What is Acid?
Acid is a Windows internet client that is being developed by Eric
Friedman as free software under the GNU
License. It is a general internet client, which means that it
does not intrinsically support any protocols. Rather, support for
protocols is provided through "pluggable protocol" libraries, which
implement the logic required to communicate with different types of
The goal of Acid is to allow users and developers alike to work
with Acid and the interface it provides, not with specific
protocols. Acid - as a general client - supports features such as
simultaneous connections to multiple servers, automated file
transfer management, and support for scripting via COM Automation
interfaces. These features are automatically available for new
pluggable protocols developed for Acid. Scripts written to, say
synchronize a folder with files on a server, will work with any
protocol written for Acid.
What protocols are/will be available for Acid?
Acid will ship with pluggable protocols for the
Hotline and FTP (File Transfer
Protocol) protocols. The Hotline Protocol plug-in supports all of
the standard Hotline 1.2.3 - 1.8.5 features. Additionally, a plug-in
will be included that adds support for Hotline trackers to Acid's
Where can I get Acid?
Acid is still under development. We are in a particular need of
testers who have experience in scripting applications. However,
anyone can sign up for beta testing by sending email to
Aaron Brager [firstname.lastname@example.org],
the testing coordinator, with the following information:
- The OS that Acid will be running under (i.e. 95, 98, NT, 2000,
- Basic computer specs (e.g. 300mhz Pentium II, 64MB RAM, 9.1GB
hard drive, etc.) or Emulated Computer Environment (i.e. VirtualPC,
RealPC, VMWare, etc.)
- Internet connection speed (i.e. 56k, ISDN, cable, xDSL, etc.)
- An explanation stating why you believe you should be allowed
to test Acid. This can be as long or as short as you would like it
- Where did you hear about Acid? If you were directed here by
another website, please provide a link to that website.
Furthermore, please direct any feature suggestions you may have
for Acid to Eric Friedman
the lead developer. Please include a detailed description of the
feature in question in addition to a short explanation as to how the
feature will be useful to you and other Acid users.
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