This is our capture program. It can be used in any size operation...from a stand-alone single-user system to a multi-user LAN and on up. Generally run from the system tray an dput in the STARTUP folder, this program capture incoming RS-232 or TCP/IP "file capture" services.
On a stand-alone single user system, Wincap runs in the background in the system tray.
On multi-user LANs, this program is often run on a computer in a backroom, which is dedicated just for Wincap or other WireReady "back end" programs as described on this page.
Generally run from the system tray and put in the STARTUP folder, this program captures incoming RS-232, or TCP/IP "file capture" services. It can also scoop one or more directories as files arrive to build the wirefile database that all users access for incoming news from wire services or other stations.
Wincap is approximately 500K in size. It supports heartbeat monitoring (see WRCHECK) and also works with the Kick-Off external USB monitor/reboot device which can force windows to shutdown (gracefully) if Internet connectivity is lost, network connectivity is lost, or if the program itself or windows becomes non-responsive.
Wincap not only captures and writes incoming data for the users on the network to see, it can drive an external alarm box, or trigger screen alerts by writing copies of files to specific directory locations. Wincap will address COM ports as well as virtual COM devices. If it shows up in Windows as a COM port, Wincap can address it.
This program runs on the client computer and writes incoming data to the local drive if in a single user configuration, or it writes data over the network to a shared database/folder in a multi-user configuration. In small multi-user facilities, WINCAP is sometimes run on the computer which is also the shared/drive server where users log in to access WireReady but we discourage that.