Direct links to files
For your convenience, I've gathered together
links to some of the more interesting and useful PCW software on the
Internet here below. Please note that you may need to configure your
browser to save the files to disc, rather than just display them on
screen. Please refer to your browser documentation for details on how
to do this. Also, the FTP sites can be extremely busy, so you may need
to try repeatedly before getting in.
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is a VT100/ISO 8859-1 emulator that I wrote for the Amstrad
PCW. Its VT100 emulation is superior to that of QTERM and COMM+ and
features support for bold, underlining and keyboard redefinition. EMU
has been tested with QTERM, COMM+ and ZMP. Recommended for users of
the text-based WWW browser, Lynx. You can also browse the source if you want.
- If you're using a Fax Link serial interface, you might have been
frustrated to discover that the only comms software that will work
with it is COMM+ and PCWfax. This is because the hardware deviates
from the original Amstrad CPS8256 design, making it incompatible with
the Amstrad version of CP/M. COMM+ and PCWfax get around this by
communicating the hardware directly. However, FAXPATCH
will patch your copy of CP/M so that you can use any standard CP/M
comms software with the Fax Link. It will even support the
38,400 bps rate if you need this.
- Older versions of QTERM are unreliable at speeds above
4,800 bps, but thanks to Stephen Younger, you can now use the
program at much higher speeds. Applying this patch will allow you
to use a CPS8256 (compatible) interface at 9,600 bps. If you have
a Fax Link interface, you can now take advantage of V34+
(33,600 bps) modem technology. At long last, the PCW version of
4.3f itself can now also be obtained over the Internet. You'll need
unpack the archive. There's even a handy script making
utility available for getting you up and running quickly and a sample QTCHAT script to show you how
to automate your tasks.
- If you prefer the Zmodem capability of ZMP, there's also a patch
available for that program to enable speeds of up to 9,600 bps
with a CPS8256 interface and 38,400 bps with a Fax Link
interface. If you haven't used ZMP before, you'll also need a copy of
- If you use e-mail a lot, you could do a lot worse than to pick up
this little collection of mail
utilities. The package includes unique CP/M implementations of
Unix compression, ROT13 decoding, BTOA/ATOB, Unix<>CP/M text
file conversion, and more. A must for power users of e-mail.
- One thing not included in the above mail package is a Base64 MIME decoder, but
at long last there's one available for CP/M. Now you can decode those
curious looking messages that are fast becoming the standard on the
- Feeling adventurous in comms? Why not try running UUCP on your
PCW? This is just a patch for the PCW; you'll also need the program
- Tired of editing the HTML tags out of your Web pages retrieved by
e-mail? At last, there's a HTML stripper for
- At a push, it's even possible to view
GIF images on a PCW. There's also a separate GIF89a to GIF87
image converter available.
- Add support for bold, italics, large
characters and many other great new features to CP/M on your
PCW, using this remarkable terminal
- Pick up a handy
screen-saver for CP/M. There have been many over the years, but
this is undoubtedly the best. It runs from CP/M, is triggered
automatically, and uses no base memory (TPA).
- Using this driver, you can display a permanent
clock on your PCW.
- A shiny
new beep to replace LocoScript's boring old one.
- The world's one and only LocoScript
screen-saver is yours for the downloading.
- John Elliott's clever MSODBALL
runs under both DOS and CP/M and can convert a standard 3" inch
CP/M (or LocoScript) 720 Kb disc to one of three non-standard DOS
formats. Conversely, it can convert a DOS disc from any of these
non-standard formats to CP/M 720k format. This one is an absolute
- Need some light relief after a hard day's LocoScripting? Get hold
of the now legendary arcade game, Head Over
- Another legendary and very addictive game combines the ability to
think quickly with the ability to act quickly. Get Tetris
- A game of yet another genre, yet equally legendary is the text
Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy. You'll need PMEXT to unpack
- Or try your luck with the Ultimate
- Format your discs to capacities you never thought possible, using
to 828 Kb on a B-drive CF2DD disc!
- Replace CP/M's TYPE utility with BIGTYPE,
which displays files using enlarged characters. Useful if your
eyesight isn't what it used to be.
- Replace the PCW's annoying beep with a blissfully silent FLASH of
the screen. Works with both CP/M and LocoScript.
- The original Digital Research BDOS is slow, because it was written
in code for the 8080 processor. Simeon Cran rewrote it for the Z80,
debugged it, made it compacter and added new features in the regained
space. Amongst these is a command line history, similar to that of
UNIX shells. This new system is called ZPM3 and breathes
new life into CP/M Plus.
- The companion to ZPM3 is ZCCP , a
replacement shell for CP/M Plus that adds new features, such as named
directories, conditional batch processing, aliasing and error
handling. If you've ever used 4DOS on a PC or one of the many UNIX
shells, you'll be at home with ZCCP in no time. You must have ZPM3
installed before you can use ZCCP, but the combination is truly
brilliant and should have been bundled with PCWs to begin with.