Omni 128 BBS


Omni Software


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 Facts:

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.

Hardware Information

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       :

SysOp Utilities and Support

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       :

Message Editor

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

Text Libraries

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       :

Program Libraries

Structure   :   Libraries of program file lists?
Programs    :   BASIC, explicit interaction with BBS
Network     :   Not supported
Other       :

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