Vision falls cleanly into the category of the C-Net inspired bulletin boards. This conclusion is drawn from the look and feel of Vision's prompts and hard-coded display lists, from its complicated binary access system, the busy array of features that the user is presented with, the uncompiled basic module overlay scheme, and even from its horrible off-line configurators. Vision breaks from this mold however, by neglecting C-Nets highly modular structure and hard-coded menu commands.
Vision loader screen.
Vision Waiting For Call Screen.
Vision "suggested" main menu.
Strangely enough, the manual reports this version as being 12.0, while the program says that it is version 1.00. Apparantly, 1.00 is the first color version of Vision, but shipped with the ASCII documentation for the last ASCII version (12.0) along with a color addendum.
Computer : Commodore 64 or 128 in 64 mode Video : 40 columns, though 80 column users are accomodated Drives : All CBM, limited CMD (parts, but no subdirs) Modems : 1670, Hayes compats (300-2400) Input : Keyboard Output : Screen or printer optionally RAM use : N/A Special :
Pgm Struct : Main program with numerous small overlays Menu Struct : Definable Hotkey with limited definable menu structure Translation : ASCII, PETSCII Access : 9 levels, highly definable Handle/ID : Handles not allowed, users listed by ID number User info : Name, last call, access, xfers, msgs User Logs : Name, date, uploads/downloads, posts, credits Calls/Time : Call, time limits differ by access levels Network : N/A Customizing : Highly Programs : Uncompiled BASIC, easy to modify Displays : Menus and displays are SEQ files, modifiable Commands : Most menus are completely definable, displays somewhat so. Areas : Very definable, mostly modular system E-mail : Main menu, or from any menu upon which email commands are placed Messages : Separate menu Transfers : Separate menu Network : N/A Programs : Main menu, or from any menu upon which module commands are placed Text : Main menu, or from any menu upon which file commands are placed User Cmds : Main menu, or from any menu upon which user commands are placed SysOp : Separate menu and from any menu upon which commands are placed Voting : Questionaires on main menu, or any menu upon which commands are placed News : Main menu, or from any menu upon which commands are placed Help : N/A Other :
Offline : Full configurator, dos, msg reader, user editor Online : chat, access, time, logoff, credits Remote : Full drive support, file editors, user editor On-L Display: ID, Name, Baud, Access W.F.C. Utils: Same as online Chatting : During a file display User : Full user editor available Msg Bases : Offline configurator for bases, limited sysop support Transfers : Offline configurator for bases, offline and online support utilities Programs : Not much, though online menu editing can affect availability Network : N/A Drives : Complete drive support Terminal : Full featured terminal w/ dial, xfers (& multi), dos commands
Structure : Single text file, viewed at logon Header : No set header Weeding : By SysOp Display : At logon, or on demand
Structure : Well threaded, semi-linear system Bases : Named bases, listed by number Limits : Separate message limits per base : Enforced when new messages are added Reading : New messages, global new, or individual Headers : Subject, to, from, date/time, times read Format : Text, or color/graphics Writing : As new posts, or as replies to posts Anonymous : Supported Network : N/A Other :
Structure : Line editor Commands : A slash in first column followed by a command letter Editing : Search/replace, rewriting, insert, delete, justify, etc. Formatting : Word wrap, Menu codes Graphics : Full upper and lowercase color/graphics support
Bases : Named bases, listed by number Storage : Directory files for each base Limits : Enforced by SysOp only, files can be probationary Credits : Block/credit system implemented Protocols : Punter, Xmodem, Multi-punter Headers : Number, name, type, size, accessed times, description Selection : By number Listing : Scan, file list, local and global new listings, filename search Network : N/A Other :
Structure : Limited number of files, located at any menu Storage : As standard SEQ files, with specific names Network : N/A Other :
Structure : Email commands may be at any menu Sending : From message reading, or by ID Receiving : At logon, or on demand Network : N/A Other :
Structure : Limited number of program files, executed from any any menu Programs : BASIC overlays, explicit interaction with BBS Network : N/A Other :
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