Remote imaging protocol
The Remote Imaging Protocol Scripting Language, more commonly known as the Remote Imaging Protocol or RIPscrip, is a scripting language created by Jeff Reeder, Jim Bergman, and Mark Hayton (founders of TeleGrafix Communications) to enhance bulletin board systems and other applications.
RIPscrip was introduced in 1993 and consisted of ASCII-text descriptions of vector-drawn graphics and images, along with facilities to create menus and clickable buttons. These were sent from the BBS instead of the more common ANSI color-coded text-mode screens, and were interpreted on the user's end by a RIP-enabled terminal program such as TeleGrafix's own RIPTerm which could draw them at a 640x350 EGA resolution. Several utilities, including RIPaint and Tombstone Artist could be used to create RIP screens.
TeleGrafix later[when?] introduced RIPscrip 2.0 in an effort to bring multimedia capabilities to telnet communications and extend the appeal of RIPscrip beyond just the BBS market. By this time however, public access to the Internet, and more specifically the World Wide Web, caused interest in text-based systems such as bulletin board systems to rapidly decline resulting in the eventual end of RIPscrip development and TeleGrafix Communications. Although RIPscrip 2.0 was released and 3.0 was planned, the most common version of RIPscrip in actual use was the 1.5x series.
- Clawson, Pat. "NEWS:TELEGRAFIX RELEASES RIP 2.0 ONLINE MULTIMEDIA". Net-Happenings 1995. comp.infosystems.www.providers. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- BBS Documentary Library's page on RIP including sample artwork, specifications and whitepapers.
- RIP graphics article with sample RIP and ANSI graphics, plus a RIP viewer which can run in a command window on Win2K and WinXP: Wayne Thomas' 1994 FreeView 1.1 (freeware).
- RIPscrip 3.0 Technical Whitepaper
- PabloDraw multi-user RIPscrip viewer & editor for Windows, OS X and Linux