QPC2 v4.02 has just been released. I have only recently converted to Windows 7 and found that the SMSQ/E soft reset using CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+TAB didn’t work anymore as Windows now uses CTRL+ALT+TAB for one of its many task switchers (ignoring the SHIFT key). It wasn’t exactly easy, but I finally found a workaround for this.
Also, QPC_VER$ was broken on QPC2v4.
Includes SMSQ/E v3.19 with fixed appsup-window support.
Also, there is a new qpcdemo.win with updated software on it. Plus it now includes QPAC2, as every proper system should have that!
SMSQmulator 1.24 is out. Has a small bugfix, some new replacement instructions (see list on Wolfgang Lenerz’s website), and it uses SMSQ/E 3.19.
This contains Marcel’s bugfix for the csize in appsub windows. This is also and foremost the first version on my stite that also incorporates the QPC specific sources allowing you to compile SMSQE for QPC. The “binaries” file already contains an SMSQ/E v.3.19 file for QPC.
Daniel Rigley (Riggz) at World of Spectrum has been making Spectrum dust covers. Following a request from Peter Scott at Ql Forum, they can now make QL dust covers too. They said: “We can make these with or without the flaps. I reckon with flaps £15 and without £12 +£1 UK postage and £3 E.U. Anyone can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. They just have to state (QL cover) in the title.”
We have now managed to resurrect yet another former Talent title – FARMER written by J.K. of Finland (would love to know who that was!)
Farmer is a platform game where you play the role of a Farmer who needs to harvest the tomatoes, bananas and pears from your fields.
Whoever said that farming was easy – as well as the usual fear over crop yields and pricing, this year has been unusual.
Not only did your somewhat eccentric uncle leave you a farm where the fields are not joined together, where you have to jump between them or risk the danger of falling down holes between the fields, but the farm appears to have come with its own infestation of monsters whose only pleasure is killing farmhands.
Even the weather has been against you – with all the recent high rain fall, some of the fields have developed soft earth which has turned into sink holes, where the land may give way underneath you.
You can jump over areas, but if you happen to fall too far, you may have to use up one of your three umbrellas as a parachute to slow your fall, instead of losing a life. Luckily there is a lift to get back up to the higher fields.
Once all of the crops have been gathered in, you can move to the next level by jumping into the coloured flashing square.
Order it from http://www.sellmyretro.com/offer/details/Sinclair-QL-Platform-Arcade-Game%3A-Farmer-3626
This has had a major update, with the inclusion of the latest version of SMSQmulator and the free version of QPC2. Some useful QL and Windows software have been added too, including disk imaging software (so that you can create images of QL floppy disks for use with emulators using disk images, such as SMSQmulator) and file transfer software such as Jonathan Hudson’s wxqt2 system and Norman Dunbar’s Qstripper.
Also included is a collection of QL-related icons in PNG and GD2 sprite formats.
There is an online HTML version of the QL User Guide plus various format versions of the QL manual in both A4 and A5 formats, including PDF files, eBook versions and Word doc files.
The QL On A Stick is available on a CD ready to transfer to a USB pen drive of your choice for just £5.00 from Quo Vadis Design – order online at http://www.ql-qvd.com/products.html . A special version (called the QL On A Stisk SE) is available direct from Dilwyn Jones on a miniature 2GB pen drive (probably the smallest QL ever) for £10.00
Thanks to Stefan Schomburg, I have been able to add a copy of the ROM image for Toolkit 2 version 2.03 to my website. This is quite an old version, the list of version numbers implies it was the first version to be patched to fix initialisation problems on the MG ROMs. There are a few more recent versions on my website for use with emulators, this will mainly be for posterity and software testing with older versions of Toolkit 2. Download it from: