The CHATeau loader program is pretty darn fancy.
Mr. Tiffany must indeed be an idealist. To have so carefully crafted such a large system with so few features in order to maintain the purity of something called a "Room" system must have strained the programmer's creative urge.
The loader program IS pretty though.
A menuless, featureless, screen-saving waiting for call system.
Here are your hotkey options (well, some of them).
I suppose I shouldn't be so hard on a message-bases only system. After all, message bases are the best part of a BBS. However, if more work had been done in the message bases themselves so that at least THAT area shined, this program might be salvagable. However, lacking support for Commodore graphics, lacking message threading or message structure of any kind, and lacking scanning and other standard features makes it tough.
Computer : Commodore 64 or 128 in 64 mode Video : 40 columns, with online viewing support for 60, 80 columns. Drives : CBM, limited CMD (no parts, no subdirs) Modems : 1670 compatibles only (300-1200) Input : Keyboard Output : Printer optional RAM use : N/A Special :
Pgm Struct : Single, large, self-sufficient program Menu Struct : Single menu system, hotkey with some word-like meta commands. Translation : ASCII only Access : Open system, or Guest/Validated users, passwords. Handle/ID : Handles not allowed, users listed by initials User info : Name, city, access User Logs : Name Calls/Time : Limits hard coded? Network : N/A Customizing : Not terribly customizable Programs : Program is compiled BASIC, not changable Displays : Displays are SEQ files, easy to change Commands : Not changable Areas : Almost all selections from main menu E-mail : From main menu Messages : From main menu Transfers : N/A Network : N/A Programs : N/A Text : From main menu User Cmds : N/A SysOp : From main menu, and integrated functions Voting : N/A News : Does the connection screen count? Help : From main menu Other :
Offline : Configurator for message bases, users only Online : Chat, disconnect Remote : Message base configuring, message editing only On-L Display: Lines of text before prompt, showing name, city W.F.C. Utils: Log on, ability to load configurator, validate drives Chatting : From any prompt User : Certain limited editors from offline configurator Msg Bases : Base/Message editing online and Bases from configurator Transfers : N/A Programs : N/A Network : N/A Drives : Validating only? Terminal : N/A
Structure : Easily changable connection screen Header : No set header Weeding : By SysOp only Display : At connection time
Structure : Linear style, nonthreaded Bases : Named "Rooms", listed by number Limits : Limited only by drive : Enforced by hardware/SysOp Reading : Forward, local new, newest 4 Headers : Name, city, time Format : Text only Writing : New posts only Anonymous : Not allowed Network : N/A Other :
Structure : Line editor Commands : Menu system Editing : Search/replace Formatting : None whatsoever Graphics : Not supported
Bases : N/A Storage : N/A Limits : N/A Credits : N/A Protocols : N/A Headers : N/A Selection : N/A Listing : N/A Network : N/A Other :
Structure : Open unstructured ability to view seq files on disk Storage : As unlisted seq files Network : N/A Other :
Structure : From main menu, as posts to a room Sending : By name Receiving : On demand Network : N/A Other :
Structure : N/A Programs : N/A Network : N/A Other :
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