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Amstrad PCW16
Disc & File Conversions
 to PC or Mac 

by LuxSoft of Luxulyan

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This page is ONLY for the Amstrad PCW16 

For real 'Joyce' Amstrad PCWs (8256, 8512, 9512, 10 & 9256)
which run LocoScript, please click
Here

 

Amstrad PCW16 file conversions:

Introduction

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!

But if you 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 disc.

Our 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 accepted 

We can accept 3.5" standard 720k (MF2DD) or high density 1.44mb (MF2HD) floppy discs.

 

PC Formats available for the transferred files

PCW16 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. 

 

Costs and Turnround

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: 

  • The minimum charge per disc is 10.00 which covers converting the disc catalogue and the first two files on the disc.

  • Files 3-5 are 1.00 each 

  • Files 6-10 are 75p each 

  • Files 11-20 are 50p each 

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 Europe. 

  • 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!

 

What to Send ... and where to ...

  • Click 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.

  • Please clearly 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 Form. 

  • Please do NOT send any money at this stage - you will be invoiced on completion.

  • Post the package to us. Use of Recorded or Special Delivery is encouraged for valuable material or when disc copies cannot be made. To avoid missed deliveries causing delay & inconvenience, please OK this with us by phone or e-mail BEFORE using these signed-for services.  

  • By sending us your discs, you are deemed to have accepted the Terms & Conditions of our service.

 

What 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 efforts.

  • PC 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'

  • In 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 on re-formatting the documents to give even better looking results. 

  • If 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 received. 

  • Unlike other companies, we do NOT ask for payment in advance but we do ask for prompt settlement of the invoice. 

 

Contact details

Amstrad PCW16 Disk Conversions by 

Established 1986 

"Clinging to the trailing edge of technology"

Tel (01726) 81 2257 

e-mail malc@luxsoft.co.uk

Established 1986 - This page last amended 2 4th May 2020

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