small Vienna logo Introduction to Vole

Vole is a Mac OSX off-line message reader for online communities. It's primary purpose is to store and display messages retrieved from the community service, allow users to step through those messages and distinguish between those that are read and those that are new, automatically connect to the service to retrieve new messages and to allow users to post new messages and replies.

Vole is freeware and the current version supports both the CIX conferencing system and RSS feeds. If you are not a CIX subscriber then you can sign up from their home page.

Hardware Requirements

To run Vole, you will need:

  1. Mac OSX 10.4 (Tiger) or later.
  2. At least 256Mb RAM.
  3. A dial-up or broadband internet connection.

In addition, you will need a subscription to CIX.

Technical Support

Technical support for Vole is available through the vienna conference once you have your CIX subscription. To join the conference, choose Join from the Folders menu and enter vienna. The next time you connect, you will be automatically joined to the conference.

For support outside of CIX, send e-mail to

Support on the Web

More support and the source code for Vole is available from