A batch file is a text based file containing a series of commands that can be used to perform complex and lengthy tasks by executing the file. For example, if you want to shutdown 2 systems at the same time on a network, you can create a batch file. Double clicking on the batch file anytime, will automatically shut down both systems. This method is normally used by system administrators to shut down multiple servers simultaneously before maintenance. Likewise, batch files can be used to automate lengthy processes (e.g. shutting down several systems or downloading multiple files from an FTP server). Visual Command Line is a tool that provides a graphical user interface to create batch files, by adding and editing commands (that can be executed from the command prompt).
To get started, select your operating system. Mac, Linux and Windows 95, 97 and Dos 3.0/5.0/6.0 are marked as unavailable.
Select a command from the list and edit it to your convenience. After changing the command, click the Change button. It offers this argument panel to easily edit commands within a user interface. This allows taking full control of the command prompt.
Global Options can be accessed from the Options drop down menu. These can be used to show line numbers, highlight syntax, enable hyperlinks and viewing details about document compatibility. Whereas, the File and Edit drop down menus contain more simple features such as cut, copy and paste options.
Debugging information can be acquired from the Debug drop down menu, this opens up a command prompt view of the debugged information.
Visual Command Line works with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003, provided you have .Net Framework 3.5 or highier. It was tested on Windows 7 64-bit OS. The portable version is also available from the developer’s page.