Program configuration for Forte Free Agent 3.3

Make the following adjustments to use our news server:

Start Forte Free Agent as usual.

If you are using the program for the first time, Forte Agent starts the "Agent Setup Wizard". It will guide you through the configuration of this program. Click Next to continue.

Step 1: Introduction

The next dialog is "Step 2: Choose how you want to use Agent". You can use Agent a as replacement for your current mailreader.

This text describes the configuration of the news reader part only.

Check I want to read and post Usent messages (this is the default) and select I don't want to use Agent for email at all for the time being.

Click Next.

Step 2: Choose how you want to use Agent

Enter the news server settings in the dialog "Step 3: Configure news server".

In News Server enter the name of our news server: News.FU-Berlin.DE

For "Login Method" select Login with a simple username and password.

Enter the account details you have received from us for the news server. Enter the username in Username and the password in Password.

It is not necessary to enter a password as long as you're on campus at Freie Universitšt Berlin, or connected via VPN or WLAN (but excluding Eduroam at other universities).

Note: This password is not your general ZEDAT password, but a special News password, which is assigned on request.

Click Next.

Step 3: Configure news server

In "Step 4: Configure your identity" enter your e-mail address in Email Address and your full name in Name (optional).

Click Next.

Step 4: Configure your identity

In the next dialog "Step 5: Download newsgroups directory" you are asked whether you wish to download the entire list of Newsgroups after you have finished the configuration. Confirm this by selecting Yes, retrieve the list of newsgroups.

Click Next.

Step 5: Download newsgroups directory

In dialog "Step 6: Configure Update alerts" you can configure how often Agent should check for new available versions. Click Next.

Now you're done! Click Finish to save your configuration.

Step 6: Configure Update alerts Step 7: Save your settings

Now Agent will connect to our server and download the entire list of available groups from our server. Click OK.

Group list

After the list of groups has been loaded, a "Newsgroup Directory" window will appear.

To subscribe a group, click the name and then Add Newsgroup to Desks.

Newsgroup Directory

A window opens where you can do further settings. It might be useful to reduce the number of article headers to be fetched. You can modify the setting in "Get Headers" by changing the Get the most recent ... headers options.

Click OK.

Subscribe to newsgroups

If you are ready, click Close.

Close subscription window

You will find the subscribed newsgroups in the main window of Forte Agent then. Click on a group's name in the list to load the article headers.

Now you can read and post news articles.

Read news articles