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Pointer: Agent FAQs and Information [LAST REV: December 20, 2004]

Von: Don Kirkman (donkirk@covad.net) [Profil]
Datum: 20.12.2004 19:58
Message-ID: <ki5es0tk9lgtr0ibfus2fl6npvpdhvsa7j@4ax.com>
Followup-to: alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent,alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent.modified
Newsgroup: de.comm.software.forte-agent nl.comp.software.newsreaders alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent.modified alt.usenet.offline-reader alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent
Changes from the previous posting are marked with "*****"

Special early edition to wish the Agent family happy holidays and to
express my wishes for joyous news in 2005!

There are a number of substantive changes this month.  Also, because I
had some trouble with tinyurl.com links last month I'm adding the direct
links to sites archived on the Wayback Machine, in case the problem
isn't just on my system.  I had similar problems again this month, but
only with some of Jim Bradley's pages.

Some of these sites haven't been revised for current versions but may
still have useful information.  Some are obvious candidates for deletion
now that 2.0 is released.  With the major changes still to come in 2.x
many recommendations and suggestions on those sites for older versions
no longer apply.  On the other hand, broader discussions of functions,
features, workarounds, and utilities for older versions may still be
valuable.

I'd appreciate feedback from anyone who uses or recommends the URLs on
this list, with suggestions about which are useful enough to be saved
and which should be dropped.  Email me at donkirk@covad.net.

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Unless otherwise noted, URLs were reachable on December 20; FTP URLs
were not tested.

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[GENERAL INFORMATION]
====================

Help files, an updated User Guide current through Agent 1.91, and
other application and support files

Forte's web site  http://www.forteinc.com
Browse freely; lots of stuff and updated regularly

The Help files in [Free] Agent:  Help | FAQ

Newsgroup FAQ
http://loganact.com/agent/agentfaq.html
[text file, zip format, available]
[Compiled by William Guynes, with input from active readers of
the newsgroup; minor changes by Jeffrey Kaplan; revised 7/28/99;
hosted by Scott Logan].

This FAQ covers up to v. 1.6, and is rather outdated for [Free]
Agent's current functionality but has a good deal of useful
information on configuring, maneuvering around, and maintaining
[F]A.

Jim Bradley's pages at:

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://home.att.net/~JLBradley/LANCE1.HTM

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://home.att.net/~JLBradley/LANCE3.HTM
http://tinyurl.com/3cr5k
and a micro-FAQ of the 30 questions most asked in
alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent that are not dealt with in
other FAQs:

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://home.att.net/~JLBradley/FIRST20.HTM
http://tinyurl.com/2m3rd
Jim's pages all cover up through v. 1.8

General introduction to [Free] Agent and a number of small utilities
developed by users including jonzonk, Juergen Haible, Anders Sandberg,
phranc, Walkin' Dude, Alex Oren, and perhaps others.
http://www.gordol.org/agent.html
[Jeffrey Kaplan's personal site]
Some of these utilities work with 2.0, others don't.  Feedback
would be appreciated.

Jonzonk's NewsDDE32, a utility to facilitate Google searches from
within Agent using Message ID.  This works with 2.0's current file
format.
http://web.newsguy.com/donkirk/pub/newsdde32.zip
NOTE:  I'm hearing mutterings about Google's new format.  Is anyone
having trouble recovering newsgroup messages from the archives?  If so a
mention on the newsgroups could be helpful.

Unknown author's Agent_Groups to list DAT and IDX file names and
matching newsgroup names.
http://members.localnet.com/~bjones01/
[Thanks to Barry Jones for hosting this and to Jo for posting the
information to the Agent newsgroup]

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[NEWSGROUPS]
===========

alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent
alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent.modified
de.comm.software.forte-agent
nl.comp.software.newsreaders

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it.comp.software.newsreader

=======================
[NON-ENGLISH INTERFACES]
=======================

Watch alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent and Forte's Web site
[http://www.forteinc.com/international/index.php] for announcements of
Agent releases in languages other than English.

Currently available interfaces:
Dutch - ver. 1.93
French - ver. 1.93
German - ver. 1.93
German version homepage: <http://www.agent-de.org/>
Italian - ver. 1.93

*****
Polish unofficial translation of interface:
http://www.winace.prv.pl
This is an alias and should always be available.
(version 1.93).
NOTE:  This took several attempts but did open properly.

As stated on Forte's site, the non-English language interfaces have to
be rewritten for v. 2.0.  Forte will announce these updates as they
become available.

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[SETUP AND CONFIGURATION]
========================

Automating Free Agent/Agent:
http://pages.quicksilver.net.nz/geoffm/Agentfaq.htm
[Geoff Merryweather]
Up to v. 0.99c  [A classic!]

Filters - explanations, examples, and utilities:
"Classic" word based:

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://home.att.net/~JLBradley/CLASSIC.HTM
http://tinyurl.com/ysm79
"Advanced" regular expressions:

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://home.att.net/~JLBradley/REGULAR.HTM
http://tinyurl.com/ywaj5
Utility to list filters:

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://home.att.net/~JLBradley/FILTERS.HTM
http://tinyurl.com/25fmn
[Jim Bradley; also see his home page for other goodies:
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://home.att.net/~JLBradley/
http://tinyurl.com/2fgmc
Jim's pages all cover up through v. 1.8

============================================
[INFORMATION IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH]
============================================

Information in Chinese:
[Translation of auorfa FAQ]
http://netcity1.web.hinet.net/UserData/terry/agent-faq/index.html
http://tinyurl.com/58zmr
[Chen Tai-Wei]
[Translation of Forte (Free) Agent FAQ]

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://netcity1.web.hinet.net/UserData/terry/agentfaq/index.h
tml
http://tinyurl.com/6tcxy
[Chen Tai-Wei]
This is a translation of the Guynes/Kaplan FAQ for v. 1.6

Information in Danish
http://www.usenet.dk/info/agent.html
(very basic notes on getting started)

http://www.kajsvenningsen.dk/opsat/agent.shtml
Up to v. 1.8

Information in Dutch - newsgroups and newsreaders in general, including
[Free] Agent:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~sister/usenet/begfaq.txt

Quick-start help
http://users.pandora.be/flotspe/agent/
http://users.pandora.be/sb/agent/
[English version of the preceding page]
[s|b]
Up to v. 1.92

Information in Finnish
http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/nyysit/forte.html
(some basic hints on using Agent)

Information in French:
A translation of the Agent help file:
http://www.teaser.fr/~sjacquemin/Agent/traduction.html
[Thierry Schollier and Sylviane Jacquemin]
Up to v. 1.8

Agent configuration, menu-by-menu, with screenshots and notes
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/cathozie/aideinternet/agent.htm
Up to 1.8

Information in German:
http://www.paefken.westfalen.de/forteagent/
[Christof Awater]

Newer version of German FAQ:
http://www.netandmore.de/faq/forte/
[Claus Hardelt, Daniel Roth, and Huschiar Madjidi]
Through v. 1.93

Additional German resources:
http://www.soscha.de/faq/dcsfa-faq.txt
Short answers for (really) frequently asked questions
Up through v. 1.93

http://www.vibe.at/begriffe/ags-kurs.html
Introductory Tutorial ("getting started", dating from 1999)

http://news.individual.de/configuration/agent15_en.html [German]
http://news.individual.net/configuration/agent15_en.html [English]
Configuring Agent for news.individual.de (with Screenshots etc.,
can also be used for other ISPs by changing the server name(s))
Both v. 1.5 and v. 1.8

Information in Greek:
http://www.stratari.gr/faq/index.html#
http://tinyurl.com/5vbv2
Setting up Agent 1.5, 1.6, and 1.7 for the Greek language
[Select Agent from the application list.   The site has
similar information for a number of other applications ]

*****
Information in Italian:
Agent 1.91 and Agent 1.92 in Italian, plus assorted Agent files
http://www.sleepers.it/agent.htm
http://web.tiscali.it/agentit/index.html (mirror)

*****
Free Agent "Mini Manual"
http://www.sleepers.it/FAgent/FA-man.htm

*****
Step by step installation with menus
http://bertola.eu.org/icfaq/softwar3.htm#fre
Detailed installation and setup

*****
Translation of Agent Manual:
.doc version (Micro$oft Word:
http://www.sleepers.it/Agt15man-ita-doc.zip
A translation of the v. 1.5 manual

.pdf version (Acrobat Reader):
http://www.sleepers.it/Agt15man-ita-pdf.zip
A translation of the v. 1.5 manual

Information in Polish
http://www.pitow.wroc.pl/~yogurt/help/
Up to v. 1.9

Filter notes in Polish

http://web.archive.org/web/20030213002711/http://www.torun.pdi.net/~macias/comp/agent.html
http://tinyurl.com/ywg7b

Information in Russian:

Collection of links to Cyrillic resources with a good [Free] Agent
section
http://shlimazl.nm.ru/soft.htm
[Konstantin Kazarnovsky]
Through v. 1.93

Information in Spanish
http://www.paefken.westfalen.de/forteagent/
[Thomas Dill, Claus Hardelt, Christof Awater; translated by
Antonio Herrero]


http://web.archive.org/web/20020623132556/http://www.aered.org/usuario/jrotger/guiaesfa/in
terme2.htm
http://tinyurl.com/2dgs8
[Joan Rotger]

===========================
[TRICKS, TIPS, ISP SPECIFIC]
===========================

UseNet Web Links and Agent Tips and Tricks:

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://pw1.netcom.com/~nmt1/computer/index.html
http://tinyurl.com/5adpt
[Norris M. Taylor, Jr.]

Google seems to return a fair number of hits on sites that discuss
setting Agent up to work with specific ISPs.

============================
[USING NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGES]
============================

Note that much of the information on these pages was written before
Agent reached its current level of language implementation.

Adding non-Roman character sets and other information (site has
English available):
Configuring [Free] Agent in Russian

http://web.archive.org/web/19990505115424/http://blue.iris.mipt.ru/timur/agent.htm
http://tinyurl.com/hz9b
[Timur T. Kadyshev]

Using Russian characters on computers:
http://visitingrussia.org/rusintnt.htm#Cyrillic
[Harry Meyer]
NOTE:  Scroll down to the relevant information on the first page
that comes up; there are several links.

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/PaulGor/
[Paul Gorodyansky]
Not Agent specific

Adding Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) reading ability to
PC applications [not (Free) Agent specific]:
http://www.geocities.com/fontboard/cjk/dbcsapps.html
[Gyula Zsigri]

Using Japanese (also Chinese & Korean in some configurations) with
[Free] Agent:
http://users321.hp.infoseek.co.jp/negi/allindex.html
Both Japanese and English available
[Satoshi Kusunoki]
Up to v. 1.7

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[MODIFICATIONS, UTILITIES, WORK AROUNDS]
=======================================

Miscellaneous information:
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.skuz.net/madhat/agent/
http://tinyurl.com/6nx9c
[Mad Hatter]
A good source for unofficial modifications and utilities
for [Free] Agent.
The page was last updated in May, 2000, but is worth reading.
The newsgroup is current.

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[DEAD LINKS - UNAVAILABLE AT LEAST THREE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS]
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======================================================================
Thanks to Andrzej Rudnik and "Sleepers" for input this month.  Thanks
also to all the site managers who share their resources, information,
and insights about [Free] Agent, as well as to those with the
imagination and foresight and resources to set up and maintain the
Wayback Machine.

If anyone knows of other good [Free] Agent FAQs or sites they find
useful, or has information on URL errors/changes, please email me at
donkirk@covad.net.
--
Don
donkirk@covad.net


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