Hotline Software Info

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The Hotline Communications Suite consists of three applications, combining powerful client/server software with ease-of-use.  The Hotline Server provides a secure, easy-to-use method of hosting files, a means of chat, instant messages, and collaboration for both the average and the power user.  The Client, used to connect with the Server, incorporates an elegant user interface along with a low RAM requirement into a powerful application for exchange of files, chat, and messaging.  

user interface
 ¥  simple, intuitive user interface enabling quick access to all functions
 ¥  quick access to all functions through the toolbar

administration
 ¥  user accounts can be created and modified remotely
 ¥  remote file administration including moving files, renaming, trashing
 ¥  files on the server can be freely moved around in the finder,
 ¥  Server management and maintenance is simple enough for the average user

system requirements (MacOS)
 ¥  the client will run in under 1 megabyte of RAM
 ¥  the server uses about 1 megabyte, and dynamically allocates 200k from the system for each file transfer when required
 ¥  both client and server applications require less than 1 Mbyte of hard disk space  (the server requires more space to accommodate any files you will be serving)
 ¥  all software requires a a 68030 processor or better (including PPC), and color display
 ¥  both MacOS Client and Server require System 7.5 or greater and Open Transport Networking
 ¥  requirements for Windows 95/NT will be announced at a later date

file transfers
 ¥  all uploads and downloads are fully resumable
 ¥  file transfers from one MacOS computer to another are in native format, removing the hassles of macbinary and binhex
 ¥  greater efficiency than FTP as calculated by our tests (preliminary results show between 800k and 1M/sec over 10Base-T)
 ¥  multiple files can be arranged in a queue, transferred simultaneously, or a combination of both.  Queued transfers can be immediately started while other transfers are in progress
 ¥  files can include comments using standard MacOS finder comments, which can be read/modified online

networking/compatibility
 ¥  The Client, Server, and Tracker for MacOS each require Open Transport networking software. All Hotline Software for MacOS is 100% Open Transport native.  It will run on any TCP/IP network including the Internet and Intranets
 ¥  the Windows NT/95 versions will be fully compatible with their MacOS counterparts, also running on any TCP/IP network

multitasking
 ¥  file transfers, chat, private messages, news posting, and tracker listing all occur simultaneously
 ¥  all the software is built from ground-up to support multitasking, and will not interfere with other processes running on the same PC

security
 ¥  multiple user accounts are available allowing different security levels for different users
 ¥  up to twenty-six different privileges can be set for each individual user account providing a flexible workgroup solution with multi-layered security
 ¥  each individual user account can have its own unique files area
 ¥  there were no successful attempts at circumventing security in our ÒHack HotlineÓ contest, showing that when properly configured, the Hotline Suite proves to be a secure communications solution

accessibility
 ¥  The Hotline Tracker allows a list of currently working servers to be compiled and viewed by any client.
 ¥  Each server registering with a tracker can specify its own name and a 127 character comment

protocols
 ¥  Hotline software uses propriety protocols to overcome limitations of those developed years ago, still in use today
 ¥  Hotline's protocols provide faster, more efficient communication

highlights
 ¥  an easy-to-use interface and relatively low system requirements making the software available for virtually any user
 ¥  powerful functionality including efficient, resumable file transferring, security, server tracking, customizability and scalability for multiple users
 ¥  these combined make Hotline software an attractive solution for use in Internet and Intranet communications


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