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WinVN is a Microsoft Windows, Windows/95, and Windows/NT based news reader. Its name stands for Windows Visual Newsreader. Like other news readers, it can be used to select, view, write, sort and print Usenet News articles. Articles can be saved locally, cut into the Windows Clipboard or forwarded to other individuals via Electronic Mail.
WinVN offers a more visual approach to Usenet News than most other news readers. WinVN allows the user to easily navigate between newsgroups and articles via its point-and-click interface. It allows the viewing of multiple articles simultaneously and on multi-tasking operating systems like Microsoft Windows/NT it even allows multiple simultaneous news server connections.
This FAQ is current as of release of .99-6
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WinVN began at home as an own-time project by Mark Riordan, a systems programmer at Michigan State University. However, WinVN is not a product of MSU, NASA, or any other institution. Serious development of WinVN began in September 1989 and continued in fits and starts. A Macintosh version was developed, but it is no longer in sync with the latest Windows version. The recent release of a number of good Macintosh news readers stopped the development of a version of WinVN for the Mac. The MS Windows based WinVN program and its source code were placed in the public domain in 1991.
In 1992, Sam Rushing and Jim Dumoulin, of the NASA/Kennedy Space Center Information Systems Branch, selected WinVN as a good candidate for future development as part of the Payload Data Management System (PDMS-II) project. After contacting Mark Riordan, NASA agreed to make extensive enhancements to WinVN, coordinate a public domain Internet development effort to extend its features, and to serve as the overall integrator for future versions of WinVN. Sam Rushing reworked WinVN to support the emerging Windows TCP/IP Sockets standard (WINSOCK), revamped the user interface and added support for threading and XOVER (a faster extension to the news transport protocol).
In July 1993, John S. Cooper approached the WinVN team with a number of bug fixes and enhancement ideas. John's work soon evolved into a broad restructuring of the WinVN interface and communication engine. John also implemented a series of new advanced features including MIME attachments, intelligent integrated decoding, and a flexible customizable interface.
Over the years, many other people, in a truly international effort spanning 4 continents, have contributed their own time and energy to the success of WinVN. They include, but are not limited to:
Questions can be sent to the developers via the mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org and anyone that wishes to join the developer's list (or see a constant stream of E-mail messages from people attempting to configure WinVN) can send a message to "email@example.com" with a message body of "Subscribe WINVN". The mailing list is also gatewayed to the MAIL.WINVN newsgroup on the server NEWS.KSC.NASA.GOV.
Detailed instructions on how to use WinVN can also be found in the book Windows on the Internet" by John P. Morphet (firstname.lastname@example.org) available in most bookstores. Another very good book on WinVN is "Using UseNet Newsgroups" by Kate Gregory and Noel Estabrook (ISBM: 0-7897-0134-0), by Que Publishing.
A service of the NASA/Kennedy Space Center, Roy Bridges, Director.