Disc & File Conversions
to PC or Mac
LuxSoft of Luxulyan
original independent professional
& confidential disc conversion service
page is ONLY for the Amstrad PCW16
For real 'Joyce' Amstrad PCWs (8256, 8512, 9512, 10 & 9256)
which run LocoScript, please click Here
PCW16 file conversions:
The PCW16 (aka 'Anne') was not a
'genuine' PCW like the 8000 and 9000 ('Joyce') series; they were more like an Amstrad
NC100/200 laptop with a proper screen. Rather than LocoScript, the PCW16 came
with its own bespoke word processor.
The good news is that
not only are the discs they produce directly compatible with DOS and Windows but
also their WP program has a facility to Export files in Rich Text Format (RTF).
This format is readable by Microsoft Word, Works and many other Windows word
processors and keeps all your document formatting (bolds, italics etc).
Hence, if you have
access to a working PCW16 and a few hours to spare, you could do the conversion yourself!
don't, we can do it for you !
The conversions are
very laborious and time consuming (each file has to be converted individually
through a two or more stage process) so our charges are per file rather than per
conversion service is fully confidential and the results are suitable for the vast majority of DOS and
Windows-based word processors. 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.
PCW16 Disc Formats
We can accept 3.5"
standard 720k (MF2DD) or high density 1.44mb (MF2HD) floppy discs.
Formats available for the transferred files
Word Processor Files
are normally converted
to Rich Text Format (.RTF)
which is readable by all versions of Microsoft Word, Works etc. but we
can convert to a number of other formats if required.
In view of the very
considerable work involved, these discs are charged on a sliding scale
according to the number of files that are to be converted:
For over this number, please call or e-mail for a quote.
There is a minimum
order charge of £15 excl postage & media costs..
All prices quoted include
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 a week ... but for discs comprising many
files or multiple discs, this may take a tad longer!
to Send ... and where to ...
here to print out the Conversion Request Form to give us your
details as well as how you would like the discs converted.
If you have access
to a working PCW16, 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.
number the discs
Pack up the discs
in an anti-static bag or wrap them in paper kitchen towel then pop the
pack in a "Jiffy"
padded bag together with your completed Conversion Request
Please do NOT send
any money at this stage - you will be invoiced on completion.
Post the package to
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.
sending 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, as per our T&C's, we will spend up to 40 minutes per disc
trying to repair it so as to retrieve as much as
possible of the data.
If this fails, we will contact you by telephone or e-mail to
discuss options and the likely cost of further retrieval
DOS does not support the long file name descriptions allowed on the PCW16
so all files are re-identified with abbreviated names up to 8 characters
long followed by '.RTF'
accord with your preferences and the volume of data involved, the
results are either e-mailed to you or sent by post on Pen Dive or
CD together with an invoice and a set of
step-by-step instructions and useful tips. These give advice on
opening and saving the files in your PC's word processor as well as
the documents to give even better looking results.
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.
Amstrad PCW16 Disk
to the trailing edge of technology"
Tel (01726) 81
Established 1986 -
This page last amended 2
4th May 2020
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