RIP (Remote Imaging Protocol) is a system designed for sending vector graphics and UI elements over low bandwidth connections created by TeleGrafix Communications. RIP was designed to enhance BBSes and other applications using a vector drawn UI. As RIP became available to BBSes in the 90's, the Internet became much more popular, ultimately obfuscating RIP and causing it to be rarely adopted among BBSes. This is unfortunate because later specifications of RIP have been lost due to TeleGrafix closing its doors, leaving only older RIP specifications to work with.

Though RIP is somewhat limited in its functionality, it is able to function well enough for BBS menus. The RIP graphics on this BBS have been developed and tested against: RIPTerm 1.54 for DOS, RIPtel 3.1 for Windows and Syncterm 1.2a (nightly build)

ClientBBS RIP SupportLORD RIP SupportLink
RIPterm 1.54YesYesDownload
RIPTel 3.1YesNO
Syncterm 1.2aYesYesOfficial Site

RIPterm 1.54 has a convenient download option. Simply download the ZIP file, unzip to a desired location and launch RIPterm. This client has a preconfigured address book and is preloaded with LORD RIP capabilities!

Syncterm 1.2a (nightly build) offers experimental RIP support that works quite well. Installing the nightly build and setting Syncterm up for LORD RIP support takes a few steps, but it's well worth it!