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             T-H-E  O-F-F-I-C-I-A-L  B-B-S  F-A-Q
7.1 - What hardware is needed to run a BBS on a Macintosh?

The Basics - Almost any Macintosh from a Macintosh Plus on can
run a BBS, but the most powerful packages require a 68030 and
higher to run effectively.  Speed on BBS's can be increased by
getting a faster drive, because much of what a BBS does is
access the hard drive to gain information.

[7.1.01] - A minimum machine

Using text only (ANSI or VT100) packages, you can use almost
any Mac with 1 meg of memory.  Using the graphical BBS's can be
used on a Mac Plus and up, but performance severely degrades.
But the bright point is that being the Mac, most packages will
run on any machine from a Plus up.

[7.1.02] - Hard drives and accessing information

The hard drive will be the most important factor in speed on
you BBS.  With a BBS you are accessing information contained on
your hard drive.  So relative speed is increased by increasing
the speed of your hard drive.  Thus the fast the hard drive
used, the faster your BBS will be.  The new Macintoshes the 630
serires uses slower IDE drives ( and cheaper to Apple)  They
will slow your BBS down and should not be used in operating a

The relative speed of your CPU will have more of an effect on
NovaLink Pro than it will on First Class, Hermes and
TeleFinder.  This is because NovaLink Pro caches into RAM much
of its information, and is more dependent on its processor.  As
I hear of other BBS's performance I will update this section.

[7.1.03] - Accelerating your Macintosh BBS

A BBS relies heavily on disk drive access in order to access
information on your hard drive so as much of your BBS as
possible should be loaded into RAM in order to speed up
access.  RAM is much faster than any hard drive available.  You
can do this by adding a RAM Disk from your control panel ( as
much RAM as is available from your configuration).  Your Disk
Cache should be set at a megabyte for optimum performance.

FWB Hammer also has a SCSI accelerator that is supposed to
increase disk access time dramatically.

[7.1.04] - CD ROMS and your BBS

Most of the BBS packages will allow you to easily add a CD ROM
to your set-up.  This easily allows for large amounts of
shareware to be available for your users.  With a sit-c
resource ( a descriptor of the file contained in a "stuffed" or
otherwise compressed file) you can have a brief explanation of
every program on the CD explained to your callers.

The Arizona Mac Users Group(AMUG) publishes a semi-yearly
update called "BBS in a Box" that has the latest versions of
the most important Mac Shareware (9,000 files).  It is also
organized for easy insertion into your BBS. (Call Wanzata
Technology 1-800-735-7321 ) for ordering information.  Educorp
Publishes multiple shareware volumes also.  (1-800-843-9497)
Mega ROM and Giga ROM are also titles that may still be

With the Apple Control Panel - PC Exchange - an IBM DOS or
Windows CD can be mounted for your BBS.

[7.1.05] - Networking Macs to create larger BBSes

A Mac BBS can expand the number of simultaneous connections
that it can handle bynetworking the BBS into multiple servers,
each handling a part of the load.

Instead of using modems to connect Mac BBSUs, you can have a
BBS provide the same function as your modem users, but over the
network.  Many corporations use their Mac BBS as a mail server
or a groupware coordinator.

[7.1.06] -  Can I use my BBS software on a PowerPC and will it
perform better?

As of the writing of this FAQ, only NovaLink Pro and TeleFinder
runs in native Power PC code.  Since most BBS speed is related
to the hard drive, the Power PC will not by itself speed up
your BBS.  For CPU intensive applications like NovaLink Pro, it
will make a significant difference.

There are two severe known problems with the Power PC as a BBS
server.  The first is that no more than four NUBUS cards can be
added to a Power PC.  This is an operating system limitation.
Quadra and below can address 16 NUBUS slots.  Because of the
way expansion boxes work, and that three slots are all the
largest Power PC has at this time, this is a severe limitation
to 14 lines per Mac physically possible.

The other is that TCP runs in emulation not native mode, so TCP
throughput is slowed considerably over a Quadra.  System 7.5
will offer TCP built into the system.  Apple will introduce a
new way of dealing with communication with System 7.6 in
January where the native Power PC TCP will be included in a new
implementation of TCP.

7.2 - Setting up the phone lines with a Macintosh

[7.2.01] - Serial ports on a Mac

"I'd like to start my BBS with a few phone lines, how do I
setup multiple phone lines on a Macintosh? "

Each Mac comes equipped with two serial ports both of which can
be used by most BBS packages.  They will support transfer rates
up to 38,400 baud ( the maximum rate that a Mac serial port can
transfer information without buffering of the NUBUS Cards.)
Since the Mac comes standard with a multi-tasking operating
system, simultaneous connections are easy to set up with the

[7.2.02] - Multiport cards for expanding the number of lines

What hardware is needed?"  To go beyond two phone lines, you
will need to add a multiport serial card or a SCSI expansion
box.  The NUBUS cards are meant to be inserted in the expansion
slots on your Macintosh.

Hurdler Nubus cards from Creative Systems - Dual and Quad
serial port cards for the Mac. Capable of up to 57,000 baud
performance per port. 2 port $299, 4 port $379.

Hustler Nubus cards from Creative Systems  - a card designed
for the new V. Fast modem.  Capable of speeds up to 230,000
baud on one port, or 115,000 baud on two ports.  Available in
two port versions only. $329

QuadraLink -  These cards can still be found, but the
manufacturer is out of business.  They did not have buffering
necessary for multiple high speed connections, though they
offered economical 4 serial port cards.

Digiboard by Digitek offers an eight port card, but as of this
writing the board has numerous software bugs and is not
recommended by ANY of the Mac BBS manufactuers.  The board also
does not offer a carrier detect pin (for detecting when the
callers  modem hangs up) in its current mode, making it less
attractive for sysops.

[7.2.03] - SCSI interfaces for expansion

The SCSI expansion box connects like a hard drive to your SCSI
chain, but adds four additional serial ports to you system.

Creative Systems - Hurdler standalone - SEQS - Adds four serial
ports to any Mac with a SCSI interface in a standalone box.

Creative Systems
4701 Randolph Road, Suite #12
Rockville, MD  20852 USA
(301) 984 - 0261    Fax (301) 770-1675

[7.2.04] - Other connection types for the Macintosh

TCP - The  standard interface to TCP/IP network hardware,
MacTCP also makes it possible for more than one TCP/IP based
application to run on a Macintosh at any one time. For example,
you can simultaneously use a Telnet program, an FTP program,
andshare a file system via NFS when you use MacTCP to provide
the interface to your TCP/IP network.

MacTCP is Apple's implementation of the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA) TCP/IP Protocols. MacTCP's
software interface is a Control Panel, which means that it
loads when your Macintosh boots.  It will be built into version
7.5 of the Macintosh system.

UUCP - UNIX to UNIX protocol.  Used for receiving batch news
and mail from the Internet

X.25  An economical network used to give local presence to
a national networks.  ( Compuserve for example uses an X.25
network to give local access all across the US)

ISDN  A new way of sharing voice and high speed data
transmissions on the same line.  Very popular in Europe and
expanding use in the US.

SLIP  -  SLIP stands for Serial Line Internet Protocol.
SLIP is a "non-standard" for framing IP packets and shipping
them over a serial line (e.g. a cable, or a pair of modems),
thus allowing a home machine to dial up and become part of the
Internet. Effectively, SLIP turns a serial port into a logical
ethernet port.

Many workstations and terminal servers can support SLIP.
On the Macintosh side, several vendors offer SLIP modules
forMacTCP. Macintosh software which communicates with the
outside world via MacTCP will continue to work over SLIP,albeit
somewhat more slowly due to the relatively low bandwidth of
modem connections.

CSLIP  -  CSLIP stands for Compressed SLIP.  CSLIP reduces
the size of the headers in IP packets by eliminating a certain
amount of redundancy.  This improves interactive performance.

PPP  -  PPP stands for Point-to-Point Protocol.  PPP can
support both synchronous and asynchronous connections and
protocols that are not IP-based (such as AppleTalk). It
provides specifications for error correction, feature
negotiation, escaping control characters, etc.  PPP is becoming
more and more popular, especially as MacPPP, a MacTCP extension
available via anonymous FTP from in pub/ppp, has
matured into a stable and viable alternative to the various
available MacTCP SLIP LAPs.   Although SLIP continues to be
more prevalent than PPP, PPP is likely to become more popular
in the future.

[7.2.05] - Setting up a high speed Macintosh Network on the

Required items for this implementation:

1.  MacTCP (or equivalent)
2.  Network Cabling and Software (10 Base T Etherwave recommended)
3.  Internet connection (T-1 , though 57K or 14.4 Slip will do.)
4.  Router, CSU, and DSU for direct connection (can be rented).
5.  Modem (14.4 or better preferred) for dial up slip connection.
6.  Server software and/or client software for Internet access.

There are two limitations on any use of Internet.  One set
from your system, and another set from any other system you
work with.  The closer any system is to the Internet's main
backbone(s), the faster access to it is, and the smaller the
chance of non-delivery of any packet.  Other factors are,
Telnetable or not, FTPable or not, Gopher server or not, WAIS
or not, and many more.  You must keep in mind what kind of
people will be connecting to the Internet through you, and what
kind of people will be connecting to you through the Internet.
Is your information valuable, or is your information something
people can have for free?  Do you feel safe without good
security, or do you need something in the lines of a firewall?
All these things can limit your services.  Do not think that
all limitations are bad though, many are required tokeep your
service viable.

Once you have decided what you would like your server to do, it
is time to pick the software.  There are many different
applications that provide many different services. Some of the
things that are very important in all software are:

1) The ability to directly connect to Internet (no add ons).
2) The ability to handle long messages.( above 32k)  There
may not be too many, but its the important one that is that will
get you every time.

A strong commitment from the developers to continue to develop
the software along multi-purpose lines for Internet use.


[7.3.01] - Modems

Because of the Macintosh's closed box design for
most Mac's the most common modem is an external modem.

See the section titled: "Carrier Dedected" for a list of modem

[7.3.02] - Carrier detect and the Macintosh

Carrier detect allows your program to determine when a caller
is still connected to your server.  If the connection is
un-expectantly broken, your software should immediately reset
the modem and wait for the next call.  Early Macs, 128, 512k,
Mac Plus, LC, LCII, MacIIvx, some Performas, , Powerbook 100,
have no carrier detect pin in their serial ports.  Newer Macs
all have this implemented.  Your BBS should allays use Carrier
Detect cables in order to make sure that this important
function works.

[7.3.03] - Hardware handshaking and the Macintosh

Hardware handshaking is a system whereby the Macintosh and
modem ensure that no data is lost.  If a Macintoshes internal
buffer of data becomes full it asserts a DTR line telling the
modem to stop transmitting.  Your cables must support hardware
handshaking as well as Carrier detect.

Your standard modem cables may not have carrier detect and
hardware handshaking capabilities built in.  Most cables
shipped with modems do NOT have these capabilities, as do most
mail order cables.  If you can buy your cable from your BBS
software supplier, you should.

[7.3.04] - High speed modems

With the advent of high speed modem capable of 230,400 baud
with compression, can my Mac handle them?

Sure, you should make sure that your software has a modem
driverfor your particular 28k modem.  Also make sure you are
using a high speed serial Nubus card couple with a high speed
hardware handshaking and carrier detect cable.  Or you can use
an Ethernet connection to the Internet.

The Macintosh will handle any or v.34 modem with no
problem, but realize that the standard is not complete (as of
8/94) and that the modem purchased with a chip will have
to be upgraded to a v.34 standard later - though some modem
manufacturers are offering FREE upgrades.

With the cost being within $50 per modem of a 14.4 all sysops
should consider buying only 28k modems because of the speed
difference it will offer callers, and the time that it will
free up your BBS for more callers by allowing faster downloads.

[7.3.05] - Special pricing on modems for SYSOPS.

Read any of the Magazines mentioned at the end of this FAQ and
they will have charts showing the latest special ( cheaper?)
pricing for Sysops from modem manufacturers.  I have found that
your local giant electronic discounter may have better prices
than the manufacturer offers today.

7.4 - Commercial BBS software for the Macintosh

[7.4.01] - NovaLink Pro

NovaLink offers a complete line of bulletin board services.
Clients access electronic mail, message forums, file libraries
including CD-ROM, databases, real-time conferences and chats as
well as access public networks including the Internet and
FidoNet, perform high speed text searches, write scripts,
gateway to popular e-mail packages and create custom
applications.  NovaLink clients can logon through serial,
AppleTalk, Communications Toolbox, X.25 and TCP/IP connections.

NovaLink features include InfoLink, Distributed Processing,
NovaScript, Internet Access, AppleSearch support, Gateways,
Interface Flexibility, External Applications and Automatic Menu
Generation.  InfoLink is a wide area networking solution that
links multiple NLP servers together, to exchange messages and
keep files and information synchronized and up-to-date that is
a standard capability built into every NovaLink system.

NovaLink Professional can distribute server loads among
multiple Mac computers for greater capacity. A single Mac
Quadra can handle 40-60 simultaneous users (depending on
connection type). Adding additional CPU's gives NLP virtually
unlimited expandability.

NovaLink Professional provides its own scripting language,
NovaScript. NovaScript, English-like in syntax, can fine-tune
the performance and capabilities of your server.  External
applications can be developed by any C programmer and several
external programs can be obtained ( Freeware or shareware) to
enhance NLP.  NovaLink enables users to access an AppleSearch
server on-line, which allows users to conduct powerful high
speed text searches of unstructured documents with English-like

NovaLink's MacTCP support means that anyone using the Internet
can Telnet into an NLP server or users can Telnet out to other
host systems on the Internet.  NovaLink Professional 3.1
supports Internet standards for e-mail (SMTP) and Usenet News
Groups (NNTP). NovaLink also supports UUCP through an external
gateway. Finally, NovaLink provides direct TCP support without
using the Macintosh Communications Toolbox.

NovaLink supports NovaTerm* Graphics for Mac users and
RIPscrip* for Windows and DOS users. . NLP supports more than
one configuration file, so that Sysops can offer alternate user
interfaces to their clients. For conventional terminal
programs, NovaLink also supports ANSI, VT100 and TTY, so that
anyone can logon to your server regardless of platform type.
NovaLink Professional automatically generates a graphical and
command line interface for each type of interface supported.

ResNova Software, Inc.
5011 Argosy Drive, Suite #13
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Sales: (714)379-9000
Info Server: (BBS)- (714)379-9004
Fax: (714)379-9014

NovaLink Professional 3.1 Base Configuration-$119.00  The Base
Configuration includes one modem connection,  10 NovaTerm modem
clients, unlimited VT100 clients, unlimited DOS graphical
clients , acarrier detect modem cable and a free One-Year
subscription to NovaCentral for on-line technical support and
update information.

Additional Modem and Network Connections-$100.00 Ea.

NovaTerm Modem Clients
NovaTerm modem clients, depicted below, are purchased in groups.
Additional Clients-Price
Call for pricing above 1,000

Internet Kit (NNTP & SMTP only)-$500.00
UUCP Gateway-$500.00
TCP/IP Professional Option-$1,200.00
This package includes four simultaneous TCP connections, 20
NovaTerm network clients and Unlimited VT100 support. The TCP/IP
 option allows NovaLink to connect to a TCP LAN and the Internet.
With this option, NovaLink can send and receive Internet mail
(SMTP) and Network News groups (NNTP) and provide full Telnet
access. This package requires Mac TCP.

FidoNet Point Mailer $75

QuickMail Gateway-$500.00

NovaLink AppleSearch Gateway-$1,500.00
AppleSearch Server-$1,799.00
High speed text search engine licensed by Apple
NovaLink AppleSearch Server & Gateway-$3,000.00

NovaLink AppleTalk Access-$150.00
NovaLink AppleTalk Option-$600.00
NovaLink X.25 Option-$1,750.00

NovaTerm Network Clients
NovaTerm network clients, depicted below, are purchased in
groups (network users include AppleTalk, X.25 and TCP/IP).
Additional Clients-Price
Above 500-Call for larger site licensing information

[7.4.02] - FirstClass

* Introduction
* Contact Info
* FirstClass Price List
  * FirstClass Servers
  * Remote User Licensing
  * FirstClass Services
  * Gateways
  * Serial Upgrades
  * Training
  * Additional Documentation
  * Direct orders to


* Introduction
FirstClass is a multi-platform communications system that
integratesfull fledged e-mail with workgroup communication
services and offers the same ease of use, functionality and
high performance over network or modem.

One FirstClass server combines the following application
functionality in one integrated system:

Complete office electronic mail
Network conferencing for electronic discussions
Remote-access or network bulletin board system (BBS)
Multi-Platform & Language Support

Of course one of the primary reasons to use FirstClass as an
on-line system lies in the strength of its multitasking
graphical interface. Modem access is efficient and permits
background transfer of files (in both directions
simultaneously) even while reading mail, chatting or using
other system features.

FirstClass as a BBS , has the ability to access and search
CD-ROMS or other volumes on-line is very useful, as is the
ability to send mail to any user or conference the BBS user has
permission to.  Administrators may accurately track what users
have uploaded or downloaded what through statistics and billing
features.  They can create custom icons and background
pictures.  Accommodate users of any computer type through a
command-line interface to FirstClass similar to the shell
if they call with a VT100 compatible terminal.

* Contact Info
SoftArc Inc.
100 Allstate Parkway Markham,
Ontario CANADA L3R 6H3.

SoftArc Inc.
1902 Ridge Road,
West Seneca,
New York, USA, 14224

Tel: 416-299-4723
Fax: 416- 754-1856
FirstClass: 416-609-2250

* FirstClass Price List
FirstClass is a client/server communication system. To run
FirstClass, purchase at least one FirstClass Server licensed
for the number of clients that will retain an account on your
server, and the services they will require.

FirstClass Servers of any platform may be purchased and
licensed separately to form distributed communication
networks.  The FirstClass Client software is freely
distributable, and is available in a number of languages.

FirstClass Servers configured with user licenses and optional
services address internal and external communications needs in
an organization.

1. Select a FirstClass server.

2. Choose licenses for the numbers and types of users
required.  Two classes of user licenses are available. Regular
users may access the server via LAN, WAN, modem or Internet
connections. Remote users may only access the server over modem
or Internet connections. Sites may mix both regular and remote
users on a given server.

3. Select optional services and gateways to enable features
beyond those included in the base server.

* FirstClass Servers
S50-FCSRVW  FirstClass Server for Windows  $495.00
Includes FirstClass Server for Windows, FirstClass Client for
Windows and FirstClass Designer for Windows & documentation.
Also includes five client reference cards.  Server requires
Windows NT (Workstation or Server).  Client runs on Windows 3.1
or later.

User licensing Included: 5 Regular Users (plus administrator)
Service Included: Windows Services for FirstClass
Network Protocol Included: IPX
Remote Sessions Included: 2

S10-FCSRVM  FirstClass Server for Mac OS  $495.00
Includes FirstClass Server for Mac OS, FirstClass Client for
Mac OS and Power Macintosh, and FirstClass Designer for Mac OS
plus documentation.  Also includes five client reference cards
and a hardware handshaking modem cable. Server and client will
run on any Macintosh Plus or better.

User licensing Included: 5 Regular Users (plus administrator)
Service Included: Mac OS Services for FirstClass
Network Protocol Included: AppleTalk
Remote Sessions Included: 2

S60-FCSRWE  FirstClass Enterprise Server for Windows  $1,995.00
Standard FirstClass Server for Windows including all optional
FirstClass Services.  Server requires Windows NT (Workstation
or Server).  Client runs on Windows 3.1 or later.

User licensing Included: 5 Regular Users (plus administrator)
Services Included: Windows Services for FirstClass
                             Mac OS Services for FirstClass
                             TCP/IP Services for FirstClass
                             Text Services for FirstClass
Network Protocols Included: IPX, AppleTalk, TCP/IP
Remote Sessions Included: 2

S70-FCSRME  FirstClass Enterprise Server for Mac OS  $1,995.00

Standard FirstClass Server for Mac OS including all optional
FirstClass Services.  Server and client will run on any
Macintosh Plus or better.

User licensing Included: 5 Regular Users (plus administrator)
Services Included: Mac OS Services for FirstClass
                             Windows Services for FirstClass
                             TCP/IP Services for FirstClass
                             Text Services for FirstClass
Network Protocols Included: IPX, AppleTalk, TCP/IP
Remote Sessions Included: 2

Regular User Licensing
Regular users may connect to a FirstClass server by network or
remote connections.  For each server, purchase one or more of
the following licenses.

U20-FC5R  5 Regular User License  $395.00
U21-FC10R  10 Regular User License  $695.00
U22-FC25R  25 Regular User License  $1,495.00
U23-FC50R  50 Regular User License  $2,495.00
U24-FC100R  100 Regular User License  $4,295.00
U25-FC250R  250 Regular User License  $9,595.00
U26-FC500R  500 Regular User License  $17,995.00
U27-FC1000R  1000 Regular User License  $34,995.00

* Remote User Licensing
Remote users licenses are suitable for customers, suppliers,
and others who may only connect to FirstClass over remote
connections.  For each server, purchase one or more of the
following licenses.

U35-FC50T  50 Remote User License  $395.00
U30-FC100T  100 Remote User License  $695.00
U31-FC250T  250 Remote User License  $1,495.00
U33-FC500T  500 Remote User License  $2,495.00
U34-FC1000T  1000 Remote User License  $4,295.00

* FirstClass Services
These upgrades determine the types of clients that can connect
to a server and the protocols they can use for the connection,
beyond those supported by the basic server package.

U47-FCMS  Mac OS Services for FirstClass  $495.00
Server license to enable Mac OS user connections over AppleTalk
or modems using FirstClass Client for Mac OS.

U49-FCWS  Windows Services for FirstClass  $495.00
Server license to enable Windows user connections over IPX or
modem connections using FirstClass Clients for Windows and/or
Simple MAPI (upon availability).

U14-FCTCP  TCP/IP Services for FirstClass  $995.00
Server license to enable FirstClass Client/Server and
Server/Server connections over TCP/IP.  Enables connections
between FirstClass Clients and servers of all platforms.

U46-TXTS  Text Services for FirstClass  $495.00
Server license to enable remote VT100 logins.  Also enables IPX
or modem connections from FirstClass Client for DOS (upon
client availability).

* Gateways
Gateways and extensions expand the feature set and connectivity
of FirstClass and work with any FirstClass Server.  Products
listed here are SoftArc products.  See SoftArcs FirstClass
Solutions Guide  for a listing of third party gateway and
extension products.

G13-WCCM  FirstClass Gateway for cc:Mail  $495.00
Gateway between FirstClass and Lotus cc:Mail.  Translates mail
and attachments between FirstClass and cc:Mail users.

G17-WMSM  FirstClass Gateway for Microsoft Mail  $495.00
Gateway between FirstClass and Microsoft Mail.  Translates mail
and attachments between FirstClass and MS Mail users.

G11-MUUCP  FirstClass UUCP Internet Gateway for Mac OS  $495.00
Gateway between FirstClass and the Internet.  Supports mail and
newsgroups. Requires UUCP account with a service provider and
dedicated Mac OS CPU.

G12-FCFAX  FirstClass Fax Gateway for Mac OS  $495.00
Send fax messages from FirstClass with graphics and text
attachments. Requires dedicated Macintosh CPU.

* Serial Upgrades
H12-HD8P  DigiBoard PC/8e for Windows  $695.00
Internal card physically allows connection of up to eight
modems to a FirstClass server for Windows.  Requires Four
Remote Session Upgrade licenses, sold separately.

H13-HD16  DigiBoard PC/16em for Windows  $1,495.00
Internal card and external concentrator physically allow
connection of up to 16 modems to a FirstClass Server for
Windows.  Can be expanded with additional concentrators up to
64 ports per card.  Requires Four Remote Session Upgrade
licenses, sold separately.

H11-HHQS  Creative Solutions Hurdler for Mac OS  $295.00
Internal NuBus card physically allows connection of four modems
to a FirstClass Server for Mac OS.  Includes four hardware
handshaking modem cables (needed for high speed modem
connections).  Requires Four Remote Session Upgrade license,
sold separately.

H14-HD8M  DigiBoard Nu/8i for Mac OS  $895.00
Internal NuBus card physically allows connection of eight
modems to a FirstClass Server for Mac OS.  Includes eight
hardware handshaking modem cables (required for high speed
modem connections).  Requires Four Remote Session Upgrade
licenses, sold separately.

H10-FCHHCBL  Hardware Handshaking Modem Cable for Mac OS  $25.00
Allows reliable high speed modem use with Mac OS CPU.  One
included with FirstClass Server for Mac OS.  Recommended for
each server modem on a Mac OS computer.

U15-FCFP  Four Remote Session Upgrade  $395.00
Increases number of remote access sessions available to
server.  Each session accommodates a modem or a single
simultaneous remote TCP/IP user.  License installs on any
FirstClass Server.

* Training
SoftArc offers training for FirstClass administrators and
users.  Contact SoftArcs training department at 905-415-7000
for full details.  Travel and accommodation not included.

T10-FCADT  Basic FirstClass Administrator Training  $995.00
Two day hands-on course offered at SoftArc’s training facility
in Canada. Includes all training materials and extra
administration documentation.

T11-FCADV  Advanced FirstClass Administrator Training    Pricing TBA
This hands-on course is aimed at administrators of mature
systems.  Topics include advanced connectivity, customization
and troubleshooting in a multiplatform environment.

T12-FCUST  Basic FirstClass User Training  $90.00
Two hour hands-on course for those new to FirstClass client.
Offered in conjunction with administrator training.  Priced per

T13-FCDES  FirstClass Designer Training  $235.00
Introduction to system customization using FirstClass
Designer. Topics include background pictures, sounds and
custom icons.

* Additional Documentation
FirstClass Servers ship with single copies of both
administrator and user documentation matching the platform of
the server package.  Additional manuals may be ordered.

- M13-FCUSRW  Using FirstClass for Windows  $15.00
- M11-FCUSRM  Using FirstClass for Mac OS  $15.00
- M14-FCREFW  FirstClass Client for Windows User Reference Card
(x5)  $10.00
- M12-FCREFC  FirstClass Client for Mac OS User Reference Card
(x5)  $10.00
- M50-FCADMIW  FirstClass Administrator Manual Set (Windows
Server)  $50.00
- M10-FCADMIN  FirstClass Administrator Manual Set (Mac OS
Server)  $50.00

Educational pricing available upon request.

This price list effective May 20th, 1996 and is guaranteed
valid for North American customers only.  All prices in U.S.
funds.  This price list supersedes all previous price lists and
is subject to change at any time without notice.  FirstClass,
the FirstClass logo and SoftArc arch are registered trademarks
of SoftArc Inc.  All rights reserved.  Other product names are
the property of their respective copyright holders.

Minimum shipping & handling charges $25 to USA & Canada, $60 to
Europe (EU) and $80 elsewhere. Incremental shipping charges for
larger orders on request.

* Direct orders to
SoftArc Inc. 100 Allstate Parkway Markham, Ontario CANADA L3R 6H3.
Telephone Orders: 1-800-SOFTARC (763-8272) or 905-415-7000
Faxed Orders: 1-905-415-7151

SoftArc does not sell direct to customers in countries where it
has official representation.  Contact SoftArc for distributor
information worldwide.


SoftArc Inc.
Global Area Communications

100 Allstate Parkway, Markham, Ontario, CANADA, L3R 6H3
1902 Ridge Road, #325, West Seneca, New York, USA, 14224
Tel: 905-415-7000,
Fax: 905-415-7151,
FirstClass: 905-415-7070,
Sales: 1-800-SOFTARC

SoftArc International Ltd.,
Block 1, Unit D, Shannon Business Park, Shannon, Co.
Clare, Ireland
Tel: +353-61-472-877, Fax: +353-61-472-388

NOTE: For info on the FirstClass Windows Server, see section:
2.2.07 of this FAQ.

[7.4.03] - TeleFinder

TeleFinder 3.2 runs on all Macs from the Plus through the
Quadras, and is 32-bit clean, System 7 "Savvy," and includes
full balloon help for the user.

Its administrative and program modules can be fully controlled
via AppleEvents.  Multi-node chat ( up to three nodes) and
Instant Messages.Use of styled text in text files, e-mail and
message topics using proprietary client software.

On-line previews of GIF, JPEG images, QuickTime movies and PICT
Expanded file descriptions up to 32K.
Resizable e-mail windows.
Automatic template for electronic mail.

Capable of managing up to 32,000 users,  its icon- and
menu-based graphical user proprietary interface provides
electronic mail, conferencing, and Z-modem file transfers.

TeleFinder's multi-server architecture supports multiple BBS
nodes running on separate Macs on a network.   Additionally,
TeleFinder's full implementation of AppleEvents supports
advanced functionality such as automatic on-line registration,
full remote administrative capabilities, and control of the
BBS's server programs.  Features include a menu-driven terminal
interface with user- selectable TTY or ANSI graphics options,
and unlimited paths using Access Groups.  Each access group
supports separate welcome messages, privileges and custom
icons.  TeleFinder Group Edition supports a find file
function.  Using "BBS TeleFinder" also supports caller and file
transfer statistics.

Spider Island Software
tel (714) 669-9260
fax (714) 669-1383
BBS (714) 730-5785
AppleLink: D4955
America Online: SpiderIsla

Spider Island Software
Price List ( World-Wide )
As of 5/1/94

TeleFinder Group Edition version 3.2 multi-line BBS system for
unlimited users and multiple nodes. $425

NetConnect version 1.01
Single-zone license  $149         Multi-zone license  $295

TeleFinder Pro version 2.2 Macintosh communications software
with off-line reader for Telefinder BBS's.  $15

TeleFinder/User for Windows  1.0.3 $250

[7.4.04] - Hi BBS

Below is e-mail which I (Claire Walters) received from: Laurent
Zagury, Manager, Consulting services XBR Communications Inc

                              Unit Price  Qty discount    Unit Price
                                 (US$)       3 to 9          (US$)

hi-BBS SoHo                      88$            15%         75$
(1 channel and 5 mail boxes)
Additional 5 mail boxes *        30$            15%         25$

Windows for Soho                 50$            15%         43$

hi-BBS-2 channels               369$            15%        314$

hi-BBS-Windows interface        170$            15%        145$
Interface for 2 channels only

hi-BBS-4 channels               569$            15%        484$

hi-BBS-8 channels             1,069$            15%        909$

hi-BBS-16 channels            1,569$            15%      1,334$

hi-BBS-32 channels            2,069$            15%      1,759$

hi-BBS-64 channels            2,569$            15       2,184$

hi-BBS-256 channels           3,069$            15%      2,609$

hi-BBS-Windows interface        270$            15%        230$
for 4 channels and up

Thank you for listing XBR in this listing.

Best regards,
Laurent Zagury
Manager, Consulting services
XBR Communications Inc
----------------------- Headers ------------------------
From Tue Oct  4 15:17:44 1994
Received: from sales by (NX5.67c/NX3.0M)
- Unlimited number of modem lines with their networked server
- Unlimited number of files. Hi-BBS files can be split over as
many remote volumes as you care.
- Finder-based organization of files.
- CD's and remote volumes can be added at any time, without
disruption of the server or users.
- Server does garbage collection tasks in the background,
without disruption of connected users.
- AppleTalk support included. TCP/IP, X.25 and ISDN fully
supported as well.
- Mac & Windows graphic user interfaces.
- Command Line Interface included.
- Apple Events and alias support
- Apple's XTND translation technology fully supported. Open any
kind of document as a memo.
- Offline mail composition included.
- Upload sections. The Upload sections can be located anywhere,
locally or on a remote volume.
- E-mail section with multiple attachments (incl. sound),
return request, mail forwarding and replies.
- Multiple online conferences. Users can participate in more
than one at a time.
- Fully threaded public forums, with multiple attachments and
text formatting.
- Multi-volumes file transfer/information sections.
- File tagging for postponed downloading, and auto-disconnect
at end of transfer.

XBR Communication
voice 514-489-1001
Fax    514-489-4996
BBS    514-489-0445
Internet -
Applelink : XBR

7.5 - Text based, Shareware & Keyware Macintosh BBS software

[7.5.01] - Hermes II

Hermes II is distributed as keyware  (i.e. you can use it for
30 days , but if you don't register it within 30 days, the
software will not work). Registering Hermes II gives you a
serial number that allows you to use it further. Hermes II will
run on the Macintosh Plus and above.

Hermes II must be run on System 6.0.4 or above. It also
requires that you install the Macintosh Communications Toolbox
if you donUt use System 7. It also requires 2000K of memory to
run, more if you run more than one node, have file directories
with more than 200-300 files each, or run external
applications. It supports both ANSI and VT100 mode. Hermes
allows up to 64 file directories, 10 message forums, with up to
30 sub-forums within each forum.

Hermes II supports many features such as external applications,
CD-ROM  and Tabby support, threading in message forums, even an
internal screen saver.  Hermes also supports a feature called
"Multiple Feedback" which will allow feedback to be sent to
cosysops or any other users.  The users to be sent mail can be
configured by the sysop. Hermes has a feature called the File
Manager for uploading new files and deleting or editing files
already online. It also allows you to multiple select files for
deleting. You can also select whether you want your file
libraries to be sorted alphabetically or by date. You can also
add descriptions for your files from the File Manager.

As far as sysop options, Hermes II will also allow both a local
and a fast logon as well. Hermes also provides many options in
user features that a sysop may set up for each user, such as
whether the user can post, chat, send e-mail, etc.  But it also
allows the sysop to decide if the user can post or read
anonymous messages, list users, change a message, or see upload
info.  Also, you can restrict any user below a certain age from
accessing certain areas of your board...

The host also allows you to chat with users, squelch users
(prevent them from typing any commands while you are modifying
something such as their access), give temporary sysop
privileges just for the time he/she is online, etc.

Finally, Hermes has a few features such as allowing you to
create form letters (such as validation messages, expired
accounts, etc.), store them, then later retrieve and send them
easily.  There is a status bar on your screen that displays
information about who's online now and that users' statistics,
who called last, the number of posts, uploads and downloads for
the day .  Hermes II can also allow you to create a "Trash
Users" file, that will not allow users to log on with certain
handles that might be slightly offensive.

Computer Classifieds
12819 SE 38th #101
Bellevue, WA 98006

206-643-2316 (voice)
206-643-7830 (fax)
206-643-2874 (BBS)

Current Programmer -  Robert Rebbun
Documentation by Lloyd Woodall
Primary Program by Frank Price, III

[7.5.02] - Mansion

ZSys Software
P.O. Box 65981
West Des Moines,  Iowa  50265-0981

Mansion will run on a Macintosh Plus or better, and supports
speeds from 300 to 38400 baud. Mansion also allows the sysop to
use multiple drives for file libraries, supports the use of
CD-ROMs, and uses several different flavors of Xmodem for
downloading.  It allows up to 32767 conferences, 999 library
sections, 32767 membership accounts, and up to 999 messages per
conference.  Some of Mansion's features supported include ASCII
graphics, the ability for users to move very quickly around the
BBS using the teleport command.  Users can page the sysop if
there is a problem, or use the help folder provided with
Mansion to help with such topics as using the conferences,
downloading files, sending messages, and so on.

Mansion also has the ability to assign sounds to certain key
events.  Events such as when a user pages the sysop, when mail
is sent to the sysop, when a caller drops carrier or times out,
and at what speed the caller is calling in at.

Users also have search ability with Mansion. Users can search
for other members, search for members with similar interests
(users can enter up to a 40 character string upon first logging
in), can check for new messages addressed to them since their
last call, or can look for new files since last logon or from
any date they choose.

Mansion provides support for the sysop. It can provide a
detailed account of the activities on your conferences,
generate a list of applications that have not been approved by
the system, and give you information about the activities of
callers such as number of messages posted, files uploaded, and
download.  Mansion also creates logs of any errors the BBS
encounters, a log file used by Mansion external applications,
and a list of logons to the BBS.  It also allows the sysop to
do a fast local login to get on the board quickly, without
having to input account name and password.

Finally, Mansion allows the use of external applications
written for Mansion, and scripting capability to enhance the
BBS. It has a random quote feature built-in, allows callers to
send packages (files) to other members, and allows the sysop to
send garbage across the line before hanging up on a user.

America On-line:  MarkT15
FidoNet:          1:290/2.1

QuickMail: Mark Toland 515-224-1721

FidoNet:  MANSION  echo
ZSys BBS (515) 279-3073 The Board BBS (402) 331-4521

$94.95 per New Registration of Mansion Nine BBS Software.

[7.5.03] - Public Address

Public Address v0.9b9

Public Address offers serial/modem, AppleTalk ADSP and
TCP/IP-telnet connections, all-asynchronous serial IO, as many
ports/lines as memory will allow, as many concurrently
connected users as memory will allow, as many BBS users as disk
space will allow, no maximum number of message bases or
transfer directories, as many messages or files in each message
base or transfer directory as disk space will allow. It also
supports XModem (Checksum & CRC), YModem, YModem-G, and ZModem
transfers, uses a very fast 16-color ANSI screen driver,
supports external mailers, and can sublaunch an external mailer
for events as well as crashmail

Public Address is completely modular. Everything the online
user sees is controlled by modules, which can be added and
rearranged by the Sysop. The interface information for writing
modules in Pascal, C and C++ is currently available to all
those who are interested on the authors BBS at (503)485-7781.
The interface consists of over 200 routines passed from the
application/engine.  This documentation also contains the
source code to all stock modules.

How to contact the author :
     Support BBS: (503)485-7781 (28.8K baud)

[7.5.04] - Second Sight

Second Sight

The FreeSoft Company
Second Sight Order Department
105 McKinley Road
Beaver Falls, PA  15010
Voice (412) 846-2700.
Fax  (412) 847-4436.
BBS (412) 846-5312

Originally Written by Scott Watson.
Version 3.0 by Jeff Dripps.

Second Sight 3.0 is a multi-line Bulletin Board System for the
Macintosh. Within this complete integrated package is
everything a Sysop needs to set up, run and maintain a full
featured multi-line, Color ANSI Bulletin Board System.

Second Sight 3.0 requires 750K of RAM per node. The number of
nodes is limited only by machine memory and Nubus slots
available (NuBus slots are required for additional serial
ports). Each node would consist of a copy of Second Sight, a
modem cable, a modem and a telephone line.

Second Sight is a menu driven system, that is, it operates by
offering the connected client a list of choices. There is no
limit to the number of menus that you can define.

Group mail is supported. A single message can now be sent to a
group of users. Supports NewUser.Survey and LogOff.Survey at
logon and logoff time.

Price $199

[7.5.05] - WWIV

A note from Terry Teague dated June 1996.

A Macintosh version of the WWIV software available as
shareware/donation ware.  Full setup available on the BBS in a
Box CD.  ANSI and VT100 access only.

No longer supported by its author (last version released was
v3.0). Do not send mail to the addresses listed in the software
documentation, as they are no longer valid. "

Regards, Terry Teague

[7.5.06] - PANCAKE


Uses little memory (200k for 2 nodes)
Gen Import (TabbyNet or MacKennel) importing (ditto)
Importing occurs in a seperate app that multitasks!

Editor Externals (Line Editor implemented, Full Screen left for
third party) Sysop Internal Editor (A nice Text Edit window for
the sysop's posts and mails)

User Directories (Every user has his own directory that holds
all his stuff)

Command Line Shell for those who like it CLI
Hotkey Shell for those who like hotkeys

Percent variables (used everywhere, in all strings, and in all
text files)

Port negotiation so that your favorite term program can be
launched without screwing up a port!

Built in screen saver (Customizable with percent variables)
Status Bar is completly customizable also!
News reading optimized for ease of use
Vax type help system that is completely customizable
Chat can use Speech Manager to speak the Chat Reason!
Paging options (Users can page a sysops Numeric pager)
Nodes are dynamically created and detroyed (much like PA).

Ferrari's Shop at 610-971-9172.

7.6 - The Macintosh and Public Networks

[7.6.01] - Internet access

In the past few weeks I have seen many posts about making a Mac
an Internet site.  One way of doing this is through BBS's
running on a Mac platform.  There are two Mac BBS platforms
that can support Internet services in varying capacities. I
have not included platforms that support UUCP only, or a use of
the Mac comm toolbox and networking through there to supply a
limited telnet in capability.  I wanted to concentrate on the
more robust and graphical interfaces of NovaLink Pro and First

These two packages post quite a bit of traffic on the Internet
through various schemes and below is a comparison of their
basic Internet capabilities as of 9/15/94:


Novalink - Telnet in capabilities built in.  Installed with a
key file.  Users access the machine like a modem user, but they
come in over a telnet session.  The terminal program (NovaTerm)
can be used so long as the machine its on has a SLIP or other
Internet connection running.  Instead of selecting modem as
connection type, the user selects TCP and enters the server
address.  Supports up to 64 connections - limited only by
MacTCP. Cost $1200 ( Included as package telnet in telnet out,
SMTP mail and NNTP newsgroups for $1200 total for ALL features)
Shipping since 1993.

First Class - Telnet capabilities.  Should work like any other
inbound network connection.  Supports up to 64 connections -
limited only by MacTCP.  Cost $995 Promised in fourth quarter


NovaLink - Telnet out built in. Installed with a key file.
Just click on a Telnet icon and enter the address to where you
want to go.  Works the same as any other telnet server. A user
can also pre-defined area to telnet to so you can have your
users click on an icon and they telnet over to another server.

Cost $1200 ( Included as package telnet in telnet out, SMTP
mail and NNTP newsgroups for $1200 total for ALL features)
Shipping since 1993

First Class - Not available or announced.  Maury Markowitz has
said that they will leave this to outside third party
developers.  No third party announcement of telnet out have
been made to the best of my knowledge.


NovaLink - SMTP or UUCP.

Cost - SMTP $1200 - ( Included as package telnet in telnet out,
SMTP mail and NNTP newsgroups for $1200 total for ALL features)
UUCP from Hologate $495
Shipping since 1993

First Class - UUCP or SMTP No internally developed product,
even though it has been on the Softarc price list for over one
year.  Latest word is will be "in the future".  The only SMTP
mail server is from third party developer Delphic Software.
Needs separate machine to get the feed, and then gates over to
the First Class server.  Need to Ethernet (or Appletalk) the
two machines together.  Hologate is also testing a future
product to offer SMTP access. SMTP Cost $995.00 (includes NNTP
news) Shipping 9/94

UUCP - Softarc has their own UUCP product in late
beta(currently on version 26)  to ship 4th quarter 1994.
Hologate and one other company offer UUCP gateways at $495 each
I believe.


NovaLink - NNTP
Cost - (Included as package telnet in telnet out, SMTP mail and
NNTP newsgroups for $1200 total for ALL features)
Shipping since 1993

First Class - NNTP Included as part of the SMTP mail server
from third party developer Delphic Software.  Needs separate
machine to get the feed, and then gates over to the First Class
server.  Need to Ethernet (or Appletalk) the two machines

ExpressNet/SMTP can handle SMTP mail, NNTP and INN news, has a
built-in mail list server, finger server, signature line
management utility, alias manager, and gives the FirstClass
administrator complete control over the font, size, style, and
color of the Internet messages being imported to FirstClass.

Cost $995 ( Includes SMTP Mail)
Shipping  9/94

WWW (HTML - Mosaic access)

NovaLink - Announced HTML incorporated into all messages,
whether E-mail, newsgroups, forums, etc.  The local server
option will be included in the base package.  The networked
HTML Novalink will serve as a Web server for the Internet or
your own private network.  The client NovaTerm will serve as an
HTML client to the NovaLink server.  These features will be
featured in a fourth quarter 1994 release of NovaLink.

Cost - Each server will come with local HTML links ( including
GIF's, Quicktime movies and sound) at the base price.
Networked links version price is unknown.

First Class - Best explained with a quote from Maury
Markowitz(of Softarc - makers of First Class)  in
alt.bbs.first-class on 9/6/94  "I DID say that we tend to leave
CLIENT support to 3rd parties.  For example, we will most
likely not build in HTML decoders ourselves, that's something
we leave to our talented developers..."

FTP, Gopher etc.  -  These items are not yet available on any
package.  The developers of NovaLink and First Class have made
noises that they or third party developers will develop these
options for their packages.  None have been formally announced
that I am aware of.  Please note that with HTML built into
Novalink, gophering will be available as a web function.


The Internet and its vast information resources put a severe
strain on the average Mac trying to handle the information flow.


Large amount of messages.  - The Macintosh operating system in
its current form limits to 32,000 files per volume ( hard drive
partition)  If your Mac handles a lot of Usenet groups, and you
keep the messages for several days, 32,000 messages could
easily overflow your partition if it were set up as one message
per file.

NovaLink - Has gotten around this by creating only one file per
message forum, no matter how many messages are in that forum.
This is a solution used on the PC side by many developers, and
is used only by NovaLink on the Mac side.

First Class - can handle 32,000 messages per volume.
Solution is to segment your hard disk into several volumes.

Message Length.  The Macintosh operating system uses a text
editor that has a maximum message length of 32k.  Many Internet
posting are over 32k in length.

NovaLink - Has rewritten the text editor to handle message
length only limited by available RAM when tossing messages into
the forum/mail area that it belongs in NovaLink.

First Class - Can only handle 32k message lengths.  When a
message is longer, it breaks them up into 32k chunks and
automatically numbers then 1/4, 2/4 etc..  Softarc says this
will be fixed in mid-1995.

All major Mac BBS's can use UUCP for mail/news but the best
combo for being "live on the Internet  for
Telnet/mail/newsgroups is:

NovaLink - Buy the professional package ( $1200) and have a
SLIP or better connection to the Internet.  This will allow
telnet in and out, SMTP ( Direct access) mail and NNTP
newsfeeds.  This package has been shipping for  a year.

First Class - Buy the telnet kit from Softarc (available 4th
quarter 1994) for INBOUND connections ($995) and the SMTP kit
from Delphic software ($995) and Ethernet your two Macs ( one
is needed for the SMTP gateway the other for First Class)
together for faster access.  This will allow inbound telnet,
SMTP mail, NNTP newsfeeds, and finger  capabilites.

ExpressNet/SMTP can handle SMTP mail, NNTP and INN news, has a
built-in mail list server, finger server, signature line
management utility, alias manager, and gives the FirstClass
administrator complete control over the font, size, style, and
color of the Internet messages being imported to FirstClass.

[7.6.02] - NovaWorld

Unlike any other network, NovaWorld is breaking ground
revolutionizing the electronic communication networking with an
simple to use, yet very powerful linking system.

Integration into the Internet. Any system can link into the
master hub, InfoPort in Denver via Telnet and exchange
messages, mail and files.  By using the Internet as a backbone,
the speed of the system increases and the costs decrease.  Of
course systems can also call via modem to link into the system
on regular phone lines.

Internet E-Mail for any network connection.  No other software
needed.  No fancy scripts need to find the Internet, just
address your mail and link into your hub.

Multi-hop mail to any system (or the Internet) simply by
putting the  user name/ system name.  Replies are automatically
routed back to the originating system.

ANY Internet newsgroup needed can be gated to your BBS.
Replies are sent seamlessly as a reply, with no special
characters needed.

Easy linking through InfoLink.  Just a few mouse clicks and a
SYSOP can  link a message forum or file forum.

Subscription to the system forums is easy.  No need to have
your network hub set your distribution, It is all automatic.
Thus a SYSOP can start or stop forums automatically, without
human intervention.

Files can be shared with ease among all of the system, making it a
good shareware system for authors.
PC compatible as well as Macintosh shareware will be distributed.
Multiple interface options to call into the net with a Macintosh
GUI, RIP graphics for the PC, ANSI, or VT100.
NovaWorld the first Network designed with a human in mind.
Hub  sites have been established in Europe, and Canada.  Over 100
systems have joined since its 3/94 inception.

NovaWorld inquiries should be sent to:
James Barry
jmbarry/InfoPort on any NovaWorld system
InfoPort BBS (303) 429-0291     or     telnet

Snail Mail to:
P.O. BOX 620805   Littleton, CO 80162-0805
Voice messages (303)657-9667

[7.6.03] - OneNet

The OneNet Member Network is an organization of private
individuals around the world who own FirstClass systems and
hook them together to exchange mail and conferences.  While
OneNet members use FirstClass and take advantage of its
built-in gateway features, the OneNet is completely
arm's-length from SoftArcQwhich has nothing to do with its

A core set of conferences is shared by all systems in the
network and contains discussions of interest to all computer
users.  These conferences cover a wide variety of topics and
include networked support conferences from many computer
industry vendors, including SoftArc Inc., developers of
FirstClass.  One of the most popular conferences on the network
is one in which Apple employees routinely log on to give
unofficial advice to other users.  Gatewaying systems can pick
their choice of conferences they wish to carry from the
backbone hub systems, which already distribute more than 400
forums (much as a magazine distributor gives retailers many
choices from which to pick.)

The OneNet Member network now includes more than 500 systems
across the world.  There are regional hub sites in Europe,
Japan, Australia, Africa, North and South America and Hong
Kong.  More than a half of a million people use the OneNet at
the time of this writing.  The OneNet Member Network Primary
Hub is located in Boulder Colorado.  For questions on how to
find your local OneNet Member Network system, or how to get a
'feed' into the OneNet, call 303-444-2205.  To get more general
information about the OneNet, call the OneNet Los Altos system
by modem at 415-948-1349 or try our voicemail system

Earthmail inquires should go to:
Scott Converse, OneNet Executive Director
4546 El Camino Real, # 127
Los Altos, California

Internet address:  or

Scott Converse, Executive Director, OneNet Member Network
Contact via modem @ 415-948-1349, via voice line @ 415-948-4775

[7.6.04] - Fido Net on the Mac

FidoNet is a network of BBS's linked worldwide by using common
technology to share messages and E-mail in a series.  Almost
every kind of computer has a way of accessing FidoNet.  All Mac
BBS's have the ability to tap into the amateur BBS network.
There are thousands of BBS's linked to the various Fido based
networks and many Mac BBS's are amoung them.

FidoNet is available through the Mac by using several packages
as externals that then import the FidoNet messages in bulk and
sort them out to the Macintosh BBS in a separate step.

There are several packages available for Mac BBS software.
Tabby is the grandfather of all packages, but appears to have
been stopped being supported.  MacKennel, and Aeolus are the
other two packages that appear to still be around.  Please
E-mail the editor with any changes to this, as I feel there
must be other Fido packages out there.

MacKennel is a series of FidoNet compatible mailers written
by Craig Vaughan, author of the MacWoof point package for
the Macintosh. MacKennel offers two levels of performance for
the Macintosh BBS operator:

Level 1 - Basic Point Mailer:
* Manual or Automatic session operation
* Supports seamless integration with NLP, Telefinder, Hermes
and Tabby compatible BBS systems.
* Unlimited echo support
* ARC and ZIP mail bundle processing with automatic compression
type detection
* Supports both 4D and "pointnet" addressing methods
* WaZoo (ZedZap) and FTS-0001 sessions

Level 2 - FidoNet Node Mailer:
All the features of Level 1 plus:
* Multiple modes of operation:
* "Front end" mailer for any BBS that accepts ADSP nodes
* Smart Doggie backend mailer
* Tabby style backend mailer
* Stand alone mailer - no BBS required (requires MacWoof to
read/create messages)
* Operations can be fully scheduled on a daily or weekly basis.
Scheduled operations
* Automatic polling of multiple nodes
* Scheduled launching of other applications for maintenance or
utility functions
* System Restart or Shutdown
* Can be configured for "Continuous/Crash" mail operation
* Allows the Sysop to "lock out" callers during specified time
periods such as Zone mail hour
* Fully "zone" and aware with both direct and "host" routing of
* Fully supports points and/or other nodes for echomail
* No limit on the number of nodes receiving an echo
* Nodelist support with automatic "nodediff" updating

   Level 1     $75.00
   Level 2    $150.00
MacKennel - Craig Vaughn (703) 241-5492  (BBS)

Also up and coming is Aeolus Fido Net point mailer
For more details, contact:
      Delphic Software
      PO Box 7604                    Internet:
      Redlands, CA  92375-0604       America Online: Delphic Sw
      (909) 792-7932 Voice           eWorld: Delphic Sw
      (909) 792-4902 FirstClass

Tabby is the name of a program that is no longer made or
supported for importing Fido files to your Mac. Tabby may be
still found at various sites around the BBS community
(including BBS in a Box CDUs)

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