NewDeal Hot Tip 1503
Commodore GEOS and NewDeal
The easiest way to convert files from Commodore GEOS to
NewDeal or PC format is to use the program from the
German GEOS Users Group named GEOS64CE.ZIP. This
program runs on the PC.
Before you can use GEOS64CE, you must use Bill Coleman's
Convert 2.5 program (available from most Commodore BBS's
and online forums) to convert the Commodore GEOS files
from the proprietary Commodore GEOS (VLIR) format to
regular Commodore SEQuential format.
Next, you move the SEQ files from the Commodore to the PC.
This can be done using Big Blue Reader (a commercial
program for the Commodore which allows Commodore 1571
or 1581 disk drives to read and write to IBM-type floppy
disks)--or you can use a null modem cable to move the
files from one machine to the other--or you can upload
the files from the Commodore to your local BBS and then
download them to the PC.
Third, you run GEOS64CE on the PC to convert the files.
It detects what kind of Commodore GEOS file you have
brought over and converts it accordingly. Commodore geoWrite
files are converted to ASCII, geoPaint and PhotoAlbum files
are converted to .PCX for importing to NewDraw or Scrapbook.
Here are some other ways to convert files from the C= to
the PC, besides the German converter.
A tip: Do NOT "open" the resulting geoPaint file before
doing the conversion process. Since a geoPublish file can
be larger than a geoPaint file, if you "open" the file in
geoPaint, some of the bottom of the page may be lost. If you
don't open the file it will contain ALL of the geoPublish page.
Now, you have a geoPaint file that can be converted to PC
format by any of the three methods mentioned above: the
German converter, Jim Collette's converter, or MacAttackII.
- There are several third party programs for the Commodore
that will convert Commodore geoWrite files to ASCII format.
The best of these is probably Wrong Is Write by Joe Buckley
from Storm Systems Software. Once the file is in ASCII,
it can be moved from the Commodore to the PC and opened with
Text File Editor or imported into NewWrite.
- Jim Collette's GEOPCX (available on Commodore BBSs or
online services) runs on the Commodore and converts geoPaint
to a PCX file that can then be moved from the Commodore to the
PC and imported to NewDraw. Jim's program retains the colors
from the geoPaint file.
- Joe Buckley's MacAttackII will convert a geoPaint document
to black-and-white-only .MAC format. The .MAC file can then be
moved from the Commodore to the PC, where Graphic Workshop
(or any of several other utilities on the PC) can be used to
convert the .MAC to a .PCX for importing to NewDraw. A
disadvantage of this method, besides the loss of color, is
that a .MAC file is not as wide as a geoPaint file, so you cannot
capture the entire width of a full page geoPainting.
- geoPublish files can be transferred to geoDraw, a page at
a time, this way: First a geoPublish file page is "printed
to a geoPaint file" by using the paintPAGES or paintOVERLAY
printer driver on the Commodore (paintPAGES and paintOVERLAY
are created by the PaintDrivers application, which comes with
Commodore GEOS 2.0).
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Last Modified 2 Mar 1999