Haemogoblin wrote:Out of curiosity, how are you guys getting your files on to a Windows / Mac environment? My QL doesn't read dos disks.
Firstly, recognising that the file transfer is a two stage process:
(1) converting the file itself (e.g. converting a Quill doc file to a .rtf file toimportinto a word processor on another machine)
(2) the physical file transfer itself.
For (2) I use the following methods, depending on what systems I'm using. All this assumes I'm transferring a disk from a Black Box QL (BBQL) to a Windows PC (I don't use Macs or Linux).
(a) I use a program called Discover http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/filetran/index.html
on the QL to read and write to DOS format floppy disks. Some care is needed here, as most QLs use DSDD 720KB floppy disks, but some modern PCs with recent versions of Windows might not cope with DSDD disks. Other such programs like MTools at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/files/index.html
and MultiDOS on http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/filetran/index.html
can also be used in QDOS.
(b) on Windows, I can use a program called WXQT2. It's easy to use, but setting up is a bit of a pain, as it needs QXLTool and QLTools (same page) at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/files/index.html
WXQT2 has the advantage that it's a menu driven Windows program and it can handle QDOS floppy disks, QXL.WIN from emulators and DOS/Windows directories. WXQT2 is essentially a front end on Jonathan Hudson's QXLtool and QLTools.
(c) serial link if the PC has one (my current desktop PC hasn't).
(d) the disk reading capabilities of the emulators QemuLator and QPC2.