Omni software, if I'm not mistaken, was founded by Brian Bell, the original author. Omni 128 was the the only product I'm aware of from Omni software, but it is a true gem. Support was later transfered to someone who calls themself Mad Max. More information is being gathered about this change over.
I should say firstly, that in the selection of catagories for the "Facts" area, I placed the catagory of "network" under "transfers" with very little expectation of finding a program that would actually support binaries over the network.
Having never seen an Omni 128 BBS, I can't really say much more. I can say from reading that Omni 128 fact sheet that it has some amazing network support, and an unbelievable assortment of transfer protocols.
The information below was derived off of the Omni 128 fact sheet, meaning that some aspects were assumed, inferred, or guessed at. I put "?" marks by those aspects I am unsure of. I'm sure a nice Omni 128 SysOp will help me out with them.
Computer : Commodore 128 in 128 mode Video : 40 or 80 columns text Drives : CBM, full CMD support Modems : Swiftlink Hayes compatibles (300-34800) Input : Keyboard Output : Screen, printer optionally (extensive printer options) RAM use : RamDOS compatible Special :
Pgm Struct : Single program, other programs loadable as desired? Menu Struct : Hard coded, modular system? Hotkey? Translation : ASCII, PETSCII, ANSI Access : Complex assortment of 120 definable levels Handle/ID : Handles allowed?, users listed by ID User info : Name, 3 last calls, msg base prefs, etc, etc.. User Logs : Name, date/time? up/downloads? Calls/Time : Call, time, idle times differ per access Network : Proprietary Omni-Link and Echo net systems Customizing : Uncompiled BASIC?, easy to change? Programs : SysOp written offline programs may be added Displays : Displays are changable SEQ files Commands : Hard coded, not changable Areas : E-mail : Separate menu and integrated functions Messages : Separate menu Transfers : Separate menu Network : Integrated functions Programs : Separate menu Text : Separate menu? User Cmds : Separate menu? SysOp : Separate menu Voting : Separate menu? News : Separate menu Help : N/A? Other :
Offline : SEQ file editor, full configurator and setup utilities Online : Chat, access change, autologoff? Remote : File, user, network, msg base, xfer base, etc editors On-L Display: User information window provided W.F.C. Utils: Same as remote, plus terminal Chatting : From any prompt? User : Full user editor provided Msg Bases : Configurator and integrated message edit/weed functions Transfers : Configurator and integrated file weeding/maint functions Programs : Configurator provided online Network : Configurator provided online Drives : CBM-DOS prompt with added functions provided Terminal : Complete transfer terminal with extra features
Structure : Not sure......? Header : Subject? Date? Weeding : By automaintenance? Display :
Structure : Highly structured post/reply system Bases : Numerous named bases, may be "latticed" for extra bases Limits : Unlimited replies, post limits may be set. : Weeding done by automaintenance Reading : New, global, and individual reading Headers : Name, date, subject? Format : Text and color graphics Writing : As new posts, or as distinct replies to posts Anonymous : Allowed with access? Network : Supported Other :
Structure : Line editor Commands : Menu or meta-commands from a blank line Editing : Insert, delete, search/replace, rewriting? Formatting : Word wrap, justification supported Graphics : Supported
Bases : Open or base-structured systems supported Storage : As simple files, or as marked xfer base files Limits : Enforced by SysOp? Credits : Credit ratio system implemented? Protocols : Xmodem(all), Ymodem(all), Punter(batch), Zmodem recv. Headers : Name, type, blocks, descriptions, etc Selection : By name Listing : New, by type, by author, directories, etc. Network : Batch files can be used to send files Other : Tons of transfer protocols
Structure : Libraries of SEQ file lists? Storage : As standard SEQ files Network : Not supported Other :
Structure : Sending from an e-mail menu, and integrated functions Sending : From message reading, as replies, from mail send menu Receiving : At logon, or on demand Network : Supported Other :
Structure : Libraries of program file lists? Programs : BASIC, explicit interaction with BBS Network : Not supported Other :
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