Today I took advantage of the opportunity to join some QL users from the north of England at a mini QL workshop organised by NEMQLUG and held in a Quanta committee member’s home. This was the first in a series of four such events planned in 2016. 9 of us came together for an afternoon of QLing. Read my report and details of when the next events will be held on my blog at https://dilwyn2.wordpress.com/ – the posting heading is ‘Mini Workshop’.
This is a version of qltools modified to operate directly on .hfe files as used by the HxC floppy emulator. It will need the libhxcfe.dll from the http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator/index.html this is available by downloading and extracting the HxCFloppyEmulator software. (Graeme Gregory).
Related to the QL Tools for HxC is a DOS batch copy routine by Ian Johnston, to copy files to an SD card image using the Windows exe version of QLTools (command line) with the HxC floppy emulator, .HFE files. Hopefully of use to HxC users, as the QLTools currently has no facility to process batches of files.
The HxC is a floppy disk emulator system, based on an SD card system which plugs into a QL and pretends (as far as the QL is concerned) to be a floppy disk drive, bu the files are held in an image file on the SD card. A small screen on the HxC interface lets you choose which image to use. Rich Mellor has provided a simple guide to this device at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/docs/manuals/index.html
Spy and Master Spy text editors from A.R.K. (Applied Research Kernel), formerly commercial programs, are now available for free download from Editors and Viewers page. Includes a manual for Master Spy, but manual for Spy to follow.
Thanks to various people, I have been able to preserve version 2.4 and 3.0 of Spy, and versions 1.3, 2.1 and 3.3 of MasterSpy. I’m very grateful to Richard Howe of A.R.K. for permission to make these and the manuals and Configuration Parameter Sheets available from http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/editview/index.html
Rich Mellor has managed to make contact with former QL software author Nick Ward, who wrote some of the QL titles available from CGH Services and DJC. Nick has given permission for his QL software to be released as freeware, starting with v2.03 of Wreck Dive, featuring a diver exploring a shipwreck in search of treasure. 6 decks and 140 rooms to explore. Other titles may follow when we have been able to locate copies. Download the game from http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/games/index.html
Screen dump from Wreck Dive game for QL
Screen dump from Wreck Dive game for QL
Urs König writes (10th February):
Yesterday the QL Picture Gallery v3.30 – which is also part of QL is 30 2014 The Distribution (see http://www.qlis30.org.uk ) – has been released and is already available as online web content. The Picture Gallery has grown from 1797 to 1979 pictures with many new exclusive photographs. See http://tinyurl.com/sqpp25
Marcel Kilgus writes:
I have put the latest releases of QPAC1&2 online at
For the release Jochen provided me with the original disc contents and Text87 manuals for QPAC2, which I converted to PDF using QPCPrint.
Don’t forget if buying certain products from Dave Park at Sandy that you can still use the 25% off code QUANTABAT and QUANTAPAD on the Gold Card battery replacements and microdrive felt pads, and 10% off with QUANTAMIN codes if buying a Minerva MkII (either version) published in the News Supplement of the last issue. These special offer codes for members are valid throughout 2014.
Rich Mellor writes:
Having tracked down Philip Jones who ran Impact Entertainments with his friend Andrew Cserbakoi, the following items of software have now been released as freeware:
- Here We Go – a text adventure written in ACT
- The Gee Gee System – a system to increase your chances when betting on horse races
- Quizmaster – a Pub Quiz game
I updated Quizmaster to allow you to load in extra sets of questions – this was then sold as Quizmaster II.
I will also release Quizmaster II as freeware.
I can obviously send Quizmaster II including the sources to Dilwyn for the Sinclair QL Homepage.
Phil is going to have a look for copies of Here We Go and the original Quizmaster. Hopefully they also have a copy of the Gee Gee system (presuming any of these cartridges still load).
However, if anyone else has copies of these programs on disk – please send them to Dilwyn…
Here We Go! and Quizmaster II are now available to download from the Games page on my website at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/games/index.html
Released in early April through Quo Vadis Design (on CD) and Sandy (on USB flash memory drive), this is a new and totally reworked version of the popular emulators package.
It has been released to coincide with QPC2 being made freeware, but there’s a whole lot more to it than that. Added to the packages are various Windows-based file transfer packages such as the QXL.WIN Explorer, WXQT2, QXLtool and QLTools and disk imaging programs such as Floopy, Floppy Image and Emt4Win. Incidentally, WXQT2 and QXLWIN Explorer are now available to download from http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/files/index.html
The font end menu is now completely reworked, giving access to many more documentation files, for example, as well as the Windows utility programs.
QL On A Stick SE is available from Quo Vadis Design at http://www.ql-qvd.com/ and on a USB pen drive from Sandy at http://sinclairql.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=59
If you’d like to be the proud owner of what is possibly the smallest portable QL ever, you can also get a copy on a 2GB mini-pen drive measuring just 30mm x 12mm (plus a small carry cord – see picture) direct from me at the address inside the front cover for just 5 pounds, but please call to check first as I have only a handful of these mini drives left. I can take Paypal payment, get in touch for the details.
QL On A Stick SE – The smallest ‘QL’ ever?
You’ll be the talk of the meet-up with the smallest QL ever from Sandy.
QL On A Stick comes on a stylish, black 2GB USB drive and includes latest versions of all the most popular emulators in one device. This high quality 2GB drive is stylishly etched with the Sinclair QL logo on the front. Sustained read speeds of 25MB and write speeds of 15MB. AA grade flash memory formats to 1,999,294,400 bytes.
Never fear of getting out of date – you can update emulators individually by visiting the authors’ sites. This is a brand new version of the QL On A Stick package, featuring various QL emulators for Windows, including QPC, SMSQmulator, QemuLator (shareware version), QLay2 and QL2K.