Interarchy is a powerful and flexible Internet interface for Mac OS. It can download files via FTP and HTTP, search the Internet to find the files you want, provide a wealth of information about your Internet connection, help manage remote servers and let you remotely control your Macintosh across the Internet. The latest version, 3.8, adds improved and reorganized connection diagnostics, custom interfaces called wands, reorganized menus, seven UNIX-like daemons (also called 'servers' - see Settings:Safe Daemons and Settings:Telnet Daemon), and a new name. Interarchy wands can act as 'skins' for Interarchy, providing alternative interfaces. They can also provide customizable application launchers for all your Internet programs, and they can use URL links just like you do on web pages. Wands are very versatile and flexible user interface elements, and have many diverse applications.
Anarchie 1.0 was one of the first Mac Internet clients. Anarchie combined FTP file transfer features with archie searching (thus the name 'An archie'). Over the years since its creation, Anarchie has continued to be one of the world's most popular shareware programs and an indispensible FTP tool for many Mac users and webmasters. Recently, the makers of Anarchie have decided to focus their efforts on Interarchy, their flagship product. As part of this process, much of the functionality of their other products has been incorporated into Anarchie, and the resulting program has been renamed Interarchy. Interarchy is a standard tool for Mac users, with an projected user base of approximately 600,000 members of the Macintosh community. In recent versions of Anarchie (3.5 through 3.7), Stairways has replaced the less-relevant archie functionality with an enhanced Sherlock-style search engine (bringing Sherlock searching to versions of Mac OS that can't run Sherlock), and mixing in the TCP/IP reporting and diagnostic capabilities of Mac TCP Watcher. Newer version of Interarchy (since version 3.8) add the features of Finger (a finger/whois client), Daemon (finger, whois, ident, daytime, time, and network time protocol servers), Script Daemon (an AppleScript shell/server, also partially included in NetPresenz), and OT SessionWatcher (TCP stream logging). These capabilities are explained in detail later in this manual.