Reading or converting old LocoScript files

John Fairbank needs to access some old files created with the LocoScript word processor

I used LocoScript to record my collection of natural history slides. I am now unable to open them, though I can produce a list of them on my PC screen. I have gained advice from LocoScript staff in the past but the telephone lines I used to use are no longer available.
John Fairbank

LocoScript was the word processor used in the Amstrad PCW, and the company still has a website at locoscript.com. This gives a PO box address and a phone number, or email sales@locoscript.com. LocoScript offers disk and file conversion services, with prices starting at £11.75 per disk. John King, last mentioned in this column in 2002, offers a cheaper service, which costs £3.50 for the first disk. Anyone who still has valuable data on PCW disks should really get it converted sooner rather than later. PCW addicts unable to let go can get Joyce, a free emulator for Unix, Windows and Mac OS X. The PCW was codenamed Joyce, after Alan Sugar's secretary.


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Reading or converting old LocoScript files

This article was first published on guardian.co.uk at 01.10 GMT on Thursday 11 December 2008. It was last updated at 04.04 GMT on Thursday 11 December 2008.

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