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Current Version: 1.3

A shareware bbs system that supports UUCP mail and news, POP/SMTP, chatting, and telnet, among other things. Version 1.3 addresses the following issues:

  • Added Pancake Tracker support.
  • Added Tracker to System Prefs.
  • Fixed Telnet/POP3/Finger problem.
  • Found several other TCP/IP bugs, Pancake should be more stable now.
  • Added an Extended Multichat Help, with more explanation on how to create rooms, and execute actions.
  • Fixed ReScan button in Sections
  • Fixed "Section offline" message when it's in fact there.
  • Zmodem progress bar now draws correctly, left to right.
  • Added Multi Admin Acs, so that anyone with at least this acs will always have admin power in any room.
  • This makes it possible for the sysop (or anyone with Multi Admin Acs) to boot people from the Main Room, code was added to support this.
  • Fixed obscure bug where the node would stop responding to user.
  • Support for MacPPP removed, changed to OT PPP, not implemented yet though.
  • Hard Close removed.
  • All System Prefs panes resized to new size.
  • Dyamic texts using Acs's implemented! This makes pancake support VT100 and ANSI. To use just put a acs in a ~[] and it will only display if the user makes that acs.
  • e0..2 acs implemented, put a ~[e] before any VT100 commands
  • Emulation command implemented.
  • Prefs Menu implemented for changing Password, Emulation, Shell, and Editor. Edit your menus, and add 'prefs'!

User Reviews

"I used to use Pancake to run a middle school computer Bulletin Board (BBS) that gave students access to Internet E-mail, newsgroups, chat, and even telnet out. Before our school was wired, the BBS would dial up to exchange mail and news over a phone line.

"Pancake is now rather dated, given the web today. Still, it allows users to connect over AppleTalk, TCP/IP, and a phone line and runs on virtually any Macintosh (I used to run it on an LC II). I have a demo running so come visit the Public Education BBS: telnet:// (login as guest/guest)."

—Christopher Van Dyke
Technology Trainer, TUSD
Sysop, Public Education BBS

"I have been looking for a good program for the Mac to start a nice chat room. Well Pancake does that and a whole bunch more!! Pancake is a GREAT program!! The multichat area is a little bare, but with ResEdit and a few hours it will be a great chat area. This program is the best Macintosh chat/bbs server software I have ever found. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a stable Macintosh BBS server."
—Casey Allison


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Finally, take a look at ALEMIA if you think you know that name of an application, but aren't quite sure.

Of Note . . .

No, I don't accept reviews anymore for these older applications. With the creation of this page in the Orchard's late 2005 redesign, I only accept reviews for currently-developed applications that work on Mac OS X (or later....whatever that might be!!).