Color 64/v128


Greg Pfountz and Adam Fanello


The 128 version of Color 64 is actually an interesting story, in that it is the only 128 mode BBS program I know of which is actually a Commodore 64 program PATCHED to run in 128 mode in 80 columns and 2mhz. The ability to integrate "mods" into Color 64 has always been a unique feature of the program, and is alone in this ability as far as I know. However, who would have figured it could go to this extreme?

So, there is very little about the 128 version that is different from Color 64 itself beyond the compatibility modifications, no doubt extensive, created exclusively by Adam Fanello. You can even check out the Color 64 page itself for more information on this program, including some screen grabs.

The Facts:

The information below pertains to Color 64/v128 v7.37. I compiled the information based on documentation from the Color 64 and v128 home pages, and from what I recall of the systems I've seen. If any information here needs to be changed or updated, please let me know.

Hardware Information

Computer    :   Commodore 128 in 128 mode
Video       :   40 or 80 columns
Drives      :   Commodore drives, full CMD support, REU support
Modems      :   1650, 1660, 1670, Hayes, RS232, Swiftlink, 100-2400 baud
Input       :   Keyboard
Output      :   Printer
RAM use     :   As a swap area for system modules
Special     :   1571 flippy support


Pgm Struct  :   Large overlayed modules
Menu Struct :   Text changable, hotkey system
Translation :   ASCII, full CBM graphics
Access      :   9 levels, semi-flexible definitions
Handle/ID   :   Handles allowed, listed by ID number
User info   :   Name, phone, handle, xfer blks, last call, baud, etc
User Logs   :   Full keystroke log kept in memory, backed up to disk
Calls/Time  :   Definable per access level, includes idle timer
Network     :   Proprietary system, Network v1.26, and Comlink
Customizing :   Relatively easy, all code in uncompiled BASIC
  Programs  :   BASIC interpreted code, easy to change
  Displays  :   Most displays are SEQ files, text lines in BASIC
  Commands  :   Command keys changable only
Areas       :   Most options accessed from single main area
  E-mail    :   From main menu
  Messages  :   From main menu
  Transfers :   From main menu
  Network   :   Integrated with networked functions
  Programs  :   From main menu
  Text      :   Separate menu
  User Cmds :   From main menu
  SysOp     :   From main menu
  Voting    :   From main menu, selection system
  News      :   Not implemented
  Help      :   Separate menu, extensive
Other       :

SysOp Utilities and Support

Offline     :   SEQ file, complete configuration/setup editors
Online      :   Chat, User access changer, autologoff
Remote      :   User/file/transfer/message editors; CBM-DOS shell
On-L Display:   User info line before prompt, user access option
W.F.C. Utils:   Terminal program, local logon
Chatting    :   From legal areas
User        :   Complete user editor
Msg Bases   :   SubOp control, message editing
Transfers   :   File editors and SubOp controls
Programs    :   Extra programs integrated with main program
Network     :   Unknown
Drives      :   CBM-DOS shell, nice little extras
Terminal    :   Full featured terminal program


Structure   :   N/A
Header      :   N/A
Weeding     :   N/A
Display     :   N/A


Structure   :   Linear, with linked threads
Bases       :   8 Named bases with catagories, both access restricted
Limits      :   All messages on bases under message limit for that base
            :   Weeded during auto-maintenance
Reading     :   By number, or global new reading
Headers     :   Name, date, subject
Format      :   Color graphics, cursor movements, etc
Writing     :   Replies and new posts under same limits, access restr.
Anonymous   :   Anonymous posts allowed with access
Network     :   Supported
Other       :   Scanning supported

Message Editor

Structure   :   Line editor
Commands    :   Meta commands from a blank line
Editing     :   Search/replace, deleting
Formatting  :   Word wrap, uppercase graphics
Graphics    :   Full color/gfx, cursor movements, smart delete


Bases       :   26 Named bases, divided into catagories, listed by letter
Storage     :   Directory files kept per base
Limits      :   Maintained by SysOp/SubOp
Credits     :   Definable ratio
Protocols   :   Xmodem (CHK, CRC), Punter (multi), Ymodem?, ASCII
Headers     :   Blocks, filename, type, date
Selection   :   By filename
Listing     :   Global new files listing supported
Network     :   Not supported
Other       :

Text Libraries

Structure   :   Linear list of titled files
Storage     :   As standard SEQ files
Network     :   Not supported
Other       :   Downloading


Structure   :   Options from main menu, and message base reading
Sending     :   By ID number, handle, or as reply
Receiving   :   On command, or at logon
Network     :   Supported
Other       :

Program Libraries

Structure   :   From main menu
Programs    :   Integrated into program, explicit interaction w/BBS
Network     :   Not supported
Other       :

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