NTE - unicast
and multicast text editor conferencing tool. NTE is first and foremost
a conferencing tool - not a text editor. You might think of it as a text
editor with very limited functionality.
two ways of starting up NTE:- from the command line and from SDR. Using
SDR is easier as it automatically configures the tool for use.
Using SDR (RECOMMENDED)
- Click on the session advertisement, a box will appear listing the available
tools for the session. Either click on the 'Join' button which will start
all the tools, or click on the tool buttons individually to the left of
From the Command Line
- As with the other Mbone tools the format for setting up NTE from the
command line is as follows:
Prompt> nte [options]
Click on the Start
button in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Select Run... In the
Run Window, type the following in the open: field.
Open: nte [options]
e.g. for a session
using the address 188.8.131.52, and port 2222 with a ttl of 47, the correct
syntax would be:-
nte -t 47 184.108.40.206/2222
must use the same multicast address and port number in order to communicate
with one another**
to write in NTE, click anywhere in NTE and start typing. The text will
begin where you clicked.
You can edit text
by clicking on the text that you want to edit and then using the keyboard
to make the changes.
Text in NTE is treated
as blocks. To create a block of text, simply click with the left mouse
button on a blank space, and start typing. If the screen is full and you
cannot use the scroll bar to move further down the document a block of
text should be created right at the bottom of the screen and the Enter
key on the keyboard can be used to create more space for typing.
A block of text can
be manipulated in different ways:
If you want to draw
everybody's attention to a certain place in the text, you can hold down
the right mouse button which will display a pointer on everybody else's
screens - but only if they are already looking at that part of the text!
You can change the colour
of the block by selecting the block, clicking on it and choosing a colour
from the Colour menu at the top of NTE. Colours are primarily to distinguish
between different people editing the same document. You cannot set
parts of a block to different colours - only the whole block. You can give
your pen a default colour by choosing a colour from the Colour menu before
you type anything.
You can change the font
into italics and/or bold by selecting the block, clicking on it and choosing
a font from the Font menu at the top of NTE. The limited selection of fonts
is to enable documents to be saved as plain text, without the problems
that would result from variable width fonts. The different font styles
are available to help distinguish different users' texts. You can only
change the font of an entire block, not parts of it.
You can move a block
by selecting the block, clicking on it and dragging the block of text with
the middle mouse button (or both mouse buttons at the same time on a two-button
mouse if using Linux, or Ctrl & left mouse button if using Windows95/98/NT4.0).
You can delete a block
by selecting the block, clicking on it and selecting Delete Block from
the Edit menu at the top of NTE.
If two blocks of text
are on top of one another, you can lower the block on top, i.e. make it
go in the background, by selecting the block by clicking on it and selecting
Lower Block from the Edit menu.
If you can't
see other people's work:
Make sure that you are
using the correct addresses.
Make sure that both
your and the other participant's ttl is set to at least 47 for sessions
conducted within the UK.
userguide is available in word7,
format. Please refer to this for more detailed information regarding it's
Please consult this
reference first. If your query still remains unanswered, send an email