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Getting your own copy of Navigator and getting it to work!

Navigator and getting it to work

CSNav for Windows is available through a CompuServe download. All you have to do is GO CSNAV. From there, you can read a little about CSNav, go to the CSNav support forum, or download the software.

Downloading CSNav is a snap. The installation program creates three icons: CompuServe Navigator, Scheduler, and Help. Scheduler is an automatic timer program discussed later in this chapter. The Help icon launches the CSNav Help files. (You can delete the Help icon, if you want; Help is always avail¬able from CSNav’s menus.)


Get online support for CSNav in the CSNav Windows Support Forum (GO WCSNAVSUP).

Setting CSNav’s configuration options

Before you first use Navigator, you need to set a few configuration options. Begin by launching CSNav, pulling down the Settings menu, and selecting General. This displays the General Preferences dialog box. You probably don’t need to change anything in this dialog box right now.

SNav versus other autopilot programs: Which is better?

Other Ways to Automate Your Sessions,” examines several available autopilot programs. Assuming that you’re looking for a Windows program, how does CSNav stack up against the competition?
First, CSNav is the “official” CompuServe program. In the real world, that may mean nothing more than that you’ll get prompt responses in the support forums, or that CSNav will always be compatible with any changes CompuServe instigates. It certainly doesn’t mean that un¬official programs will be incompatible.

Second, CSNav is a big program. It takes up more than 4MB on your hard disk (not counting any files shared with the regular CompuServe soft¬ware); NavCIS and GoCIS (the other two popular
Windows autopilots) take up less than 2.5MB each. If disk space is an issue, one of the other programs might be the better choice.

On the plus side, CSNav installs in the same directory as your other CompuServe software, and the two products work well together. If you’re familiar with CompuServe, you’ll find that using CSNav is a snap. The other autopilot programs may take some getting used to.

The bottom line is that most CompuServe users prefer the similarities between CompuServe and CSNay. However, if you have special needs, or if you want a program that’s under constant devel¬opment with the guarantee of future support, check out NavCIS, the leading competitor.

You do, however, want to click the Advanced button to display the Advanced Preferences dialog box. Of the many options in this dialog box, I recommend that you turn on the following:

  • Verbosity
  • Auto Save (in both the Script and Session windows)
  • Auto Check
  • Current Pass
  • Auto Increment Pass
  • Passes: 2 (This is very important: it sets up CSNav for the two-step operation you need for true auto piloting.)
  • Clear Session Window
  • Mail Summary
  • Mail Messages
  • News Summary
  • News Stories
  • Forum Summary
  • Forum Messages


Make sure you don’t turn on Library Abstracts. That option down¬loads the contents of forum libraries every time you log on, which can be quite time consuming.

Click OK to save your settings, and then click OK in the General Preferences dialog box

Why won’t CSNav connect (or log in) to CompuServe?

Somehow, your general connection settings have gotten messed up. Pull down the Settings menu and select Session to display the Setup Session Settings dialog box. Check all the boxes to see if they’re correctly filled in; the settings should be set similar to those of your CompuServe 3.0 software (described in Chapter 2). Also click the Modem button to check your

Navigator and getting it to work