WHAT IS PUBLIC ADDRESS STRIPPED PPC? ------------------------------------
"Public Address Stripped PPC" is an unofficial stripped down version of the BBS software primarily developed by Colen Garoutte-Carson and Greg Oberfield during the early to mid 1990's. In its time, Public Address was an excellent choice for the would-be BBS SysOp, due to its flexible, modular architecture. I used it back then, and enjoyed it.
The reason why I stripped down this particular copy was to fulfill two personal needs. First, I needed a reliable ANSI graphics editor specifically built for the Macintosh, which would allow me to preview my progress as I worked on a file. Public Address has a built-in ANSI editor which allows you to view the graphic at different speeds, and add and remove linefeeds, so it met my needs.
Second, as many a frustrated old-time Macintosh BBSer can tell you, in this modern day, trying to find a Macintosh native telnet client which will fully and properly display BBS ANSI graphics is really next to impossible. I know, because I have tried a number of them, including OSX's built-in terminal, GLterm, iTerm, and a few others. None of them are capable of displaying the full extended ASCII character set, which includes the ANSI graphic characters.
To my knowledge, the only telnet client available for Mac OSX which does display all ANSI graphics properly, is SyncTERM, written by Stephen Hurd. SyncTERM is in fact a multi-platform telnet client with versions available for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and other flavors. Furthermore, as of right now, I am the official packager for the Macintosh version of SyncTERM. This means that whenever Stephen updates his code, I am responsible for building the Macintosh version from his source, creating the installer package, and designing and making the distribution DMG for Macintosh users.
So if there is already a telnet client for the Mac which does display ANSI graphics properly, then why this stripped down version of Public Address? Well, to be honest, many modern Macintosh users will not find SyncTERM user friendly, at least not according to Apple standards. Furthermore, SyncTERM does not possess a sleek, modern Macintosh GUI. It is quite clunky and Windowish, and reminiscent of a 1980's DOS program. However, its less-than-desirable GUI does not detract from SyncTERM's stability or functionality.
So basically, for those people who just don't want to use SyncTERM, or who can't use SyncTERM because they are still using a Classic Mac, I figured that I'd offer them a Macintosh alternative. Please note, however, that Public Address is not OSX native. It can only be run in Classic mode on an OSX machine.
What I have basically done with this copy of Public Address is remove all of the BBS-related modules and other files which are not necessary to use it as just an ANSI editor and a telnet client. In other words, you can't set up a full BBS with this package. If you want to actually set up a full BBS using Public Address, then you can download a different Public Address package from the File Transfer Menu on our Armageddon BBS. See the address at the bottom of this file.
IMPORTANT: Even though some of the folders included in this package are empty, do not remove them from the Public Address directory structure, as otherwise, PA will throw some errors, and will not run at all, or at least will not run properly.
Using Public Address as a telnet client is rather simple. After you first launch it, there are a few things that you will want to do before you attempt to connect to a BBS. Please follow these instructions:
01. Under the "SysOp" menu, choose "System Preferences".
02. In my setup, I have only four boxes check-marked:
Use Color ANSI Use 12pt Font Closed System use 16 Color ANSI
You may also want to edit the two buffer fields on the bottom right corner of the "System Preferences" window. I don't know if they have any effect on telnet sessions or not.
03. When you're done, click the "OK" button.
04. Under the "Windows" menu, select the "Ports Window" option. If there are any ports listed when the window opens, select each one, and then choose "Remove Port" under the "Ports" menu. This may not be necessary, but it is just to make certain that no one can telnet into your machine while you are BBS'ing.
05. You are now almost ready to telnet to a BBS.
06. Under the "Ports" menu, choose "Open Telnet Terminal".
07. In the window that opens, make sure that the box next to "Use Telnet Protocol" is checked, as otherwise, you will not be able to connect to any BBSes. Also, make sure that it is set to port 23. If a BBS uses a different port, then you will have to change the port setting before you connect to it.
08. After you connect to your first BBS, some new options will be enabled under the "Terminal" window. One of these is "Set Receive Folder". If you plan to download files from the BBSes that you visit, then you must set your download folder first. You can navigate to the "Downloads" folder that I have included in the main Public Address folder, or you can set the path to a different folder or volume. It's up to you.
09. Also, under the "Terminal" window, you will probably also want to select the "Emulation" option and choose "PC-ANSI BBS".
10. Finally, if you plan on uploading or downloading files from the BBSes that you visit, you will need to use some of the other options that are found under the "Terminal" menu.
More specifically, if you download files from BBSes, you need to remember that after choosing a download protocol on the BBS that you are visiting, you must choose the same download protocol in the "Receive File" submenu under the "Terminal" Menu. If you don't tell Public Address to receive the file that the BBS is trying to send, nothing will happen, and after a few minutes, the BBS will probably just abort the file transer.
Uploading files to BBSes works in a similar fashion. In other words, you must choose an upload protocol in the "Send File" submenu under the "Terminal" window. You will then be asked to navigate to the file that you wish to upload to the BBS.
I hope that all of the above information is useful to you. If you encounter any problems, or don't fully understand the above, please leave me a detailed message by typing an "F" at the Armageddon BBS main menu. You can also post in the "Anything Mac Related" message conference on our BBS.
The WordWeaver SysOp/Armageddon BBS telnet: endtimeprophecy.org (port 23)