a user can transfer a monochrome '.bmp' file to an external file. He can then include in a document as a 'graphic'. He can print using HP printers.

  • Printing

    Interline Spacing on print form

    Users can see interline spacing of document on print form. The value can be changed if desired for that print job.

OfficePower-Word: support for inkjet printers

Inkjets provide good quality printing at a relatively cheap price. OfficePower will print to Inkjet printers that support HPGL2/PCL5. OfficePower/Xtra will now print to Inkjet printers that do not support HPGL2 or PCL5 printer code using the new table driven printer model (PCL3). This model has all the features provided with the HPLASER backend except the scaleable option and will print text and graphics in black and white only. Individual OfficePower graphic screens may be printed in colour to an Inkjet printer not supporting PCL5 code by using Windows copy and then paste and print from a Windows graphic package.


CA-20/20 has been enhanced with a set of requested features that together add significant value to its usability and resilience.

Features in detail:

  • Automatic backup at intervals option.

    This feature provides extra resilience automatically which is important where long concentrated period of work are carried out on a spreadsheet.

  • Write softkey to save a spreadsheet.

    This feature matches the one on OfficePower-Word and allows the user to ensure that the current state of the spreadsheet is saved.

  • Number pad for +,-,* and / enabling without impact elsewhere.

    20/20 use of the number pad for +,-,* and / can be enabled without impacting the normal OfficePower usage of these keys elsewhere

  • Programmable softkeys increased from 4 to 13.

    The number of programmable softkeys functions is increased to enable users to tailor the system for their routine activities which previously was limited.

  • Undo/Redo command for action on a cell.

    This matches the undo/redo capability in OfficePower-Word and enables users to work with greater confidence.

  • Erase command: content of cell erased but format maintained.

    This further adds to usability by retaining the cell format.

  • User default printer.

    Users can use their regular printer more easily than previously

  • Display/print with or without a border.

    Options are provided to display and print the spreadsheet with or without a border.


Print management

Of particular note is the new ability of OfficePower/Xtra to use low cost colour printers., for example, HP Deskjet 1200C using PCL-5.

Features in detail:

  • Support for Inkjet printer; colour using PCL5 and PostScript; noncolour/no scaleable fonts: PCL3.
  • Support of greater than 200 printers.


Document management with PowerSearch

The key PowerSearch development is in its ability to retrieve documents other the OfficePower-Word. The types of document that can be free text searched include WordPerfect, MS Word and AmiPro.

This is of particular new benefit to Windows users who can use OfficePower/Xtra to store securely large numbers of documents of their chosen PC word processor with the confidence that they can quickly retrieve the specific ones they wish to reference.

Features in detail:

  • Search on multiple object types (MS Word, AmiPro, WordPerfect, OfficePower-Word).
  • Results presented using file manager style.


OfficePower for Windows: support of Windows users

A major development is meeting the increasing needs of Windows users for tight integration with their chosen PC applications. In particular OfficePower/Xtra meets their needs in managing their increasingly numerous documents securely and in a way that matches how they use local hard discs. OfficePower/Xtra offers a rich and secure mail capability integrated with users' word processors/spreadsheets.

Features in detail:

  • Offline working.
  • Mail client.
  • Record viewers.
  • Workspace providing 'file manager' type view of the OfficePower filestore.
  • Automatic launching of PC applications PowerPoint.
  • Auto-recognition making it possible for OfficePower to automatically recognize PC objects types such as documents, bitmap files, and so on.


System Administration

Message of the Day ( MOTD ) - automatic deletion

Giving the System Administrator the ability to define (or default to) a date / time after which a MOTD record is automatically deleted.

Two new fields are added to the Message of the Day form, expire_date and expire_time. Whenever the application adm.up-motd is called, the file of MOTD records are searched and those which have expired are deleted.

Message of the Day - limited scope

The ability to issue MOTD to only those users within one or more particular OfficePower user groups.

A new field is added to the Message of the Day form, broadcast group. Entering a group name in this field restrict the display of that MOTD to the selected group(s). An empty field will display message to all groups. To help administrator to select group(s), menu is available.

Message of the Day - delegated issuing

Nominated users now have the ability to issue a MOTD. This allows Section Heads to communicate with their staff without the need to involve the Service Support staff, saving time all round.

A new softkey Issue MOTD has been added to the application adm.upd-user to toggle that users ability to issue Messages of the Days. There is no on screen field which shows the current setting of this toggle. The default for existing and new users is not to be able to issue MOTDs.

OfficePower User File - Merge Store / Merge Print

Quite often the System Administrator has a need to print part of the OfficePower User File. For example the following lists may be required, all users, users with a particular default printer, users of a particular partition. The addition of a merge store / merge print options significantly enhances the OfficePower User File functions.

Two new softkeys - Merge Store / Merge Print have been added to the view and update user file functions, which merge store /merge print the current record or marked set of records.

OfficePower Password File - Print / Merge Store / Merge Print

New softkeys - Print / Merge Store / Merge Print have been added to the view password function.

OfficePower MOTD File - Print

New softkey - Print has been added to the view and update MOTD functions.

OfficePower Printer File - Print / Merge Store / Merge Print

Three new softkeys - Print / Merge Store / Merge Print have been added to the view and update printer functions.

The values of two of the fields "Shared w/ Native Spooler" and "TCP Protocol Printer" are not printed in this release.

Security checking

Giving the System Administrator the ability set the preferred level of access to the Unix shell.

Checking / correcting .opprofiles

Previous versions of the OfficePower shell /usr/bin/pre_op only checked that .opprofile existed before calling it. The OfficePower/Xtra RRP3 (or later ) version of pre_op also checks that .opprofile as the "Set User ID" permission bit set, and will only allow it to be called if this bit is set.

Adding empty /etc/wt_permissions files

This potential security loophole only exists for PowerWindows users. The /etc/wt_permissions directory should contain a file for every potential PowerWindows user. The file contains a list of the commands they are allowed to use but if the file does not exist then no restrictions apply.

A call of ck_security -p will ensure that /etc/wtpermissions is created with the appropriate permissions and that an empty file is created for all users on the system, who don't already have one.

New users

New users created have empty .opprofile and etc/wt_permissions/[USERNAME] files created by the adm.upd-user function.

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