Supra 128 BBS


Julian Burger and Jim Abraham


The first thing to strike someone seeing this program is the profound influence Color 64 has had on the author. Of course, this is not surprising considering what a trail blazing piece of work Color 64 was, but its influence is duly noted here. Supra 128 is slightly more well structured than Color 64, and although it doesn't require the "Loading module..." notice due to the small size of its modules (and the speed of c128 drives), it includes it anyway.

Supra 128 is a colorful and pleasing looking program with some interesting features, including an animated main prompt and a colorfully graphical waiting for call screen, as you can see here.

The Facts:

Hardware Information

Computer    :   Commodore 128
Video       :   40 or 80 columns
Drives      :   CBM, CMD parts/subdirs, flippies
Modems      :   Hayes/1670 300-2400
Input       :   Keyboard only
Output      :   Screen, Printer
RAM use     :   Ram Drive (RamDos included)
Special     :   1571 two sided support


Pgm Struct  :   Main program with several BASIC overlay modules
Menu Struct :   Hotkey, keystroke definable system
Translation :   ASCII, PETSCII
Access      :   10 definable levels
Handle/ID   :   Handles supported, users listed by ID
User info   :   Name, address, access, phone, credits, time, etc.
User Logs   :   Name, ID#
Calls/Time  :   Definable for each level, idle timer included
Network     :   N/A
Customizing :   Somewhat configurable
  Programs  :   BASIC, easy to modify
  Displays  :   Menus, command letters changable
  Commands  :   Command letters, access definable
Areas       :   Most everything from main menu
  E-mail    :   Separate menu
  Messages  :   From main menu
  Transfers :   From main menu
  Network   :   N/A
  Programs  :   Separate menu
  Text      :   Separate menu
  User Cmds :   From main menu
  SysOp     :   From main menu
  Voting    :   From main menu
  News      :   Welcome messages from menu
  Help      :   Integrated and separate menu
Other       :

SysOp Utilities and Support

Offline     :   Complete system config/setup editors
Online      :   Access, time, credits, privileges, forceoff
Remote      :   CBM-DOS Shell, user editor, vote, u/d, time
On-L Display:   Prompt line (name, access, ID#)
W.F.C. Utils:   User/vote editors, CBM DOS shell, Log, Mail
Chatting    :   During any input prompt
User        :   Complete user editor available
Msg Bases   :   Offline only
Transfers   :   U/D directory editor available
Programs    :   Offline editor only
Network     :   N/A
Drives      :   CBM-DOS Shell supported, file copy, read, edit
Terminal    :   Full features terminal program


Structure   :   Welcome message text files
Header      :   Date, abortable, title
Weeding     :   By SysOp only
Display     :   At logon or from main menu


Structure   :   Linear, threaded system
Bases       :   Named bases, listed by letter
Limits      :   Configurable limits set during system setup
            :   Weeded run-time (when a new post is made), or at logoff
Reading     :   Single, and global/base new messages
Headers     :   Date, poster, subject
Format      :   Text and graphics
Writing     :   As new post or reply
Anonymous   :   Not supported
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Message Editor

Structure   :   Line editor
Commands    :   Meta commands from blank line
Editing     :   Previous line only
Formatting  :   Centering supported
Graphics    :   Full upper/lower graphics sypported


Bases       :   Named bases, listed by letter
Storage     :   Directory files, manual or auto verify
Limits      :   By SysOp only
Credits     :   Ratio system implemented
Protocols   :   Xmodem, Punter, Xmodem Chk/CRC/1k, Ymodem
Headers     :   Number, name, size, type, date
Selection   :   By number
Listing     :   Validated files viewed as stored; desc. files
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Text Libraries

Structure   :   Numbered list of files
Storage     :   As standard SEQ files
Network     :   N/A
Other       :


Structure   :   From email menu, or at logon
Sending     :   By ID number or name
Receiving   :   At logon or on demand
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Program Libraries

Structure   :   Numbered list from a separate menu
Programs    :   BASIC modules, explicit interaction with BBS
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

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