Disc & File Conversions
to PC or Mac
LuxSoft of Luxulyan
original independent professional
& confidential disc conversion service
Masterfile 8000 (MF 8000) conversions:
PC's tend not to like PCW 3" discs in their
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other types of disc conversions we can do
8000 database program for the PCW ("MF8000" aka
"MF PCW") was a very easy
to understand so a popular database program. As such it was used extensively not
only by home enthusiasts but also by small businesses and the voluntary
sector too. However,
like so many other PCW products, sales dried up so the authors switched
attention to a PC version. This, though even better than the PCW
version, could not compete against
the likes of Microsoft in the global marketplace.
The good news
though is that data from the PCW version can be converted to PC for use by
programs like Excel, Access, Lotus Approach, Microsoft Works and many more.
Yes, we know that there's a bug in the Masterfile 8000 program which
life very difficult if you try it yourself but we've cracked it!
The not such
good news is that because each file conversion is very laborious and time consuming (each file has to be
converted individually through a three or four stage process using a
PCW as well as a PC), our charges are a little higher than for LocoFile
discs ... but still a lot cheaper than anyone else and certainly
cheaper & easier than re-typing all the data!
note that where relational databases have been used (eg a main database
of invoices uses a customer code to access a separate database of
customers in order to display their full names and addresses), MF8000
cannot export this relationship. The constituent databases have to be
exported separately and, if a PC database program is to be used, the
conversion service is fully confidential and the results are suitable for the vast majority of DOS and
Windows-based software. Full post-transfer support comes
in the form of a comprehensive step by step instruction & tips sheet plus
free support by phone or e-mail.
PCW Disc Formats
Our conversion system
will accept Masterfile8000 .MFC and .MFP files on:
double density CF2 3" discs from the PCW 8256, 8512 and
(single, double and high density) from all flavours of PCW, be they 9256, 9512+
or 10, which had 3.5" disc drives from the outset, or older
8256/8512/9512 models which have been fitted with replacement
Formats available for the transferred files
Databases are normally converted
to the 'Comma Separated Variable' (CSV)
type of text file which can be very quickly and simply read by most PC
database or spreadsheet programs including:
also supply the results either as an Excel Spreadsheet (.Xls) or a Word
In view of the very
considerable work involved, these discs are charged on a sliding scale
according to the number of files involved:
The minimum charge
per disc is £10 which covers the first two files on the disc, irrespective of
on a disc are £2.50 each
on a disc are £1.75 each
on a disc are £1.25
For over this number, please call or e-mail for a quote.
a minimum conversion order of £15 (ie excluding any P&P, media or data
All prices quoted
e-mailing the results worldwide.
For results on CD, there is no extra charge
if the total conversion cost exceeds £35, otherwise the extra is £2.50 to
addresses in UK & Europe (incl Republic of Ireland) or £3.00 to outside
For results on a USB pen drive, these are free when conversion costs are
over £70 otherwise it's an extra £4.50
For overseas customers, £1
currently translates to approx $1.30 US or 1.20 Euros. Please note that we can ONLY
accept payments in Euros or Dollars as cash or via PayPal - bank transfers must be in £ Sterling ('GBP').
The conversion service
is totally confidential and we aim to send back the results within 3-5 working
days. Our main aim though is quality rather than speed so for large batches of
discs or at busy periods, it may be a little longer. Also our 'heritage'
hardware and its operator are not getting any younger !
The procedure for
sending us discs:
If you have access
to a working PCW, it's best to make a copy of each of the discs
you wish to be converted and
send us the copies; you keep the originals.
(If you do not know how to copy discs using
DISCKIT, please click here
for detailed instructions).
If you don't have a working PCW or the discs won't copy properly
due to disc errors, please send us the originals.
number the discs
Pack up the discs
securely in an anti-static bag or wrap them in kitchen towel
within a small
cardboard container like a ribbon box .... then pop the
pack in a "Jiffy"
padded bag. Some CF2 discs were supplied in clear Perspex
cases - please do
NOT send these cases as they can shatter in the post
and damage the discs!
include a letter which:
your name, address, telephone number & e-mail
address (if you have one)
if you want the original discs back or not. If you do, please
enclose a self-adhesive address label
notes any files you do NOT want converted eg the
the name of the PC Database or
Spreadsheet program you intend to use.
whether or not you have on your computer (a) a floppy
disc drive (b) a CD ROM drive and (c) the WinZip file
Recorded or Special Delivery is encouraged for valuable
material or when disc copies cannot be made. To avoid missed
causing delay & inconvenience, please OK
this with us by phone or e-mail
BEFORE using these signed-for services.
us your discs, you are deemed to have accepted the Terms
& Conditions of our service.
we then do:
If we encounter any reading problems with the discs because they have become corrupted, we will
spend a total 40 mins trying to recover as much data as possible for you (as
per our Terms & Conditions). If the time needed exceeds this, we will contact you by telephone or e-mail to discuss options and the likely additional charges.
The files are
converted to your chosen
PC format and the results either e-mailed to you or posted on a CD or
Pen Drive as appropriate / requested.
results are accompanied by an invoice and a set of
step-by-step instructions and useful tips. These describe in
simple terms not only how to open and save the files in your PC's
spreadsheet or database but also contain advice and tips on re-formatting
after receiving the results you still want your original discs
returned to you, this is done as soon as possible after your payment has been
other companies, we do NOT ask for payment in advance but we do ask for
prompt settlement of the invoice.
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