New release builds on Server Extensions, File Transfer, Chat features, and OS Updates.
Irvine, CA - October 22, 1998 - Spider Island Software,, announced today that a new release, version 5.7, of its highly rated TeleFinder Internet BBS Server will be available next week.
TeleFinder v5.7 extends its use of Apple Scripting to support: server side file transfer and new user processing, and client side chat extensions. File Transfer speed has been optimized for fast network connections, and is up to four times faster than previous versions.


Successful uploads to the server are automatically passed to the "ProcessFileTransfer" server extension along with specific details about the file, user and destination. Using AppleScript, C/C++, or other scripting software, these feature makes it easy to integrate incoming files into a business workflow.
There is also a new extension interface for scripts and 3rd party software for hooking into the creation of new user accounts that can automate the routine aspects of new user maintenance.


TeleFinder v5.7 Macintosh adds the ability for users to create "Chat Bots" using the Apple Scriptable Chat Extensions.
Using Chat Extensions users can create client side custom loggers, add spelling correction, "twit" filters, fortune tellers, online help and more.
Version 5.7 also supports user definable file transfer "Helpers" using the MacOS 8.5 Internet Control Panel data, or an application specific database. file transfer Helpers process files after successful downloading.
This version now includes it's own File Transfer Log to record the results of all file transfer activity on the client side. Adds ability to use Chat Rooms in any part of the BBS. Includes support for MacOS 8.5's Navigation Services.
File Transfers using TeleFinder's high speed "Background" protocol can now recover from broken connections without data loss. The Background protocol has also been optimized to get the full benefit from T1 or better connections.


In TeleFinder v5.7 the Windows client is now 32 bit native for Windows 95/98 and NT. The new version adds long filename support, the new Windows File Browser, and 32 bit networking. TeleFinder/User for Windows also includes it's own File Transfer Log. Integrated "Thumbnail" viewer no longer requires the additional QuickTime™ for Windows installation. Adds ability to use Chat Rooms in any part of the BBS.


The Web Server is optimized for Open Transport 2.0, and is now capable of serving in excess of 17 million requests per day. TeleFinder v5.7 also adds new options available in the Active Pages including sorting of directory listings and support for the CGI "Query String" parameter.
The Web Server also prevents "dead listeners" by monitoring the state of the TCP-IP link and resetting TCP-IP when it detects a failed link. The server's log can now be rolled over on a predefined interval.


Added support files for Apple GV 56K, Farallon Netopia, Megahertz CruiseCards, Hayes Accura 56K and Global Village Teleport X2.


TeleFinder is $675 (new lower pricing! $99) for the Web, Email and BBS Servers. A license for unlimited distribution of the TeleFinder clients and 3 concurrent users is included with the package. The upgrade is free to purchasers of version 5.6, $150 (now $99) from previous versions. Version 5.7 (5.7.4) is available now.
OEM, Site, and Source code licenses are also available.


Founded in 1988, Spider Island Software, located in Irvine, CA, is a privately-held company that specializes in the development and marketing of advanced server products for MacOS.  Contact the U.S. Distributor at:

TeleFinder Server v5.7.3
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