Admin and Setup Questions
What is an AltME safeworld?
An AltME safeworld is a private world of instant communication
that runs from your computer (rather than from AOL, MSN, or
ICQ's computers). In a way, it's like having your own private
How do I create a new world?
Creating a new world is easy...
See the AltME Docs for a full example and troubleshooting.
- Download and install AltME (takes only a minute).
- Run AltME and click on "Start World" button.
- Enter a name for your new world and give it a password.
- If the world is available, you will be asked for the password again (just to make sure).
- Then, answer the remaining questions.
How do I start my world the second time, like after I restart my computer?
Just click on the "Start a World" button again and type the same world name and world password.
(Nothing will be lost... everything in your world will be there the same as when you left it.)
Because the world runs from your computer, not ours, you must restart your world each time
you restart your computer. (In the future, we will make this automatic. Also, if you want
your world always online, then put it on a server.)
How do I restart a world I created earlier?
To restart a world:
- Run AltME and click on the "Start World" button.
- Enter your world name and world password.
- If they are correct, your world will start immediately
(you will see a small window on your computer).
- Now, click on "Visit a World" to visit the world you just created.
Is AltME free?
Yes. AltME is free. You can download and use as many copies as
you want. You can give away copies to your friends and family.
We plan to provide a commercial version of AltME that is
customized for businesses in the near future. That version will
not be free.
Can I create a temporary world for a specific purpose?
Yes. AltME safeworlds can be temporary and permanent. Because
worlds are so easy to start, you can quickly create one for a
temporary purpose, like organizing a school event.
Or, you can make permanent, private worlds for your friends to
meet or for other members of your organization, school, family,
or club to stay in touch.
Can I use AltME with a firewall? (e.g. ZoneAlarms)
When connecting to a world, AltME usually works fine with most
firewalls. If it's a problem for you, then check your firewall
settings to make sure that you allow ports 5400-5409 and 5500 to
Firewalls like ZoneAlarms will pop up (or blink the tray icon)
to ask you about allowing AltME to run. Once you approve it,
AltME will run fine.
When running a world from behind a firewall, you'll need to
allow users to connect to your computer on ports 5400-5409,
(depending on how many worlds you run).
What is a WorldMaster?
A WorldMaster is the person who runs an AltME World.
The WorldMaster has full control over the world, including
creating and deleting users.
If you are a worldmaster, you can make other users a worldmaster
too (right click on their username to see the option). But, be
careful to pick wisely. Any worldmaster can delete any other
user, including you!
Can I kick someone out of my world?
Yes - If it's your world, you can kick anyone out. There are
two ways to do so: 1) delete their account or 2) change their
password. To delete the account, right click on the user name
and click delete. If you think you might let the person back in
later, it's better to just change their password to something
they cannot guess. This will keep the account, but not let them
on the system.
Can I connect to more than one world?
Yes. You can connect to as many worlds as you want. Just click on the "Visit World" button.
To visit multiple worlds at the same time, just run AltME multiple times (click on its icon again).
Can I use it at my school?
Yes. AltME is excellent for school communication! It's quick
and easy to create worlds for students and faculty to share
information and coordinate on projects. In fact it's easier than
setting up a web site, and it's just as easy to remove the world
when you are done. AltME worlds have very low overhead,
inherently secure, and are maintenance free.
Do I have to keep my computer on-line?
If you are running a world, then you must keep your computer
connected to the Internet if you want others to be able to
access your World. If you disconnect or turn off your computer,
then your world cannot be reached by others.
Of course, if you are using someone else's world, you do not
need to keep your computer on-line.
I can connect to other worlds, but how do I start a world from my cable modem connection?
It really depends on your Cable service provider. We have found
that some service providers block port connections (to prevent
you from using peer-to-peer software and games). Tell them that
you want ports 5400-5409 opened.
Otherwise, your options are to find a friend that will host your
world, change your service provider, or host your world on a
monthly subscription basis from SafeWorlds.com (coming soon).
Can I start more than one world?
Yes. You can start as many worlds as you want, but you can only
run five worlds at the same time.
Also remember that if you don't use a world every 10 days,
the world name will be released for others to grab (unless you
pay for the world name).
Can I save my messages as a text file?
Yes. Click on the Import/Export button in the upper right. You
can also save your messages as HTML, spreadsheet, and REBOL
How do I change my password?
To change your password, just right click on your name in the
user list. Enter your new password, then confirm your password
by entering it again in the popup. Your password will be
My school does not let me install programs. Can I still run AltME?
Yes. If you are not allowed to install new software (e.g.
businesses, schools, government, etc.), you can still run AltME.
When you start to install, just click on the "Run from current
Note: If you do not install AltME, be sure to run it from the
same directory each time, otherwise the program will need to
download each world all over again.
Can I use AltME on my own private intranet?
Yes. Altme can be used on a private network, but only users
that are within that network will be able to connect to your
Note that you still must set your firewall to allow outward
connections on port 5500 for users to find your world.
Does AltME work on Linux?
Yes. We currently support Linux Libc6 (RedHat and others).
Does AltME run on the Macintosh?
Not yet. But, we think the Mac is a great system, and we plan
to release it for the Macintosh soon!
How do I change the name of my world?
To do so, just start a new world with the new name.
How do I give someone a copy?
AltME is self-installing. Just copy the altme.exe file onto a
floppy disk, CDROM, or send it in an email. Or, you can just
as easily send a link to our web site, and have them download
it from there.
Can AltME send and receive email?
Currently, you can send short email messages from AltME. We also plan
to provide an email gateway that will let you forward select email
messages to an AltME message list. Other email-related features are
in the works as well.
Can I use a proxy server?
Not yet, but we plan to add proxy support soon to allow you to
connect to worlds through proxy gateways.
How much disk space does AltMe require?
The AltME program is only .5 MB, so it is fast to download and
takes very little disk space. Each world will also require some
disk space, but most worlds rarely use more than 1 MB.
Does AltME talk to cell phones (SMS)?
We think AltME would be terrific on cell phones, and we hope to
add that feature just a soon as possible.
How do I backup my world?
All you need to do is copy the entire server directory for your world or
use ZIP (or other archive programs) to create an archive copy of all
its files and subdirectories.
Help! I forgot my worldmaster password!
If you have access to the system that runs your AltME world (the server), you can
fix this problem. See Recovering Worldmaster Account Access
. If you do not have access to your AltME world, contact the person who does.