Software:C-Net 12.0

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C-Net 12.0
C-Net 12.0 loading screen.jpg
C-Net 12.0 loading screen
Original author(s)Perspective Software
Developer(s)Don Gladden and Ray Kelm
Initial release1987
Written inBASIC
PredecessorC-Net 11.1a
SuccessorC-Net 12.1
SizeSingle 5.25 floppy
Available inEnglish
TypeBBS Software
License$64.95, $35 for Upgrade from v10 or v11

C-Net 12.0 (C-Net 64) was a full featured, single-line, bulletin board system (BBS) software system released in 1987 for the Commodore 64 microcomputer by Perspective Software.[1] It was based on C-Net 10.0 written by Ken Pletzer and was coded by Don Gladden and Ray Kelm.[1] [2] [3] It originally sold for $64.95 or a upgrade from V10 or V11 for $35.00.[4]

C-Net 12.0 was one of the most powerful and flexible BBS program available for Commodore computers.[5] It was written mostly in BASIC, so it is very easy to modify.[1] The editor, I/O routines and other speed-intensive modules are written in machine language for speed.

One unique feature of C-Net is "P-Files",[1] or program modules. These enable C-Net to run unrestricted by the memory limitations of Commodore computers. Basically, C-Net keeps a "main program" in memory that contains the basic C-Net functions and routines like the main menu and the commands available from all levels. Then, it loads in a "P-File" for whatever subsystem you are using.[6] An official P-File disk was available from Perspective for $18.95.[4] Among the many P-Files that were created, WallWriter and Voting Booth by John Moore (aka Little John) were some of the more popular.

Hundreds of P-File games were also created. Some popular ones were Murder Motel, Empire, Dragon World, Battle and Orion. C-Net 12.0 also had a flexible security model and fully customizable sub boards, upload/download areas and e-mail.[1] It also used MCI (Message Command Interpreter) commands to handle graphics.[1] PETSCII art was also a popular creative outlet on BBSs of this era.

C-Net 12.0 was not based on C-Net 11.0/11.1a but was based primarily on C-Net 10.0 written by Ken Pletzer. [2] Version 11.x, which was written by Jim Selleck, was succeeded by C-Net 11.6.[3] Which was eventually rebranded as C-Net DS2. After Several versions of DS2, it was acquired by Storm’s Edge Technologies in 2012.[7]

When purchased, the buyer would receive a single 5.25 Floppy disk, instruction manual and a dongle to prevent piracy. This dongle would plug in to joystick port 2. [8]

CNet 12.0 Disk and Manual
Example login screen of a BBS running C-Net 12.0

The C-Net family of BBSs were supported nationwide by a dedicated group of sysops known as the C-Net Sysop Support Center (CSSC).[9][10] This group was headed up by Fred Dart (aka The Chief), John Moore (aka Little John), Gear Jammer and others around the country.[2] While there was not official headquarters for the CSSC, Port Commodore BBS, run by Fred Dart, was one of the main places to find these fixes. [9][10] Using the CSSC network, they would share fixes and modifications that sysops could make to their own code. Sysops across the country created their own P-Files that could be incorporated into other BBSs if the sysops chose too.[9][10] Because of this, C-Net 12.0 BBSs could look very different from each other.

During the summer of 1988, version 12.1 (also written by Don Gladden) was set to be released as a $7.98 upgrade.[11] During this time Don Gladden left Perspective Software and took 12.1 with him. After a few changes, it was rebranded as Image BBS 1.0.[2][11] The CSSC was replaced with NISSA (The New Image Sysop Support Association). C-Net 12.1 would eventually be released by Perspective Software.


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