Dilwyn Jones Sinclair QL Pages
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The Sinclair QL
The Sinclair QL is a vintage computer first produced in 1983/4 and still used by many worldwide. If you are into retro-computing at all, the QL is an ideal choice of computer. It has a wonderful multi-tasking operating system called QDOS and a great on-board SuperBASIC interpreter for those who like to try their hand at the odd bit of programming! A newer operating system for QL is called SMSQ/E. The QL has spawned several compatible computers, including the Q40, Q60, Thor and Aurora, plus several QL emulators which run on computers as diverse as PCs, Amigas, Ataris, Macs (68K, PPC and OSX) and Linux systems. More information on the QL is available from the About The QL pages on this site.
QL Manuals and ROM imagesIf you need a QL manual, look here. An online QL user guide may be found here. An eBook version of the QL user guide is here. Replacement manuals for older QL hardware such as floppy disc interfaces may be found here. For QL ROM images (e.g. for use with emulators) look here.
All of the software here is either freeware, PD, shareware or charity-ware unless explicitly stated otherwise. If you discover that any software on this site should not be here for copyright or any other reasons, please let me know as soon as possible so that the offending software may be removed. Similarly, if you discover any errors, please let me know so that I may try to correct them.
Broken executables, lost dataspaces and executable file headers after unzipping in Windows (program gives a "bad parameter" error after unzipping in non-QDOS environment), etc - have a look at this blog post.
Most of the QL software packages on this site are in zip file format - QL Zip and Unzip packages are available from the Archivers page on this site, and current versions can also be obtained from the website of the official maintainer of the QDOS Info-zip package, Jonathan Hudson. Note that if QL programs are unzipped using non-QDOS versions of Unzip, the QDOS executable file header will usually be lost and the programs may not work as intended. Information on the use of Zip/Unzip and transferring files can be found here.
PC/QL File TransferWhat with using our PCs to download files from the internet and the widespread use of QL emulators, file transfer between the QL and other computers is a very real issue. This article deals with the use of Unzip, file transfer software, rawdisk and so on. A second article deals with using serial cable links between computers to transfer files.
New or Returning To The QL?
Returning to the QL after a period of absence, or new to the QL? Try this page. It also deals with the tricky subject of connecting a QL to modern TVs and monitors. This website also has a page with some useful articles about various QL-related subjects, and all sorts of useful documents and replacement manuals.
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Pointer EnvironmentHeard of pointer environment, but don't know where to start? Here's a gentle introduction to pointer environment and choosing a mouse system for QDOS systems. Read it online here, or as a PDF file (234K) or a Word document (113K) .
Important note: Looks like messages from my contact form on this site are not being received again. If I haven't responded in a day or two, contact me via some other method (e.g. Private Message via QL Forum). Sorry about this, the internet is filtering the messages out somewhere between domain forwarding and receipt which I have absolutely no control over. Or, you could probably try rephrasing your message so certain spammy keywords don't activate spam filters.
"QL Users Do It In Black" - anon.
The News Column
QL On A Stick
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v2.10 updates now available - if you have already got an older copy of Launchpad and would like to update, download the zip files from the Launchpad page. The link to the downloads page is on the bottom of that page.
New package to view, convert and run animated GIF files on SMSQ/E systems in high colour modes plus large collection of animated GIFs available to download from the Graphics page.
QBits Software Collection
A large collection of QL software, formerly sold by QBits, available to download from the Misc programs page.
Further updates to the QLiberator compiler available from the QLiberator page.
MISTer Core Update
An update to the MISTer system's QL core is now available from Marcel Kilgus's website at https://www.kilgus.net/ql/mister/
The latest in Andrei Tenu's P.I.Cole series of adventure games, available to download free from the Adventure Games page.
MDI Driver Update
A small update to Martin Head's MDI Driver software is now available here.
QL Personal Banking System
The QL Personal Banking System from Jack Gibbons is now freeware and available to download from the Business page.
Created a new page for vDrive downloads and information.
vDrive Psion Programs
vDrive versions of Abacus, Archive, Easel and Quill v2.35 added to Psion Programs page.
SMSQ/E Guide v1.06
The SMSQ/E manual is now available to read online or download in various formats from the eBooks page
A new version of the Stiqqies sticky note software now available from Misc page.
Facebook QL Page
I've started a QL page on Facebook - go to http://www.facebook.com/djsinclairql/
15th Italian QL Meeting
14th October 2018 in Modena, Italy!
New Q68 Page
A new page with manuals and software downloads specifically for the new Q68 Sinclair QL successor motherboard.
14th Italian QL Meeting
The 14th Sinclair QL Italian meeting will take place on Sunday 5th November
2017 at DTM Technologies premises in Modena. Further details on the QL Shows page.
Russian QL hardware developer Tetroid has released several QL interfaces and is working on more. For example, a Trump Card compatible interface with or without a Qubide and Compact Flash card system, and the latest a Gold Card clone and now a multi-ROM board. Produced in small batches, they are available via SellMyRetro.com
A brand new FPGA-based QL derivative board announced, with anticipated availability mid-October. Designed by the designer of the Q40 and Q60, Peter Graf. Initial information and pictures here.
Q-Dock & Launchpad now Freeware
The Q-Dock program dock software for Window Manager 2 systems has now been made freeware. Download it here. Launchpad versions 1 and 2 also made freeware and may be downloaded here.
Liberation Software's compilers and QLoad/QRef now available to download here.
Brand new 2017 release of the uQLx emulator for 32- and 64-bit x86 and ARM (6/7/8) platforms - see Emulators page
Brand new v1.03 update of the BMP graphics viewer and conversion program available from Graphics page.
New QubATA Driver For QUBIDE
Alain Haoui has released the new QubATA driver for QUBIDE cards, fitted with the newer v2 GAL chip upgrade. Many new and enhanced commands, supports up to 2GB and supports AUDIO CD playing via CD-ROM! Version also available for Q40/Q60. Further details - see QL ROMs page.
SMSQ/E Manuals v1.04
Latest versions of the SMSQ/E and SBASIC manuals available to download or read online here.