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alt.usenet.offline-reader FAQ (02/02) software

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Archive-name: off-line-readers/usenet/software
Alt-usenet-offline-reader-archive-name: software
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Original-Author: Rhys Weatherley
Last-modified: 2001-Apr-07
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Not-Posting-Via: my connectivity provider who doesn't do news for uucp now
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part 01/02 intro

 1 Credits and Disclaimer
 2 Spam
 3 Other sources
 4 QWK and Crayons
 5 Overview
 6 Newsgroups of interest to offline readers
 7 What is an offline reader?
 8 What is the difference from getting a news feed?
 9 What are QWK and BlueWave?
10 What is SOUP?
11 What is ZipNews?
12 Where are tutorials?
13 Where can I find the Good Netkeeping Seal of Approval?
14 Why does Forte Agent get its own group?

part 02/02 software

100 Where can I get the software?
200 Where are the QWK readers?
300 common sites, template
400 author contacts
500 ftp sites
600 miscellaneous
700 packers
800 readers


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Subject: a.u.o software: 100 Where can I get the software? From: auofaq@locutus.ofB.ORG (Alt.Usenet.Offline-reader FAQ) 100 Where can I get the software? There are two pieces of software that you will need for any offline reading activities. A "generating program" (also known as a "packet generator" or "door") to build the packets on the BBS or login account, and a "reading program" (also known as a "packet reader") to read the packets on your home machine. This section lists software that can be used for each of these activities, together with the authors, FTP sites, and packet formats supported. In the case of interactive dial-in users, you may find that a suitable generating program may already exist on the system you call: ask the system administrator if you are unsure. For Waffle systems, you will need to ask the system administrator to install the generating software. For Unix, anyone who has access to a C compiler can compile and install the currently available software, so no intervention from the system administrator is required. 101 Where are the reviews? not here. if you are looking for reviews, post your requirements and see who else knows what you need. please do not be vague -- no one can help you when you just say you're looking to evaluate some `offline software for your computer'. what kind of computer is it you're using? what is the computer it's connecting to? what do you want to do -- mail, news, both, more? how much are you willing to pay? what sort of interface do you need? how sophisticated are you? etc. I will not be putting any reviews in here, partly because they would be difficult to maintain, and partly because I want to avoid any flak from a negative review which I did not write. if you want to periodically post a collection of reviews, go ahead. you don't need my approval.
Subject: a.u.o software: 200 Where are the QWK readers? From: auofaq@locutus.ofB.ORG (Alt.Usenet.Offline-reader FAQ) 200 Where are the QWK readers? not here. I don't plan on listing any software that mangles headers as much as QWK does. some QWK software also can also be instructed to ignore the QWK headers and use correct headers in the bodies of messages, and product fully compliant messages. obviously, this has nothing to do with the QWK format anymore (since all the QWK information is ignored), and requires support from the unpacker to also use these body `headers' and ignore the (useless) QWK headers. the SlipStream Jet packer tries to compensate for QWK limitations, but often fails unless you have a very long expiry time and/or you frequently upload your replies, because it needs the original, unmangled articles to rebuild the missing headers. so, look elsewhere for QWK readers. if you must.
Subject: a.u.o software: 300 common sites, template From: auofaq@locutus.ofB.ORG (Alt.Usenet.Offline-reader FAQ) 300 Common sites, template If you know of any other products that support offline activities for RFC-compliant mail and news, please send the following information in mail to auofaq@locutus.ofB.ORG . Also, be sure to post your announcement, to make sure everyone knows about it. Name: [Product name] Author: [email address] Location: [ftp site] [filename] * Type: Packet Generator/Packet Reader/Both Environment: [msdos][mac][ms-windows][os2][atari-st][unix][etc.] Formats: [soup][zipnews] Description/Comments: * the Coast to Coast Software Repository seems to have disappeared in mid-1998. for the Coast to Coast Software Repository collection, just use `coast' for the ftp site, and give the first two directories (e.g., `msdos/offline') plus filename. the main mirror is -- if you connect to <> you'll get a list of mirrors. most files can be found at <>, and in particular <>. Coast to Coast seems to be in the process of discontinuing their Software Repository. Coast/SimTel had decided to stop allowing files which do not include the address and phone number of the author, which annoys me to no end. there are rumors that this policy has been dropped; if not, consider alternate sites. the special entry ``simtelnet:'' indicates the collection, available in many places, including CD-ROMs, and its main ftp mirror, -- if you connect to <> you'll get a list of mirrors [?]., which is clearly not a network provider, and is thus badly misnamed, is a new Walnut Creek site. for the Cica ms-windows collection, just use `cica' for the ftp site, and give the first directory (e.g., `util') plus filename. on cica itself, the ms-windows files are in see also , cica's new home. for the sumex-aim info-mac collection, just use `info-mac' for the ftp site. one of the main info-mac sites is .
Subject: a.u.o software: 400 author contacts From: auofaq@locutus.ofB.ORG (Alt.Usenet.Offline-reader FAQ) 400 author contacts soup zip unzip getnews solar uqwk uqwk-js uqwkselector zipnews hpv slnr unor zipnewsreader yarn yarn yarn-os2 yarn-os2 yarneditorsh yarnfoldutil paperboy rfdmail toadnews pronto, [800-63-TOUCH,+1 415 578 8580] nnrnews offlinepgp versatermlink soupcmd macslurp ... offliner [was:; now unknown] offline-orbit williamsnews snuupm uufree uufree@locutus.ofB.ORG macsoup readmail newswerthy newshopper newsfetcher rnmac okami [old?] okami okami tetrix winyarn ? souper souper souper wssoup olmenu sonr wsomr nautnews [formerly] forte-agent autonews vweave ddigest foldscan postroadmail thor imail phhnews newspkg newsxpress turnpike netcetera bobs-sumfile uqwk-sel-dos oui [?] oui +1 303-661-0345 [?] quickelm shownews bluewave nfx tropical virtualaccess virtualaccess gravity palmtopreader nettamer nettamer-ware pgmail golded snarfnews [withheld by request] soup2pkt mountainrdr offlinelist why slipit-ukappp slippper wippper @ccessnews niespnr hogwasher yirx [not given explicitly; see the web pages for a big hint] plor ... newsflex pronews ... multimail beinformed ...
Subject: a.u.o software: 500 ftp sites From: auofaq@locutus.ofB.ORG (Alt.Usenet.Offline-reader FAQ) 500 ftp sites soup coast:msdos/offline/ soup [error 1998/May/13] soup zip* unzip* getnews ...? solar coast:msdos/waffle/ solar ? solar uqwk uqwk-js uqwkselector zipnews coast:msdos/offline/ hpv coast:msdos/offline/ slnr* slnr* unor zipnewsreader coast:msdos/offline/ yarn coast:msdos/offline/ [not latest] yarn-os2 [not latest] yarn yarn-os2 yarneditorsh coast:msdos/offline/ yarnfoldutil coast:msdos/offline/ paperboy rfdmail toadnews pronto [retail package] eval: nnrnews coast:msdos/offline/ offlinepgp coast:msdos/offline/ versatermlink [retail package - nothing ftp-able] soupcmd macslurp ... offliner [old: offliner offline-orbit [via mail from author] williamsnews snuupm coast:msdos/uucp/ uufree uufree uufree macsoup info-mac:comm/inet/mac-soup-* macsoup macsoup readmail readmail newswerthy coast:msdos/offline/ [not latest] newswerthy simtelnet:msdos/mailnews/ newswerthy newswerthy newshopper newsfetcher rnmac okami okami okami tetrix* tetrix cica:winsock/ winyarn coast:win3/offline/ souper souper souper souper wssoup olmenu olmenu olmenu sonr sonr sonr wsomr nautnews [formerly forte-agent forte-agent [commercial full-blown version available, not for ftp] autonews vweave vweave coast:win3/offline/ ddigest coast:msdos/offline/ foldscan postroadmail thor thor imail phhnews coast:win3/offline/ phhnews coast:win3/offline/ phhnews <> newspkg newsxpress newsxpress turnpike turnpike turnpike netcetera bobs-sumfile coast:msdos/offline/ uqwk-sel-dos coast:msdos/offline/ oui oui oui quickelm simtelnet:msdos/mailnews/ quickelm coast:msdos/offline/ shownews coast:msdos/offline/ bluewave nfx simtelnet:msdos/mailnews/ tropical tropical coast:win3/offline/ virtualaccess virtualaccess gravity palmtopreader palmtopreader nettamer nettamer nettamer simtelnet:msdos/nettamer/ nettamer simtelnet:msdos/nettamer/ nettamer nettamer nettamer-ware pgmail golded snarfnews soup2pkt mountainrdr offlinelist why slipit-ukappp* slipit-ukappp coast:msdos/offline/ slipit-ukappp slippper wippper @ccessnews niespnr coast:msdos/offline/ hogwasher yirx plor plor newsflex pronews multimail beinformed
Subject: a.u.o software: 600 miscellaneous From: auofaq@locutus.ofB.ORG (Alt.Usenet.Offline-reader FAQ) 600 miscellaneous soup - Simple Offline Usenet Packet format offlinepgp - soup-aware pgp addon yarneditorsh - editor shell+utilities for yarn yarnfoldutil - utilities for yarn folders winyarn - ms-windows front-end to yarn olmenu - menu-based front-end to uqwk sonr - simpler version of olmenu snuupm - easy-install of snews, uupc, and pmail uufree - free uucp/mail/news, with installation/configuration program ddigest - extract articles from digest into newsgroups foldscan - scans news for keywords, puts hits into file or folder bobs-sumfile - select threads based on subject lines, uqwk and soup uqwk-sel-dos - works with uqwk's summary mode to select threads soup2pkt - convert soup <-> Fidonet PKT offlinelist (OLMR) - ASCII text info on SOUP (and other) offline mail products why - windows front-end for yarn yirx - Yarn Information & Resource eXchange
Subject: a.u.o software: 700 packers From: auofaq@locutus.ofB.ORG (Alt.Usenet.Offline-reader FAQ) 700 packers -- `name' - `function'; `platforms'; `standards' 701 getnews - generator; Unix; soup 702 solar - generator; msdos Waffle; soup 703 uqwk - generator; Unix NNTP, Unix spool; soup/zipnews 704 uqwk-js - generator; Unix NNTP, Unix spool; soup/zipnews 705 uqwkselector - generator; Unix NNTP, Unix spool; ... 706 zipnews - generator; msdos Waffle, PC-Board, Wildcat; zipnews 707 nnrnews - translator; msdos; nn save files, soup 708 soupcmd - uqwk add-on; Unix; soup commands that uqwk handles non-souply 709 macslurp - news importer via SLIP; mac; ... 710 newsfetcher - news importer via SLIP; mac; ... 711 souper - packer of SLIP mail/news; os2; soup 712 souper - packer of SLIP mail/news; ms-windows; soup 713 wssoup - packer of SLIP mail/news; ms-windows; soup 714 slipit-ukappp - packer of SLIP/PPP mail/news; msdos; soup 715 newspkg - news importer via SLIP; perl (unix or other); std directory tree 716 snarfnews - makes SOUP-subset rnews batches from NNTP (and other things) 717 slippper - ? [includes automated NNTP]; msdos; ? 718 wippper - ? [includes automated NNTP]; ms-windows; ?
Subject: a.u.o software: 800 readers From: auofaq@locutus.ofB.ORG (Alt.Usenet.Offline-reader FAQ) 800 readers -- `name' - `function'; `platforms'; `standards' note that `TCP/IP-based proprietary' often means that the package will grab messages via nntp or pop3 or imap, and keep them in a local proprietary database. many of these packages can also work online. most packages will hand mail and news 801 hpv (helldiver packet viewer) - reader; msdos; soup 802 slnr (simple local news reader) - reader; Unix, msdos, atari; soup 803 unor (USENET offline reader) - reader; ms-windows; soup 804 zipnewsreader - reader; msdos; zipnews 805 yarn - reader; msdos, os2; soup 806 paperboy - reader; ms-windows; soup 807 rfdmail - reader; ms-windows; proprietary 808 toadnews - reader pre-processor; mac; soup 809 pronto - reader; ms-windows; proprietary 810 versatermlink - reader; mac; proprietary 811 offliner - reader; ms-windows; soup; DISCONTINUED 812 offline-orbit - reader; amiga; soup 813 williamsnews - reader; ms-windows; soup 814 macsoup - reader; mac; soup 815 readmail - reader; msdos; soup 816 newswerthy - reader; msdos; soup 817 newshopper - reader; mac; proprietary 818 rnmac - reader; mac; soup? 819 okami - reader; atari st, Linux; soup, text 820 tetrix - reader; msdos; TCP/IP-based soup 821 wsomr - reader; msdos; soup 822 [nautnews - reader; ms-windows; TCP/IP-based proprietary] 823 forte-agent - reader; ms-windows; TCP/IP-based proprietary (use a.u.o.f) 824 autonews - reader; ms-windows; TCP/IP-based ? 825 vweave - selector; ms-windows; uqwk selection files (not soup-based) 826 postroadmail - reader; os2; custom pop3-based 827 thor - reader; amiga; soup, TCP/IP-based 828 imail - reader; msdos; custom 829 phhnews - reader; ms-windows; ? 830 newsxpress - reader; ms-windows; TCP/IP-based proprietary workaround 831 turnpike - reader; ms-windows; proprietary 832 netcetera - reader; ms-windows; proprietary 833 oui - reader; ms-windows; proprietary? 834 quickelm - reader; msdos; front-end for Unix shell 835 shownews - reader; msdos; proprietary news 836 bluewave - reader; msdos, os2; bluewave, QWK-ignore-headers, soup (promised) 837 nfx - reader; msdos; soup 838 tropical - reader; ms-windows; soup 839 virtualaccess - reader; ms-windows; TCP/IP-based proprietary 840 gravity - reader; ms-windows; announcement didn't mention method 841 palmtopreader - reader; HP palmtops, msdos; zipnews 842 nettamer - reader; msdos; TCP/IP-based proprietary 843 pgmail - reader; ms-windows; announcement didn't mention method 844 golded - reader; msdos; soup and others 845 mountainrdr - reader; ms-windows; soup and others 846 @ccessnews - packer+reader; ms-windows; proprietary 847 niespnr - reader; msdos; downloaded files with messages all run together 848 hogwasher - reader; mac; TCP/IP-based proprietary 849 plor - reader; unix; soup and others 850 newsflex - reader; unix; announcement didn't mention method 851 pronews - reader; os2; unknown 852 multimail - reader; msdos, ms-windows, os2, unix; soup and others 853 beinformed - reader; be; unknown

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