How to post your marvelous OK-BBS drawings
Easy. First off, for those of you wondering what OK-BBS is, check out this entry on Wikipedia. Then take a look at the side bar where I have a banner that says, "Oekaki BBS/Paper Biscuit." Click that and you're at my Oekaki board.
Some of you are having trouble posting. It may be a glitch somewhere but before we hunt around for those let's eliminate the possibility that it may just be a procedure confusion. It's not difficult, really, but the Java applet UI labels may confuse some.
After the masterpiece is done and ready to post on the board take a look at the three buttons on the top left that says, "SAVE." It's written above "AUTO," "PNG" and "JPG." I use either of the last two since those formats are browser friendly. I don't know what happens with "AUTO" so write me if you find out. After that a box appears asking you, "Save OK?" and buttons to choose. And after that it just confirms that you've saved. Then viola! Go back to the main board and check out your drawing. Reload if you used the "Back" button on your browser.
Write me if the problem of not being able to post persists. I'll try my best to ask the kind folks from Japan who run these boards for a fix. Happy drawing and posting.
Update: Found a tutorial for Oekaki BBS here.
UPDATE on posting trouble. Soraya Saga investigated the trouble for me and found out what is causing it.
According to Oekaki FAQ, following versions of JAVA seem to cause problems of painting/uploading.
JAVA1.4.1Update 1 (Mac)
JAVA1.4.2Update 2 (Mac)
Also it says that posting via proxy server is likely be denied occasionally.
I hope it works. :)
Those of you having trouble check your Java versions. Like most updates it can wreak havoc with programs in the far flung edges. Knowing is good but I don't have a solution--other than reverting to an earlier version of Java. I hope this helps and I'm hoping that OK BBS releases an update themselves that puts all this to rest.
Meantime, here's a list of configurations of operating systems, browsers and Java versions that have managed to post on the board.
Mozilla/4.0 (Mac OS X 10.4.5) Java/1.4.2_09 (lagging response)
Mozilla/4.0 (Mac OS X 10.3.9) Java/1.4.2_09
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; en) Opera 8.50
Mozilla/4.0 (Windows XP 5.1) Java/1.4.2_03
Opera/8.51 (Windows NT 5.1; U; en)
Mozilla/4.0 (Windows XP 5.1) Java/1.5.0
Mozilla/4.0 (Mac OS X 10.4.4) Java/1.4.2_09 (lagging response)
Mozilla/4.0 (Windows XP 5.1) Java/1.5.0_06
Mozilla/4.0 (Windows XP 5.1) Java/1.5.0_04
Opera/8.5 (Macintosh; PPC Mac OS X; U; en)
Mozilla/4.0 (Windows XP 5.1) Java/1.4.2
Soraya Saga is an illustrator, designer and a video game story writer. After years of working as an employee of Squaresoft (Square Enix Co., Ltd.). She started working as a writer/designer on freelance basis to manage work and motherhood. Soraya Saga is a pen name. Also known as Kaori Tanaka (birth name. Unrelated to any other Tanaka artists in the production of Final Fantasy V, VI and Xenogears). Family: Spouse (Tetsuya, married in 1995) and two kids. Currently living in Tokyo, Japan.
UPDATE March 11, 2005. The awesome Soraya Saga trolled the OK-BBS faqs and sent us some that address the posting problem (it's in the comments to this post and I'm posting it up front here).
This problem has been frequently reported among technical support boards, some are caused by PC environments, some are caused by server error of the OK BBS itself.
Shown below are most recent questions picked up from the oekaki FAQ board.
Q: The drawing window doesn't work.
A: Try a proper version of JAVA.
Q: It freezed up after I clicked the save button.
A: Some security softwares and pop-up blockers conflict with the OK BBS.
Q: A transfer error occurred after clicking the save button.
A: It could be a) the internet connection error. b) the OK BBS server error.
Q: The drawing was successfully saved but not appeared.
A: Clear the browser's cache and reload the board.
I'll continue to search for a good solution for the problem. :)
A tremendous thank you to Sora. This helps us troubleshoot on our end. Hopefully these new clues correct some of the problems some of you are having with posting. Heck, I hope it's an OK BBS server problem to begin with and that they've fixed it. And if not, I hope that all the above posted fixes and clues fix the rest.