Make your own free website on
ShadowIRC v1.1
1996-2000 John Bafford
All Rights Reserved

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

What is ShadowIRC?
ShadowIRC is a new MacOS IRC client, written specifically with speed, extensibility, and ease-of-use in mind.

System Requirements
ShadowIRC 1.1 requires Mac OS 7.1 or later and the Appearance Manager.

Where can I download ShadowIRC?
The ShadowIRC web page is at <>.

Where can I go for more information
This file is not intended to explain the operation of ShadowIRC. For more information, you can read the "ShadowIRC Manual" file, which contains instructions on how to use ShadowIRC. For a list of recent changes in ShadowIRC, read the "Version History" file. There is also a command reference in the Help menu in ShadowIRC.

How much does ShadowIRC cost?
ShadowIRC is is free software, and costs nothing. For more information, please see the "LICENSE" file.

Updating from earlier versions of ShadowIRC
* Replace the old ShadowIRC application.
* Replace the Popups, Serverlist, and Userlist plugins.

ShadowIRC is extensible. How? Can I use my Ircle scripts?
ShadowIRC is extensible with C-coded plugins, compiled with CodeWarrior. This makes ShadowIRC plugins much faster and much more flexible than Ircle's AppleScript-based scripts. However, it also requires knowledge of C and a copy of CodeWarrior to write plugins. ShadowIRC plugins are fundamentally different from Ircle scripts, and are NOT compatible. You can't use Ircle scripts in ShadowIRC, and you can't use ShadowIRC plugins with Ircle. For more information about plugins, look at the plugins page at <>.

Where can I download ShadowIRC plugins?
The ShadowIRC plugins page is at <>. This list of plugins is provided only for your convienence, and in no way implies that I have used, tested, or support them. Plugin authors are responsible for supporting their plugins.

Contextual Menus
ShadowIRC uses contextual menus for several options, including logging channel text. You can bring them up by control-clicking on a window. You do not need to be using Mac OS 8 to use the contextual menus.

Sample Plugins
There are several plugins in the "Sample Plugins" folder that are not part of the default configuration. You may wish to install them. For more information, read the "Read Me" file in the "Sample Plugins" folder. Several plugins are also installed in the plugins folder by default. These are the serverlist, popups (option-click on a word in a channel), and the userlist.

Contacting the author
My email address is <>. I'm usually on IRC as DShadow on #macintosh, and #macdev on the Undernet (try

The Fine Print
ShadowIRC is provided as-is with no warranty whatsoever. Plugin authors are responsible for their plugins. I in no way support, or am responsible for, any problems that may arise from the use of plugins.
Any problems you have regarding ShadowIRC should be sent to the author. Any problems regarding plugins should go to the author of the plugins.