The Original Pluto help files plus extras
This page up to date on: 28 May 2020
From: Jonathan Duddington
Subject: Get Going: ANT Date: Fri, 05 Sep 1997 01:00 Source: docs Installation ============ Run !InetSuite. This is necessary so that InetSuite sets up various system variables which say where files and directories are. Copy the !Pluto application directory onto your harddisc. From the !Pluto iconbar menu, select Preferences->News. Click over the boxes to the right of "News Transport" and "Mail Transport" and select "ANT" from the menu. This will look at the system variables which InetSuite has set up to indicate where the News and Mail incoming and outgoing directories are. Pluto also reads ANT's subscribed-newsgroup list at this point. Once this has been done, then it can find them even though InetSuite is not running. You need to change InetSuite's News and Mail configuration files, to incoming raw news and mail being automatically read into Marcel when they arrive. Edit !InetSuite.Internet.Files.!InetMail. Change the DeliverAuto: option to OFF. Edit !InetSuite.Internet.Files.!InetNews. Change the UnbatchAuto: option to OFF. Set Up News Details =================== Set the "Domain" field to the part of your email address which follows @ symbol, eg. "argonet.co.uk" or "something.demon.co.uk". Set the U.name field to your main email name (i.e. the name before the @ in your email address). This is only used by Pluto in the Path: line in outgoing news postings. Click OK. Set Up User/Mail Details ======================== From the !Pluto icon bar icon, select Lists->Users. This should bring up a Users list which contains one user name - Fred Bloggs. Adjust-Double-click on this to bring up the User dialogue box. Change the "User Id" to your user name. This is the name that precedes the "@" synbol in your email address. Type your full name into "Name". Make sure that the "In Box" and "Log Box" fields are set to the document boxes into which you want incoming and logged-outgoing mails to appear. To set up a signature file for this user, click on the "Edit Sig" button. This brings up an editor window into which you can type your sig. If you already have a signature file somewhere, just drop it into this text window. Click OK. If you have additional email addresses, these can be added by clicking the Add button (black Plus sign icon) on the Users list window. You may want to use different "In Box" and "Log Box" for each email address, so you may need to create additional document Boxes for these. See below. Transfering Stored News From ANT ================================ Look inside !InetSuite.Internet.Spool.News Drag each of the news storage directories, "comp", "alt", etc (but not "Input"), onto the Pluto icon bar icon. This will load all the files (recursively) into the article data base. They will be placed in the document Box which is specified in the "In Box" field of the Preferences->News dialogue. If you have a lot of news articles stored, then this will take some time. Click with Select on the !Pluto icon bar icon to open the list of Boxes. The numbers on the line for "News In" indicate the number of unread and read articles respectively in that box. Double click on the "News In" line to open the "News In" box. An empty window, titled "News In" should appear. It's empty because the News In box is set up to show only unread articles. Click on the Up/Down arrow button (last on the right on the button bar) to toggle between showing all or just unread articles. Transferring Stored Mails From ANT ================================== Find the stored mail files in Internet.UserDir.Mail or whereever. Drop each of these onto the !Pluto icon bar icon. The "Import" dialogue box will open which will allow you to specify which Box the articles go into. If the ANT stored mail file is a log of outgoing messages (eg "sent"), then select the "Is this a Log of O/G Messages" option in Pluto's Import dialogue box. Transferring Hotlist and Address Book from ANT ============================================== You can automatically add any email addresses from the ANT Hotlist and Marcel's Address Book into Pluto's address book. Select the "Address Book" option from Pluto's icon bar menu, to open the Address Book window. Drop the ANT Hotlist file (filetype HTML) onto the Adress Book window. Any mailto: items from the Hotlist will be added to the address book. Drop Marcel's address book (UserDir.!MarcelDir.Files.aliases) onto Pluto's address book window. Debatching Incoming News and Mail ================================= Run !InetSuite and Connect to fetch news and mail from the Internet. Once Transfer is complete, Click on the "Fetch" button of !Pluto's Boxes list window to debatch the news and mail articles from InetSuite's incoming news and mail files.
Please note that Pluto is supplied with a more comprehensive and up-to-date StrongHelp manual than these text files. Select Help… in Pluto’s iconbar menu.