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Allows workstation peer-to-peer chat ability on Novell Network.
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Allows workstation peer-to-peer chat ability on Novell Network.
File Name File Size Zip Size Zip Type
CHAT.EXE 60526 32383 deflated
NETCHAT.ICO 766 169 deflated
READ.ME 7297 2806 deflated
REGISTER.FRM 3093 898 deflated

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Contents of the READ.ME file

NETCHAT V.1.0 Rev. A

NetChat is an independently developed program which allows peer-to-peer
communication on a Novell local area network. By enabling users to "talk"
to one another directly through their workstations, NetChat speeds routine
office communication, without placing any additional demand on the fileserver.

The program presented here is the revised Limited version of NetChat,
which does not offer many of the features which you can obtain in the Full
version of NetChat. With this upgraded version of the program your network's
users will have access to an "Answering Machine" module, multi-user "Forum"
chats, and an E-Mail system.

NetChat is a shareware program. It is freely distributed on the understanding
that those who use it for over 30 days will register with, and submit a small
license fee to, its developers. To obtain a registration form, please print


1. Log in to your network as the network supervisor
2. Make a CHAT directory on the root of the SYS volume of your fileserver.
It is essential that CHAT be installed on SYS to ensure correct execution
of the program.
3. Copy your unzipped NetChat files onto the CHAT directory.
4. Check that you have the following files:

5. Put the CHAT directory into the path of each of the workstations, and grant
at least the read, write and create rights to all users for this directory.

To run the program, type CHAT at the DOS prompt.


Each user may change certain characteristics of NetChat by choosing Setup
from the main menu:

Available for Chat:
If the user does not wish receive calls for a period of time, he or she can
toggle this option to NO. Setting it back to YES makes the user available
once more for calls.

Timeout After:
The user may define the length of time for which NetChat will wait for
an answer to a call. The time interval is stated in seconds, with a
default value of 30.

Chat Request Line:
The user may personalize the message sent to those he or she calls by
typing text into the highlighted area.

Press Escape to leave Setup. You can now save or abandon your changes.


- Run CHAT
- Choose "Page" from the main menu.
- You will be presented with a second menu (the Page menu) listing all users
currently logged into the network.
- Use the up and down arrows to highlight the user you wish to contact.
- Hit enter.

NetChat will now page the user you have selected - for this example the user's
name will be Jim.

Upon selecting JIM from the Page menu, you will receive one of the following

JIM is unavailable This indicates that Jim is either engaged in a NetChat
call already, or that he has elected not to receive
calls at the moment.

Prompt Blocked Retry? Jim's monitor is currently displaying a network
message, so the message that you were paging him
could not reach him. If you wish to try calling again,
in the hope that Jim has cleared the message which
blocked yours, select "Yes". If not, select "No" and
you will be returned to the list of those currently
logged into the fileserver.

Paging JIM ... Your call has been placed. Jim's workstation will
inform him that he is being paged. Your workstation
will wait for Jim to respond for the length of time
you have specified in Setup. You may hit a key at any
time to stop paging and return to the Page menu.


If another user is paging you a message will appear at the bottom of your
screen informing you that you are being paged, and by whom.

If you receive this message while in NetChat:
- Hold down the Control key while pressing Enter to clear the message.
- You will be connected automatically with the caller

- Hold down the Control key while pressing Enter to clear the message.
- Go to DOS
- At the DOS prompt, type CHAT
- You will now be connected with the incoming call.

To chat, simply type in what you wish the other party to receive. Both
parties can type simultaneously.

When you wish to hang up, press Escape. This will cut the connection between
the terminals, and return both parties to NetChat's main menu.



NetChat works great under Windows! Set NetChat up as you would any other
DOS application under Windows, and change the icon to NETCHAT.ICO, which
is included in this package. You will now be able to initiate or respond
to CHAT requests with the click of a mouse button.


NetChat can be accessed through remote communication packages such as
Telereplica(tm) and Co/Session(tm). Just dial into the network, log in
and type CHAT, as you normally would from a local workstation.

We hope that you enjoy using NetChat and find it useful and effective.
Please distribute the package freely, however, the files:


MUST be distributed together and unmodified.



The first release of NetChat was designed for 50-user (or less) networks.
As a response to demand, revision A now works correctly on networks of up
to 250 users.

Some users of the earlier version experienced difficulties in selecting
a user to page from the page menu. This was corrected in revision A,
as were a few other minor bugs.

If you already use NetChat, are not yet registered, and have a version of
NetChat older than revision A, please replace the older version with this

Registered users of NetChat will receive this revised version in the mail.


Copyright 1992, Markus A. Weigl

The developers make no representations or warranties with respect to this
program and specifically disclaim any implied warranties of merchantability
or fitness for any particular purpose. Further, the developers reserve the
right to revise this publication and software, and to make changes from time
to time in the content hereof without obligation to notify any person of
such revisions or changes.

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