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Conversion of PCW LocoScript documents
We can convert Amstrad PCW LocoScript files to suit Microsoft Word, Works and most other popular word processing programs that run on either PCs or Apple Macs. The resulting docs are very easy to open and the text can be edited just as if it had all been entered using your PC or Mac's keyboard in the first place.
We can also convert LocoFile databases to suit Excel, MS Works, Access etc.
Unlike some other companies, we do NOT . . . . . .
Founded in 1986, LuxSoft has been converting Loco discs & files for many years. Our experience is that, as with all good things in life, quality of the result is far more important than speed. Hence, we don't make any rash boasts about ace quick turn-round because our prime concerns are for the accuracy and completeness of the results we achieve for you, particularly when discs are faulty.
Our main care is for your valuable data
If this is all you need to know, click here to skip down to the costs and where to send your discs.
Otherwise please scroll on down for the full nitty gritty ....
PC's tend not to like PCW 3" discs in their drives!
The Full Unexpurgated Story
Most shop assistants these days are younger than the average PCW so they will likely never even have heard of those venerable beasts, let alone know about the possibility of converting discs or files to suit a PC or an Apple Mac. But yes, it IS possible to convert LocoScript files (whether on 3" or 3.5" disc and from any version, including Loco 4) so that they can be read by word processing programs like Microsoft Word. The even better news is that we can do all this without losing all your document formatting too!
Our fully confidential disc transfer service keeps all your document formatting and is suitable for the vast majority of DOS, Mac and Windows-based word processors. Post-transfer support comes in the form of a comprehensive and widely acclaimed step by step instruction & tips document as well as free support by e-mail.
Oh yes, and we're about the cheapest professional service too!
We can accept :
Sorry, we can no longer accept single sided (173k/180k) 3.5" discs from non-standard single head 3½" 8256/8512 drives.
PCW File Formats accepted
LocoScript - all versions (1, 2, 3 or 4) - and it doesn't matter if discs contain some files in one version and some in another.
LocoFile - versions 1, 2 and 3. Again they can be mixed and it's no problem if they are on the same disc as LocoScript files.
Please note that -
Locoscript 1/2/3/4 Files -
These are normally converted to the MS Word for Windows 2 &7 Doc, Docx and Rich Text Format (Rtf) which between them suit just about every known Windows word processing program. As each of these 4 formats has its merits according to software you use and the way the doc has been laid out so you can choose the one that's best for you for each doc.
Upon request, we can also convert to suit LocoScript PC, Word Perfect for DOS, Windows Write and many more.
Please note however that currently we are unable correctly to convert LocoScript text that is in Greek, Cyrillic (Russian) or Old Icelandic or any other characters that have been obtained by switching keyboard layouts.
LocoFile Databases -
We use a format which can be very quickly & simply read by:
Note - For those wanting to use Microsoft Access, it's best firstly to open a file in Excel then import the resulting Spreadsheet into a new Access Table via the 'Get External Data' command.
Our conversion service is totally confidential. For the police and members of the legal profession, we can produce affirmations of conversion integrity, reports on disc condition, directory content etc all for only a small arm & a leg.
Although we aim to achieve a 3-5 day turnround, we firmly believe that the quality of the work is far more important than speed. Sometimes it may therefore take a tad longer, particularly if there are problems with disc read errors or it's a busy period. Naturally, if there were to be a long delay, you would be notified by e-mail.
One of our faithful Amstrad PCW 8256's
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Please click here for Masterfile 8000 (MF8000)
With so many other types of file that could be created on a PCW, it's difficult to list all the data file conversions we can and can't do - so please e-mail us for a quote.
Please do remember that, unless you are running a PCW emulator like "Joyce" on your PC, PCW programs will NOT run on a PC !! (... unless you fancy re-writing those in Basic to run under GW Basic)
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