Virtual Access 6 Releases
Going to retire the old 2003 portion of this page soon. Please check the downloads page for the latest releases. There are official and unofficial releases. Latest official release is Build 12 from last year, latest unofficial release (17b) is from May 2005. You are strongly encouraged to follow the beta newsgroups if you are interested in VAOS. There's the place where news, new releases, test builds etc. will be released and where your questions will be answered. Thanks!
Initial Virtual Access 6 Releases
- A new version of INET32 has been released. This module is a
plug and go replacement for the existing INET32, and should be
safe to use with existing installations of VA 5.5x. This module
ONLY handles internet communications - SMTP/POP3 mail send/receive
and NNTP news send/receive. Existing mail/news rules should continue
to function correctly.
A new version of the Rules dialog has been released complete with
import/export functions for manual editing purposes.
- Later this month we will complete Alpha testing of an entirely
new 2-part suite of comms code: this will released very shortly.
A new term32 executable is introduced, whilst the existing term32
will be retained and renamed and, for the short term future, the
old term32 version will be used only in support of CIS connections.
Thus for CIS connections, VA calls the new term32 which then calls
the old [renamed] term32, whilst for CIX connections VA calls
the new term32 which in turn calls a new scriptless comms executable.
Existing mail/news rules should continue to function correctly.
For a number of reasons it will probably not be possible to provide
a simple installation or patch mechanism for this module when
installing with VA 5.5x - though there should be detailed manual
installation instructions available. For this reason during the
first few months following release we will only be recommending
the installation of the new comms module to experienced beta testers.
The module will also be marked as a beta module in the naming
of the distribution.
- The first beta release of the core code is now ready and a binary
version should be available before the end of the month.
Because we have had to make some very fundamental changes to the
coding architecture of VA, in order to handle the replacement
code, this version WILL require a "clean" install to
a new directory.
This distribution will also be marked as a beta module in the
naming of the distribution.
We do hope to provide
a mechanism for importing content and pointers across to the new
VA: however potential beta testers need to be aware that there are
currently no really good open source equivalents for the WISE or
InstallShield application binary installers - which means that in
the first instance you will have to handle your installation process
manually. This should involve nothing more than unzipping the file
to a directory of your choice, but that information may be subject
to change between now and the release date.
This clean install environment
also means that you will be able to use both old and new versions
side by side, although it may take some manual juggling on CIS/CIX
to keep unread message pointers in synch.
Once again, given the
degree of change in the new version we will only be recommending
this build to experienced beta testers during its first few months,
despite the fact that we have high hopes of its stability.
Limitations of the initial
This first release omits
several features with which users are familiar: specifically these
are as follows
- Spell Checker and Dictionary
- HTML Display
- Rendering of bold, italic and other font attributes.
- Keyboard macros.
Whilst we recognise the
importance of these features, we also felt constrained to get a
public release out as rapidly as possible, in order to allow VA
to benefit from a wider community of developers.
The Open Source Team
Virtual Access Foundation