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CompuServe® Computing Forums Now FREE

posted Sep 13, 2009, 8:26 AM by Larry Finkelstein

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ. - (May 2, 2000) - Creative Systems Programming Corporation is pleased to announce that their computing forums are now publicly available to all users on the World Wide Web absolutely free of any charges.  CompuServe is making a radical departure from the previously closed systems employed to build and manage some of the most successful online communities for more than two decades.

All of the Creative Systems forums, including the Linux Forum, the Emerging Technology Forum, the IBM Forum, the Lotus Forum and the Unix Forum are now available to anyone with an AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) screen name.  This free access also includes CompuServe Instant Messenger (CSIM), Netscape AOL Instant Messenger, CompuServe and AOL accounts.  Now, in addition to the 2.5 million members of CompuServe, the Creative Systems Forums  are available to the 22 million members of AOL as well as the 40 million holders of no-charge Instant Messenger accounts.

"This is a very exciting time for us.  Now, for the very first time, all of our forums are available to everyone," said Larry B. Finkelstein, President of Creative Systems Programming Corporation.  "We've got some great people that are willing to share their knowledge and experience with all participants.  These communities are one of the best kept secrets on the web, and now they're open to everyone that wants to join.  "

"It's like having your own personal consultants that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with expertise in every area imaginable," said Julia Partridge, the manager of the IBM Forum. 

The Linux Forum (http://go.compuserve.com/linuxforum?LOC=US)
The Linux Forum is a community of Linux enthusiasts and others that are evaluating Linux as an alternative to Windows.  While our earliest members are highly technical, leading edge and early adopters, many business professionals and mainstream computer users are joining us as Linux makes the transition to the desktop and moves away from its current stronghold as a server platform.

The Emerging Technology Forum (http://go.compuserve.com/emergingtechnology?LOC=US)
The Emerging Technology Forum members discuss new and emerging technologies, providing a useful and meaningful context for anyone interested in exploring how specific technologies can change and enhance their personal and professional lives.

The IBM Forum (http://go.compuserve.com/ibmforum?LOC=US)
The IBM Forum grew out of the ThinkPad and OS/2 communities and has been expanded to include all software and hardware products from IBM.  It's the largest virtual IBM User Group in the world, with members sharing their expertise in setting up and maintaining IBM systems, including desktop, midrange, mainframe, mobile and personal systems.

The Lotus Forum (http://go.compuserve.com/lotusforum?LOC=US)
The Lotus Forum provides free Lotus product technical support to end users, developers and administrators.  With a special emphasis on Lotus Notes, Domino and SmartSuite, members of the L-Team are available to assist with any technical or "how to" questions.

The Unix Forum (http://go.compuserve.com/unixforum?LOC=US)
The Unix Forum is one of the oldest Unix communities on the web, and is frequented by members with an interest in the UNIX operating system in all of its forms. This includes particular vendors' flavors of the operating system, including SCO and Sun, as well as clones such as Linux and BSD.

Founded in 1984 and a privately-held company, Creative Systems Programming Corporation is a CompuServe Business Partner and full service consulting firm, providing knowledge and community management services to an international clientele.

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CompuServe and Forum are registered trademarks of CompuServe Interactive Services, a division of AOL, Inc.

Golden CommPass Version 3.0 Now Available

posted Sep 13, 2009, 8:25 AM by Larry Finkelstein

MT. LAUREL, NJ -- April 9, 1998 -- Creative Systems Programming Corporation is pleased to announce the release of Golden CommPass version 3.0. Golden CommPass is an OS/2 navigation program designed to automate access to the CompuServe Information Service.

This new version provides support for CompuServe's Host-Micro Interface (HMI), the New Information Systems Architecture (NISA) Forums and personal addresses (alphanumeric user ids). The Forums notebook has been redesigned for easier use and a customizable, graphical button bar has been added to every window. It is now possible to access up to 200 forums. Native TCP/IP support has been added for users that have a TCP/IP connection to the Internet.

Due to time constraints and other factors, Golden CommPass 3.0 will not include a printed manual. Any users interested in a printed manual may contact customer support and express their interest. If there is sufficient demand, a printed manual may be produced at a later time (for an additional charge).

Golden CommPass version 3.0 will only be available via electronic distribution from the Golden CommPass Support Forum (GO GCPSUPPORT) on CompuServe beginning Monday, April 13, 1998 at 10:00 am EDT. Orders for the new version will not be accepted prior to Monday, April 13, 1998.

The suggested list price for Golden CommPass has been reduced to $59. Registered users of Golden CommPass version 2.2 may upgrade to version 3.0 at a special reduced price of $29 until May 1, 1998. Users that participated in the special advance purchase program may upgrade for a special price of $19 until May 1, 1998. All other users can upgrade to version 3.0 for $39. After May 1, 1998, the upgrade cost is $39 for all users.

All orders must be placed directly with Creative Systems Programming Corporation. Orders should be sent to customer support at 71511.151@CompuServe.com or by calling 609-234-1500. Complete billing information (including Visa or Mastercard credit card number and expiration date) is required to purchase an upgrade.

Founded in 1984 and a privately-held company, Creative Systems Programming Corporation is a CompuServe Business Partner and provides management of the OS/2 Central areas on CompuServe. Creative Systems Programming Corporation provides custom consulting and training services, designs 32-bit client-server applications using the latest object technology and is a leading developer of communications software, including the internationally acclaimed Golden CommPass, OS/2 Navigation Software

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Golden CommPass is a registered trademark of Creative Systems Programming Corporation
CompuServe is a registered trademark CompuServe, Incorporated
OS/2 is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation

OS/2 Computing Support Community Opens on CompuServe

posted Sep 13, 2009, 8:25 AM by Larry Finkelstein

MT.LAUREL, NJ -- November 14, 1997 -- Creative Systems Programming Corporation and CompuServe Interactive are happy to announce the creation of the OS/2® Computing Support Community on CompuServe. Serving as the cornerstone of this new online community are the OS/2 CentralTM Forum, OS/2 Central Developer Forum and OS/2 Central Networking Forum.

New menus tailored to the OS/2 community will make it easier to find exciting topics of interest for OS/2 users and OS/2 developers. All of the content is geared to the OS/2 Community and can now be found in a single location, accessible by entering GO OS2COMPUTING at any CompuServe prompt. Current users of OS/2-CIMTM will automatically be directed to the OS/2 view when they select Computing Support from the Explore CompuServe menu.

Creative Systems Programming Corporation is further expanding their OS/2 Central area on CompuServe by creating a new OS/2 Central site on the World Wide Web. The OS/2 Central World Wide Web site is free and can be found at http://www.os2central.com.

The OS/2 Central Web site has been designed to create a focal point for OS/2 users on the World Wide Web and showcase the OS/2 Computing Support Community on CompuServe. There is significant information available including a comprehensive OS/2 user group directory, a complete listing of OS/2 books, periodicals and electronic magazines, as well as archives of many of the popular OS/2 list servers from the Internet. Additional information and resources are under development for the OS/2 Central Web site and will be made available as soon as they are completed.

"We're very excited to be able to provide these new resources and services to the OS/2 community," said Larry B. Finkelstein, president of Creative Systems Programming Corporation. "With the introduction of our OS/2 Central Web site and the recently announced C from CompuServe, we expect to build a lot of interest in the thriving OS/2 Community on CompuServe Interactive."

Creative Systems is continuing to work with CompuServe to insure that OS/2 users will continue to have a selection of first class tools for accessing all of the content available on CompuServe. This includes plans for updates to Golden CommPass® (an offline reader for accessing CompuServe forums) as well as the planned release of their new online browser, Golden CommPass InteractiveTM (formerly known as OS/2-CIM). A new forum has been opened to provide support for this product, GO GCPINTERACTIVE.

Founded in 1984 and a privately-held company, Creative Systems Programming Corporation is a CompuServe Business Partner and provides management of the OS/2 Central areas on CompuServe. Creative Systems Programming Corporation provides custom consulting and training services, designs 32-bit client-server applications using the latest object technology and is a leading developer of communications software, including the internationally acclaimed Golden CommPass, OS/2 Navigation Software.

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OS/2 Central and Golden CommPass Interactive are trademarks of Creative Systems Programming Corporation
Golden CommPass is a registered trademark of Creative Systems Programming Corporation
CompuServe is a registered trademark and OS/2-CIM is a trademark of CompuServe, Incorporated
OS/2 is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation

The Future of Golden CommPass

posted Sep 13, 2009, 8:24 AM by Larry Finkelstein

The Golden CommPass 2.99 betas have made quite a bit of progress over the last year, and although there are still a few small problems remaining, we are renewing our efforts to complete the documentation (a complete rewrite of the version 2 manual) and the on-line help. We are also working on finding and fixing the outstanding problems. We expect to be ready to release Golden CommPass 3.0 by the end of this year. This is our number one priority.

We have also recently received a new (and, almost certainly, the last) version of the HMI toolbox (version 240) from CompuServe. Unfortunately, CompuServe has not provided an OS/2 version of this toolbox, but they have provided us with the Windows source code and we are working on porting this version to OS/2. As soon as we have completed this work, we will make the new HMI toolbox available to Golden CommPass 3.0 users since we believe that this new toolbox will correct several of the outstanding problems that users have reported with the Golden CommPass 2.99 betas.

We realize that there may be outstanding problems with the Golden CommPass 3.0 release, and we expect that the new HMI toolbox will introduce some new problems, so we are also planning a maintenance release of Golden CommPass (most likely version 3.1) for approximately 3 months after we release the new HMI toolbox. Of course, any other problems that we can solve will also be corrected.

OK ... so there's a short term plan for Golden CommPass. What's next?

That's difficult to say given all of the changes that are taking place at CompuServe and in the on-line industry at this point in time, but here are some of the other projects that have been keeping us busy:

Last week, CompuServe announced that selected forums were now directly accessible from the World Wide Web (Red Dog). We have been beta testing this capability and have been working with CompuServe and Netscape to provide some type of access to this new implementation for OS/2 users. Unfortunately, at this time, it does not appear likely that Netscape will provide the necessary hooks to allow the OS/2 version of Netscape to support CompuServe's Virtual Key authentication mechanism (also known as RPA or Remote Passphrase Authentication). Fortunately, I have been able to access these areas (available at 
http://forums.csi.com) while running OS/2 by using the 16-bit windows version of Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer. However, there is nothing available through the web interface that isn't already available through any of the existing products for accessing CompuServe NISA forums, including Golden CommPass 3.0.

As CompuServe continues to move towards the World Wide Web, the future of Golden CommPass, OS2-CIM and all of the other access programs is still unclear. When the America Online (AOL) acquisition of CompuServe is added to that, it becomes even less clear. However, until the acquisition is approved and we learn more about what changes will actually be made (even though AOL has said that they will not be changing the CompuServe services), we are continuing development on our longer term projects.

We have recently begun development of a Java version of Golden CommPass. We expect this version will address the issues of supporting multiple operating systems as a 100% pure Java application. We are also planning on implementing this new version using the new World Wide Web access mechanisms instead of the current HMI protocol. This new version will be a complete rewrite and redesign and will take full advantage of our 10 years of experience in developing tools for the global on-line community.

This new Java version of Golden CommPass is largely based upon our initial design work for the object oriented version of Golden CommPass 3.0. These designs have undergone major revisions in the last few months and we expect that the new design will correct most (if not all) of the design limitations in the current implementation. At this time, we are planning on implementing support for multiple "services", including CompuServe NISA forums using either the HMI protocol or the new World Wide Web protocol. Additional services will be included in the initial design and will be made available as development progresses. These include Usenet newsgroup support (NNTP) as well as Internet mail (SMTP) support. If we can work out the details, we are also planning to add support for America Online (AOL).

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Golden CommPass is a registered trademark of Creative Systems Programming Corporation.

OS/2 Central Developers Forum Opens

posted Sep 13, 2009, 8:23 AM by Larry Finkelstein

MT. LAUREL, NJ -- February 6, 1997 -- Creative Systems Programming Corporation, in conjunction with Productivity Solutions, Inc., announces the opening of their newest CompuServe forum, the OS/2 Central Developers ForumThis new forum is designed to provide support for the OS/2 Developer Community.

The OS/2 Central Developers Forum (GO OS2DF1) joins the OS/2 Central Forum, which opened late last year as part of the expanding OS/2 Community on CompuServe.

The OS/2 Central Developers Forum includes discussion and file download areas for the Workplace Shell, SOM, APIs (Base systems, Presentation Manager and Open32), multimedia, device drivers and development tools. It also includes sections for C and C++, REXX, Java and Java Beans and other languages as well as internationalization. Other areas on this forum include NetworksInternets and Intranets, Netscape plugins, speech enabling, debugging and developer marketing.

"OS/2 isn't dead!" said David Moskowitz, President of Productivity Solutions, Inc. "We want developers to know they aren't alone -- that there is a place to get peer help from the community of OS/2 developers on CompuServe."

"The OS/2 Central Developers Forum has been designed to fill a gap created by the departure of IBM's Software Developer Operations on CompuServe.", said Larry B. Finkelstein, president of Creative Systems Programming Corporation. "While we understand IBM's desire to provide developer services via the Internet, there is still a very active OS/2 development community on CompuServe that has been abandoned. We hope that by creating this new OS/2 development area, we can revitalize an interest in developing new new OS/2 applications."

Productivity Solutions, Inc., founded in 1984, is a privately held consulting firm that specializes in new and emerging technologies including connectivity (Internet and Intranets), Object-Oriented development (including Java), and 32-bit operating systems (NT, OS/2 and Unix). David Moskowitz, the president of Productivity Solutions, Inc., is a featured author of the international best selling book, "OS/2 Warp Unleashed" (SAMS Publishing, 1995).

Founded in 1984 and a privately-held company, Creative Systems Programming Corporation designs client-server applications for 32-bit operating systems and is a leading developer of communications software, including the internationally acclaimed Golden CommPass, OS/2 Navigation Software.


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Golden CommPass is a registered trademark of Creative Systems Programming Corporation.
OS/2 Central is a trademark of Creative Systems Programming Corporation.
OS/2 is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
CompuServe, is a trademarks and/or service marks of CompuServe Incorporated.
All other trademarks and service marks referenced above are the property of their respective owners.

OS/2 Central Forum Opens on CompuServe

posted Sep 13, 2009, 8:22 AM by Larry Finkelstein   [ updated Sep 13, 2009, 8:23 AM ]

MT. LAUREL, NJ -- December 24, 1996 -- Creative Systems Programming Corporation, in conjunction with Productivity Solutions, Inc., is proud to announce a new CompuServe forum to provide support for the OS/2 Community.

Today we are announcing the creation of OS/2 Central (GO OS2CENTRAL), the first of several new forums that we will launch over the next few months for the OS/2 Community on CompuServe.

The OS/2 Central Forum includes discussion areas for all aspects of the OS/2 Warp system. It covers topics ranging from tips and techniques for the new user just installing OS/2 Warp to advice for the small office/home office environment to latest advances for the corporate developers and users.

Special discussion areas have been established for Netscape Navigator and plug-ins, graphic tools, Internet/Intranet, Java/Javascript, Jobs/Contracts, mobile computing and Voicetype. OS/2 experts have been invited to help staff these discussion areas.

"The creation of OS/2 Central is a key part of our strategy to improve the on-line experience for the OS/2 community on CompuServe", said Larry B. Finkelstein, president of Creative Systems Programming Corporation. "With our recent acquisition of rights to continue development of CompuServe's OS/2-CIM product and our award winning Golden CommPass software, we're in a great position to provide a world-class experience on CompuServe and the Internet!"

In addition to the OS/2 Central Forum, we will also create a new forum to provide support for the OS/2 Developers and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) on CompuServe. This will help to fill the void created by IBM's recent announcement that their OS/2 Developer Support Forum will be closed at the end of this year.

Productivity Solutions, Inc., founded in 1984, is a privately held consulting firm that specializes in new and emerging technologies including connectivity (Internet and Intranets), Object-Oriented development (including Java), and 32-bit operating systems (NT, OS/2 and Unix). David Moskowitz, the president of Productivity Solutions, Inc., is a featured author of the international best selling book, "OS/2 Warp Unleashed" (SAMS Publishing, 1995).

Founded in 1984 and a privately-held company, Creative Systems Programming Corporation designs custom applications for 32-bit operating systems and is a leading developer of communications software, including the internationally acclaimed Golden CommPass, OS/2 Navigation Software.

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Golden CommPass is a registered trademark of Creative Systems Programming Corporation.
OS/2 Central is a trademark of Creative Systems Programming Corporation.
OS/2 is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
CompuServe, is a trademarks and/or service marks of CompuServe Incorporated.
All other trademarks and service marks referenced above are the property of their respective owners.

Golden CommPass Supports OS/2 Warp 4

posted Sep 13, 2009, 8:21 AM by Larry Finkelstein

MT. LAUREL, NJ -- September 25, 1996 -- Creative Systems Programming Corporation announces OS/2 Warp 4 compatibility in Golden CommPass version 3.0. Golden CommPass is an internationally recognized, award winning OS/2 navigation program to automate access to the CompuServe Information Service.

This version provides support for CompuServe's Host-Micro Interface (HMI) and their New Information Systems Architecture (NISA) Forums.

In addition, the new release of Golden CommPass includes native TCP/IP support for connecting to the information service.

Larry B. Finkelstein, president of Creative Systems Programming Corporation, said, "Golden CommPass version 3.0 will further enhance the Internet connectivity features of OS/2 Warp 4 by providing seamless access to the vast array of CompuServe services, products and forums."

Golden CommPass version 3.0 is available directly from Creative Systems Programming Corporation for $99. It is also available at a discounted price from Indelible Blue and other resellers that stock OS/2 software titles.

Registered users of version 2.2 may advance order version 3.0 at a special reduced price of $29 until October 25, 1996. They will also be eligible to download version 3.0 from the Golden CommPass Support Forum (GO GCPSUPPORT) on CompuServe when it is released. Users of prior versions can upgrade to version 3.0 for $49. Registered users should contact Creative Systems Programming Corporation Customer Support at 71511.151@CompuServe.com to upgrade.

For up-to-the-minute information, visit the Golden CommPass Support Forum on CompuServe (GO GCPSUPPORT) or go to our world wide web site at http://www.cspcorp.com.

Founded in 1984 and a privately-held company, Creative Systems Programming Corporation designs custom applications for 32-bit operating systems and is a leading developer of communications software.

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Golden CommPass is a registered trademark of Creative Systems Programming Corporation. 
OS/2 is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. 
CompuServe, is a trademarks and/or service marks of CompuServe Incorporated. 
All other trademarks and service marks referenced above are the property of their respective owners.

Creative Systems Programming and CompuServe Team up to Reach OS/2 Market

posted Sep 13, 2009, 8:19 AM by Larry Finkelstein

MT. LAUREL, NJ -- September 25, 1996 -- Creative Systems Programming Corporation, developers of Golden CommPass, the internationally acclaimed, award winning OS/2 navigation program, have reached an agreement with CompuServe, Inc. to continue the development of interactive OS/2 products for the CompuServe Information Service. We are exploring every avenue to fully integrate these new products with the latest features available in OS/2 Warp 4, including Internet connectivity and voice dictation.

CompuServe will deliver code, tools and documentation to Creative Systems Programming Corporation. This deal will allow Creative Systems Programming Corporation to continue to provide industry leading tools to the OS/2 community for accessing the CompuServe Information Service and the Internet.

Larry B. Finkelsteinpresident of Creative Systems Programming Corporation, said, "We have been working with CompuServe since early this year to insure that the OS/2 community is represented and that development on OS2-CIM is continuing. We are very excited that we can now deliver new cutting edge products to the OS/2 community and that CompuServe has shown a commitment to serve this valuable customer base."

For up-to-the-minute information, visit the Golden CommPass Support Forum on CompuServe (GO GCPSUPPORT) or go to our world wide web site at http://www.cspcorp.com.

Founded in 1984 and a privately-held company, Creative Systems Programming Corporation designs custom applications for 32-bit operating systems and is a leading developer of communications software.

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Golden CommPass is a registered trademark of Creative Systems Programming Corporation. 
OS/2 is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. 
CompuServe, is a trademarks and/or service marks of CompuServe Incorporated. 
All other trademarks and service marks referenced above are the property of their respective owners.

Golden CommPass Version 2.22 Now Available

posted Sep 13, 2009, 8:18 AM by Larry Finkelstein   [ updated Sep 13, 2009, 8:28 AM ]

MT. LAUREL, NJ -- December 5, 1995 -- Creative Systems Programming Corporation announces the immediate availability of Golden CommPass version 2.22. Golden CommPass is an internationally recognized, award winning OS/2 navigation program to automate access to the CompuServe Information Service.

This version provides support for the new Golden CommPass Spell Checker, as well as updates for several changes recently introduced by CompuServe.

Golden CommPass version 2.22 uses the terminal emulation (ASCII) interface to retrieve information from CompuServe. The next version of Golden CommPass, code named Hummingbird, will support CompuServe's Host-Micro Interface (HMI) and is currently in beta test. It is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 1996. Users that purchase version 2.22 now will receive a free upgrade to the next release when it becomes available.

Golden CommPass version 2.22 is available directly from Creative Systems Programming Corporation for $99. It is also available at a discounted price from Indelible Blue, Egghead, CompUSA, Micro Center and other resellers that stock OS/2 software titles.

Registered users of version 2.20 may download version 2.22 from the Golden CommPass support forum (GO GCPSUPPORT) on CompuServe at no additional charge. Users of prior versions can upgrade to version 2.22 for $49. Registered users should contact Creative Systems Programming Corporation Customer Support at 71511.151@COMPUSERVE.COMto upgrade.

Founded in 1984 and a privately-held company, Creative Systems Programming Corporation designs custom applications for OS/2 and is a leading developer of OS/2 communications software.

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OS/2 is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. 
CompuServe is a registered trademark of CompuServe, Inc. 
Golden CommPass is a registered trademark of Creative Systems Programming Corporation.

Golden CommPass Spell Checker Now Available

posted Sep 13, 2009, 8:17 AM by Larry Finkelstein

MT. LAUREL, NJ -- December 5, 1995 -- Creative Systems Programming Corporation announces the debut of a new tool for their internationally acclaimed CompuServe navigator, Golden CommPass. The Golden CommPass Spell Checker is the first program designed to be used in conjunction with Golden CommPass.

The Spell Checker is available directly from Creative Systems Programming Corporation for a suggested retail price of $29. For a limited time, the Spell Checker is available for an introductory price of $14.95, plus shipping and handling. This introductory offer expires January 15, 1996.

In order to use the Spell Checker, you must upgrade to Golden CommPass version 2.22, which is now available. The Spell Checker comes with a U.S. English dictionary. Separate dictionaries for the U.K. and Germany are scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 1996.

"Our customers have requested many new features, however, the most requested feature has always been a spell checker", according to Larry B. Finkelstein, President of Creative Systems Programming Corporation. "Now, we have filled that requirement and can continue to develop other enhancements and features that our users have requested."

Founded in 1984 and a privately-held company, Creative Systems Programming Corporation designs custom applications for OS/2 and is a leading developer of OS/2 communications software.

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OS/2 is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. 
CompuServe is a registered trademark of CompuServe, Inc. 
Golden CommPass is a registered trademark of Creative Systems Programming Corporation.

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