AutoPix Frequently Asked Questions

Does AutoPix handle yEnc encoded files?

    Yes! As of Release V5.0.0!.

Will AutoPix download and decode multi-part files other than pictures?

    Yes! While it was designed for downloading and decoding pictures, it should download any type of binary as long as you add the appropriate file masks.

I get an error saying that "msjter35.dll" is missing. What can I do?

    Download and run jet35sp3.exe. ; This is a MSJet upgrade file from Microsoft...

I want to register via snail mail. Where do I send it and how much?

    You can register via snail nail by sending your name, address and email address along with cash, money order or personal check for $20.00 (US) to:

    Ken Browning
    6060 Old Huntsville Road
    McCalla, AL 35111 USA

I can't get the registration code that you sent me to work. Am I doing something wrong?

    Did you copy the reg code to the clipboard and paste it into the registration in put field? If you try to key the string in by hand I can almost guarantee that it won't work!

    Try highlighting the reg code, making sure not to add spaces at the beginning or end, then type control-c (hold down CTRL and then press C). Go to the registration input field, single click the input field to give it focus, and then type control-v (hold down CTRL and then press V).

    Your registration code should now be entered correctly!

How can I keep from downloading spam pictures? 

    AutoPix has the ability to detect and prevent the download of most spam. In particular, the forced exclusions and crossposting limits are very useful. 
Does AutoPix support Secure Password Authentication (SPA)? 
    Not at this time. As far as we can tell, Secure Password Authentication is a Microsoft method of allowing password verification without actually sending the password (the server challenges the client to calculate some value based on the password and the server does the same and if the answers match, authentication is complete and the password was never transmitted).
    This is unique to MS and it looks as if SPA is not used, normal authentication as defined in the RFCs using the LogonName and LogonPassword should be allowed. If the user can access the MSN newsgroups using some non-MS client such as Netscape or Free Agent, then they should be able to connect using AutoPix. 
I can't use AutoPix to connect to MSN, but I can with Outlook. Why? 
    The MSN news server appears to use Secure Password Authentication. Secure Password Authentication (SPA) is a Microsoft method of allowing password verification without actually sending the password (the server challenges the client to calculate some value based on the password and the server does the same and if the answers match, authentication is complete and the password was never transmitted).

    AutoPix follows the RFCs (the official Internet standard) and SPA is a Microsoft defined standard. What this means is, we follow the standards and MSN does not!

Does AutoPix work with AOL? 
    Yes, but you cannot use their news server. AOL does not have an NNTP news server like real Internet Service Providers do. To run AutoPix on AOL, you will need to find a news server outside of AOL. There are some free public news servers around. 
Does AutoPix work with Windows 3.1? 
    No, AutoPix will not run under Windows 3.1.
My news server requires a userid and password, Will AutoPix work with it?
    AutoPix has standard userid and password authentication builtin.  Note:  most ISP's news servers DO NOT require userid/password authentication!.
Are there any limitations to AutoPix? 
    AutoPix is only limited by your hard drive, your connect speed and your news server!
Does AutoPix handle multi-part images? 
    Yes!
Will AutoPix save pictures from different newsgroups in separate directories?
    Yes. AutoPix gives you the option of saving pictures in separate directories named for the originating newsgroup.
Where do I get the address of my news server? 
    The address of your news server should be provided by your ISP or news provider.  If you are not sure what it is contact your ISP or news provider.
I want to be able to watch the previews as pictures download but I need to be able to hide the preview window when someone walks up!
    You can quickly hide the preview window at any time by clicking on a line of text in the activity window.

Please forward questions and comments to: kenbrow@bellsouth.net