Productivity tools

Rumba applications contain tools that help end users eliminate time-consuming file and application manipulation. For example, with these tools, users can copy from a host database and paste to another application, like a spreadsheet or word processor. The Paste Link facility automatically updates the data in a Windows application whenever both it and a Rumba session to the host are open.

Other useful features include:

Office integration
From within the Rumba desktop, users can instantly send the current screen text or image, fully or selectively into any Office item.

Microsoft Office .NET primary interoperability assemblies (PIA) enable .NET managed code to interact with an Office application's COM-based object model.

Office version PIA auto installer Rumba support
2007 Yes Supported
2010 Yes Supported
2013 Yes Supported
2016 Yes Supported
365 Yes Supported
Session screens history tracking
Rumba introduces an embedded, fully visual way of tracking screens visited throughout a session. Users can go back to previously visited host screens and work on them. This ability is enhanced with search capabilities, database navigation, export and import support for session sharing, information sorting, and automatic or manual capturing options.
Toolbars enhancements
Support for user-defined, customized toolbars that can be undocked and ‘floated’, rather than just fixed and docked to the top of the application. Ability to define more types of buttons and the ability to export and import toolbars to and from files.
Enhanced desk management
The Rumba desktop is designed to support the tiling and repositioning of all session types within the Rumba desktop in an easy, dynamic, and intuitive way. The layout of the desktop can then be saved in a desktop profile to be reused when Rumba is restarted.

As a system administrator, you can help your users by:

Many of these features can help personalize the workplace. For example, you and your users can change the look of a Rumba display by using watermarks or customizing the display.

The following table describes the more important Rumba tools:

Tool Description
Rumba Desk A tabbed interface to Rumba that makes it easy to manage several different sessions at once, even to different hosts.
Profiles Saves Rumba customized display/printer and interface configuration information. Using profiles, a user can tailor a Rumba session for a specific host or application and save it for re-use. Session profiles save information relating to a single host session, whereas desktop profiles save a set of session profiles.
Print screen Specifies how to print a screen within the Rumba window. Users can print to the Clipboard, current Windows printer, or to a file. Users can also designate printers and fonts, and view how the screen will look when printed.
Send screen Activates the user’s installed mail or messaging system. Users can send a screen without exiting the Rumba window.
Print Area Setup Sets up batch files to print multiple host screens to a PC printer.
Edit Clipboard Supports data cutting, copying, and pasting activities.
Paste Area Setup Sets up host screens to receive data pasted from the Windows Clipboard. Using this feature, users can paste data from a third-party application into multiple screens of a host application.
Title Bar Customizes the title bar text for the Rumba window.
Configurable toolbars

Customizes the Rumba toolbar. You can create and modify toolbars to suit user needs and preferences.

Note: This is currently available only in the Classic interface.
Watermark Displays an image in the background of the current Rumba window.
Status bar Toggles the 3D status bar on and off.
Customized display Customizes the look of the Rumba window: fonts, colors, cursor settings, and more.
Keyboard mapping Maps special terminal keys to the PC keyboard. Users can also select different keyboards and international keyboard options.
Capture Screen Captures the current Rumba screen in a specified .txt file (or capture.txt if no file is specified).

Records a series of actions, such as keystrokes and commands. Once users record a macro, they can play it back to automate routine tasks.

Users can assign macros to a Hotspot (see below), a Rumba toolbar button, or a key combination on the keyboard.

Hotspots Makes any non-protected text on a host screen into a Hotspot and associates that text with a macro. When the user clicks on the Hotspot, the macro runs.
Customized menus

Customizes Rumba menus. For example, users can create new menu items that start non-Rumba applications.

Note: This is currently available only in the Classic interface.
Online help Provides detailed instructions on how to use Rumba. Users can browse the table of contents for information, or search for a specific term.