Carnation Software
MacWise - Macintosh Terminal Emulation - telnet / serial for OS X - Wyse, Viewpoint, VT100, VT220

Version 24.4.4
Terminal Emulation for Mac

64-Bit Universal Version
Optimized for Intel and Apple Silicon Macs

Compatible with Sonoma, Ventura, Monterey, Big Sur and backwards compatible to Sierra
(Other versions available for older Mac OS)

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Serial Adapters and Modems

Product Description



Version History | Support
MacWise Manual

Last Updated 2/6/24


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Terminal Emulation

MacWise emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. Supports ANSI and SCO ANSI color. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode.

MacWise allows a Macintosh to be used as a terminal – connected to a host computer directly, by modem, local area network or over the Internet with telnet or ssh secure shell. The emulators support video attributes such as dim, reverse, underline, 132-column modes, protected fields and graphic characters sent from the host computer, as well as enhanced Viewpoint mode. Features include phone list and dialer for modems, on-screen programmable function keys, connection scripts and more. Works with desktop Macs, MacBook and PowerBook.

Rich Love, software developer and founder of Carnation Software in 1989


1. Built-in Modem
2. Telnet / TCP/IP
3. SSH Secure Shell
4. Kermit
5. Serial ports via USB to Serial adaptor
6. Also communicates directly with the Mac Unix Shell

Scroll Back

You can scroll back to the past 50 pages of data. MacWise remembers the last 50 pages that appear on your screen, regardless of whether the data has scrolled across the screen or the screen has cleared. Video attributes such as inverse and underline are also saved, including colors. This means that you can use the scroll bar to scroll back to previous screens to look at the data or print a scrolled-back page or copy a selection into the clipboard.

Adjustable from 4 to 50 pages


File Transfers



Other Features
  • Multiple-session support for up to ten windows.
    The user can connect to several different hosts, or run multiple sessions simultaneously with one host.
  • Transparent windows. Transparency is adjustable by the user.
  • On-screen text can be copied into the clipboard.
  • Clipboard can be pasted back to the host computer.
  • Programmable function keys.
  • Large font option for easier reading.
  • Host menu item selection by mouse-click on screen
  • Connection scripts automate the login process.
  • Page forward/back capability
  • Supports ANSI color and Wyse 370 Esprit Color.
  • Capture text and save to a file.
  • Send a text file to the host.
  • FTP and Kermit file transfers.
  • Secure settings for company managers to prevent users from making changes.
  • AppleScript support - AppleScript commands available to use for version 18 or earlier.
  • Wyse keys programmable by the host or user.
  • Localized for English and French Menus
  • Slave (Aux) printing prints host data to your Mac printer
  • Screen saves and restores using protocols for Accuterm, HostAccess and System Builder
  • Display pictures using Accuterm escape sequences
  • Print direct to your Mac Printer using PCL commands sent from your host
  • Special MacWise Commands - Beyond Terminal Emulation
  • Works as a deaf terminal with a relay service
  • Unicode (UTF-8) National Language Support


Mac OS X 10.4 or later ( See Download Page for different compatible versions )

    By Rich Love

MacWise for OS 9

If you need MacWise for OS 9, you can use MacWise version 4