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Invision Power Services
Invision Power Services, Inc. (sometimes abbreviated IPS) is a software company established in February 2002, probably most well-known for Invision Power Board. Some other products include Invision File Manager, the Invision Top Sites List, Invision Power Chat, and Web and forum hosting.
Invision Power Services was created after Matthew Mecham and Charles Warner disbanded from the company known then as Jarvis Entertainment Group (now Westlin Corporation ) after allegations that JEG intended to charge for Ikonboard , of which Matt was the original author, rather than maintain its free status. A large number of supporters from Ikonboard followed Matt and Charles to the new company.
Initially Invision Power Board was free, including user-provided support, and the company maintained the product would remain free. The license has since been changed incrementally, so that the free version became a free trial. On September 27, 2004, the free trial download was eventually withdrawn from the Invision Power Services site and the product moved to a paid-only model. A limited free trial is now available which allows potential customers to evaluate the software before purchasing.
Invision Power Board
Main article: Invision Power Board
An Internet forum software package written in PHP, comparable to other such bulletin boards, such as phpBB and vBulletin. It is a commercial product, but there is a large modding community and most of these modifications are free. Many skins can also be downloaded for use.
Invision File Manager
An online file management script written in PHP by Stephen Ball . Formerly Aquonics File Manager.
Invision Gallery is a gallery system. It is implemented as a plug in for Invision Power Board.
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