The name of the program ("6487 Exchange" in one case, and "Ultimate Exchange" in another) suggests lowly roots in the 6480 line of BBS programs. However, from top to bottom, aside from certain suggestions of its past, this IS a new program.
In the first place, the system configuration and setup utilities are OFF-line! This means that such details as the name of your system, the modem you are using, and so forth are not set AFTER you boot the BBS! Another staple of the 648X line of BBS programs was the hard coded menus. Well, these have remained, but a very exciting twist has been thrown in (see below). One might almost think this program was meant to be a full fledged BBS program instead of a prototype FTP server like its predecessors.
Below you can see a faintly familiar waiting for call screen:
Fairly standard 648x W.F.C. screen
Where's the loaded SysOp menu?
The above then points out another interesting point about this program. From the surprise of programmable menus, to the surprise of finding Nick Smith's name attached to one hacked copy, it seems two programs (All American and Zelch 128) appear to be have been strongly influenced by 6487/U.E.S. Zelch 128 was started in 1987, but Nick Smith was already going over to All American 128 by then, and so must have worked concurrently on the two.
You can see below some screen grabs from a configured system. This configuration is, of course, optional. :)
A fairly full main menu on this version.
The default transfers menu-- now separate
Computer : Commodore 64 or 128 in 64 mode Video : 40 Columns Drives : (1-4) Commodore, limited CMD (no parts, no subdirs) Modems : 1600, 1650, 1660, 1670, Hayes, other 300-1200 RS232 Input : Keyboard Output : Printer optional RAM use : N/A Special :
Pgm Struct : Single program Menu Struct : Menus are command hotkeys executing definable op-codes Translation : ASCII only Access : 8 levels, very limited configurations Handle/ID : Handle/name used, users listed by id User info : Handle, password, access, credits User Logs : Calls and xfers to disk or printer Calls/Time : By access, 2 min idle timer built in Network : N/A Customizing : As many menus as you want, each doing whatever you like Programs : Compiled BASIC, not customizable Displays : Not customizable Commands : Very flexible; keys and associated actions are definable Areas : Depends upon configuration of a particular system E-mail : Associated op-codes may appear in any menu Messages : One op-code for entire system; separate area Transfers : Associated op-codes may appear in any menu Network : N/A Programs : N/A Text : Associated op-codes may appear in any menu User Cmds : " SysOp : " Voting : ", free answer system News : N/A Help : N/A Other :
Offline : Menu maker, configuration and setup editors Online : User editors, disk access, terminal program Remote : User editors, disk access On-L Display: User info line only W.F.C. Utils: Same as online utils Chatting : From a valid prompt User : Complete editors Msg Bases : Offline creators only Transfers : Open system Programs : N/A Network : N/A Drives : CBM-DOS prompt available Terminal : Xfer terminal available
Structure : Omni message (short text message) at logon Header : No set header Weeding : N/A Display : At logon or on command
Structure : Linear style, unlinked Bases : Named bases, listed by number Limits : Only those enforced by SysOp : Reading : By number only Headers : Name, date, subject Format : Text only Writing : As new post only, no replies Anonymous : Not supported Network : N/A Other :
Structure : Line editor Commands : Return on a blank line brings menu Editing : Rewrite lines only Formatting : No formatting supported Graphics : Not supported
Bases : Open directory system Storage : On any drive Limits : Limits enforced by SysOp Credits : Ratio system implemented Protocols : Punter (multi) Headers : Filename, blocks Selection : By name Listing : Directories only Network : N/A Other :
Structure : Linear list of up to 99 files Storage : As standard SEQ files Network : N/A Other :
Structure : Sending opcode may appear in any menu Sending : By ID number Receiving : At log-on only Network : N/A Other :
Structure : N/A Programs : N/A Network : N/A Other :
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