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  • Qodem Development Update

    From Kevinl@VERT to All on Fri Mar 18 22:21:00 2016
    Hi all,

    tl;dr - 1.0beta is coming really soon. :-) Check out the Windows
    version here: http://qodem.sf.net/qodem-1.0beta-preview-setup.exe

    Last year I picked Qodem development back up. I had hoped that I
    would hit my ever-elusive 1.0 release within a few months, but alas
    life got in the way again plus I decided to go for broke on some
    additional features. Well, I am happy to say that I am getting very
    close indeed to 1.0. In fact I have only one major feature and one
    major bug left. I plan to put out a formal 1.0beta up for download on
    April 27: Qodem's 13th birthday.

    In the last ten months Qodem has come a long way. The main theme has
    been stability on Windows and a convenient out-of-the-box experience.
    It now has an installer that includes a good-looking VGA font, and
    puts a copy of the Telnet BBS Guide directory in Qodem phonebook
    format ready to load. Dozens of bugs have been fixed, and it now has
    (very experimental) support for serial ports in Windows. The codebase
    has undergone a massive overhaul, was dedicated to the public domain,
    and supports Visual C++ 6 as well as Borland C++ 5.

    The Windows 1.0beta "preview" download is pretty good. It's much more
    stable than the old 1.0alpha and finally worthy of being tried out in
    the real world. I wanted to get this out here to see how y'all like
    it.

    -Kevin


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  • From Mro@VERT/BBSESINF to Kevinl on Sat Mar 19 10:28:36 2016
    Re: Qodem Development Update
    By: Kevinl to All on Fri Mar 18 2016 10:21 pm

    tl;dr - 1.0beta is coming really soon. :-) Check out the Windows
    version here: http://qodem.sf.net/qodem-1.0beta-preview-setup.exe


    looking at the windows version. looks better than last time i tried it but getting this error

    http://i.imgur.com/QdvXhZI.png




    i dont think i have anything funny there.
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  • From HusTler@VERT/DIGDIST to Kevinl on Wed Mar 23 08:02:11 2016
    Re: Qodem Development Update
    By: Kevinl to All on Fri Mar 18 2016 22:21:00

    tl;dr - 1.0beta is coming really soon. :-) Check out the Windows

    Last year I picked Qodem development back up. I had hoped that I
    would hit my ever-elusive 1.0 release within a few months, but alas
    life got in the way again plus I decided to go for broke on some

    Let me the first to respond to your post Kevin. I've been using Qodem for over 3 years now and absolutley love it! (Plug). I'm using the new 1.0beta right now and I'm already seeing some great changes. I'm happy to report that ansi screens are displaying much better. I'm seeing blinking text now that I hadn't seen before. I love the font options you added and the windows installer works like a charm. I've been waiting some time for this update and I can tell you it was well worth the wait. Keep up the good work and thanks!

    HusTler

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  • From KenDB3@VERT/KD3NET to Kevinl on Tue Mar 29 12:08:30 2016
    Hi all,

    tl;dr - 1.0beta is coming really soon. :-) Check out the Windows
    version here: http://qodem.sf.net/qodem-1.0beta-preview-setup.exe

    Last year I picked Qodem development back up. I had hoped that I
    would hit my ever-elusive 1.0 release within a few months, but alas
    life got in the way again plus I decided to go for broke on some
    additional features. Well, I am happy to say that I am getting very
    close indeed to 1.0. In fact I have only one major feature and one
    major bug left. I plan to put out a formal 1.0beta up for download on
    April 27: Qodem's 13th birthday.

    In the last ten months Qodem has come a long way. The main theme has
    been stability on Windows and a convenient out-of-the-box experience.
    It now has an installer that includes a good-looking VGA font, and
    puts a copy of the Telnet BBS Guide directory in Qodem phonebook
    format ready to load. Dozens of bugs have been fixed, and it now has
    (very experimental) support for serial ports in Windows. The codebase
    has undergone a massive overhaul, was dedicated to the public domain,
    and supports Visual C++ 6 as well as Borland C++ 5.

    The Windows 1.0beta "preview" download is pretty good. It's much more stable than the old 1.0alpha and finally worthy of being tried out in
    the real world. I wanted to get this out here to see how y'all like
    it.

    -Kevin

    Thanks Kevin,

    I gave this a try and I already noticed improvements. My OS is Windows 8.1 (64-bit).

    The last version would fail a download through Kermit (my BBS on the far end was using the old DOS 3.16 executable), but this new version works like a champ.

    I have been connecting over SSH and it works really well. I tried connecting over RLogin, and my BBS started a New User Signup because it saw the username passed as "K" instead of "Kendb3".

    Also, the ANSI screens look great, however when I doubled the Font Size to see things a bit better, there seems to be tiny gaps on the edge of some of the block drawing characters in CP437. I can grab a screen shot if you like.

    ~KenDB3

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  • From Kevinl@VERT to HusTler on Wed Mar 30 21:31:00 2016
    HusTler wrote to Kevinl <=-

    Let me the first to respond to your post Kevin. I've been using Qodem
    for over 3 years now and absolutley love it! (Plug). I'm using the new 1.0beta right now and I'm already seeing some great changes. I'm happy
    to report that ansi screens are displaying much better. I'm seeing blinking text now that I hadn't seen before. I love the font options
    you added and the windows installer works like a charm. I've been
    waiting some time for this update and I can tell you it was well worth
    the wait. Keep up the good work and thanks!

    Thank you for the kind words, it helps a lot knowing that others out
    there are finding it useful. Getting the Win32 version working via
    Borland and VC has turned out to be really good for Qodem too, it
    sussed out several really subtle yet critical bugs.

    Crossing fingers for a good release really soon now....

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  • From Kevinl@VERT to KenDB3 on Wed Mar 30 21:47:00 2016
    KenDB3 wrote to Kevinl <=-

    I gave this a try and I already noticed improvements. My OS is Windows
    8.1 (64-bit).

    The last version would fail a download through Kermit (my BBS on the
    far end was using the old DOS 3.16 executable), but this new version
    works like a champ.

    Awesome! I discovered some bugs in Kermit byte encoding and decoding
    while I was transliterating it to Java that might have explained that.
    Glad to hear it is working better.

    I have been connecting over SSH and it works really well. I tried connecting over RLogin, and my BBS started a New User Signup because it saw the username passed as "K" instead of "Kendb3".

    Thanks for opening up the issue on github, I definitely check there
    most often. I think I know what's causing this, should have a fix in
    shortly.

    Also, the ANSI screens look great, however when I doubled the Font Size
    to see things a bit better, there seems to be tiny gaps on the edge of some of the block drawing characters in CP437. I can grab a screen shot
    if you like.

    Feel free to open another issue on github. I don't know if I will be
    able to fix this one (might need to hunt for yet another font), but
    the screenshot would be great to see. If you need a bigger font right
    away, TerminusTTF is pretty good.

    Thanks again for the feedback.

    ... MultiMail, the new multi-platform, multi-format offline reader!
    --- MultiMail/Linux v0.49
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  • From KenDB3@VERT/KD3NET to Kevinl on Thu Mar 31 00:40:05 2016
    KenDB3 wrote to Kevinl <=-

    I gave this a try and I already noticed improvements. My OS is Windows 8.1 (64-bit).

    The last version would fail a download through Kermit (my BBS on the far end was using the old DOS 3.16 executable), but this new version works like a champ.

    Awesome! I discovered some bugs in Kermit byte encoding and decoding
    while I was transliterating it to Java that might have explained that.
    Glad to hear it is working better.

    I have been connecting over SSH and it works really well. I tried connecting over RLogin, and my BBS started a New User Signup because it saw the username passed as "K" instead of "Kendb3".

    Thanks for opening up the issue on github, I definitely check there
    most often. I think I know what's causing this, should have a fix in shortly.

    Also, the ANSI screens look great, however when I doubled the Font Size to see things a bit better, there seems to be tiny gaps on the edge of some of the block drawing characters in CP437. I can grab a screen shot if you like.

    Feel free to open another issue on github. I don't know if I will be
    able to fix this one (might need to hunt for yet another font), but
    the screenshot would be great to see. If you need a bigger font right
    away, TerminusTTF is pretty good.

    Thanks again for the feedback.

    No problem!

    I submitted the Font issue, but I was also a bit more specific after some testing. It looks like some font sizes show this, and some do not. I also tried the TerminusTTF, it is a really nice font. The VGA is a better pick, and now that I know certain font sizes work better than others, its minor, really.

    I included screen shots from 10-pt, 20-pt, and 24-pt font sizes so you can get a comparison.

    Again, great work!

    ~KenDB3

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