Dilwyn Jones Sinclair QL Pages
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Online QL User Guide
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Gwynedd & Clwyd Association of Craft Workers
PLEASE NOTE: if you encounter difficulties accessing pages on this site, try the backup site at http://www.greybeardz.com/index.html
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.
Also, view a Glossary of Terminology here.
"QL Users Do It In Black" - anon.
The News Column
QL On A Stick
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.
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.
Italian QL Preservation Project and Sinclair Retro BBS
Simone Voltolini and others in Italy have been working to preserve original QL software in their original media format, and have also set up a Sinclair retro BBS. read more about it here.
The 2017 QL Calendar is now available to download here.
Martin Head's IPnet, IPLocalNet and IProuter software now available to download from Internet, Networking And Communications Page. *NEW v1.09 09/02/17*
A modern, compact, ready to run QL environment with applications, demos, desktops, games, tools and utilities. Includes supports for emulators and other QL compatible platforms. Download it from http://sinclairql.net/repository.html#QLE
Bob Spelten jr.'s GIF, JPEG, PNG and BMP file viewer. Convert many graphical files to QL PIC files or even to QL sprites. Great for high colour systems - download SQRview from Bob's site at http://members.upc.nl/b.spelten/ql/
New taskbar and start menu system for SMSQ/E or QDOS+Pointer Environment v2 systems - download here.
A large collection of QL software from Quantum Technology (Giorgio Garabello) - full information and download at http://www.quantum.altervista.org/bpuk.htm
SMSQ/E Manual 1.03
Minor revision to the SMSQ/E manual, also now available as online HTML version via the Documentation page.
A series of QL mini-workshop meetings in Manchester, England throughout 2016. Further details here.
JPEG, GIF and PNG Converters
David Westbury (author of Photon) has released the FJPEG, FGIF and FPNG to QL PIC file graphic converter functions - download them here.
Issue 3 of the Assembler eMag is available to download as a PDF from Norman Dunbar's website.
Version 2.16 of this Java-based QL emulator is now available - download free from http://www.wlenerz.com/SMSQmulator
A new free occasional QL eZine from Timothy Swenson. Download free from https://sites.google.com/site/svenqhj/home (scroll to the bottom of that page and click on 'smsqzine' links)
New program dock for QL systems with Window Manager 2. Make use of your high colour QL-compatible systems.
The 500 sprites supplied with Q-Dock are now also available for Launchpad v2.02 or later - download the Launchpad versions from the Q-Dock page too.
New screen magnifier software for high resolution SMSQ/E systems - download free from Misc Programs 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
Updated versions of Turbo Compiler and Turbo Toolkit now available from the Turbo page.
New version of the SMSQ/E manuals available to download from the eBooks page..
A new page specifically for the QL-SD device, starting with the software starter pack, manual and BDI specification document.
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.
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
A fantastic former commercial 3D graphics program for QL has now been released as freeware - see the Graphics page to download Concept 3D software.
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.
The QL Calendar for 2014 is now available to download here.
Bob Spelten jr. has updated my BMP graphics converter program - download it free here.
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.
SMSQ/E machine emulator under Java launched January 2013. Find it at http://www.wlenerz.com/SMSQmulator
A QL-themed calendar for 2013 to download and print!
QJewels game for GD2 systems (e.g. QPC2) by Tobias Fröschle. Go to the Games page or click on image above.
Major new releases of Q-emuLator for Windows and Mac OSX - click on the logo above for more!
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
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.
New page about the alternative QL operating system from the 1980s.