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Pegasus is a server/client chat platform that uses TCP/IP with a proprietary protocol to connect clients to a server and allow them to chat with other connected clients and browse "rooms" with different backdrop pictures by clicking "doors" (links). Pegasus is similar to The Palace.
Servers have a built-in rooms editor and rooms can be edited in real time while clients browse them. Saving a room causes clients to automatically rejoin that room, which makes it a seamless experience.
Clients can post public and private messages to other users, visually appearing as text bubbles next to their face. They can also change their displayed name and their mood avatar at any given moment by selecting one of the 8 pre-made pictures from a menu next to the message text box. Privates messages can be set to immediately pop up in a window on arrival or be queued in the background for reading later. This setting is in the "Edit" > "Preferences..." menu. Holding down the CTRL key flashes door outlines so that users know where they can click to trigger links. Visiting a room for the first time (or after it has been modified) automatically downloads the backdrop picture in your computer under the "Pegasus Pictures" folder next to the Pegasus Client app for cache performance boost on next room visits.
Freeware by that-ben
(1.45 MiB / 1.52 MB)
Pegasus server + client, version A8 from 2002 / compressed w/ Stuffit
At least 5.2MB of free RAM
Mac OS 8.5 - Mac OS 9.2.2
Default ports to forward on your router to make this work nowadays would be:
If the server crashes or you cannot load a room in the editor, then make sure that the backdrop pictures path is set correctly!
Emulating this? It could probably run under: SheepShaver