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Welcome to Dilwyn Jones's QL information and PD software download pages. All of the material here is for the Sinclair QL and compatible computers and emulators only, unless otherwise stated. The site is split into sections - just click on the links in the box to the left to get to where you want. If you haven't visited recently you may wish to refresh your browser to make sure you have the latest copy of this page - try pressing F5 in your browser.

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 images

If 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.

Software Downloads

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.

Zip Files

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 Transfer

What 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.

Also, view a Glossary of Terminology here. Or, try Lee Privett's "I Want 2 Learn 2" site at http://www.theql.co.uk/

QL Software Preservation

The Sinclair QL was launched in 1984. At the time of writing that makes it 30 years old. A small group of us have set up what we call the QL Preservation Group are doing our best to collect and preserve as much QL software as we can...we hope the collection of free and shareware Sinclair QL software on this website will expand considerably during 2014.

PD/Freeware/Shareware Sinclair QL software submissions are welcome if you have a freely distributable program not already on this site. Best sent to me as a QDOS zipped attachment with an email, with a short description of the program along the lines of the descriptions you'll see on the download pages of this site, ideally specifying any special requirements, e.g. needs Toolkit 2, minimum RAM required, Pointer Environment, GD2...

Blog

You've probably seen my scribblings in QL magazines. Now see more scribblings about my Sinclair QL activities online. My QL blog is here.

QL Today 

After 17 years, QL Today magazine has now published its final issue, complete with a DVD full of QL stuff.Contact Jochen Merz quickly to buy a copy of the last issue - sure to become a collector's issue!

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"QL Users Do It In Black" - anon.

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The News Column

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QL CD-ROMs
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QL On A Stick
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Launchpad
 
Click on a picture above for more information.
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 Pointer Environment
The latest pointer environment files ptr_gen 2.05, wman 2.07 and hot_rext 2.31 (the latter in French, German and English versions) are now available to download from my PE page.

QL Games Box-Sets
RWAP Software have released 4 box-sets of games for the QL (two sets of adventures, two of general games)- grab them now while available via SellMyRetro.com

New QL Games
Wolfgang Lenerz has released two new QL games - SoQLoban and Atomics. Download them free here.

QL Is 30
THE QL event of 2014. Celebrate 30 years of the Sinclair QL in Edinburgh in October. Click here for further details

TURBO Updated
Updated versions of Turbo Compiler and Turbo Toolkit now available from the Turbo page.

SMSQ/E Manuals
New version of the SMSQ/E manuals available to download from the eBooks page..
QL-SD page
A new page specifically for the QL-SD device, starting with the software starter pack, manual and BDI specification document.

FDI Driver
Martin Head has now released a version of his MDI driver (see below for MDI driver) to work with floppy disk images. The sources are now available for both! Click here for Utilities page.

QPC2
Marcel Kilgus has made the QPC2 QL emulator freely available. Download it here.

QPAC1 and QPAC2
QPAC1 and QPAC2 software and manuals can now be freely downloaded here.

Do You Play QL Games?
RWAP Software is offering the complete Sinclair QL Games Collection 1 (10 commercial QL games) for only £5.00 on SellMyRetro until the end of March 2014

CONCEPT 3D
A fantastic former commercial 3D graphics program for QL has now been released as freeware - see the Graphics page to download Concept 3D software.

MDI Driver
Make images of your favourite microdrive cartridges for use with QL emulators and systems with no microdrives with this new software from Martin Head - download it here.

QaLendar 2014
The QL Calendar for 2014 is now available to download here.

BMP v1.02e
Bob Spelten jr. has updated my BMP graphics converter program - download it free here.

ProWesS files
The ProWesS system from PROGS is now freely distributable - get the packages here.

Follow my QL blog!
I've decided to inflict my QL thoughts on you - read the blog here.

A5-format QL User Guide and QPC Concepts/Keywords guides now available on eBooks page
Xchange 3.90L updated by Rich Mellor - download here.

SMSQE Sprites Java program from Wolfgang Lenerz to convert gif/bmp/tif/png/jpg graphics to  SMSQ/E sprites available from Sprites page.
D-Miner (Minesweeper clone) by Per Witte now available to download from Games page

GST QL Assembler, Macro Assembler and Q-Mac for QL now available to download from assembler page.
WIN-DOS and SYNC
Two new programs on Files page.
WIN-DOS helps with reading and setting WIN and DOS drive paths, while Sync is a program to synchronise content of two QDOS/SMSQ media.


SMSQmulator
SMSQ/E machine emulator under Java launched January 2013. Find it at http://www.wlenerz.com/SMSQmulator

QALENDAR 2013
A QL-themed calendar for 2013 to download and print!

QJEWELS GAME
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QJewels game for GD2 systems (e.g. QPC2) by Tobias Fröschle. Go to the Games page or click on image above.

Q-emuLator logo
Major new releases of Q-emuLator for Windows and Mac OSX - click on the logo above for more!
QL Forum
A QL forum has been set up by Peter Scott and Rob Heaton. Join it at http://www.qlforum.co.uk/
ZX81 Emulators CD
2011 marked 30 years of the ZX81 computer, so I released a CD with ZX81 emulators for various operating systems - further information here.
QL Today Index
Complete index to all volumes of QL Today magazine now available here.
Quanta Website Back Online
Quanta (QL user group) is still going and has a website at http://www.quanta.org.uk
Quanta is now on Facebook too. Click here to have a look
(http://www.facebook.com/
QUANTA.org)

QL Today
QL Today magazine - see http://www.qltoday.com

eBooks Initiative
I've started converting QL documentation to eBook formats for use on tablet PCs, eBook readers etc. See what's available so far here.

Online QL Manual
For occasional or new QL users, an online HTML QL manual is now available - see here.
GST 68K/OS
New page about the  alternative QL operating system from the 1980s.