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Why doesn't DEC have a product for ZMODEM transfers?

The Question is:

Dear Wizard:

Sorry that this is not a very technical question.

Why doesn't DEC have a product for ZMODEM file transfers. With the wide spread use of PC's, we have a need to write applications that use ZMODEM through an API. DEC offers so many products, I can't believe this doesn't exist.

I have been calling and looking around for such a product with no hope. Our past solution was to use a public domain version of zmodem and modify the source. zmodem problems/errors lately have lead us to search for a supported product.

Any suggestions?

The Answer is:

The ZMODEM protocol is owned by Omen Technology. Omen sells a ZMODEM product for VMS.. They also offer a freeware version, but it is limited functionality and will interoperate only with licensed ZMODEM implementations. The ZMODEM product will interoperate with licensed and unlicensed versions (what Omen did was change the protocol a couple of years ago.)

Omen Technology can be contacted at:

Omen Technology Inc.
7505-V NW Sauvie IS Rd.
Portland, OR 97231
Phone: 503-621-3406
FAX: 503-621-3735
Email: 70007.2304@compuserve.com (Chuck Forsberg, President)
Internet: http://www.omen.com/

Omen's WWW home page describes their products, including "Commercial RZ/SZ for VMS". In any event, the user looking for a supported product should purchase it from Omen.